Food hacks you can make at home

Surprise your friends and family with these simple yet ingenious cooking ideas that guarantee a fun and delicious meal.

AT In recent years, especially after the pandemic forced everyone to stay at home, “food hacks” have become commonplace as everyone seeks to find ways to occupy their time, while content creators have kept the interest alive by finding either creative or overly sophisticated ways to “hack” food production. and consumption. There is a clear division between useful cooking hacks and those that are best enjoyed as entertainment. Here are some of the culinary hacks Malaysians can use in their daily life.

Vanilla sweet cream

The famous chain coffee shop cold cream drink can be easily made at home with just a few ingredients.

All it takes is half-and-half whipped cream, which is then mixed with French vanilla syrup. Once blended, simply add it to any morning iced coffee cup.

While the coffee itself may not match the quality in coffee shops – depending on the blend – the vanilla creamer more than makes up for any small imperfections.

Bread with garlic

Most hobbyists in the kitchen likely know how to make this, but for those who don’t, there’s an easy way to make those delicious garlic breads you might try at, say, Pizza Hut.

To do this, take a bulb of garlic with a cut off tip so that the cloves are visible. Drizzle generously with olive oil and wrap the garlic in aluminum foil. Bake at high temperature for about 30 minutes. Go and do something else, like make toasted bread.

After roasting, squeeze the onion to release the garlic. Add salt, pepper and olive oil.

The garlic paste is now ready to use.

Instant mashed potatoes

If the price of mashed potatoes in stores is too high, or if you don’t bother making real mashed potatoes, there’s a quicker hack.

Get or buy some potato chips, whether in a bag or a tube. Then add the potato chips to the bowl and gradually fill the bowl with water, kneading and stirring until the chips turn into a paste. Voila! Mashed potatoes with minimal effort.

Instead of water, you can use chicken broth to add flavor. As for the type or taste of potato chips, it doesn’t really matter.

Other fast food hacks

In America and Canada, there are “secret menus” in certain fast food chains. All you have to do is walk up to the cashier and order the item(s) if they know the specific names of these fast food hacks and the kitchen team will do it together.

Or hacking is done by the consumer himself.

Unfortunately, they are not available in Malaysia. Fast food workers don’t know this, and neither do most Malaysians who frequent fast food chains.

One of the most popular ways of fast food is associated with McDonalds. It’s made by combining a double cheeseburger with a macchiken. Throw out the buns for the latter, and then add the chicken patty (with mayonnaise and vegetables) in between the beef patties of the former.

Other fast food hacks can be found online.

vegetable broth

As Asians, we tend to cook a lot of vegetables, and when cooking vegetables, parts are often thrown away, as we rarely use whole vegetables. However, TikTok content creator @the_eugenefood advises against throwing away these vegetable scraps.

Instead, he suggests storing these pieces in a resealable bag in the freezer until it’s full. Then, dump the trimmings into a saucepan, cover it with water, add more flavorings and spices, and bring the mixture to a full boil before letting it steep for at least 20 minutes.

After that, strain the liquid until it becomes completely transparent. The broth can then be used for soups and so on.

watermelon heart

This can either be taken as acceptable or just another pointless way to cut a watermelon without a proper knife.

This is done using a Pringles jar. Watermelons in supermarkets come in several varieties. Whole, halved and cut into quarters.

For this hack, use watermelons cut in half or whole watermelons (which need to be cut in half). Use an empty tube of Pringles by slowly inserting it into the watermelon and then removing it. Slowly shake the already cylindrical watermelon filling and slice it for consumption.