If you could watch cooking and cleaning hacks on TokTok until your eyeballs pop out, then welcome to the club! As it turns out, TikTok isn’t just for dance routines and fashion hauls, it’s also for all the type-A folks that appreciate a good kitchen hack! Today we’ll be discussing some of our favorite hacks that we learned from TikTok, so let’s get started! Oh, and yes, it’s totally normal to follow up each of these hacks with a hearty, “why didn’t I think of that?!”
Our first hack involves keeping cold food cold. TikTok user Shannan McKnitt simply takes two disposable food pans and fills one approximately ⅓ full of water and places it in the freezer. The other pan she stuffs with food that needs to be chilled such as crisp vegetables, deli meats, cheeses, the usual, and places that pan in the fridge. Hours later she takes the first pan out of the freezer and lo and behold, the water is frozen; she then places the pan full of chilled goods inside the frozen pan so that everything is sitting on a block of ice. Shannan McKnitt deserves some sort of prize for being a genius because our minds have been blown.
Okay, all you garlic girls and guys, this is a hack just for you. You know how when you go to peel garlic the skin gets all sticky and doesn’t want to come off the garlic, then doesn’t want to come off of your fingers? Well, we (okay, not us, but a TikTok user) have a solution! Just pop your garlic into the microwave for a few seconds, start with 15 – 20 seconds, then go up to 30 seconds if you need to, and the skin will practically fall off.
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Is there anything worse than trying to spread cold butter? Well, yeah, lots of things are worse, but we have a hack for the whole cold butter thing! Grate it. That’s right. Grate that cold butter onto whatever it is you’ve got, we’ll say toast for the sake of our explanation, let the butter sit for a second, then spread it with your knife as per usual. No more tearing that bread apart!
If you fill your ice cube trays just to be soaking wet by the end, then this hack is for you and your wardrobe! Instead of running your ice cube tray under the water so that the water hits each cube cubby (probably not the technical term) and inevitably splashes you the entire time, instead, let the water run down the very middle of the cube tray allowing the water to flow gently into the cubbies. Bada bing, no more wet clothes.
(image via: taste of home)