24 Food And Snack Hacks That'll Make You Say, "You Know, That's Actually Really Smart"

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Every now and then you hear about a clever cooking hack that makes you think: whoa, I wish I'd thought of that. So I combed through the subreddit r/foodhacks and looked all around the Internet for some of the most creative and intriguing food tricks around — then put them all in one place. Here are some of the best.

1."Easily make fancy green onions (or pretty much any herbs) by slicing them with pinking shears."

Sliced green onion with crimped edges.
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2."Turn canned fruit into one-ingredient sorbet. Buy a can of fruit in light syrup like peaches or pineapple. Freeze it overnight, then in the morning remove the lid and pour any liquid and the frozen fruit into a blender. Purée and enjoy immediately."

Sliced peaches in a bowl.
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3."Turn boxed cake mix into bakery-quality cake by swapping a few simple ingredients. Use real butter instead of oil, milk instead of water, and add one extra egg."

Chocolate cake mix in a mixing bowl.
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4."Infuse garlic in leftover bacon grease, then use the cloves in your cooking. It's especially delicious with hasselback potatoes."

A bulb of garlic in bacon grease.
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5."Use disposable chopsticks to keep a bag of chips closed if you're out of storage clips. It's the perfect fit."

A bag of Cheeto's closed with a pair of chopsticks.
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6."Get roasted chicken extra crispy with the help of baking powder. Rub skin-on breasts, thighs, wings, or even a whole chicken with a mixture of baking soda salt, black pepper, and cayenne — and let it sit in the fridge over night before roasting."

A whole roasted chicken.
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7."Make perfectly poached eggs in plastic wrap. Crack each individual egg into a plastic bag, tie the bags, and cook the eggs in boiling water directly in the plastic baggies.

Eggs sealed in plastic bags.
Jesse Szewczyk

8."Use a cookie scoop to portion and freeze tomato paste. You'll have perfect portions when you need it."

Scoops of tomato paste in a baking dish.
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9."Eat a hard taco over a soft shell taco. In the end you get two tacos."

A soft taco catching ingredients from a hard taco.
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10."Put a koozie on a pint of ice cream to keep your hands warm and the ice cream cold."

A pint of ice cream in a koozie.
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11."If you're filling cupcakes, muffins, donuts, or other pastries, use a needle-less medicine syringe. It’s more precise, neater and easier than using piping bags."

Filling muffins with a syringe.
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12."Place an ice cube on any leftover food you're microwaving to add moisture while reheating. The ice won’t melt but it will steam your food. It's especially useful for rice."

Pasta in the microwave.
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13."Cook grilled cheese in a waffle iron. The holes make it perfect for dipping into tomato soup. It sops it all up."

A waffle iron grilled cheese dipped in tomato soup.
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14."If you run out of breadcrumbs and are in a pinch, just toast and grate a slice of bread."

Grating a piece of toast.
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15."Use an apple corer to prep roasted potatoes. Not only do they come out pretty, but they also get extra crispy."

Roasted potatoes and a salad.
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16."Make toaster quesadillas by folding cheese into tortillas and placing them in the toaster oven."

Two cheese quesadillas folded in the toaster oven.
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17.For a better-for-you but still super creamy and delicious take on the viral TikTok feta pasta, substitute some or all of the feta cheese for Laughing Cow cheese wedges.

Tomatoes and cheese in a baking dish.
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18."Instead of frying eggs in olive oil, give them a serious flavor boost by frying them in tablespoon of pesto."

A pesto fried egg in a skillet.
Evelina Zaragoza Medina

19."Use a pizza cutter to cut cilantro, parsley, chives, or really any herbs. It takes about 5 seconds and works wonders."

Chopped green herbs.
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20."Slice a bunch of cherry tomatoes quickly and all at once by placing the tomatoes between two plastic container lids. Hold the top lid to keep them in place and slice away with a serrated knife."

Sliced cherry tomatoes.
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21."If you're making boxed mac 'n' cheese but don’t have milk, substitute it with the same amount of pasta water that you cooked the noodles in. The starchy water makes the mac 'n' cheese taste exactly the same."

A bowl of mac 'n' cheese.
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22."Twist your bacon and bake it in the oven. Not only does it cook so evenly, but it also makes for the perfect, crispy snack."

Twisted bacon on a foil lined baking sheet.
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23."If you’re struggling to store fragile cake without a proper cake box, just flip over a Tupperware container and use the lid as the base."

Two slices of cake on a Tupperware lid.
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24."Let your toast cool in a teepee position so that neither side gets soggy."

Two slices of toast.
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Do you have a great cooking hack people should know about? Drop it into the comments below.