10 Time-Saving Kitchen Tricks That Anyone Can Master

So you've started beefing up your cooking skills and got your head around some of those confusing cooking terms. However, the process can still be a little tedious and boring. Here are ten surprising kitchen techniques that will save you a bunch of time -- not to mention wow your friends.

#10 Deseed A Pomegranate In Seconds Using A Wooden Spoon

If you don't love pomegranates, it's either because you've never had one or you hate how much work they take to deseed. While many people recommend peeling it in a bowl of water, it turns out there's an even faster method: just break it open and bang on it with a wooden spoon. You should have all those seeds in a bowl in about 10 seconds.

#9 Stop Peeling Boiled Eggs And Just Cut Them In Half

Peeling a hard boiled egg is a pain in the butt, but there's a much easier way to get to the goods inside: just cut it in half and spoon it out of the shell. It should slip out pretty easily, though you should make sure there aren't any tiny pieces of shell still stuck on it before you go shovelling it in to your mouth. If that isn't enough of a parlour trick for you, though, you can always use the peel-and-blow method shown here. You can find more egg hacks in our exhaustive cooking guide.

#8 Unload A 12-Pack Of Soft Drink Into Your Fridge In 10 Seconds

Most 12-packs of soft drink are designed to sit in your fridge, but who needs the entire box in there? You can never tell how many you have left and it always takes up lots of space, even with only one or two cans in there. To unload it without tediously moving each can one-by-one, just open up both ends, stick it on the shelf of the fridge and push them through. Check out the video to see how it's done.

#7 Make Pancakes With A Squeeze Bottle

Ladling pancake batter into a pan is a recipe for a mess. Instead of dripping batter all over the place, put that pancake batter in an old condiment bottle and squeeze it out. You'll get perfectly shaped pancakes without any drips or unevenness. Just make sure you wash that bottle thoroughly first, because otherwise... ew.

#6 Split An Apple In Half Without A Knife

If you don't like eating apples whole (they can, after all, get a little messy that way), but don't always have a knife around, you can actually break them in half with your bare hands. Just remove the stem and get a good amount of leverage near the hole at the top. Not only is it convenient, but it makes you look like the Incredible Hulk (you know, sans anger issues). See the video for a demonstration.

#5 Decant Wine In Less Than A Minute With A Blender

True wine lovers use a long, drawn-out process called decanting to aerate their wine before drinking for better taste. True life hackers throw it in a blender for 60 seconds instead. You may scoff at this method, dubbed "hyperdecanting", but it's a quick way to improve almost any red wine.

A lot of people have taste-tested this method (see the wine experts from Vinum Vita share their opinions in the video), and definitely noticed a difference -- though whether it's good enough to stand up to properly-decanted wine is up for debate. Check out the full post for more info on how it works and more taste testing videos.

#4 Peel A Head Of Garlic In Seconds With Two Bowls

If you have a particularly garlic-heavy recipe to make (so brave!), don't waste time peeling each head by hand. Just crush your garlic as normal and throw it all into a big salad bowl. Then, with another big salad bowl, shake the garlic up for a few seconds, and you should find it's fully peeled and ready for cooking. Just remember to neutralise that garlic breath after the meal with a glass of milk.

#3 Peel A Potato In One Step

If you don't want to sit there peeling countless spuds just to get your mashed potato fix, you can use this simple method for peeling them in seconds. After boiling them, place them in a bowl of ice water for a few seconds. Then, just grab it with both hands, twist and pull apart. The skin should slide right off.

#2 Make Quicker, Less Messy Bacon In A Waffle Maker

A list of kitchen time savers wouldn't be complete without a bacon hack. Have you ever tried cooking bacon in a waffle maker? Not only does it get you delicious bacon with less effort, but you also don't have any grease to clean up -- because once you're done, you can use the leftover bacon grease to cook another piece of your breakfast. Mmmm, bacon.

#1 Open A Beer Bottle With Just About Anything

Whether you've misplaced the bottle opener or you've found yourself in a situation where you don't have one, don't panic. You can open a beer bottle with just about anything, from a hard countertop to a cigarette lighter to even your forearm. Fast forward to 4:30 in the video to see a few of our favourite methods.


Of course, these are far from the only efficient cooking techniques we've shared. But we opted to focus on wow-worthy parlour tricks. That way, even if you aren't a master chef, you can still impress your friends with your knowledge of strange kitchen time savers. Got any of your own shocking tricks? Put 'em in the comments below.

This article has been revised and updated from it's original publication date.


Comments

    Recently discovered boiling anything in the kettle is quicker than over the stove. Best applied to steaming dishes. Boom!

    When breaking eggs into a bowl etc, if you end up with a piece of shell in the egg rather than try to get it out with your fingers and it keeps running away just use another piece of egg shell. They have a magnet like attraction to each other and it will come straight out.

      And also, if you crack on a flat surface instead of sharp surface (ie edge of bowl) you greatly reduce the chances of getting shell shards.

    why does the editor look at Danny....

    grrr engrish

    why does the editor look like Danny

      Why does Tim Ferris look like Lleyton Hewitt?

      -edit-
      And why, for the love of god, am I looking at a three year old article? :(

      Last edited 31/08/15 1:44 pm

    unless you are actually the hulk, the apple thing is bullshit. You have to have super strong hands to pull that one off. Also, the apple has to be very fresh or you'll just poke holes in it.

    The garlic thing does not work and the pancake one is just stupid. Imagine trying to get the batter into a ketchup bottle ... way simpler is to put into a jug.

      Umm.. Funnel? I kinda like it. You could actually make some up the night before and pop it in the fridge for the following morning.

      The garlic thing will work if the garlic is sufficently dry - very fresh garlic has a thin skin and is much stickier, therefore harder to peel. Shaking/rolling/cracking works well with older garlic that has dried a little and shrunk away from the skin.

    I agree, that garlic peeling trick is utter bull. Tried it multiple times with different types of bowls to no avail. Lifehacker offices, you try it out for us.

      It works.... just tried it in the kitchen here at work.

      I have used the garlic peeling trick numerous times. It works a lot better than doing it by hand. Are you folks using Nerf bowls?

      I think it has something to do with the stainless steel bowls he used.

    My lanky, totally non-hulk boyfriend was able to break the apples. I think it has to do with hand-size, cuz I can't seem to do it and I'm probably stronger than him.

    Hey, I did the garlic peeling by busting apart the head of garlic and putting the cloves in an empty salsa jar (e.g., canning jar, mayo jar, etc.), putting on the metal lid and shaking vigorously up and down for about half a minute and it worked great, all of the cloves popped right out of the paper except two, and I just shook them for another few seconds. Awesome.

    Anyone know the name of the song in the apple video.

      The name of that song is "Dropping out of School" by Brad Sucks. It's played at a faster tempo in the video than the track is normally..

    Peel hard-boiled eggs EASILY by tapping the fat end to smash shell a bit, remove the smash, insert a teaspoon and lift off shell. Wish I had figured that out years ago!!

    Does anyone know if that trick to peel potatoes actually works?

      The potatoe trick does work, It works with most vegetables that have a skin. For a mind blow experience, try it with a tomato. Make a shallow x in the bottom of it and then drop it in boiling water or about 15 seconds. immediately remove it and drop it in ice water. the skin should peel off. Cut it in 4ths, and gently scrape out the seeds. You can cut each "petal" into thin 1/8th inch strips and then again into little cubes 1/8th by 1/8th cubes, mix in a little olive oil, black pepper, crushed garlic and basil and have yourself some delicious tomato concasse

    Don't forget a pinch of baking soda with caramelized onions to cook them at a higher heat.

    My favourite recent bottle opening method is using the neck (opening) of an already opened beer. Works a treat, and somehow doesn't crack the bottle!

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