5 Cooking Tricks That Will Make Your Life Way Easier

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You don't have to be an all-star cook to be the ultimate host. However, having certain cooking tricks handy can greatly improve productivity and success in the kitchen. Don't believe us? Give the below genius cooking hacks a try, and then try to tell us your life isn't totally transformed. 

 

Use two small plates to cut Roma tomatoes

If you need to slice a bunch of Roma tomatoes at once (the small, oval-shaped ones), grab two small plates. Place all the tomatoes on one plate, then put the second plate on top. You'll create a small gap between the plates, which you'll then use to slide a sharp knife through from one end to the other, slicing all the tomatoes in half at once and saving tons of time. Just make sure you've got a firm grip on the top plate so no accidents occur.

 

Open jar lids with a bottle opener

Stop fighting with stubborn pasta jar lids and call in for some back-up. (No, not your spouse.) Use a bottle opener to pry the lid gently from the jar, moving around the circumference until the lid pops off. We're thrilled to report that minimal curse words are involved with this method.

 

Store greens with paper towels in the container

To keep your fiber-packed fresh greens fresher longer, fold paper towels and put them both underneath and above the greens. Doing so works to absorb the moisture, which helps your spinach stay edible for a longer period of time.

 

Make your bacon in the oven

Instead of dealing with all the leftover grease that comes with pan-cooked bacon, try this hands-free approach that gives you crispy and delicious bacon. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with tin foil or parchment paper (easy clean-up!), then lay out your bacon strips side by side, making sure they aren't overlapping. Then hang out with your bacon-eating friends and family, because that's pretty much all you need to do! In about 15 to 18 minutes (depending on how crispy you like it) and with one pan turn at the halfway mark, your bacon will be ready for devouring. You can transfer it to a paper-towel-lined plate to de-grease it a little as well.

 

Serve cake with a warm knife

For your next party, give guests perfectly sliced cake with the help of a warm knife. Run the knife under hot water to heat it up, then wipe off the moisture. Slicing cake with a warm knife helps the sweet treat stay intact while your transfer it to a plate.

 

 

 

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Alyssa Ruane is a freelance lifestyle and fashion writer based in Charlotte, NC, though she'll always be a Florida girl at heart. She loves playing soccer and volleyball, and she’s a stickler for clean kitchens. When not writing, she can be found at a brewery, on Twitter (@alyssaruane), or on Twitter at a brewery.

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