10 Time-Saving Kitchen Tricks That Anyone Can Master

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

peeling it in a bowl of waterfaster

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

peel-and-blow methodexhaustive cooking guide

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

#7 Make Pancakes With A Squeeze Bottle

put that pancake batter in an old condiment bottle

#6 Split An Apple In Half Without A Knife

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

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

shake the garlic up for a few secondsneutralise that garlic breath after the meal with a glass of milk

#3 Peel A Potato In One Step

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

#1 Open A Beer Bottle With Just About Anything

even your forearm

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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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.

    • 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!!

    • 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

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