The family and I are running around Disney World this whole week and boy it is quite exhausting. Not saying that vacation is exhausting, but I totally underestimated how much work goes into walking around a different park each and every day for 12+ hours. Food has definitely been a learning experience, and I have made it work. This week I am talking about food hacks, and was wondering if you would be interested in me writing on how I ate Paleo at Disney World? Leave me a comment and let me know. It actually didn't require many food hacks, just educated choices.
Before I get to the post, I want to know what your favorite food hack is. Do you have a go-to time saving tip you use all the time? Leave us a comment so we can keep this list growing. Even if you read one of the food hacks below and have a way of improving it, we want to know about it. Without further hesitation, here are the best food hacks.
- To cook bacon perfectly place the bacon in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake in an oven at 400 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. Tweet this!
- To save half an avocado from browning, rub coconut oil over the surface, place in an airtight container and refrigerate. The coconut oil will solidify and create a crust. Tweet this!
- To slow the spoiling process store tomatoes stem side down. Tweet this!
- To speed up ripening place tomatoes and peaches in a closed paper bag. Tweet this!
- To help bananas last longer, separate the bananas and wrap the stems in plastic wrap. Tweet this!
- To help bananas ripen faster, place the yellow or green bananas in a 300 degree over for up to 40 minutes. Tweet this!
- To check if an egg is still fresh, place the raw egg in cold water to see if it sinks. (If it floats, throw it away.) Tweet this!
- Remove broken bits of eggshell while cooking, use the already cracked egg to scoop the stray shell from the food. Tweet this!
- To peel hard boiled eggs easier, add baking soda or vinegar to the water. Tweet this!
- To remove seeds from pumpkins or squash, use an ice cream scoop. Tweet this!
- To remove the skin from a piece of ginger, use a spoon. Tweet this!
- To easily peel citrus fruits, roll the fruit on a hard surface before peeling. Tweet this!
- To juice a citrus fruit without a juicer, use a pair of tongs to juice the fruit instead of using your hands. Tweet this!
- To save cut fruit from browning, squeeze a little lemon juice over the fruit. Tweet this!
- To de-crystallize honey, place the jar of crystallized honey in hot water for 5 to 10 minutes. Tweet this!
- To peel garlic, place the separated cloves in a lidded container and shake vigorously. Tweet this!
- To prevent water from over boiling, place a wooden spoon across the top of the pot. Tweet this!
- To extend the shelf-life of nuts, place the shelled nut in the freezer. Tweet this!
- To save fresh herbs to use later, freeze them in an ice cube tray filled with water, olive oil or butter to use in sauces, soups and stews. Tweet this!
- To help soften butter faster, cut the stick into eight smaller pieces. Tweet this!
- To make clear ice cubes, fill an ice cube tray with water than has been boiled and cooled. Tweet this!
- To naturally flavor water water, add fruits and berries (or even herbs). Tweet this!
- To test baking soda for freshness, mix a 1/4 teaspoon with 2 teaspoons of vinegar to see if it bubbles. If it does not bubble, the baking soda should be thrown away. Tweet this!
- To check baking powder for freshness, mix 1 teaspoon with a 1/2 cup of warm water to see if it bubbles. If it does not bubble, the baking powder should be thrown away. Tweet this!
So what was your favorite food hack off of this list? My go to is the bacon since I eat it every day. I also use the process to ripen bananas faster to make the award winning Paleo Banana Bread recipe we have.