Readers offer their best tips for creating less mess when making muffins, using the Google Map Gallery, and converting volume to weight when cooking.
Every day we receive boatloads of great reader tips in our inbox, but for various reasons—maybe they’re a bit too niche, maybe we couldn’t find a good way to present it, or maybe we just couldn’t fit it in—the tip didn’t make the front page. From the Tips Box is where we round up some of our favorites for your buffet-style consumption. Got a tip of your own to share? Add it in the comments, email it to tips at lifehacker.com, or share it over at our user-run blog, Hackerspace.
Make Cleaner Muffins with a Canning Funnel
DanYHKim shares his Instructable for making muffins without spilling batter on the pan:
I like to make muffins, but I hate the bits of batter that spill on the pan. They burn, make the oven smell bad, and are hard to clean. I use a canning funnel to direct muffin batter into their cups without spillage.
Google Maps Gallery Rounds up Maps from Third-Party Sources
Simon shares a tip about the new Google Maps Gallery:
Google just launched their new Google Maps Gallery, which is (according to Google) a kind of digital atlas. You can explore all kinds of maps by publishers like National Geographic and the United States Geological Society and tons more. They also let organizations upload their maps for free. I’m a map geek and I’ve been playing with it all afternoon!
Convert Volume to Weight with Nutrition Labels
Jess shares a tip about converting volume to weight when cooking:
Ever since I got a kitchen scale, I’ve found myself using it pretty much exclusively to measure out ingredients (both dry and wet). I can just zero out as I go and it keeps me from getting measuring cups and spoons dirty. When a recipe doesn’t list out a weight measurement for the ingredient, I check the nutrition label on the packaging. The serving size is almost always listed in both a volume and a weight measurement, so I always know how much a certain volume is supposed to weigh. It’s easy enough to do the math from there.
Photo by Marcus Jeffrey.
Post Forward Replaces Banner Ads with Social Feeds
Kurt shares a Chrome extension for replacing banner ads:
I’ve been using this extension and thought Lifehacker readers might get a kick out of it. It replaces banner ads on most web sites with your feeds from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.