Most of us dream about finding shortcuts in order to spend less time in the kitchen.
And just when you think you’ve seen all of them, another new and ingenious way of cutting or making something crops up.
Here at The Healthy Mummy we have rounded up some of our favourite food hacks that may help you to help you become a speedier cook.
Food game changers – Ten top hacks that will change your life
1. Boil eggs in the oven
The Healthy Mummy social media community member Nikola Green shared this amazing egg hack this week.
“Place your eggs in a muffin tray and pop into an oven of 160c for 30 mins,” she says.
“Once ready place into ice cold water, I had 6-8 ice cubes in the bowl. This makes them easy to peel. The fresher the eggs the easier to peel too. No water or anything needed. It worked perfectly!”
2. Get the most juice out of your lime and lemon
You can get so much more juice – almost triple the amount – with this easy hack. A reddit user called regularoldballoon shared an image that showed a different way of cutting the green fruit.
It suggests making cuts on all four sides of the lime, leaving the centre untouched.
This way, you’ll be able to squeeze each four sides and can also get some drops from the core.
Now you can make triple the amount of our yummy chilli, lime and coconut prawn skewers recipe!
3. Ripen an avocado in ten minutes
All you need is an unripe avocado, some tin foil, a baking sheet, an oven and ten minutes to spare.
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees, wrap your avo in tin foil, place it on the baking sheet and just pop the sheet in the oven and wait ten minutes. So easy!
We love avocados with fresh rocket, coriander and almonds on a salad.
4. Turn fruit into jam in five seconds
What do you do if you discover you’ve reached the bottom of the bottle of your strawberry jam but fancy it on toast?
If you’ve got fresh strawberries to spare then you can simply bypass the fermenting part of the jam process and whip up your own spread in roughly two minutes!
All you need to do is mash up the strawberries and mix in honey or Nativa.
Voila, jam for your breakfast in an instant.
Read our delicious recipe for Chia Berry jam, a recipe from The Healthy Mummy, which is a safe way to lose weight after having a baby.
5. Peel an egg in 10 seconds
Fed up of standing over the bin while peeling your hard boiled eggs which are annoyingly usually stuck to the shell?
We know how to change your life! All you need is a plastic tupperware container, cold water and of course your eggs.
Place the eggs into the container and fill it halfway with cold water. Then seal the shake vigorously for ten seconds, then pour the water out and watch the shells slide off.
There are so many health benefits to eating eggs.
6. Stop bananas turning brown
wrap the crown of a bunch of banana's in cling film to keep them for 3-5 days longer. pic.twitter.com/2tFaOLuhun
— snack hacks (@snackhacks) August 13, 2013
As bananas (pun intended) as it sounds, you can actually save your yellow fruit from going brown by wrapping up the stumps with foil or clingfilm.
Try this chocolate banana loaf with frosting recipe.
7. Seal a bag of chips not using a clip
Imgur user SlimJones123 has an amazing way to seal a bag of chips without using a clip to stop them from going stale.
All you need to do is roll the top of the bag down and then fold the corners in and then fold back – it’s very secure.
Check out the video below:
8. Cut up a watermelon
This simple yet brilliant technique will change the way you cut your watermelon forever!
The sweet-tasting red fruit can be a tad tedious to cut up. All you need to do is cut the watermelon into quarter and then take each wedge and cut along then cut slices rind without going all the way down to the bottom, and then again length ways.
Then pour the water melon into a large bowl and you’ll be left with small edible cubes.
You’ll need watermelon cubes to make our Healthy Mummy Fruity Tutti smoothie.
9. Peel a kiwi
An easy and less messy way to eat a kiwi is by cutting off both of the ends then using a teaspoon to scoop out the middle. This way you can cut it up to add to a fruit salad or add it into our delicious Kiwi Buzz Smoothie.
You could always slice off one end and eat the middle bit out with a spoon like a yoghurt too.
10. Make baking powder
Planning on making a cake but you don’t have any baking powder? You could always make your own, says Useful Knowledge.
All you need to do is mix together two parts cream of tartar and one part baking soda and then add water. Instant baking powder in seconds.
11. Cut a cake to make it go further
Did you know you can make a healthy chocolate cake using zucchinis? Check out it out here.
Mathematician Alex Bellos has a unique way of cutting a cake in order to make it go further and preserve any leftovers.
In a YouTube video, Alex suggests you cut two slices down the middle of a round cake and then cut into rectangle slices to serve to people.
He then advises bringing the other sides of the cake together to make a smaller ‘cake’ and putting a rubber band around it and putting in the fridge. You can even bake it again. Genius!
You could also try these quick lunchbox hacks to save time.
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