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18 Must-see cooking and food hacks

We can't all be Jamie Oliver, or Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall for that matter, but there are certain little tricks in the kitchen that would impress the most obnoxious guest on Come Dine With Me. These food and kitchen hacks will save you time and tears, while turning the kitchen into your favourite spot in the house.

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This will make your summer fruit salads a whole lot easier and lead to less waste. Just pop a straw through the strawberry and hey presto.

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This is another God send for those summer barbeques. When cooking fish on the grill stick a few slices of lemon below it, this avoids the fish sticking and adds flavour.

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One of our favourites. When reheating last night's pizza in the microwave place a bit of water beside it. This will stop the crusts from getting chewy.

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Mexican made easy. Cook taco shells at home by placing the dough on the grill instead of a baking tray.

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Bit of a cry baby? When it comes to chopping onions you'll never have to wipe those tears away again. Simply wipe the chopping board with white vinegar before cutting and you won't tear up, plus the vinegar will in no way affect the onion's flavour.

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Store your brown sugar with a couple of marshmallows to keep it nice and soft.

Related: How to make homemade marshmallows

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Another favourite of ours. Store your cookies (or biscuits if you want to be proper) with a slice of bread and they'll stay softer for longer. The cookies absorb the moisture from the bread.

Related: How to make homemade Welsh cakes

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If you're tired of messing up your counter-top then simply store the stirring spoon in the hook of the pot's handle.

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Love hash browns but find them a bit of a hassle? Then cook them with a waffle iron or a toastie maker. Simple.

Related: How to make hash browns

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Cut of the tops of old fizzy drinks bottles and use them to seal open food bags.

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Cut small foods like cherry tomatoes by using two plastic lids, it'll save you time and protect you from any nasty cuts.

Related: How to make delicious cronuts

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Another great hack for summer time. Freeze cubes of coffee to make sure your iced coffee doesn't get watered down.

Related: How to make the perfect homemade iced coffee

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Use a fork if you don't have a garlic crusher.

Related: How to Make Garlic Bread

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Cut up your old tights and use them to store onions, they'll last for months this way.

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Here's a simple way to get a great decoration on your chocolate cake with some icing sugar. Place some lace over the cake and sprinkle away.

Related: How to bake the perfect puddings

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Use dental floss (unscented) to cut cakes and cheese the easy way.

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Store your ice cream in a ziplock bag and it'll stay soft. No more damaged spoons. Happy people everywhere.

Related: How to Make Ice Cream Cupcakes

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A lot like the strawberry trick but with a chinese twist, pip your cherry with a chopstick.

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