This story was originally published on November 29, 2016.
Bear with me while I have a minor existential crisis here, but do we even know what a hack is anymore? The word is used so often that most of the time we have no clue what we're getting ourselves into when we click on something that promises a "life-changing tip."
That said, we still love a good kitchen trick that saves us from food prep. We just want to make sure it's actually helping us out in the long run. Yes, you can absolutely make whipped cream by shaking it nonstop in a mason jar until your arms feel like jello. But, if you have a hand or a stand mixer available, said genius hack is, in reality, creating more work. Although the workout might be worth it.
In an effort to cut out some of the bullshit, we've rounded up 14 cooking hack videos that are truly worth trying. They'll save you time, make you wonder why you didn't already know them, and even give you an "aha!" moment or too. Check them out ahead, and tell us your faves in the comments.
Never Search For A Chip Clip Again Every time we want to close a bag of chips a rubber band or chip clip is nowhere to be found. But this useful hack will ensure your snacks never go stale again. It's also a great way to impress people at parties.
The Easiest Way To Cook Bacon This hack's time-saving magic is twofold. First, you don't have to wait while you cook your bacon two pieces at a time on the stove. And second, you can make the rest of your breakfast while the oven does all the work for you.
Cut Down On The Time It Takes To Measure Sticky Ingreds This one cuts down on time and dishes. Instead of spending five minutes attempting to get honey out of a measuring cup with a spoon, just mist it with nonstick spray. Not only will it slash baking prep minutes, but it'll save you from washing sticky dishes, too.