Ever try sticking dry spaghetti through a hot dog? The result will amaze you!

Everyone loves good food. But not everyone enjoys cooking, and there aren't too many out there who look forward to cleaning the kitchen. With these 21 tricks you will not only bring more variety to your plate, but you'll also learn how to keep your kitchen cleaner, waste less food, and use basic utensils in brand new ways! 

1. Spaghetti in a Nightgown

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Stick several uncooked spaghetti noodles into small pieces of hot dog and cook together. Children will especially appreciate the taste and appearance of this unique dish!

2. Rotten Eggs

Not sure if an egg is still good? No problem, just put it in a glass of water. If it sinks to the bottom, all is okay. If it floats, it's old and should not be consumed.

3. Boring Pancakes

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Tired of boring pancakes? Put your batter into a squeeze bottle and make funny patterns in your pan. Let cook for a moment, and then fill in your pattern with more batter. You'll be amazed when you flip!

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You can also squeeze your batter into large cookie cutters!

4. Fried Egg for your Sweetheart

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Prepare an unforgettable breakfast for your loved one. Separate an egg, and put the yolk into a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Place a large round cookie cutter around the heart, and pour in your egg white. 

5. Almost Like an Omelette

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Cut peppers into slices and place them into your pan. Fill with a slices of tomato, egg and some spices. What a tasty breakfast flower!

6. Waffle Iron Hash Browns

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Use a waffle iron to cook hashbrowns!  Nice side effect: oil won't splatter everywhere! 

7. Eat Me First!

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To avoid wasting food, place things that are about to expire in a box in your refrigerator. Label the box and place it at eye level.

8. No Cookie Cutter

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No problem! Use a glass, cup, or bowl! Everything that's round will do the trick.

9. No More Splash

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Mixers and liquids can be an explosive combination. Poke two holes into a paper plate and place it between the beaters and the machine. Stains on your clothes will be a thing of the past!

10. Lemon Squeezer

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No lemon squeezer handy? Tongs work just as well! 

11. Dental Floss Reimagined 

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With dental floss, you can perfectly cut through soft foods like cheese, or cake. 

12. Burger with Filling

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Make a hole in your ground beef and fill with an egg. A burger like never before!  

13. Store Asparagus 

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Store asparagus in a jar of water to keep it fresh for longer!

14. Spick and Span Shoes

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Save money on shoe polish and rub the inside of a banana peel on your shoes! Rub dry with a towel, and then throw the peel away. You wouldn't want anyone to slip. :)

15. Spicy Fish

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Instead of adding lemon after you prepare fish, why not grill it directly on a bed of lemon slices? The fish will not only taste great, but also won't stick to your grill.

16. Little Refreshments

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Try preparing an easy frozen yogurt treat this summer using leftover popsicle sticks!

17. All at Once

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Tired of cutting cherry tomatoes one by one? Put the tomatoes between two plastic lids and run a sharp knife through the center. All tomatoes are perfectly halved at once!

18. Recycling is Everything 

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Give empty plastic condiment bottles a second life by using them for things like pancake batter!  

19. At Eye Level

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If your cookbook is always in the way or is constantly getting stained, attach it to a clothes hanger and hang it from a cabinet knob. It will take up less space and be in the perfect position for reading.

20. Reduced Fat

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To use cooking spray more sparingly, try putting it in a spray bottle. The fine mist will cover all corners, without all the extra fat.

21. Better Portions

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Have you ever poured more cereal into your bowl than intended? Try cutting the screw cap off of a plastic bottle and place it on the bag. This trick can be used for all sorts of food products. 

With these tricks, everyone can enjoy kitchen time! Sometimes it doesn't take much to make life easier. Happy cooking!

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