- Pop your lemon into the microwave for easier juicing. An easy way to get the most out of your citrus. Pierce the lemon a few times and put it in the microwave for 15 seconds max — you'll get so much more juice out of it this way.
- Use a plastic bag to save your ice cream from getting freezer burn. This hack will keep your ice cream creamy. Say goodbye to freezer burn by putting your ice cream into a large, sealable bag before placing it in the freezer (it will apparently prevent the ice cream from getting too cold). You could also put parchment paper, wax paper, or plastic wrap over the ice cream before you put the lid on and the results will be the same
- Use vinegar or lemon juice to make buttermilk. Whip up some buttermilk with ingredients you already have. Add a teaspoon of white vinegar to one cup of whole milk for a perfect substitute. Lemon juice works great as well.
- Use salt to clean your cast iron skillet. Salt scrubs can help remove rust. You probably know never to clean your cast iron skillet with soap, but if water and a sponge aren't working, try scrubbing the skillet with salt, which should be able to get anything off that's stubbornly stuck on. Use salt and lemon to clean wooden cutting boards.
- Lemon saves that day again. Scrubbing your wooden cutting boards with coarse salt and half of a lemon will get rid of any food smells or particles.
- Heat a cup to soften butter quickly. This trick makes melting butter less of a waiting game. First, heat a glass of water. After a minute or so, pour the water out and place the cup upside down over the butter. The trapped heat will help it soften quicker. Save your butter stick wrappers to grease pans. Waste not, want not. Another butter hack that might change your life is simply saving butter wrappers. The leftover bits on the wax paper and foil are perfect for greasing pans and baking sheets.
- Spray your measuring spoon with oil to measure sticky ingredients. A small spray of oil will save you a lot of trouble. Give measuring cups or spoons a good spray of cooking oil before measuring honey, or anything sticky. This will keep it from sticking as much. Use a cup of cold water to see whether your eggs are fresh.
- The egg test is tried and true.
Fill a cup or bowl with cold water and drop your egg into it. If it floats, it's bad and you should toss it. If it stands vertically on the bottom, it's still good enough to eat. If it sinks to the bottom and lays horizontal and flat, it's very fresh.
- Use a plastic bottle to separate your egg yolks and whites. Practice makes perfect with this trick. This trick might take a bit of practice, but once you've gotten the hang of it you'll never use an egg separator again. Just place a plastic bottle over the yolk and squeeze it until the bottle has sucked it up.
- Keep your plastic wrap in the fridge to make it more pliable. Cellophane is a great way to keep food fresh, but it can be a hassle to use. Cold plastic wrap doesn't twist, turn, or tear nearly as much as plastic wrap that's kept at room temperature.
- Use a spoon to peel ginger. Don't lose half of your ginger to a peeler. With all of their bumps and odd ends, ginger can be difficult to shave. Ditch the normal peeler and use a spoon instead — it's surprisingly easier and you'll save more of the actual ginger.
- Pop fruits into a paper bag to ripen them faster. This works better than most ripening methods.
Put a banana, peach, or avocado into a paper bag and close it tight. The gases they emit will help them ripen faster.
- Use an ice cube to get rid of the fat from broths and stocks. Bone broth is better without the white bits. Broths are all the rage in health food right now, but the white bits floating at the top are basically all fat. Instead of trying to spoon them out, wrap an ice cube in a paper towel and skim it across the top. The ice will solidify the fat, and the paper towel will soak it up.
- Use lemons to clean your garbage disposal. Lemons will keep your sink smelling fresh. Cut a lemon into small pieces and freeze those pieces. Every few days, or simply after having put something smelly down your disposal, throw a few in and turn it on. Add a splash of vinegar and the garbage disposal's blades will be squeaky clean.
- Use a wooden spoon to stop soups from boiling over. Keeping your stove top clean really is this easy. pot of boiling water, soup, or sauce will stop it from boiling over. The wood will soak up water and steam while popping approaching bubbles.
- Use an ice tray to save leftover herbs. Dill is one of the many herbs you can freeze for later use. Before you toss those extra leaves of basil, sprigs of rosemary, or chopped chives, consider putting them into an ice tray along with olive oil or butter. Freeze them, and then pop them into a roast, stew, or sauce for a boost of flavor — no chopping necessary.