Cooking Hacks for Your Next Time in the Kitchen

Whether you like to cook or not, we all gotta eat. Use these cooking hacks to help you make great food when you’re in the kitchen. 

Eggs in the Microwave

If you’ve never made eggs in the microwave, you really should. They cook up quick and are the fluffliest eggs you’ll ever have. Crack two eggs into a bowl and scramble with a fork. Add a little splash or about 1 tablespoon of your milk of choice and mix that in as well. Add in a sprinkle of salt and pepper and cook in 30 second rotations, mixing in between, until they are finished, or for about 1½ minutes.  This is one of the best cooking hacks. 

Roll Your Citrus

If you roll your lemons and limes before you squeeze them, they will produce more juice. If they are old or hard, you can even throw them into the microwave for 10-15 seconds. So just roll, (or zap,) cut, and squeeze. 

Use Frozen Berries Instead of Syrup

How does that work, do you ask? Well, if you warm frozen berries, they turn into a drizzle-able sauce of sorts. Want it even smoother? Strain the berries through a fine-mesh sieve to remove the seeds and spoon over meals from waffles to ice cream. 

Bubbly Pancakes are Key

Once you ladle pancake batter onto your skillet, you know when they are ready to flip once they start to smoke. Okay, just kidding. Actually, pancake batter will start to bubble once it’s ready to be flipped. The most important part is to wait until each individual pancake is covered in bubbles and that’s when they are ready to flip. What a great cooking hack.

Hamburgers Need a Hole

Or at least an indentation of sorts. Did you ever notice how burgers shrivel up in both width and height, whether they are in a skillet or on the grill? There is a way to prevent this and all you have to do is poke it. That’s right, just place your burger on the grill or skillet, poke it in the middle of the patty, (not all the way through but at least enough to make a mark,) and then cook and flip as usual. 

Cook Bacon in the Oven

Many people know this hack and use it on the regular, my family included. Bacon cooked in the oven is evenly cooked and as crispy or floppy as you like it. (Because I know some of y’all just love floppy bacon.) Cover a sheet pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil and lay bacon strips out to cover the baking sheet. Cook in the oven at 350 for about 20 minutes and remove from the hot sheet pan once it’s finished. This is going to be one of your favorite cooking hacks, if it isn’t already.

Want Softer Cookies?

All you need is bread and just one slice at that. Once your cookies are baked and cooled, place them into your cookie jar, or wherever you plan to store your cookies. Add in a slice of bread and put the cover over the top. Your cookies will stay moist and soft far longer than they last due to you eating them.

Apple Slice Your Steak Fries

What? Well, if you are making fries out of potatoes all you need is an apple corer, and the rest is simple! Similar to an apple, cut the tops and bottoms off the potato and then slice it length wise with the corer. From there, drop these babies into a fryer, onto a sheet pan or even into the air fryer and boom, homemade steak fries ready to devour.

Soften Your Butter Heat-Free

That’s right, you can soften your butter even if you forgot to take it out sooner and you don’t have to use the microwave either. So if you need softened butter for something, this is how you do it. Take a stick of butter and cut it into slabs or cubes. Let it sit out on the counter for about 20 minutes or until softened. (The smaller you cut the pieces, the sooner you will have soft butter.)

Omelets in a Bag

This hack is as easy as it is delicious and you’ve got to try it. Break a couple of eggs into a gallon-sized ziploc bag and scramble them. Add whatever you’d like in your omelet including salt and pepper, cheese, onions, mushrooms, peppers, green onions, or even cooked bacon or sausage. Seal the top and mix the combination before lowering the bag into a saucepan with boiling water about 8 minutes. Out will come a solid shaped, delicious, and fluffy omelet. This is a great cooking hack for any family.

The bacon cooking hack is almost as great as the burger hack. Which cooking hack is your favorite?