Cooking Hacks

Homemade food is great, but cooking can be difficult, especially with big families or a hectic work schedule. Here are 10 cooking hacks to make life easier for you!

  • Need to cook meatloaf in a hurry? Divide up the meat and bake it in a muffin pan at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
  • Has your bread gotten a bit stale and hard? Use it in French toast instead of throwing it away. It doesn’t matter if the bread is hard since the milk and eggs rehydrate it when cooking. This is why the French call it “pain perdu” (lost bread).

  • Fresh squeezed juice tastes amazing in home cooking, but it can be annoying to do because of the slippery seeds. To prevent seeds from getting into the juice, squeeze the fruit through a cheesecloth.
  • If you don’t have plastic wrap, you can use a clean shower cap to cover your food and keep unwanted particles out.

  • Is your fruit ripening too slowly? Put it in a paper bag and roll the top down to close it. This traps the ethylene gas released by the fruit, which causes it to ripen faster.
  • When measuring out powdered ingredients like flour and sugar, place wax paper under your measuring cup. Any excess mess can be easily put back into the bag instead of needing to be wiped off the counter.

  • Having a hard time making pancakes? Instead of using a ladle to drop batter onto the pan, put the batter in a zip lock bag and use it like a pastry bag. It’s less messy and you’ll have more control over the pancake shapes and portions.
  • Sometimes meals are best served with a cold beer or soda. If your beverage isn’t cold enough, make sure it’s in a glass bottle and wrap it with a wet paper towel before putting it in the fridge. It will be nice and cold in no time.

  • Struggling to cut cleanly through soft foods like cheese or dough? Wrap a string of dental floss fully around your food and pull on both ends for a clean cut.
  • Got leftover baked goods? You can reheat them in the microwave without drying them out. Just put a microwave-safe cup of water in with the food to add in a bit of moisture.

What are your favorite cooking hacks? Which one would you like to try first? Let us know!

Here at WN Foods, we co-pack high quality sauces, cooked with the finest ingredients. If you would like us to manufacture your sauce recipe, or if you would like our food science team to help you develop your own sauce, please contact us at (510) 487-8877 or

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