Most Popular Food Posts Of 2013

Good food doesn’t require a huge budget or loads of time — just the rights tricks of the trade. These are the 10 most popular food posts from Lifehacker in 2013.

How The 5:2 Diet Could Be Tricking You

The “new” weight-loss strategy known as the 5:2 diet has been receiving much attention in the media since the book The Fast Diet: The Secret of Intermittent Fasting – Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, Live Longer was launched late last year. But does it really work? Surinder Baines examines the evidence.

Nespresso Coffee: Overpriced Rubbish?

A blind taste-test conducted by consumer organisation CHOICE has found Nespresso coffee capsules to be among the worst tasting, with coffee experts describing the flavour as “underwhelming”, “musty” and “watery”. The George Clooney-fronted coffee placed nearly rock-bottom, despite being the most expensive brand.

How To Cook And Eat A Placenta

Last month, I welcomed my baby daughter Claire into the world. I then cooked and ate her placenta for the express purpose of this article. (Never let it be said that Lifehacker journos aren’t committed to their jobs.) The experience was… unusual, and not something I’m likely to ever forget.

Don’t Peel Oranges: Quickly Unroll Them In A Strip Instead

After you learn this trick, you’ll never have to get your hands messy peeling an orange again.

Five Cooking Mistakes We All Make (And How To Fix Them)

Cleaning your cast iron cookware with soap and water? Squeezing every last bit of mince into that pan? Even if you know your way around, there are a few mistakes nearly all of us make in the kitchen. Let’s take a look at some common kitchen errors that may plague your cooking, and why they’re bad for your food.

Taste Test: ‘Ice Up’ Self-Freezing Coke Bottles

Have you ever left your bottle of soft drink in the freezer a bit too long and been pleasantly surprised by the resulting slush? That’s the concept behind Coca-Cola Ice Up — a super-cooled bottle dispenser that shoots out “self-freezing” Coke bottles. Feeling parched on a hot spring day, I decided to try it out…

Why I’m Only Eating IKEA Food This Week

I’m already addicted to IKEA hacking, Swedish pop music and weird dietary challenges, so this was inevitable. Throughout this week, everything that I eat will be sourced from IKEA. Can I escape the fate of meatballs at every meal?

Ask LH: Are Vietnamese Pork Rolls Healthy?

Hey Lifehacker, how healthy do you think those $4-5 Vietnamese pork rolls are? They’re so cheap and delicious, I wonder if the salads counteract the white bread and salty meat enough to justify having them several times per week.

Learn The Five Kitchen Skills That Will Make Your Life Easier

We know: You’re busy. You’ve got a full-time job. You’re trying to have a life. Maybe you’ve even got a spouse and some kids who keep your schedule jam-packed every evening. So, we’re not suggesting that you need to be a top chef, whipping up gourmet dinners every night. Nonetheless, there are a few simple kitchen basics you should know — because they can make your life easier, they’ll make cooking much more fun, and they might even help land that promotion when you invite your boss to dinner (hey, it could happen!).

Why Reheated Rice Can Give You Food Poisoning

If you think of food poisoning, chances are you think of seafood, raw eggs and raw meat. However, you can also be at risk if you reheat cooked rice or pasta.