12 Cooking Hacks Everyone Should Know

Anyone who’s striving to follow a healthier diet should start by prepping more meals at home. Cooking your own food allows you to control portion sizes and ingredients used, not to mention it saves you money. But there is a learning curve when it comes to all that chopping, slicing, and dicing. That’s why we’ve collected 12 amazing tips and tricks for cooking at home for us or our friends.

1. The easiest way to check if cooking oil is ready for frying:

“To check if the cooking oil for frying is hot enough, insert a wooden spoon/ladle. If it starts to bubble around the wood, the oil is ready.”

2. The cleanest way to cook:

“When you are cooking, clean as you go. If you’re done using something, put it away. Put dirty dishes in the sink, don’t leave it out. By the time you’re done cooking, you will prevent the kitchen from looking like a tornado flew by.”

3. The best way to upgrade your hot chocolate:

“Chili powder in hot chocolate literally makes the best hot chocolate ever. Or if you don’t like spicy, put in a little bit of vanilla extract.”

4. The only way to fry bacon:

“My grandma sprinkles a little bit of flour on bacon before she fries it. The flour cuts down on the grease splatter and makes the bacon extra crispy!”

5. The smartest way to cook vegetables:

“Cut up all your vegetables the same size, so they will cook in the same amount of time.”

6. The secret to good soup:

“When making soup, sauté the vegetables first — don’t just throw everything in and expect it to have flavor.”

7. The thing you have to do before cooking rice:

“Always wash your rice before cooking. It removes the extra starch so it doesn’t clump together.”

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8. The best way to save your fingers:

“ALWAYS make sure you are constantly sharpening your knife. Using a dull knife is more dangerous than using a sharp one.”

9. The thing you can add to any meal:

“Add frozen spinach to everything — meatballs, pasta dishes, pizza, etc. — for an easy health boost for a college cook.”

10. The best way to mix your food:

“I mix basically everything with my (clean) hands because that’s the way my mom did it. Guacamole, artichoke dip, pasta salad, biscuits, certain types of cookies… Spoons and electric mixers all get in the way of proper consistency.”

11. The best investment:

“Never use soap on a cast-iron pan, and invest in really good cooking gear. High-quality pots and pans and that sort of thing make a HUGE difference in how your food cooks.”

12. The best way to measure honey or sticky things:

“If you need to measure out honey, spray the measuring cup/spoon with a little bit of Pam or vegetable oil. It will pour out SO much easier, and you don’t lose half your honey because it’s stuck to the measuring cup!”

Other Survival and Self-sufficiency Resources:

The LOST WAYS (The vital self-sufficiency lessons our great grand-fathers left us)

Woodworking Plans (The World’s Largest Collection of 16000 Woodworking Plans)

Food For Freedom (The easiest solution to produce food during a water crisis) 

Liberty Generator (How to gain complete energy independence)

Alive after the crisis (The Most Comprehensive Disaster Survival Course)

Blackout USA (Video about EMP survival and preparedness guide)

Aquaponic System ( Organic Gardening Secret Grows You Up To 10 Times The Plants)