Party Hacks Every 20-Something Should Know

You never really need a reason to throw a good party — but the prep and cleanup might beg some justification. In the interest of fostering hassle-free fetes, we offer up these tricks and tips that make any gathering a breeze — from easy ice cubes for frosty cocktails to the best way to roast a chicken. So go ahead, invite everyone over for dinner.

Salty Soup? Here's A Quick Save

Illustrated by Elliot Salazar.
Soups have a tendency to get saltier than expected — an hour or so of simmering means you're losing water and increasing the effect of any added salt. Luckily, there's an easy trick to getting that salt out of there: Adding a whole potato and boiling it for a few minutes. The potato will soak up the extra salt and add some starch for a thicker broth.