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Watch These Food YouTubers Get Called Out For Faking Their ‘Kitchen Hacks’

 

So-called “kitchen hacks” rack up billions of views showing supposed instructions on making quick desserts that turn out to be bunk. BBC Click’s Chris Fox follows the recipes step-by-step to expose the scam.

 

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30 Excellent Dieting Tips & Infographs

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15 Tips And Tricks That Can Fix Cooking Problems

You can make cooking a lot easier if you know how to think outside of the box. If you are sick of crying while cutting onions or your food sticking to the pot, there’s a hack for that. There are tons of tips you can use in the kitchen to spice up any dish or just take the stress out of the culinary arts.

We love cooking almost as much as eating so we’re sharing tips in the kitchen to help you win at mealtime.

1. Keep bread in your teeth while cutting onions, it will absorb the vapors and stop you from crying.

2. When eggshell pieces get stuck in the yolk, use the remaining shells to fish it out.

3. Use cups to make your own cupcake holders…and customize them too!

4. Immerse fruit in ice water for 5 minutes to make them easier to peel.

5. An open drawer is the perfect free space for a cutting board.

6. To prevent crumbs when chopping up eggs, run the knife under cold water.

7. Old water bottles can be converted into the perfect cookie cutters — they can also shape donuts!

8. Add some water to smooth out your eggs, sunny side up.

9. Toast your spices on low heat to enhance the flavor of their natural oils.

10. Keep on the lid when making rice since the steam helps cook it.

11. Measure ingredients by weight, not volume, when baking.

12. Never keep tomatoes or citrus fruits in the fridge as the cold depletes the flavor and aroma.

13. To check for freshness, place eggs in water. Keep the ones that sink, not the ones that float.

14. Coat your measuring cup with egg to prevent molasses or honey from sticking.

15. Salt can bring out the sweetness of any sour fruit dish, whether it’s a grapefruit souffle or blueberry jam.

What are some other cooking tips you like to use in the kitchen? Please share them with us in the comments!

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DIET Hacks Healthy Tips

EAT THIS INSTEAD OF THAT: 15 Surprising Food Comparisons That Can Help Upgrade Your Diet

Scrambled eggs, chicken breasts, and fresh apples are undoubtedly good for your health. Though, it turns out that these, and many more other products, can be swapped with even better alternatives. Tofu, hummus, beans, and almond butter can benefit your diet way better because they are filled with useful elements. Also, they can save you money, since most of them are pretty cheap and available almost anywhere.

 

1. A cheaper and healthier alternative to beef

2. Tofu is a very nutritious breakfast variant.

3. More of a snack for less calories.

Popcorn is a 100% whole grain snack filled with fiber, antioxidants, complex fats, and almost no calories. Combined with a couple of nuts, it makes the perfect bowl full of food.

4. Fruit snacks can easily be enhanced.

Just a small addition of almond butter to your fruits will allow you to stay full for longer, with no harm to your figure.

5. An alternative that is rich in fiber and protein.

6. Processed snacks can be replaced with their natural variants.

7. The right sweets, eaten in moderation, can be just as healthy.

8. White rice can be replaced with brown, which is better nutritionally.

9. Lentils will fill you with energy better than meat.

10. Hummus is a good alternative to some nuts, which can be too high in calories.

11. Not all the drinks sold as diet products actually benefit your diet.

12. This is how many calories hide in different types of bread.

13. Same taste, but less sugar and calories.

14. Regular or diet cornflakes — both have a lot of sugar in them.

15. Calorie reducing meat swaps

Which foods do you enjoy eating? Do you know of any interesting food substitutions? Let’s share our tips in the comment section!

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Dessert Hacks Tips Video

Garnish like a Pro with These 9 Caramel and Chocolate Creations! Cake Decoration How to

 

You don’t need to be a pro to garnish like a pro with these 9 amazing caramel and chocolate creations!

 

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Hacks Steak Tips Video

Gordon Ramsay’s Top 10 Tips for Cooking the Perfect Steak

 

Gordon’s coming to you from the newly renovated Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas to give you the best tips to make the perfect steak!

 

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Food Hacks

18 Food Hacks For All The Home Chefs

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27 UNBELIEVABLE COOKING HACKS YOU HAD NO IDEA ABOUT

You will love this video as we prepared a new collection of cooking life hacks and recipes that will ease your life! You will find crazy but super-delicious recipes that you totally should try to prepare. Your friends will love this idea! We share a cool way to prepare coffee using an orange. Check out the incredible tutorial!

One more crazy recipe is watermelon cooked in watermelon. It’s not a joke! Marinate a whole chicken or season it. Take a watermelon and cut off the top, remove the flesh. Place a watermelon inside and cook for two hours.

All children will love the next idea – quick oreo ice-cream. Try to make this ice cream and share the results!

Microwave a cob for two minutes and you will have perfect popcorn. We share a cool and easy recipe for healthy eaters – chicken skewers.

Chicken breast is a perfect choice for healthy eaters as it’s full of protein and so easy to cook. Check out the recipe: cut chicken breasts in strips and skewer them. After that, cut the strips between the skewers, add some spices and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

Check out handy kitchen ideas: store fish in two ziplock bags.

Decorate the cake with bakes pineapples.

Learn how to cut cucumbers in a very creative way.

Open a soda can using chopsticks.

Check out how to divide yolks from whites.

Use French Press to make whipped cream for coffee. Fill the French press halfway with heavy cream and pump the lever up and down.

THESE AND MUCH MORE IN THE VIDEO:

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Chefs Hacks Tips Video

Jamie’s Top 7 Curry Paste Tips & Hacks

Jamie shows us some brilliant little tips to using the Pataks pastes and chutneys! Get stuck in and have a go and create your own!

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10 Fast Food Hacks For The Ultimate Cheapskate

So everyone from college students to moms on the go and everyone in between loves cheap fast food, Here are the fast food hacks you need to know to get more food for lower prices. Over the past few years I have discovered a few fast food hacks for getting the most bang for my buck. Here are several tips and tricks to get the most out of your cheapskate meal on the go.

1. Taco Bell Nachos Discount

Love Taco Bell Nachos? Normally the chips come in a small bag and the cheese in a little container. These cost $1.30. You can get MORE nachos for 20 cents cheaper, simply by ordering Triple Layer Nachos without beans or sauce. This costs $1.10 and it comes in a container with the chips spread out and cheese already poured over them. BAM. More chips. More cheese.

PROTIPOrder a Regular Doritos Loco Taco with your not-so-triple-layer nachos (and a large water) and you’ve got a meal for $2.69.

2. Save money at Chipotle

I’ve got 3 hacks for you at the palace de Burrito:

1. Order off the Kids’ Menu

All kids menu items come with kids chips and a drink (juice, milk, or soda).

You have three options:

1. Small Cheese Quesadilla with a side of rice and beans….$3.75

2. Small Meat+Cheese Quesadilla with a side of rice and beans….$4.25

3. Build your own Taco: any three items and two soft or crispy shells….$4.75 (only one meat or guacamole for the “any three items”)

2. Rice is Free 

Want more substance to your meal, or are you super hungry?

Ask for more rice; it’s free! Ask and you shall receive!

3. So are Tortillas

When ordering a burrito bowl, you can always get a tortilla on the side for no extra cost!

PROTIP: If you want to try to get more meat, ask for half of two different kinds. It’s harder for them to estimate half a scoop when the utensils are a whole portion. You might get more meat this way, but I can’t guarantee this works every time.

3. Save Money at Panda Express

With the regular meals at Panda costing $5.80 before tax, you can also save money by ordering a kids’ meal. It comes with an entree (meat/veggies), side (rice), drink and a cookie, costing you $4.90 before tax.

PROTIP: Switch out your cookie after you’ve eaten your meal, (if you don’t want it) by asking them for fortune cookies instead! One time I received a whole takeout box of fortune cookies!

4. Wendy’s Four for $4

You’ve probably heard about this one with all the advertising going on lately, but this meal deal is really a steal! You get four chicken nuggets, a junior bacon cheeseburger, fries, and a medium drink for just $4 before tax!

5. McDonald’s Poor Man’s Big Mac

This has been my go-to order at McDonald’s ever since I can remember! I love Big Macs but just the burger costs $5!! Simply order a double cheeseburger and ask for mac sauce. It saves you about $3 and you can get a small fry and large drink with it for under $5!

PROTIP: Large tea is still $1, but soda is not (sweet, easy ice of course).

6. Speaking of McDonald’s, Mac Sauce is the bomb.

Actually just discovered this hack this year. You can order mac sauce at McDonald’s to dip your fries in, and it’s amazing! (Kind of reminds me of Freddy’s sauce.) They charge you about 30 cents for it, and your receipt reads salad dressing. Just ask for a container of mac sauce for your fries.

PROTIP: If you have the chance to try out the new gourmet McDonald’s locations, do it! I made my own burger, and it was so juicy and the toppings were much better than normal…on the pricer side though, at $5 for just the burger.

7. Thirsty?? Free Water, Even in the Drive-Thru!

Due to their sustainable promises, Starbucks is required to provide water. If you don’t want to buy a bottle, you can always get a Venti for free.

McDonald’s is also required to give free water if you’ve ordered it, but usually comes in a small cup.

Wendy’s does as well; one time my friends and I were really thirsty, so I went through the Wendy’s Drive-Thru. They happily gave me three free waters.

PROTIP: At Subway, instead of getting a flimsy clear water cup, you can buy a medium size plastic cup for about 60 cents, instead of paying $2 for a water bottle. 

8. Starbucks Iced Latte Discount

Simply buy a double-shot espresso in a full cup of ice for $1.95, and head over to the milk and sugar counter to top off your cup with the whatever else you want. Saves you $1.60.

PROTIP: Starbucks Christmas Cookie Frappucino Year-round!

I love me some Starbucks Frappucinos, and even though my favorite flavors are the special ones that come out in the summer, Christmas Cookie is off the charts.

Here’s the recipe for any size:

Ask for a cream-based frappucino with equal parts of half toffee and half peppermint. Add caramel drizzle and raw sugar sprinkled on top of the whipped cream. It’s that simple! And it’s delicious!

9. Want a quick, healthier option? (because you’re getting cavities just from reading this)

Just this year, a company called Elevate came out with these amazing salads. Now, I hate salad. But these salads are ridiculously delicious! Look for them in the cooler section, just below the Walmart salads. Their ingredients are all organic and include a bunch of superfoods. They come with a lettuce base, toppings, and a fork. They’re about five bucks, but go on sale for $3.98 sometimes. Flavors include: Blu-Rugula, Go Go Goji, Kale Caesar, Nutty Cranberry, Sunny Caesar, Power Grains, Southwest, and Spinach Pow.

10. List of Student Discounts

As my last hack, I’d like to give all those hard working students out there some student discounts that you might not already know:

PROTIP: You can get a free Krispy Kreme donut anytime if you go inside and ask for a sample!

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12 Cooking Tips That Can Save Your Dishes

12 Cooking Tips That Can Save Your Dishes

1. How to bake a flat cake

In order to get a flat top on a cake instead of a dome-like shape, wrap the baking form with a strip of wet durable cloth (you can use an old towel). This trick will help bake ideally flat biscuits. You can find more details here.

2. An easy trick to prevent fish from sticking to a frying pan

In order to avoid fish sticking to a frying pan during cooking, follow this rule: hot frying pan, cold oil. You can find more nuances in fish-frying here.

3. Caramelized sugar will definitely improve the taste of your baking.

Sugar affects the taste of baked goods greatly. Slightly fried sugar will add a bright note of caramel to confectionery products. For example, an hour of heating up sugar on the stove gives it a slight caramel tinge, while 5 hours creates granulated caramel with a unique aroma. Try to use this recipeand you’ll be surprised at how the usual tastes of your desserts will change.

4. How to squeeze lemon juice without seeds

You can avoid seeds getting into lemon juice if you wrap the citrus fruit with a cheesecloth before squeezing. You can learn more details here.

5. A trick that will prevent brown sugar from clumping

Brown sugar tends to clump and harden quickly. In order to avoid this situation, place a marshmallow into the container with sugar. It will help keep the sugar soft thanks to the moisture a marshmallow has. We learned about this trick here.

6. A simple idea for transporting a cake

In order to keep the shape and decorations on a cake in good condition while transporting it, put it on a dish, stick wooden skewers (or toothpicks) on the edges and cover it with a plastic wrap. The cake won’t get damaged or dried out. We looked up this idea here.

7. How to melt chocolate chips and maintain a perfectly melted consistency

You can melt chocolate chips in a slow cooker. Place the chocolate into heat-resistant bowls and put them into a slow cooker. Add hot water and don’t close the lid. You can find more details here.

8. How to keep a cake fresh

In order to prevent a cut cake from drying, use pieces of bread and toothpicks. Adjust the bread with the help of toothpicks to the cut edges of the cake. The bread will get dry but the cake will keep the moisture and, therefore, stay tasty. We saw this trick here.

9. What you should do before putting macarons in the oven

When cooking macarons, leave them out for at least 20 minutes (or till they get a crust) on the baking sheet before placing them in the oven. It will help macarons raise better as well as get a better shape. Here, you can find more details.

10. How the amount of sugar affects the consistency and taste of baked goods

There is hardly any baking recipe that has no sugar. Not only does it affect the taste, but also the volume and aroma of cakes and pies. For example, a sugarless pie will be dense, pale, low and almost aromaless. At the same time, pies with a higher content of sugar have a deeper taste, they are more fluffy and tall. You can read more about the effect of sugar on baked goods as well as the best proportions to use in order to get the desired result, here.

11. A simple idea for combining dessert stuffings

By combining only 2 ingredients: chocolate, and heavy whipping cream, you can create a poured glaze, fillings for cakes, and a base for truffles. The main thing is to know the right proportions and temperatures.

For example, by using equal parts of chocolate and whipping cream, you can make a filling for a cake. And later, when the mass cools down, you can cook truffles. You can also learn about how to make several types of a chocolate ganache here.

12. A few tips on how to cook perfect spaghetti

The process of cooking pasta seems so obvious: water+ spaghetti = a tasty dish. However, in order to get the perfect dish, you need to use several tricks:

  • The pot in which you are going to cook spaghetti should be large so that it doesn’t stick.
  • When you add spaghetti to boiling water, keep stirring it.
  • Drain the pasta into a colander. Taking it out with a special spoon will prevent the unnecessary water from staying in the pasta, making it soggy.
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Easy Cooking Tips From The World’s Best Chefs

Easy Cooking Tips From The World’s Best Chefs


1. WAIT TO SEASON YOUR STEAK

Anthony Bourdain said that he actually waited to season his steak until right before it goes on the grill. Once it’s hot, he added sea salt and cracked black pepper. In fact, salt should always be added last minute because it pulls moisture out of the meat.

2. GORDON RAMSAY’S “PERFECT” SCRAMBLED EGGS

In case you missed this episode of ‘Masterchef’, Gordon Ramsay says the secret to his “perfect” scrambled eggs is adding crème fraiche. Plus some other secret techniques such as cooking off the burner, and never adding salt to the eggs before cooking them, because it “ruins the texture and dulls the color.”

3. STEP UP YOUR SALT GAME

“Be sure to use a high-quality coarse salt for finishing your dishes,” Willcox says. “This is an easy way to really transcend your home cooking to restaurant-level quality. You can also use flavored salts, such as smoked salt, to add depth.”

4. LET PANCAKE BATTER REST

Gordon Ramsay says that it’s important to let pancake batter rest, covered, for 15 minutes so it can thicken and create fluffier pancakes.

5. FRY FRIED CHICKEN TWICE

After the first dip, let your chicken rest for 10 minutes, then fry it a second time for three minutes to make it extra crispy, because who doesn’t want extra crispy bacon?

6. COOK BACON IN THE OVEN

‘Barefoot Contessa’ host, Ina Garten, says this is the easiest way to make bacon crispy without burning it. Bake it at 400 degrees for 15–20 minutes, rotating the pan a couple times so it cooks evenly. Not to mention, you don’t have the worry about the bacon grease splattering onto you.

7. WHISK THE EGGS AND SHAKE THE SKILLET THE ENITRE TIME YOU’RE COOKING AN OMELETTE

Legendary French chef Jacques Pépin says this keeps the egg from burning and makes the omelette light and fluffy.

8. NEVER PUNCTURE YOUR MEAT

STK Executive chef Aaron Taylor says “Never stab the meat with a fork or knife to flip it over. These punctures allow juices to escape and can lead to drying of the meat and less-flavorful protein. Always use a spatula and/or tongs when you need to turn your meats.”

9. RINSE OFF DRY BEANS BEFORE COOKING TO PREVENT ROARING FROM THE REAR

Julia Child said that rinsing off dry beans before cooking them cleans off the sugars that contribute to the — er — anal exhale, that typically come with eating beans.

10. DON’T FORGET THE GARNISH

It may seem unnecessary, but simply garnishing a dish can a make a world of difference when presenting it. “To make an impression on your guests, throw a simple garnish on your finished platter,” says Sydney Willcox. “Microgreens are easy and beautiful, or take an element from the dish, such as whole herb sprigs or extra spice, and add just a small amount to create a pop for the eye.”

 

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Jamie’s Top Tips To Avoid Food Waste

Jamie’s Top Tips To Avoid Food Waste

Jamie has put together his top tips for avoiding food waste, packed with handy hints to make sure you can save food and keep it fresher for longer. Some of the ideas and recipes he’s got to show you are ingenious, so give them a go and see how you get on.

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How To Skills Video

How To Slice A Mango

How To Slice A Mango

WARNING: This video contains scenes that some viewers may find disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.

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Beef Smoke Video

Easy Smoked Baby Back Ribs

Easy Smoked Baby Back Ribs

Smoked Baby Back Pork Ribs! It’s easy on the Red Box Smoker.

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How To Cook Breakfast Better

How To Cook Breakfast Better

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but you might be doing it wrong. Luckily, we’ve got brilliant segment chef Lee Kalpakis to show you how to do it right.