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16 Kitchen Hacks That Are Actually Genius

Why didn't I think of these?

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1. Never buy skewers again.

Just make sure to soak your chopsticks in water overnight to prevent them from burning.
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Just make sure to soak your chopsticks in water overnight to prevent them from burning.

2. Never ~accidentally~ cut through hasselback potatoes again.

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Next time you make hasselback potatoes, place a chopstick on either side of the spud to prevent cutting all the way through.

3. Label your homegrown herbs with DIY plant tags.

Keep track of your sprouting seedlings with DIY plant tags made from disposable chopsticks.
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Keep track of your sprouting seedlings with DIY plant tags made from disposable chopsticks.

4. Make sure your oil is at the perfect temperature.

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To check if your oil is hot enough for frying, submerge the end of a wooden chopstick in it. If the oil begins to bubble, it's at the perfect temperature for frying.

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5. Make an emergency bottle opener.

No bottle opener? No problem! Just use a spoon to pop the top off.
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No bottle opener? No problem! Just use a spoon to pop the top off.

6. Stop struggling to peel your ginger.

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Unlike peelers, spoons are able to gently peel ginger without removing half the root.

7. Make fancy quenelle shapes.

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Making perfect quenelles takes practice, so don't get discouraged if your first few look more like blobs than pristine footballs. See how to do it here.

8. Remove kiwis from their skin.

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Slice the ends of a kiwi off and use a spoon to easily separate the fruit from the skin.

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9. Never waste time picking cilantro leaves again.

Run a fork from the stem to the tip of a bunch of cilantro (as if you're combing your hair) to easily remove the leaves.
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Run a fork from the stem to the tip of a bunch of cilantro (as if you're combing your hair) to easily remove the leaves.

10. Cut perfect tomato slices.

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Hold a tomato in place with a fork and use the prongs as a guide for perfect slices.

11. Dunk sandwich cookies in milk without getting your fingers wet.

Simply secure your fork in the filling and dunk away!
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Simply secure your fork in the filling and dunk away!

12. Effortlessly crush garlic without any tools.

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No need to buy a garlic press when you have a fork!

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13. Make crustless (and cute) sandwiches.

Surprise your kids by packing whimsical sandwiches shaped like hearts and stars.
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Surprise your kids by packing whimsical sandwiches shaped like hearts and stars.

14. Make DIY stencils to decorate cakes like a true pastry chef.

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Trace your favorite cookie cutter onto paper and cut it out to create stencils for dusting cocoa or powdered sugar onto cakes.

15. Make eating fruit more fun.

Cut fruit with your favorite cookie cutters for a festive way to serve them.
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Cut fruit with your favorite cookie cutters for a festive way to serve them.

16. Prepare perfectly round pancakes that are too pure for this world.

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Cook pancake batter directly in a round cookie cutter for perfectly shaped pancakes.

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