There’s a lot of buzz about life hacks on the Internet these days. From dusting your keyboard with a Post-it note, to cleaning suede with stale bread, everyone seems to have a genius way to make annoying daily tasks just a little bit simpler. But if you think you’ve read every hack there is when it comes to staying on your toes in the kitchen, think again. The 18 cooking hacks from expert food bloggers and world-renowned chefs below will change your kitchen habits forever. Keep reading to start saving even more time and money when you cook.
1. You can make fresh whipped cream in 60 seconds with a mason jar.
2. You can also make mayo in a mason jar in only 30 seconds using this recipe.
3. When measuring sticky ingredients, coat your measuring cups with oil for easy clean-up.
4. If you need to make banana bread, but your bananas aren’t ripe enough, put your fruit in the oven for 30 minutes.
5. While you’re prepping ingredients for sautéing, put your frying pan in the oven. When you’re ready to cook, you won’t have to wait for the pan to heat up.
6. If you’re making corn on the cob for a large group, you don’t have to butter each ear separately. Add eight tablespoons of butter to the pot when the corn is finished cooking. It will spread out across the top of the water. When you remove the corn, it’ll be lightly coated in butter.
7. No time to ice cupcakes? During the last five minutes of baking, place a marshmallow on top of each treat.
8. Forget about milk, oil, and eggs: combine a box of brownie mix with one can of Coca Cola. Put the mixture in the oven.
9. Make dried fruit at home with this handy guide.
10. Butter melts faster and more evenly if you grate it first.
11. When making pasta, don’t follow the cook time instructions on the box. Subtract two minutes, then mix in the sauce with a ladle full of pasta water.
12. Peel a kiwi by cutting off the ends and using a spoon to slice around the entire thing.
13. Remove seeds more efficiently from a tomato using a melon baller instead of a knife.
14. Replace the top of a mason jar lid with the spout from a can of salt. You’ll have instantly adorable powdered ingredient dispensers.
15. Keep extra avocado slices from going brown by covering them completely in olive oil.
16. Make crunchy taco shells by draping tortillas over the shelves in your oven.
17. If you made a big batch of stock or soup, you can freeze leftovers in serving-size portions using a muffin tin.
18. You can avoid getting burned by flying bacon grease if you cook it in a waffle iron.
Crunchy tacos are one of my favorite foods, but I hate buying the thin shells at the grocery store. Now that I’ve seen this, I’m going to make them in my oven at home. Which of these cooking hacks will you try first?