We’ve discussed kitchen hacks before, but there’s always room for more. If you’re looking to create some food hacks recipes in the kitchen, this article is for you. While there is no shortage of DIY food hacks on the internet, this list encompasses some of the lesser known while still beneficial tips and tricks. So put on your chef’s hat and take a look at some of these master hacks.

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” - J.R.R. Tolkien

1. Wooden Spoon Maneuver

The simple act of putting a wooden spoon over the pot will keep it from boiling over
The old wooden spoon trick. Source: Food Hacks

This is an old school trick that some people just don’t know about. All you need to do is lay a wooden spoon horizontally across a boiling pot. Viola! It won’t boil over. Sometimes the simplest diy food hacks are the best.

2. Coffee Maker Ramen

Ever use your k-cup unit to make noodles? Now you can!
You can use it for other things besides coffee. Source: She knows

A well-known tip amongst college students and k-cup enthusiasts, using a Keurig to heat up Ramen noodles is a convenient way to enjoy the pasta. The trick is simply in setting it to the right quantity of liquid (which might take some trial and error. Otherwise while some people have been brazen enough to cook Ramen noodles in a drip coffee maker, it’s not recommended.

3. Cupcake Sandwich

Classic cupcake sandwich: good for any occasion
Cut the cupcake in half and get the best of both worlds. Source: Busted button

Do you love cupcakes? But are you tired of the frosting to cake ratio distribution? Never fear, just cup the bottom muffin and half and create a sandwich out of the tasty treat. This makes the cupcake far more evenly distributed, and it just looks like a little mini whoopie pie. This might go down as the “best of” food hacks 2017.

4. Own that Garlic Clove

This life hack can give you the edge in culinary affairs.
Peel garlic like a pro! Source: Reference

Peeling a garlic clove doesn't have to be a chore. You can simply pop it in the microwave for 20 seconds and the peel will fall off instantly.

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Pair this with placing the clove in a bowl, then placing another bowl over that to form a sphere. Shake that for a few minutes and the clove will peel itself. Much easier than peeling it raw.

5. Coffee Ice Cubes

Don't let that old coffee go to waste!
Coffee flavored ice cubes. Source: Simply Recipes

This places iced coffee in a whole new light. Just freeze old coffee in your cube tray to make coffee flavored ice cubes. This can make your ice coffee stay cold longer, or just be enjoyed in some Kahlua or Baileys without watering it down.

6. Keep Celery Fresh

Some veggies are remarkably resistant and can survive on just a cup full of water.
Who needs a garden? Source: David Wolfe

One food hack that most people don’t know about celery is how resilient it is. Kept in the crisper it can last for a long time but even if it starts to go soggy or die, you can revitalize it by placing it in a regular cup of cold water. Smaller stalks will even begin to grow! You can duplicate this trick with the following vegetables:

  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Asparagus

7. Bacon Weaving

It's just so beautiful.
How hardcore are you about bacon? Source: Huffington Post

Get the most out of your bacon by weaving it like a basket of deliciousness. This can make a perfectly shaped sandwich, wrap around another food, or just stand alone as the perfectly “balanced” breakfast. Instructions here.

8. Use Tongs as a Lemon (or Lime) Juicer

A handmade DIY juicer can have lots of applications
Juice anything the easy way! Source: YouTube

Here’s a life hack for anyone who just wasn’t satisfied with the amount of juice they got out of squeezing a lemon, lime, or orange. You can just use regular tongs as a compression device by placing the fruit in between and giving it a squeeze. Work smarter, not harder. When it comes to food hacks, buzzfeed has a lot in store.

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