Most Popular Food Hacks of 2014

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Most Popular Food Hacks of 2014

If there is one thing everybody loves, it’s food—and it’s been a great year for food hacks here at Lifehacker. Here are our best tips and tricks for whatever you’re cooking up. You better be hungry!

This year we baked the perfect chocolate chip cookie, made a giant pancake, learned to make simple sauces, grilled anything and everything, and more.

Most Popular Food Hacks of 2014

Some like their chocolate chip cookies soft and chewy. Others prefer it a little crispier. No matter what your cookie preference is, a simple adjustment in ingredients will help you bake your perfect batch of chocolate chip cookies.

Most Popular Food Hacks of 2014

Rice cookers aren’t just for rice. Put the super versatile appliance to work making an epic pancake.

Most Popular Food Hacks of 2014

There’s a lot to be gained by planning your meals. You eat better, healthier food, do more cooking for yourself and put more thought into what you eat, try new recipes, and save at the grocery store at the same time. However, it can be a little daunting; sifting through recipes and making lists. That’s why there are apps that help. This week, we’re looking at five of the best.

Most Popular Food Hacks of 2014

Don’t you hate it when you’re peeling a boiled egg and half of it breaks off with the shell? Serious Eats tested several egg boiling methods to find the most foolproof method to avoid that catastrophe. The factor that made the biggest difference: The temperature you start cooking the eggs in.

Most Popular Food Hacks of 2014

A good sauce can take a dish from bland to spectacular, and with just a few tweaks you can create an endless variety of dishes. Here are some more sauces to add to your arsenal.

Most Popular Food Hacks of 2014

Food tends to be one of our biggest budget items, but even with a limited income you can still eat well. Software developer (and avid runner) Erik August Johnson is sharing his $ 35 a week food experiment to show us how to frugally shop and eat.

Most Popular Food Hacks of 2014

Freezing food is an incredibly convenient way to save it, but thawing it is such a hassle. Here are the best (and quickest) ways to thaw just about any food.

Most Popular Food Hacks of 2014

“What’s for dinner?” might be the most dreaded question of everyday life. Even if you have a ton of ingredients at the ready, you have to figure out what to do with them and, more importantly, whether you can make something you’re in the mood for. Learn how to make a few basic sauces, however, and you have flexibility—turn whatever you have on hand into an awesome meal.

Most Popular Food Hacks of 2014

Even the most experienced grill master has trouble memorizing cooking times for everything. This chart tells you all you need to know for almost anything grill worthy.

Most Popular Food Hacks of 2014

Do you love cup of soup and instant ramen as much as we do? Then good news: Here’s a DIY way to get your noodles fix while also upgrading it to be more delicious and packed with fresh ingredients.

Most Popular Food Hacks of 2014

Instant ramen is a poor shadow of the noodles you get at a ramen shop. Now you can make better-than-instant ramen at home for even less than those cheap packets you find at the grocery store.

Most Popular Food Hacks of 2014

We’ve highlighted a number of secret menu items over the years, from the Poor Man’s Big Mac at McDonald’s to the Chipotle Quesarito. If you can’t get enough of these “insider” menus, #HackTheMenu is a great one stop shop for them.

Most Popular Food Hacks of 2014

You’ve probably heard about slow cookers, and how they can save you time and money in the kitchen. Most people use them for slowly simmered soups, stews, and broths, which is great—but did you know you can make cheesecake in your slow cooker? What about barbecue ribs? Let’s talk about some unexpected, delicious meals that are surprisingly slow cooker-friendly.

How to Peel a Mango in Under 10 Seconds

Mangoes are objectively one of the best fruits in the world (see you in the comments), but they can be notoriously difficult to peel, due to how slippery they are inside. Here’s how to skip the mess and get rid of those pesky skins in seconds.

Most Popular Food Hacks of 2014

Secret menus are not so secret, but they do let you order some interesting foods, like theSubway Old Cut, the Chipotle Quesarito, and bread-free items at Panera Bread. They can even save you money, as this “Poor man’s Big Mac” trick for McDonald’s secret menu shows.

Most Popular Food Hacks of 2014

Vegetable gardening is both an art and a science. Figuring out when and where to plant the vegetables, what pests to look out for, when to harvest, and all the other fine details could be enough to make anyone dizzy. Luckily, there’s this infographic with all the info.

Most Popular Food Hacks of 2014

You have a lot of options for cooking oils. Some are better at certain temperatures, others are best with certain types of food. The folks over at MyFitnessPal have created a chart that helps you pick which oils are best for what kind of cooking you want to do.

Most Popular Food Hacks of 2014

Eating good food that’s both healthy and cheap seems to be an unattainable golden trifecta to most people. Student author Leanne Brown took up the challenge to find a way to eat well for $ 4 a day. The result is a a cookbook that you can download for free.

Most Popular Food Hacks of 2014

Sometimes it’s the small touches that make the biggest difference when you’re in the kitchen. Here are some simple tips from America’s Test Kitchen for prepping, cooking, and seasoning designed to boost flavor in everyday cooking.

Most Popular Food Hacks of 2014

Cold-brewing is a great way to enjoy coffee on a hot day or without having to have a hot drink. We’ve shown you a couple of ways of making it before—once in a blender, and once using a free-but-pretty jenky brewing rig. If you want something in between that’s still hassle-free, this method is for you.

Most Popular Food Hacks of 2014

Dear Lifehacker, I heard it’s dangerous to microwave food in plastic containers or plastic wrap because of scary food-contaminating chemicals. Is that true? What other things are safe or unsafe to use in the microwave?


So there you have it. It has been a great year of food hacks and easy recipes. Whether your favorite of the year made the list or not, we’d love to hear which guide helped you the most.

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