I Spent A Week Trying Popular Kitchen Hacks & Here's What Happened

Photographed by Danny Kim.
This story was originally published on March 27, 2017.
We're always looking for ways to hack our lives. But out of all the "Try THESE Tips & Tricks!" articles out there, how many of them have you actually tried? And how much time have they actually saved you? Until recently, I really hadn't tried any of the dozens of kitchen hacks out there. And I truly didn't know how much time I could be currently wasting away in my kitchen (doing things the non-hacky way).
These culinary shortcuts were promising me that my troublesome cooking feats could be turned into painless jaunts in the park, with just a few quirky tricks. So why wasn't I using them? If for one week I used a cooking hack in every single meal I made, perhaps I could gain hours of my life back! And so, that's just what I did; For five days I used one cooking hack in each meal that I made. But as I began this journey, and started to consider the majority of these tips, I began to realize just how bizarre they sounded and felt (especially when I was spearing my strawberries with a straw).
Did I make it through my week of hacks: from avocado peeling with glasses, to leftover nut butter jar recipes, troublesome tomato chopping, and more? Was I able to gain back my previous hours that had been lost on culinary toil? Or was this all just a huge and super strange pain in the ass? Read on to find out which tips were actually worth it, and which ended up in some sort of kitchen explosion.