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19 Life-Changing Food Hacks Every Lazy Person Needs To Know

Add coffee to your ready-made brownie mixes and thank us later.

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We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community for their favourite food hack they'd recommend for lazy people. Here are some of their responses!

1. Bake butternut squash on a low heat for twenty minutes if you're struggling to peel and chop it raw.

"Stab a couple of holes in them, bake in an oven at 300ºF (about 150ºC) for 20 minutes. Easily peel and cut your partially cooked squash."– Celaeno
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"Stab a couple of holes in them, bake in an oven at 300ºF (about 150ºC) for 20 minutes. Easily peel and cut your partially cooked squash."

Celaeno

2. Embrace one-pan meals, even for things you might usually cook on the stove like stir-fry and fajitas.

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"Put thinly sliced chicken, bell peppers and onion on a foil-covered and greased cookie sheet. Season with taco seasoning and you have one-tray fajitas. You can also do this with chicken and stir-fry veggies and cover with teriyaki sauce."

Half Blood Princess

3. Instead of using water in ready-made brownie mixes, use coffee.

"You can't taste the coffee but it deepens the chocolate flavour."– Kelsey Arcocha via Facebook
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"You can't taste the coffee but it deepens the chocolate flavour."

– Kelsey Arcocha via Facebook

4. De-seed pomegranates by cutting them before soaking them in water.

"This was life changing! I’ve always loved pomegranates, but didn’t eat them much because they’re such a pain. The seeds separate out so amazingly easy after being soaked for just a few minutes."– shandeezy
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"This was life changing! I’ve always loved pomegranates, but didn’t eat them much because they’re such a pain. The seeds separate out so amazingly easy after being soaked for just a few minutes."

shandeezy

5. If you want egg in your instant noodles, crack one in while the noodles are part-cooked, and by the time they're done you'll have a perfectly cooked egg.

"It’s a great way to add a little protein to a cheap and easy meal. I like to add a little Sriracha and lime juice too."– strangerthanitseems98
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"It’s a great way to add a little protein to a cheap and easy meal. I like to add a little Sriracha and lime juice too."

strangerthanitseems98

6. For quicker mashed potatoes, cut the potatoes up and leave the skins on.

– jennies4783ed5b8

7. After you open a can, the easiest way to pull the lid out is to use a small fridge magnet.

– lalaorange

8. Weigh up whether something is really worth making from scratch.

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"While it sounds really cool to say that you made a certain item all from scratch, figure out whether or not it's actually worth it. For instance, last year I was in a cooking competition and my team wanted to be super impressive and make puff pastry by hand. And the final product was super impressive...for a reason. It was a straight-up bitch to do. Don't be a hero, just buy it pre-made and leave the rest to professional bakers."

glimmer

9. Seriously consider getting an Instant Pot so that you can put all your ingredients in it, leave it for hours, and then open it to find a delicious dinner.

"I know it seems super trendy but trust me. I live alone and I have a serious habit of making way too much of whatever I’m cooking. I got mine for Christmas a few weeks ago and I’ve made almost every meal in it since. You can make anything from rice to stews to even yoghurt (haven’t tried that yet but the setting is there) and it’s ridiculously fast! I never thought anything would make cooking easier than a crockpot but alas!"– sarahn445946f86
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"I know it seems super trendy but trust me. I live alone and I have a serious habit of making way too much of whatever I’m cooking. I got mine for Christmas a few weeks ago and I’ve made almost every meal in it since. You can make anything from rice to stews to even yoghurt (haven’t tried that yet but the setting is there) and it’s ridiculously fast! I never thought anything would make cooking easier than a crockpot but alas!"

sarahn445946f86

10. As well as a Silpat, which can be used for more than baking.

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"Get a Silpat. It’s seriously one of the best things you can have in your kitchen. I don’t use it just for baking. It’s been used as a funnel, rolling mat, bread cover, everything."

– Emily Ash via Facebook

11. If your fresh vegetables are a hassle to prepare or just go to waste, try buying frozen ones instead.

"I toss frozen veggies, like cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, or carrots in oil, then sprinkle salt and pepper and add any seasonings (I like Urban Accents seasoning packs), then bake at 350ºF (around 180ºC) for 15 minutes or so for a delicious side for dinner. Pop a piece of frozen fish on top, and it's a whole meal!"– tfmu2017
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"I toss frozen veggies, like cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, or carrots in oil, then sprinkle salt and pepper and add any seasonings (I like Urban Accents seasoning packs), then bake at 350ºF (around 180ºC) for 15 minutes or so for a delicious side for dinner. Pop a piece of frozen fish on top, and it's a whole meal!"

tfmu2017

12. Make bacon in the oven to avoid the mess and smoke of cooking it in a frying pan.

"Line a rimmed baking sheet/tray with aluminium foil, lay pieces flat, and bake at 400ºF (around 200ºC) for 20 minutes. The bacon comes out beautifully flat and thoroughly cooked, without you having to watch over it and dodge popping grease."– AXJ66
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"Line a rimmed baking sheet/tray with aluminium foil, lay pieces flat, and bake at 400ºF (around 200ºC) for 20 minutes. The bacon comes out beautifully flat and thoroughly cooked, without you having to watch over it and dodge popping grease."

AXJ66

13. If you don't have a good food processor, grate your garlic, ginger, etc when a recipe calls for it to be finely chopped.

"Saves so much time!"– mishalj2
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"Saves so much time!"

mishalj2

14. Place onions in hot water for a few minutes to make them easier to peel.

"It also helps prevent eyes from getting too watery!"– amyy4e1823486
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"It also helps prevent eyes from getting too watery!"

amyy4e1823486

15. Or if you're through with peeling and chopping them, get pre-chopped frozen ones.

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"Game changer!"

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16. Get yourself a garlic mincer.

"It takes a ton of time off of mincing garlic. You can put the clove in whole with the peel and just press down and minced garlic comes out the other end and you just have to remove the peel from the press. Amazing time-saving tool!"– mikaylaj4c7af024d
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"It takes a ton of time off of mincing garlic. You can put the clove in whole with the peel and just press down and minced garlic comes out the other end and you just have to remove the peel from the press. Amazing time-saving tool!"

mikaylaj4c7af024d

17. Cook courgettes in the microwave – it takes under 10 minutes!

"Just cut up zucchini as you like, add olive oil and seasoning to taste. Pop it in the microwave for 5–8 minutes or until soft and to your liking."– newmommy8911
Flickr: foodiecitymom

"Just cut up zucchini as you like, add olive oil and seasoning to taste. Pop it in the microwave for 5–8 minutes or until soft and to your liking."

newmommy8911

18. Don't throw your pasta water away. Use it to *enhance* the dish.

"Use it for thickening the sauces for your pasta, softening your veggies, and/or making a glaze on your meat for the pasta. It also works better that just plain water because it helps the pasta stick easier to whatever you are cooking it with."– dhknwst01
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"Use it for thickening the sauces for your pasta, softening your veggies, and/or making a glaze on your meat for the pasta. It also works better that just plain water because it helps the pasta stick easier to whatever you are cooking it with."

dhknwst01

19. If you're using something sticky like black treacle or molasses, coat the spoon with vegetable oil beforehand so that the treacle will slide right off.

"And it is so much easier to wash the spoon afterwards!"– charlotteredmond99
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"And it is so much easier to wash the spoon afterwards!"

charlotteredmond99

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