There are a lot of reasons to pull a MacGyver in the kitchen: you don’t have the tool you need so you have to improvise, you’re out of a key ingredient, or you made a mistake and you have to fix it. But the best reason is that it looks cool. Everybody’s all, “Oh no, dinner is ruined,” and you’re all, “Not so fast — hand me that paper clip.” And even if there are no witnesses, every meal tastes better when you know you had to do something crazy to make it. Here are 10 MacGyver-inspired kitchen tips to impress your family, your friends, or maybe just yourself.
Use food as more than just, well, food 1 of 10Every kitchen MacGyver knows that lemons aren't just for eating. For example, use straight lemon juice to get rid of kitchen ants. Or throw a lemon half on the top rack of the dishwasher to freshen your dishes and get them extra clean.â€¨
â€¨Check out 20 unique ways to use a lemonâ€¨
â€¨Image: AndrÃ© Karwath
Too much salt? Add a potato! 2 of 10If you space out and dump too much salt in your sauce, throw in a peeled potato while the sauce simmers, and voila! It will absorb the excess salt.â€¨
Make grilled cheese in your toaster 3 of 10Have your toaster do double duty by turning it on its side and making grilled cheese. (Note: this technique is clever and fun, but can be dangerous if not done properly, so we urge you to try this one at your own risk.)
â€¨How to use your toaster to make grilled cheese
Make your own food dyes with common kitchen ingredients 4 of 10
Use a Mason jar with your blender 5 of 10It turns out that most blenders are compatible with mason jars. For single serve smoothies or drinks, simply screw the blending ring right on to your jar and
â€¨Learn more about using Mason jars with your blenderâ€¨
Roast a turkey upside down 6 of 10Forget flipping, brining, or deep-frying your turkey; the real secret to a perfectly moist bird is to cook it upside down! â€¨
â€¨Learn more about roasting your turkey upside downâ€¨
â€¨Image: Julie Van Rosendaal
Use your hand to check the temperature of meats 7 of 10Can't find your meat thermometer? Use your hand as a gauge of temperature. As meat cooks, it becomes increasingly firm — with a little practice, you'll be able to test for doneness with a touch of the hand.
â€¨Get the guide for using your hand to test the doneness of meat
Know some stellar substitutions 8 of 10
Put your slow cooker to good use 9 of 10The crockpot isn't just for stews — you can use it to whip up something surprising, like bacon jam!â€¨
â€¨Make bacon jam in your slow cookerâ€¨
Image: Paula Jones
Know a few 5-minute dessert recipes 10 of 10Even MacGyver needs something sweet every now and then (perhaps just before diffusing a bomb?). For dessert in a flash, try these treats, which you can make in
5 minutes or less!â€¨
â€¨7 delicious mug cakes you can make in 5 minutes or lessâ€¨
â€¨Image: Paula Jones
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