Most Popular Food Hacks Of 2016

Food is pretty important. Whether you consider yourself a "foodie" or not, you've gotta eat, and everyone can use tips on how to eat and cook better, faster and more healthfully. Here are some of our most popular food hacks from 2016.

It Doesn't Matter When You Eat

There is no shortage of dietary advice in this world, with people telling you how much, what and when to eat. But is breakfast really the most important meal of the day? And does eating every few hours actually keep your metabolism "stoked"? Here's a look at some of the myths surrounding meal timing.

You Don't Need to Boil Your Pasta, Just the Water

Save yourself a little energy by turning the burner off once you add the pasta. As long as it reaches a rolling boil before you add the noodles, it will turn out just fine.

Learn How to Prepare, Cook With and Clean a Cast Iron Frying Pan

Cast iron frying pans are a great multi-functional kitchen tool that can last forever if you treat 'em right and clean them properly. This video shows you how.

Five Delicious Dishes You Didn't Know You Could Make in Cast Iron

Once you know how to care for your frying pan, you're going to want to cook some food in it. Besides super-acidic dishes, there's almost no limit to the tasty creations you can cook in cast iron, and these five may surprise you.

Top 10 Kitchen Tools That Are Worth Their Investment

Kitchen tools can get pretty expensive, and I love a good deal, but there are some culinary gadgets out there that are worth every cent. This list can help you figure out which tools you should treat as an investment. (I bet you can guess my favourite.)

Sous Vide Showdown: The Anova vs The Joule

Speaking of fancy kitchen toys, you may have noticed I'm a big fan of the immersion circulator. Both the Anova Precision Cooker and ChefSteps' Joule are great options, and this showdown can help you pick the right model for your kitchen.

Here's How Long Those Small Condiment Packets Last Before They Expire

Single-serving condiment packets are extremely shelf-stable, but they don't stay tasty forever. This guide can help you figure out how long to keep 'em so your packet drawer stays in tip top shape.

Top 10 Surprising Foods You Can Make in Your Waffle Maker

A waffle maker may seem like a one-trick pony, but you can use this little griddle to whip up all sorts of tasty creations, from fritattas to brownies, all with crispy nooks and crannies.

Counterfeit Foods, and How to Spot Them

Impostor cheese, olive oil and seafood are all out there, and there's nothing sadder than buying wood pulp when you meant to buy Parmesan. To ensure you're getting the real deal when it comes to these oft counterfeited foods, check out our guide on the subject, and trust no one. (Well, you can trust us.)

What to Do With "Bloomed" Chocolate

Chocolate that has been stored improperly can develop an unappetising, white film on it, making it a poor candidate for dipping and coating. Don't throw it out though; it still has a few tasty uses.

White Pepper Is the Secret Ingredient to KFC's Original Recipe

Not only was white pepper revealed to be the pungent superstar ingredient of KFC's once secret original recipe, but it turns out more acidic pepper berry can add depth and dimension to all sorts of foods, both sweet and savoury.

Make Foolproof Stir-Fry Dishes with This Simple Formula

Stir-fry dishes can be endlessly customised to fit your diet and palate, but it can be easy to get stuck in a stir-fry rut. This graphic shows you how to keep this easy dinner interesting, tasty and perfectly balanced.

How to Hack the IKEA Food Market

The IKEA food market is a treasure trove of delicious beverages, tasty jams and all sorts of frozen delights, and we can show you how to make the most of it. (Bonus: These dishes are easier to assemble than 96 per cent of IKEA furniture.)

If you're still hungry for more great food tips and tricks, check out our best food hacks from 2015, and be sure to check out our "Food" tag, where food is the sole, delicious focus.


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