Do you hate peeling onions? Is re-heating pizza a lesson in frustration? Food preparation can be time-consuming and intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. There are ways to make the process easier that will save you a lot of time and trouble. Keeping foods fresh doesn’t have to be tough either. Let’s take a look at five hacks that will save time and anguish.

Freezing Onions For Easier Handling

Onions add delicious savory flavor to a variety of foods, but chopping them can be a nightmare because the fumes released from peeling can irritate the eyes and cause tears. Freezing onions for 10-15 minutes before chopping will help. Also, make sure to use a very sharp knife. You can also chop onions and store the chopped onion in the freezer, and use them later.

Pizza Like New

How many times have you ordered that large pizza and then thought, no way can I finish this?! Saving it to have again later saves money and is certainly convenient, but reheating it can be tricky. The best way to get the pizza hot without turning it to dried-out plastic is simply. Place the slice on a microwave-safe plate. Cover with a damp paper towel and heat for 1 minute.

Brown Bananas Postponed

Ever notice when you buy bananas in convenience stores they have been separated? That’s because they stay fresher longer that way. Another trick to keeping them fresh is to wrap plastic wrap around the stem. Keeping them from touching and wrapping the stem portion will give you several more days of fresh bananas.

The Easy Way To Peel Tomatoes

Summer is a great time to enjoy homegrown tomatoes, but peeling them can be frustrating. Here’s a trick that will save a ton of time. Fill a saucepan with water and bring it to a boil. Take whole tomatoes and slide them into the boiling water carefully. For larger tomatoes leave about a minute. Smaller tomatoes will need only 20-45 seconds. Pull them out of the water and let them cool. The skins will slide right off.

The Best Way To Juicy Grilled Burgers

Grilled hamburgers are an easy way to feed your family and give them some great protein. How often have the patties dried out on the grill, though? There are a couple of tricks to avoiding that. One, mix some water (or red wine or soy sauce) into the patties before placing them on the grill. Two, make a slight indentation in the patty and put an ice cube on there. The cube will melt and further moisten the meat.