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12 Food Hacks We Know Actually Work Because We Tried Them

Here's what's actually worth your time.

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

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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

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

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

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.

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

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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.

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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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