We always want to find more ways to help brilliantly lazy cooks make great-tasting food and save money and time in the process. Luckily, our Facebook fans are invaluable sources of information when it comes to getting cool tips, behind-the-scenes info, and more.
We've already compiled some of the most helpful ones here—now read on for the latest and greatest tips from our fellow Food Hackers.
We posted about an innovative way to keep guacamole green using a little bit of water, but our Facebook fans have even more methods.
- Use PAM to stop guacamole/avocado from turning brown. — Marcus S.
- Press plastic wrap on top of the guacamole to keep air out. This stops it from turning brown. Also works on avocado. — Zack M.
- Keep guacamole fresh for up to three days by using a little lime juice and zest and storing it in a ziplock bag with all the air squeezed out. — Brian S.
- A thin layer of milk keeps guac from turning brown. — Brenda H.
- Put a thin layer of melted butter on top of the guac to keep it green. Blot/skim it off before serving. — Daniel A.
- Vodka removes red wine stains. — Dani M.
After reading this tip, I tried it out myself on red wine, chocolate, and bacon fat. Vodka took out all those stains when used undiluted and immediately after the stain happened.
- Use vodka to make homemade tinctures. — Adrien F.
And, we might add, vodka helps makes great flavored extracts for baking.
It can be tough to figure out what bottle of wine or spirits merits your hard-earned dollars, unless you have this tip.
- To find good beer, wine, and spirits: Ask at restaurants, but buy from stores. — Allison K.
There are also several great apps to help you find the best liquor out there.
- Put butter on toast and put it back in the toaster oven while it's still warm. — Benito C.
Believe it or not, some people don't like having Cheetos residue on their hands.
- Use food service/latex glove to stop Cheetos fingers. — Kelly N. and Gerald W.
Meanwhile, there's a classic solution to the conundrum of sandwiches with slippery fillings...
- Stop sandwich slippage with frilly toothpicks (it's a classic for a reason). — Melissa T.
We're all about ways to use up food scraps that might otherwise clog up landfills. Now here are more great tips along those same lines.
- The end parts from onions can be used on small cuts. Rub the cut end on the wound and within minutes it'll stop the bleeding. Pineapple leaves can be used for decoration once trimmed from the fruit, and the bottom can be carved into a star or flower. Same with watermelon peels (can be carved into a leaf). — Daniel A.
We'd also add that onion ends are great to add to homemade stocks and soups (as are carrot peelings and celery ends).
A big shout-out and thanks again to everybody for sharing their great tips, comments, and food knowledge. If you haven't already, be sure to stop by our Food Hacks Facebook page to like us, leave a comment, share a secret family food hack, or just say hi. Also make sure to follow us on Twitter over @FoodHacksDaily.