Clever cooking tricks, tips and tricks to know

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I’m Hannah, and I write about food for a living, which means I’m constantly finding cooking tips and tricks. Of course, not all food “super tricks” are actually worth trying, but I often come across an idea that makes me stop and think, “”Stop, that’s really, really smart.” These are some of the most promising cooking methods I’ve seen lately.


Baking and frying (or air frying) Babybel cheese for the new genius takes the mozzarella sticks.


Fry an egg in chili to upgrade your next bowl of instant ramen.


To prevent the bread in your breakfast sandwich from getting soggy from runny eggs, ketchup, or hot sauce, sprinkle shredded cheese on each slice of bread to create a cheesy crust or barrier. Assemble the sandwich so that the crusty bread touches the eggs and spices.


Make crunchy pickle chips using only pickles, cheese, and mini muffin tins. Sprinkle some cheese in each muffin cup, add a pickle in each, and cover with more cheese. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit and scoop out each pickle slice with a spoon.


Use baked, fried, or broiled potatoes instead of the meat you’d eat in tortillas or fajitas. It tastes delicious and delicious, but it is much cheaper than meat.


Give an old loaf of bread new life by running it under water, then bake it in a warm 300°F oven for about 10 minutes. The oven steams soft, stale bread and makes it as good as new.

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Cut the leftover meatloaf into thin slices and fry to a nice golden brown crust. Crispy slices to make an epic loaf sandwich.

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Next time you’re making tacos, replace the flour tortillas with Trader Joe’s Taiwanese scallion pie (or any frozen scallion patties from your local market).


Cut a slice of pizza in half and press the two slices together. Put it in a panini press or on the stove for a really good pizza.

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Combine a can of Hamburger Helper with whatever mixed greens you have (fresh or frozen) for a surprisingly satisfying, quick and cheap meal.


For a cheap and easy meal that rivals any takeout, try making fried rice. The ingredients will only cost you a few dollars, and they’re just as tasty as fried rice made with more expensive protein.


Swap Homemade Pizza Sauce: Tired of Marinara? Try pesto sauce, vodka sauce, Romesco, or maybe a little bit of everything.


Use the frozen keto as the base for the enchiladas. Simply place the keto in a baking dish and cover with your favorite store-bought enchilada sauce, diced tomatoes, and grated Mexican cheese. Then bake until the cheese begins to turn brown.


Put a little mayonnaise on a brownie, biscuit or brownie cake. Mayonnaise is mostly eggs and oil, it’s not hard to understand why it would upgrade your baked goods.

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Heat Trader Joe’s Frozen Mandarin Chicken, but leave out the sauce. Instead, put it in your favorite sauce, such as buffalo sauce, garlic Parmesan, or lemon pepper. They basically turn into gorgeous, boneless wings.

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Top your mac and cheese with a spoonful of cream cheese and mustard (Dijon, whole-grain mustard, or even mustard powder). Cream cheese adds, well… creaminess, and mustard gives it a deeper savory flavor.


Replace your regular bread with frozen naan and turn it into the greatest panini or grilled cheese sandwich ever.


Turn any frozen pizza into a deep dish. Thaw for 20 minutes, then drop into a cast iron skillet, add any toppings, and bake for an additional 10 minutes.


Mix the cinnamon with applesauce and half and half in a bowl. This two-ingredient dessert tastes like an icy apple pie filling, and you can whip it up in less than a minute.

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Adding an extra egg yolk to any cookie recipe will result in softer, fluffy, and freshly baked cookies even after a few days in the fridge.

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For the easiest and laziest lasagna, layer frozen ravioli with tomato sauce and mozzarella and bake in the oven.


Add a layer of shredded cheese inside the hard taco shells and let it melt. Not only is it the cheese that keeps the taco crusts together, it also tastes really good.

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Upgrade your cakes for breakfast…or dessert, thanks to this TikTok trick. Cut the bagel into slices and cover each half with the cream cheese and cinnamon. Fry the bagel (or place it in the roaster) in the air at 400°F for about four minutes, until the bagel is golden and the cheese appears fluffy. Finally, garnish the mixture with a drizzle of honey.


Replace some of the liquid in the waffle batter with drinking water or another soft drink, such as ginger. The result: fluffy and airy waffles.

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Save time cooking dinner by adding a touch of baking soda to grits or polenta. Cut the cooking time in half.

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Convert basically any canned fruit into a one-ingredient sherbet. Have something like peaches or pineapple in light syrup. Freeze the contents of the can overnight and in the morning remove the lid and pour any liquid and frozen fruit into a blender.

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Cook eggs in onion rings for perfectly fried eggs ready to be placed directly on a burger, toast or sandwich.


Instead of making grilled cheese on the stove, make it in a waffle iron. It’s faster, less greasy, and gives you perfect pockets for dipping and chopping tomato soup.


Instead of cooking rice with water or even broth, try making it in coconut milk. It adds a little fat and fat and is much tastier.

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Sprinkle some garlic powder and Italian seasoning on the sides of the grilled cheese bread. Boom: You have garlic bread and grilled cheese.

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Have you tried one of these cooking tricks? How it works? Or do you have another smart food upgrade that others should know about? Tell us in the comments.

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