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ReadThisThing (Nov 16th, 2017)

The nifty efficiency of kitchen tricks makes them perfectly suited for the Internet, where a thriving genre of BuzzFeed roundups and YouTube playlists tells stories of wisdom and creativity and innovation and science. Is your pot always boiling over? Place a wooden spoon across the top. Smelly sponge? Microwave it. Need to bring a stick of cold butter to room temperature quickly? Place it in a plastic bag and then go at it with a hammer. Need to ripen bananas in a jiffy? Pop them in the oven. Why not use a muffin tray to make extra-large ice cubes for a pitcher? (If you want them to be crystal clear, boil the water first.) Why not make coffee ice cubes to add to your iced coffee, so as not to dilute it with melting water? Empty Tic Tac containers are perfect for storing bulk spices. 

Why are we so obsessed with making cooking/food prep/anythign  in the kitchen more efficient? Or at least more efficient-looking? The writer proclaims the freezing of peanut butter squares for quick peanut butter sandwiches the worst food hack of 2017, but it's hardly the only how-to that leaves one asking "how come?" 

Read: Lessons from the Worst Food Hack of 2017

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