20 Ineffective Cooking “Hacks” That Are A Pure Waste Of Time, According To Folks In This Online Group

Every once in a while, we want to take our cooking skills to the next level. Perhaps, you want to learn new cooking techniques. Maybe, you want to simplify your cooking process. Possibly, you want to learn a new recipe entirely.

If that’s what you’re looking for, then you’re not in the right place. Instead, what we’ll be having today is the opposite – bad cooking hacks. In this article, we’ll learn 20 things not to do in cooking. I assure you that the information below will be as useful in your cooking as some real cooking tutorials out there!

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#1 5-Minute Crafts Food Hacks

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Food hacks that show up on 5 Minutes Crafts

#2 Using A Straw To De-Stem Strawberries

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Using a straw to de-stem strawberries by poking a hole through the bottom of the berry.

Just rip it off

#3 Saving Veggie Scraps For Broth

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I’ll go first. I hate saving veggie scraps for broth. I don’t like the room it takes up in my freezer, and I don’t think the broth tastes as good as it does when you use whole, fresh vegetables.

Honorable mentions:

Store-bought herb pastes. They just don’t have the same oomph.

Anything that’s supposed to make peeling boiled eggs easier. Everybody has a different one–baking soda, ice bath, there are a hundred different tricks. They don’t work.

Microwave anything (mug cakes, etc). The texture is always way off.

#4 Peeling Ginger With A Spoon

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Peeling ginger with a spoon. I just use a knife and square it off. I’m okay with losing a little bit of it if it means not grabbing a spoon and spending twice as much time prepping it.

Also, a new one I’ve seen is using a cooling rack to dice avocado, mango, egg, etc. whoever came up with that has either never cleaned a cooling rack or doesn’t own a knife.

Agree with the veggie scraps one.

#5 Useless Kitchen Gadgets

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I hate any gadget that a decent knife and a modicum of coordination can replace. I cook multiple times most days but my wife couldn’t make a wish sandwich if you stacked to pieces of bread on a plate for her. So she always shows me videos of kitchen gadgets she thinks I need. 99 times out of a hundred you can do the same thing with a knife in less time and don’t have an extra hard to clean gadget.

#6 Pulling Stems Of Cilantro Through A Hole To Get The Leaves Off

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Pulling stems of cilantro through a hole (in a microplane, grater, colander, etc) to get the leaves off. Has never worked for me. It’s much faster for me to just pull the leaves off by hand.

#7 Using A Garlic Press For Ginger

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“Use your garlic press to quickly press ginger as well”

Would not recommend.

#8 Microwave Plate Or Tray That’s Supposed To Cook An Item Better

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Any microwave plate or tray that is supposed to “cook” an item better. Anyone remember the “Bacon Wave” that came out in the 80’s? It was a tray that was supposed to cook bacon crisp in the microwave and drain the fat at the same time. Problem was that it splattered grease all over your microwave and took about the same time as it does to pan fry it.

I’ve seen these for every type of egg dish, bacon, coffee, ramen noodles, steaks, and just about anything else. A pointless waste of money.

And Foreman Grill types of presses. It’s an over glorified sandwich press and only good if you have no other cooking options. (I admit I had one when I lived in the barracks and had no access to a kitchen.)

#9 Putting Cream In Risotto

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Putting cream in risotto

#10 Using Mayo Instead Of Butter On A Grilled Cheese

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For me it’s people saying to use mayo instead of butter on their grilled cheese. Mayo just doesn’t provide the flavor or crunch I want. Butter is the way

#11 Cooking Things In The Dishwasher

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Cooking things in the dishwasher. That started in the 70s, now it’s a tik tok thing, but it’s always stupid.

#12 Random Hummus Hacks

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Not that I hate them, but I’ve tried loads for hummus that don’t work.

Blend with ice, blend when chickpeas are hot, used dried/ canned chickpeas, cook them more, take all the skins off, blend the tahini and lemon juice on its own first, soak with baking soda, etc.

Just blend everything together, and make sure there’s enough liquid in the blender that it blends properly to get it smooth. Then add salt until it tastes really good

#13 Creating Frozen Slices Of Peanut Butter To Make PB&J Sandwiches easier

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It’s not really “cooking” but I saw one that made peanut butter sandwiches ‘easier’. It involved creating frozen slices of peanut butter between two small sheets of selophane, which could then be taken out of the freezer and put between bread, and would then melt creating a peanut butter sandwich.

I have no idea how that was less time and effort than just making them the normal way, and it doesn’t really extend the shelf life of peanut butter in any meaningful way, and with the added drawback that you can’t eat them right away since the peanut butter needs to melt.

Blew my mind for all the wrong reasons.

#14 Cutting Cake With Wine Glasses

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Those tiktok people who think cutting cake with a wineglass is somehow easier or convenient.

#15 Any Hack That Appears On Tiktok

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Any hack that appears on TikTok gets an instant NO from me. I swear that place makes everything more complicated than it should be, or validates some people’s horrific food ideas.

Chopping board, chef’s knife, peeler, mixing bowl, frying pan, saucepan/stockpot- 90%+ of kitchen jobs can be solved with these. Good quality ones – you use them every day, so invest in them.

Source: ex-chef from a 2 Michelin star kitchen.

#16 Dumping Dry Pasta, Slices Of Cheese And Milk In A Casserole Dish

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Those dumb videos where people dumb dry pasta and slices of cheese and milk in a casserole dish and cook it all at once.

#17 One-Sheet-Pan Dinner Recipes

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My pet peeve is the ‘one sheet pan dinner’ recipe videos where they spread everything out on the pan, THEN add oil and seasonings AS UNEVENLY AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE and just shuffle around poorly with their hands.

just toss it all in a big bowl beforehand, goddamn

#18 Peeling Garlic By Shaking It In A Container

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Peeling garlic by shaking it in a container, doesn’t work for me. Slicing cherry tomatoes in half by placing a plate on top.

#19 Putting Olive Oil In Pasta While It’s Boiling

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Putting olive oil in when the pasta is boiling so it doesn’t stick. Give that pasta a stir when you put it in the pot and once every few minutes and save your olive oil for salad dressing. If you don’t stir the pasta when you drop it in, no amount of olive oil will keep it from sticking anyway.

#20 Making Milk Froth For Coffee In An Empty Foaming Hand Soap Bottle

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Making milk froth for coffee in an empty foaming hand soap bottle. Just BUY A MILK FROTHER they are like $10 at target

20 Common Foods Some People Eat In The Wrong Way, As Shared In This Online Community

People have figured out different ways to eat various food items and everyone thinks that their way of eating is the right way. When a Redditor asked, “What are some foods that most people have been eating the wrong way or not the way it was intended?”, many folks shared their opinions on how to eat certain common foods.

Although we believe that food should be eaten just the way you like it, let’s read the comments and find out about the food-eating preferences of some Redditors.

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#1 Eating Wax On Babybel Cheeses

Image source: anon, Matthew Bellemare

Recently read where people were **eating the f*****g wax** on Babybel cheeses and I haven’t been the same since.

#2 Eating Cupcakes With The Wrapper

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There was a comment a long time ago from a guy who found out in adulthood that you aren’t supposed to eat the cupcake wrappers when someone looked horrified when he ate it.

#3 Eating The Whole Edamame Pod

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When I first ate edamame I chewed up the entire pod and couldn’t figure out why people enjoyed eating them. I did’t realize you’re just supposed to eat the bean inside the pod.

*Not peas in a pod. Beans.

#4 Eating French Toast As A Savory Dish

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Okay, so this is more along the lines of me eating a certain dish the wrong way, but when I was little my mom would make french toast except she would put chilies, onions and sometimes chicken on it. I grew up thinking french toast was a savory dish until I ordered it at a diner and it was sweet. I still like my mom’s version of french toast better tbh.

#5 Eating Lightly Salted Peaches With Mayonnaise

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My grandfather enjoys eating lightly salted peaches with mayonnaise. If you didnt know there was a wrong way to eat a peach, now you know.

#6 Salting An Apple And Putting It On A Stick

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My grandpa would peel a green apple using this nifty little device, then salt it and put it on a stick and give it to me.

#7 Putting The Spread On The Salty Side Of The Cracker

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For me, it was crackers with any sort of topping until my wife showed me the error of my ways.

I would always put cheese, or whatever spread I might be eating with the crackers on the top i.e. salty side of the cracker. My wife lost her ever loving mind when she saw me do this. She then proceeded to explain to me that I should turn the cracker over and put the spread, cheese, or whatever on the bottom so that the salty side would hit my tongue when I put the bite in my mouth.

It was a revelation.

#8 Eating Steak Well-Done

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My dad believes steak should be well done. And by well done, unseasoned shoe leather.
Growing up I never could fathom why anyone loved steaks, and why they were such an ‘expensive treat’ at the house.
My dad would buy these beautiful, thick cut rib eyes, then toss them on the flaming grill with no seasoning, cook them on one side for seven minutes, flip, then other side, till they had shrank half their size and were charred. Then he would berate us for using sauce because ‘it covered up the flavor of the meat’.
No Scott, your inability to cook on a grill covers the flavor.
It wasn’t until I was 18 and living on my own that I tried to grill my own.
Seasoned with garlic powder and salt, flipped on the flaming grill often and buttered between flips, taken off when I was tired of waiting, I had my first medium rare steak that melted in my mouth.
I have never let my father ‘cook’ me another steak since.

#9 Eating Fruit That Is Not Ripe Enough

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My dad served us underripe fruit my entire childhood because to him firm = good and soft = bad. The first time I had a mango that was actually ripe I was an adult and the experience was borderline orgasmic.

#10 Not Deveining Shrimps

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You have to devein shrimp, or else you’re eating their poop.

#11 Eating Kiwis With The Skin

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I eat Kiwis with the hairy skin on. My mom said I seemed to like it so she wasn’t going to stop me. Later on I find out that I’m a freak of nature for doing it, but I still eat it that way because I just like it. The only downside is that since I like the texture of the hair and skin, I have “forbidden fruit” moments when I’m looking at the abdomen of a tarantula.

#12 Eating Spaghetti With The Sauce Only On The Top

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To everyone who eats spaghetti with a little itty bitty smidge of sauce at the top with the rest completely dry and white: Atone or be banned from cooking forever.

#13 Asking For Chopsticks In Thai Restaurants

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It’s not traditional to eat Thai food with chopsticks. They use a fork and a tablespoon. Stop asking for chopsticks in Thai restaurants.

#14 Putting Sugar In Mac And Cheese

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My buddy’s step dad puts sugar in his f*****g mac and cheese. Sometimes I think about it and I can’t sleep

#15 Eating The Artichoke With All Its Leaves

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[A man once sued a restaurant in Miami for serving him an artichoke which he promptly ate all of.] I don’t mean like “he finished the artichoke” – I mean that this guy, who apparently is a *Doctor*, just ate the entire f*****g thing, including all of the inedible parts.

For those of you who have never encountered an Artichoke, the edible part of the plant is a fleshy substance that is on the inside parts of the leaves. You scrape it off and eat that part and discard the leaves. The artichoke heart, at the middle of all of the leaves, is also edible (and delicious). The stem and the fibrous leaves are not edible. Well I guess except to this guy.

#16 Licking The Tacos’ Inside First, Eating The Shell After

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Ya seen these taco lickers? You heard of these guys? Yeah, well there are these people out there, and I don’t know who raised them or how they turned out the way they did, but they eat their tacos middle-out. They dip their heads down to their tacos and lick out all the insides first, then eat the soggy shell afterwards. Sometimes they don’t even eat the shell. I can’t take my kids out to the Taqueria anymore because of these freaks. I don’t want my little girls to become taco lickers. It’s just not natural and I will not have any taco lickers living under the roof of my house!

#17 Rinsing Your Pasta

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It might have been said already, but I got tired of scrolling.

I don’t know if it’s “most”, but I know it’s fairly common to rinse off your pasta after you drain the water. Don’t do that.

Also, cooking the pasta until it sticks to a wall means you over cooked it.

I’ve read plenty of ways “to make your pasta better” but those two simple things are the only ones that really made any difference to me.

#18 Throwing Away The “The Fleshy Seedy Inside” Of Guavas

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I don’t know about most people, but growing up I always thought I hated guavas because they were so dry. Turns out, my parents used to cut out the best part–the fleshy seedy inside– and serve me the dry rinds…

Edit: since a lot of the comments are confused, I’d like to clear a few things up.
My parents would cut out where the seeds are and eat the green part + the white parts where there are no seeds. not sure if that’s fully the rind; I guess the easiest way to compare it is with a watermelon: it’s like cutting away the red flesh and eating the skin + white part. no, my parents don’t hate me (maybe for other reasons) because I’ve seen them throw away the seeds. we are Vietnamese and my parents prefer the dry, crunchy texture with some chili salt and think the seeds cause constipation.

#19 Thowing Away Salmon Skin

If you eat salmon to have a healthy meal, it’s more beneficial to leave the skin on… just fry it with some salt/pepper until it’s crispy.

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#20 Eating Banana By Bringing Mouth To It Instead Of Banana To Mouth

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Ladies and gentlemen of Reddit. Do what ever you’d like behind closed doors, but please remember if you’re eating a banana in public it’s banana to mouth. Not mouth to banana.

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