Life Hacks – Tips and Tricks for Making Life: Prepare Your Food And Snacks

There are countless problems you encounter on a daily basis that can put a little speed bump in your day. Life hacks are those “a-ha!” moments where you find the simplest solution to your daily problems, often using items immediately at your disposal. Each month this column will take you through some creative hacks to use in all different areas of your life to make your day to day as simple as possible. This month we’ll explore some hacks that will show you how to better prepare your food and snacks.

If you’re preparing for a party or have a house full of teenagers, then you know the importance of being able to cook as much food as quickly as you can. Use this hack to maximize your pizza cooking abilities. Cut your store bought, frozen pizzas in half and place the cut side along the sides of a large cookie sheet. It is, of course, best to use pizzas that have the same or similar cooking times and temperatures.

This hack will have you serving the perfect hot fudge brownie sundaes every time, while keeping it as simple as possible. Bake your brownies in a muffin tin and as soon as you take them out of the oven, use another muffin tin and press the bottom of the tin on the tops of the brownies, leaving a bowl like indention on the tops of the brownies. Once cool enough, remove the brownies from the muffin tin and scoop your choice of ice cream into the indention.

Ice cream sandwiches are always a fun and easy summer treat. Spreading ice cream across cookies can quickly get messy and complicated, however. For your next chilly, summer dessert, grab yourself a pint of ice cream in the flavor of your choice. Keep the ice cream in the container and lay it on its side and slice in half-inch thick slices. Remove the packaging and place on a fresh baked or store bought cookie. Once assembled, roll in sprinkles for a little added flair.

Slushies are a great way to beat the heat. If you’re looking to avoid a trip to the gas station or can’t find your favorite soda in slushie form, you can always make your own. Grab a twist top bottle of a soda of your choice. Shake it up while the soda is still sealed and put it in the freezer for three to three and a half hours. When you remove it from the freezer loosen the cap and let some pressure escape and flip the bottle upside down. The bottle will quickly fill with slushie goodness!

Everyone loves a good peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but maybe we’ve all been making them wrong all this time. First, gather all the usual PB&J supplies. Spread a thick layer of peanut butter on one of the slices of bread. Spread a second layer around the edges of the same slice of bread. Apply peanut butter only around the edges of the second slice of bread. Apply jelly generously to the first prepared slice of bread. Put your bread slices together and press down along the edges. Now your peanut butter has locked the jelly inside the sandwich, keeping it drip free!

If you’re prepping a small meal and don’t need a full supply of veggies, then try stopping by your local grocery store’s salad bar. It’s a great resource for things like omelets, fajitas, quesadillas, stir-fry, and more. You’ll save lots of money and potentially waste less food, all while making delicious masterpieces.

A bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich is always a great light and tasty lunch or dinner option in the summer. But did you know that there’s a better way to make your BLT? Instead of laying slices of bacon across the sandwich that will break apart and fall out while eating, try weaving five pieces of bacon together into a square. Lay your weaved creation on a tin lined cookie sheet and cook to your desired crispiness. Lay it atop your lettuce and tomato and voila, a perfect BLT!