No matter how good of a cook you are, there’s still plenty to learn. Whether it’s a new way to do prep work, a way to keep ingredients fresh for longer or a fancy new recipe, learning new kitchen skills is so important. In that spirit, we took to YouTube to see what amateur chefs had to say on the subject—and we found all kinds of helpful and inventive tips. With no further ado, here are 30 of the best YouTube food hacks that we’ve found.
1. Peel a head of garlic in no time.
2. Make your eggs in the microwave.
3. Shred your chicken quickly in a stand mixer.
4. Section off your frozen ground beef for easy access.
5. Freshen up your wilted celery with cold water.
6. Use an egg slicer for other fruits and vegetables.
7. Speed up the pasta making process by using a skillet instead of a pot.
8. Peel a bunch of potatoes quickly with this trick.
9. Use this trick to easily peel a mango.
10. Try using dental floss in the kitchen for fine cutting.
11. Use a straw to take the stems out of strawberries.
12. Get your fingers wet before going after any stray pieces of eggshell.
13. Make perfect bacon without using a skillet.
14. Measure sticky and wet ingredients without them getting stuck to your measuring cups.
15. Keep your ice cream from getting freezer burn as you eat it down.
16. Use a spoon to safely peel your ginger.
17. Get tighter seals on your plastic bags by using a straw.
18. Ripen your unripe bananas for baking in no time at all.
19. Recover the pieces of a broken cork using a straw.
20. Don’t throw out old pickle brine.
21. Use this trick to quickly soften up any stick of butter.
22. Use a simple trick to “dot” your butter more easily and accurately.
23. Soften up old, hardened brown sugar clumps.
24. Keep grains and other loose foods sealed tight with this simple hack.
25. Keep your herbs tastier for longer by using a microwave.
26. Try this trick to drain out out thawed spinach better than before.
27. Read your cookbooks more easily while cooking with this simple hack.
28. Use a chopstick to easily take the pits out of cherries.
29. Make some frozen coffee cubes to keep from watering down iced coffee.
30. Get the stains out of your old Tupperware containers.
As you can see, there are plenty of little tips and tricks to help you make cooking in the kitchen a little easier. Whether it’s prep work, finding better ways to read recipes, cleaning dishes or rejuvenating old ingredients, there’s no limit to what you can do in the kitchen if you’re willing to be a little creative. Have you given any of these tips and tricks a try for yourself? Do you have any of your own tricks that we didn’t include here? Let us know in the comments below.