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10 Kitchen Hacks You Need to Know

5. Keep Cookies Soft

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There’s nothing quite as delicious as a fresh batch of soft, homemade cookies, but leave those cookies out for a while and that scrumptious chewiness is quickly replaced by a hard crunch. So, how do you keep those cookies moist and chewy for longer? Simply place them in an airtight container or zip-lock bag with a slice or two of plain white bread! The moisture in the bread will keep your cookies soft until you’re ready to eat them. Make sure to check the bread occasionally, and replace with a new slice if the bread gets hard or stale.

For cookies that need to look more presentable than a random slice of bread thrown in a bag will allow, place a flour tortilla between two pieces of parchment paper, cut the paper around the tortilla and place in the bottom of a cookie tin. Add some cookies and then repeat, as needed, to fill the tin. The moisture from the tortillas will keep the cookies fresh and chewy for several hours!

4. Peel Garlic in Seconds

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Most people know that crushing a clove of garlic with the back of a knife or the bottom of a cup makes pulling off the peel a lot easier and quicker, but what if you need to peel a lot of garlic all at once? Easy! Simply hit a head of garlic with the heel of your palm to break it apart and then swipe the whole mess into a big metal bowl. Put another bowl over the top, so you’ve essentially got a big ball filled with garlic, and then shake like crazy for a few seconds. Remove the top bowl and you should find a bunch of delightfully naked garlic all peeled and ready to use!

To easily separate the garlic from the peels, fill the bowl with water. All the peels will rise to the top for easy removal, and your freshly peels garlic will remain at the bottom of the bowl.

3. Perfect Hash Browns

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Making the perfect hash browns can be a real challenge, which is why many people avoid making them altogether and simply opt to dine out or go with frozen hash browns when the mood strikes. If you’re a hash brown lover, you’re going to love this hack! Simply shred potatoes, sprinkle in a little salt and pepper and then add a layer of the potatoes to a well-greased waffle iron. That’s right – waffle iron. The end result  will be perfectly cooked hash browns with no muss and no fuss! Enjoy!

Before making your hash browns, make sure to squeeze all the water out of your grated potatoes. This is really, really important if you want to end up with crisp hash browns. You can use some of the liquid to replace part of the water in bread dough, which will make your bread softer and more moist.

2. Reheat Pizza the Right Way

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If you’re like most people, you probably eat your leftover pizza cold, straight from the box, or toss a slice into the microwave for a few seconds to warm. Next time you get a hankering for some leftover pizza, toss the pizza into a skillet (crust side down, of course) and heat on medium for for or five minutes. Your crust will remain crisp and delicious, like a freshly delivered pie. For faster heating, add a dome of foil over the top of the skillet before heating. This allows the crust to stay crispy, while heating the toppings quickly and thoroughly.

You can also heat leftover pizza on a baking sheet in a 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes for a fresh-baked taste!

1. Oven “Boiled” Eggs

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Hard boiled eggs are one of the basic staples of cooking. Everyone knows how to boil an egg, right? Well, not so fast. Instead of boiling your eggs in water, the way grandma used to do, you might want to try baking those eggs, instead. Simply place your eggs on a baking sheet (or in a muffin pan, to keep eggs from rolling around) and bake in a 350 degree oven for half an hour. When done, transfer the eggs a bowl of ice water and allow to sit for a few minutes, until cooled completely. Tada! Perfect hard “boiled” eggs, every time!

Once you’ve got perfectly hard-cooked eggs, place them in a container of cold water, seal the lid, and shake vigorously for a few minutes to peel the eggs without damaging the whites!

Tye started her writing career in journalism and now enjoys writing on a variety of topics, from health and beauty to lifestyle and fitness. Find Tye on LinkedIn!

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