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It’s no secret that we love cooking, baking and, well, let’s face it, eating. Sometimes we get so caught up in making the perfect final product, we don’t stop to think about how we’re prepping the food. Sure, momma might have taught you one way to cut your fruits and veggies, but times they are a changin’ and we’ve got some new techniques for prepping and eating some of your favorite foods. Check out our list below for some new and improved techniques!

Lemon Juice

Who doesn’t love a little fresh squeezed lemon juice on a salad, side dish, or maybe even some fish? A little citrus flavor goes a long way in a lot of dishes! However, it can be annoying to have to cut up lemon wedges and hassle with squeezing the juice by hand only to inevitably end up with some juice in your eye. Not to mention trying to avoid getting the seeds in your food. What if there was a better way? For this nifty food hack, you’ll just need the top of a spray bottle. First, roll the lemon on a hard surface to squeeze some of the juice and soften it up. Then, cut a small section off of the top of the lemon, and insert the spray bottle top. Viola! You have your very own fresh squeezed lemon juice!


Garlic is a staple in a ton of our favorite recipes. While you can use minced garlic from a jar, or even garlic flakes or garlic salt in a few cases, there’s just nothing quite like fresh garlic in a recipe, especially if you’re looking to saute garlic and butter. However, sometimes getting the cloves cleaned up and ready to dice can be such a hassle! Lucky for you, there are a few methods for easy cleaning so you can get right to dicing. First, if you’re just using a few garlic cloves, take the flat part of a knife and place it on top of the garlic clove. Rock the knife back and forth. This will cause the skin around the clove to crack, and you can easily peel it away. The second method is more useful if you’re using a lot of garlic. Start by hitting the head of garlic on the counter to break the individual cloves apart. Then, stick the cloves in a large container with a lid. Shake the container for a few minutes, and then open the container to see the garlic cloves separated from the skins!

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