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12 Food Hacks We Know Actually Work Because We Tried Them

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1. Ripen an avocado in 10 minutes by baking it in the oven.

This won't work if you've got a completely ~rock solid~ avocado. But if you have one that's just a few days under, the heat will quickly soften up the whole thing, especially around the edges.Read more: I Tried The 10-Minute Avocado-Ripening Hack Everyone's Been Talking About
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This won't work if you've got a completely ~rock solid~ avocado. But if you have one that's just a few days under, the heat will quickly soften up the whole thing, especially around the edges.

Read more: I Tried The 10-Minute Avocado-Ripening Hack Everyone's Been Talking About

2. Add a bit of mustard to mac 'n' cheese to balance out the flavors.

The creamy cheese and tangy mustard play off each other perfectly. Here's Ree Drummond's recipe.Read more: I Tried 8 Miracle Flavor Hacks To Upgrade My Favorite Foods
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The creamy cheese and tangy mustard play off each other perfectly. Here's Ree Drummond's recipe.

Read more: I Tried 8 Miracle Flavor Hacks To Upgrade My Favorite Foods

3. Store greens with paper towels to make them last longer.

The paper towels absorb excess moisture over time, which keeps the greens drier longer — and extends their shelf-life in the fridge.Read more: We Tested Pinterest Cooking Hacks And Here's Which Ones Worked
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The paper towels absorb excess moisture over time, which keeps the greens drier longer — and extends their shelf-life in the fridge.

Read more: We Tested Pinterest Cooking Hacks And Here's Which Ones Worked

4. Chill a bottle of wine ASAP by wrapping it in a wet dish towel (or paper towel) and sticking it in the freezer.

The entire bottle will cool down in 10 minutes or less. Problem solved!Read more: I Tried A Bunch Of Boozy Party Hacks And Found The Legit Ones
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The entire bottle will cool down in 10 minutes or less. Problem solved!

Read more: I Tried A Bunch Of Boozy Party Hacks And Found The Legit Ones

5. Upgrade Top Ramen noodles by adding a pat of butter and switching up the back-of-package instructions.

It's all about the order, and making sure the noodles don't overcook.Read more: These Quick Ramen Hacks Will Save Your Busy Weeknights
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It's all about the order, and making sure the noodles don't overcook.

Read more: These Quick Ramen Hacks Will Save Your Busy Weeknights

6. When you're hard-boiling eggs, add a tablespoon of vinegar to the water to make them easier to peel.

We tried a ton of popular methods to make hardboiled eggs easier to peel: from playing with water temperature to switching up storage techniques. Out of all the methods, adding vinegar worked the best.Read more: I Tested Out Popular Tricks To Make Hard-Boiled Eggs Easier To Peel
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We tried a ton of popular methods to make hardboiled eggs easier to peel: from playing with water temperature to switching up storage techniques. Out of all the methods, adding vinegar worked the best.

Read more: I Tested Out Popular Tricks To Make Hard-Boiled Eggs Easier To Peel

7. Add cornstarch to scrambled eggs to make them creamier.

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Perfect if you like your eggs a bit runnier. We used this recipe from Food52.

Read more: We Tested Pinterest Cooking Hacks And Here's Which Ones Worked

8. Coat the outside of your grilled cheese in mayo for the tastiest version ever.

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A bit of mayo = the secret to a perfectly crispy, ultra rich grilled cheese that tastes like childhood. (But better.)

Read more: The Key To The Perfect Grilled Cheese Is Actually Mayonnaise

9. Add a ½ cup of oil + 2 eggs to turn any boxed cake mix into cookie dough.

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Just add the oil and eggs to the dry mix, and bake for about 8-12 minutes at 350°F.

Read more: We Tested Pinterest Cooking Hacks And Here's Which Ones Worked

10. Among the things you can cook in a microwave (or without a stove): bacon, potatoes, and even pasta.

No stove? No problem. In a pinch, there are a ton of kitchen staples you can make in the microwave — as long as you keep key adjustments (like liquid ratios and cooking times) in mind. Read more here.Read more: 8 Legit Meals You Can Actually Make In A Microwave
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No stove? No problem. In a pinch, there are a ton of kitchen staples you can make in the microwave — as long as you keep key adjustments (like liquid ratios and cooking times) in mind. Read more here.

Read more: 8 Legit Meals You Can Actually Make In A Microwave

11. Make two-ingredient ice cream with just heavy cream and cream of coconut — no fancy ice cream maker required.

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As the recipe says: just whip heavy cream and cream of coconut until it fluffs up, then freeze overnight.

Read more: I Tried 8 "Miracle" Pinterest Recipes And Here's How They Actually Turned Out

12. Two-ingredient ice cream also works with frozen bananas + Nutella.

Or any other mix-ins, really. (As long as you have frozen bananas as the creamy base, you're set.) Not a Nutella fan? Try this with a bit of peanut butter, strawberries, or pumpkin puree.Read more: These Easy and Inexpensive Nutella Desserts Are All You Need In Life
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Or any other mix-ins, really. (As long as you have frozen bananas as the creamy base, you're set.) Not a Nutella fan? Try this with a bit of peanut butter, strawberries, or pumpkin puree.

Read more: These Easy and Inexpensive Nutella Desserts Are All You Need In Life

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