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10 Genius Food Hacks For Kitchen Mastery

There's two things everyone does: they cook and they eat. Sometimes those things can be a burden, so why not make both easier? Here are 10 genius food hacks for kitchen mastery. Never let cooking and eating ever make a fool of you again. 1. Want to make a perfect, edible chocolate cup to put your desserts in? Use a balloon! (via Diply.) 2. Want your bananas to last as long as possible? Separate each banana individually then put plastic wrap on the tops! (via Life Hacker.) 3. For perfect hard-boiled eggs, bake them, not boil! Set an oven to 325F and bake up to 4 dozen eggs at once for 30 minutes. Plunge into ice water after! (via Greetings from the Asylum.) 4. Hate when your burgers turn into golf balls and don't cook evenly? Solution is simple! Put a small indent in the middle using your thumb. (via Mom Filter.) 5. We don't all have pizza stones, so he's a $5 hack to give you the best homemade pizza! (via Life Hacker.) 6. Homemade taco shells are easier than you think. Preheat oven to 375F and warm the tortillas until they're pliable. Cover the tortillas in cooking spray then drape over the oven racks. (via Eating Well.) 7. Skip using ice cubes with water in your coffee! It just dilutes your drink. Instead, put some crushed Oreos in an ice cube tray and cover with milk. (via Oreo's Facebook.) 8. Can't ever remember what teas require what temperature and time? Never fear! (via Imgur.) 9. Don't you hate when burgers or BLTs come with a criss-cross bacon pattern? Make a mini bacon weave instead. It covers sandwiches perfectly! (via Imgur.) 10. Want to know how fresh your eggs are? Use this test to figure it out! (via I Love Gardens.)
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I love the tortilla trick, these are fabulous!
Oh my gosh thanks for finding all these hahaha!! I really love the chocolate one too but I don't think I could manage either @caricakes
I've always wanted to try the chocolate balloon cup but I know it would end in disaster haha
I use card #10's trick all the time! It saves me a lot of money!
awesome ...*&*
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Chocolate Chip (Perfectly Safe!) Cookie Dough Truffles
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Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bites ♥ – Sally's Baking Addiction
Oh my goodness gracious I need these in front of me RIGHT NOW. I'm obsessed. Those adorably tiny chocolate chips? And sweet caramel goodness? And Oreo cookie crust?! And CHEESECAKE, for Pete's sake?!? It just really couldn't be any better, dessert-wise. Sally's Baking Addiction, I salute you for creating this incredible little treat that's sure to be the reason I gain 300 pounds over the next month. ♥ To make your own batch of these decadent little treats, you will need: 18 whole Oreos (Double Stuf or regular) 1/4 cup (60g) unsalted butter, melted 16 oz (448g) full-fat cream cheese, softened to room temperature 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar 1/4 cup (60g) yogurt (you can also substitute sour cream) 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup (180g) mini semi-sweet chocolate chips homemade salted caramel sauce (you can find the recipe here!) Here's what you do! 1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line two cupcake pans with 18 paper or aluminum cupcake liners. 2. Make the crust: Use a food processor to reduce Oreos into a fine, crumbly texture. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine cookie crumbs and melted butter. Spoon one heaping tablespoon of the mixture into each liner, then press down firmly and uniformly with fingers. You should have enough for 16-18 liners. Bake for 5 minutes and allow to cool while you make the filling. 3. Make the filling: In a large mixing bowl, use an electric beater to beat the cream cheese on medium speed until smooth. Add sugar and yogurt, and beat to combined. Turn mixer down to low speed and add eggs one at a time. Finally, beat in vanilla and mini chocolate chips. Remember to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula as needed! 4. Use a spoon to fill cupcake molds with batter until almost full. Bake for 20-23 minutes. When you remove the cheesecakes from the oven, their centers will still be slightly jiggly and they may have inflated a bit. That's all perfectly normal. Allow to cool at room temperature for an hour. 5. After they've cooled at room temp, place the cheesecakes in the fridge and allow to chill another two hours. Top with salted caramel and additional mini-chips just before serving. Note: You can store cheesecakes in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Store cheesecakes (without caramel) in the freezer for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Let me know if you make these!! :D I know they're top priority on my To Bake list. Thanks again to Sally's Baking Addiction – all photos and ideas are hers! Happy baking, Vinglers :) Update: Super-awesome Vingler @PikaPixie made a great card showing her experience making these delicious treats! Check it out here for photos :)