Rachel Grate
August 18, 2014 2:50 pm

We’ve all seen those food hacks that look amazing and then you try them yourself and. . .nope. Didn’t work. Or they’re hacks that, while neat, you’d never actually bother with. I mean, who is actually going to ask the host for a muffin liner to put over their drink at a BBQ to try to keep bugs out? For real, that’s a food hack.

But then there are those rare food hacks that are actually the most useful things you’ve ever learned. From a gluten-free conversion chart to how to pack a salad for work without the lettuce getting soggy, we compiled this list of food hacks that will change your life—or at least the portion of your life you spend cooking.

1. Food & wine pairing cheat sheet

Knowing which wines go with which foods is a basic step to feeling like a real adult—and to preparing delicious meals.

2. Perfectly-shaped french fries

By using an apple corer to cut your potato, the wedges will become the perfect shape for oven-baked french fries.


3. Elegant orange peeling

Instead of getting juice all over your hands and being sticky the rest of the day, using a knife makes peeling your orange elegant.


4. Easy gluten-free conversion chart

We all have at least one gluten-free friend, and now it’s easy to bake so everyone can enjoy!


5. Keep chocolate chips fresh with a bottle cap

Even as someone who adds a ridiculous number of chocolate chips to every cookie batch, I rarely finish a whole bag at once. By using the top of a water bottle, you can keep those chips fresh until the next baking adventure.


6. Pull out egg shells easily

Instead of spending forever trying to catch that one bit of egg-shell, just wet your hands first and it’s like a magnet for loose shell bits.


7. Easy chart to know how long food lasts

So you can stop texting your mom to find out if the bread you bought a week ago is still good.


8. How to tell if an avocado is ripe

Now you can choose the avocado that’s the perfect ripeness to make delicious guacamole.


9. Make a salad that won’t wilt in a mason jar

This way the dressing won’t make your leaves limp before lunch!


10. Easy pancake art

By drawing the decoration first, letting it cook a moment and then filling the rest in with batter, your pancake art will blow everyone away at brunch.


11. Cook your veggies perfectly every time

Yet another way to minimize frantic texts to mom.


12. Eat seasonably

If you don’t go to local farmers markets, it can be hard to figure out what fruit or vegetable is best when. But by sticking to these seasons, you’ll have tastier dishes and more variety!


13. Keep greens fresh longer

By blowing into the plastic bag where you store leaves, the CO2 will help keep your lettuce crispy longer!


14. Dip Oreos in milk & freeze for homemade cookies & cream

This is potentially the easiest and most delicious hack here, for irresistible late-night snacks.


15. How to store fruit and veggies

Because throwing away fruit that went bad is the most frustrating experience ever.


16. Easy ice cream sandwiches

While I wouldn’t recommend breaking the carton down if you’re the only one indulging, this is a much easier and no-mess way to serve up ice cream sandwiches to all your friends.


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