Food Hacks for Summer
No Mess Dipping
If you’re excited about serving your favorite dip, but you’re worried about the possible mess, here’s a trick. Use a tall stemmed glass to hold the dip and then place it in the middle of the bowl. You can then put your chips or crackers around the glass and voila, you get your neatest dipping experience.
Simple Cinnamon Roll Ice Cream Sandwich
An extra sweet treat that is super easy to make. All you need is one cinnamon roll on a tray, a scoop of favorite ice cream flavor, and another cinnamon roll to press down. There you have it, a super yummy treat for yourself.
Treat Bad Sunburn with Frozen Aloe
It’s hard to avoid being in the sun for too long this summer so sunburn is quite common. Make use of frozen aloe to soothe your sunburn as it works faster. Grab a mold tray and press some aloe gel into the holes and freeze. Take a piece and rub it all over the area.
Watermelon Fruit Bowl
Turn that large watermelon into a beautiful fruit bowl. You’ll need a variety of fruits to mix with the melon. Cut two opposite sides of the watermelon so it can sit and then use a melon baller to scoop the insides till its hollow enough. Use a knife to carve a decorative edge and then pour all your fruits, including the melon into the bowl.
Quick Root Beer Float
Grab your favorite can of Root Beer and a bowl of ice cream because you’re about to make a Root Beer Float. You’ll need a tin can cutter to cut out the entire top of the can after which you will then insert a straw and about two to three scoops of ice cream.
Looking to have the perfect condiment station for your event? Pull out your muffin pan and your sauce bottles. Fill the cups with Ketchup, Ranch, Radish, Mustard, and Pickles and place it on the serving table.
Funfetti Cookie Bowl
If you want to eat your ice cream and the cup too, that’s possible. You can make an edible ice cream cup using cookie dough. Invert the muffin pan and press cookie dough around each cup. Freeze and then place scoops of each cookie cup. Drizzle with chocolate syrup, add sprinkles and for extra effect, put a cherry on top.
S’ mores Banana Boat
Get creative with the ripe banana on your countertop. Cut a slit on the banana to form a pocket and inside the pocket, put chocolate chip, Graham cracker flavored cereal, and tiny marshmallows. Wrap the banana in foil and boil for 8-10minutes. Unwrap the banana and you’ll have a blend of flavors ready to be served.
Easy Way to Pit a Cherry
You don’t need a cherry pitter for this. Remove the stem of the cherry and place the cherry on the top of a bottle. Put a chopstick through the stem hole of the cherry. This method takes less than a second.
Prevent Ice Cream Dripping from Your Cone
When it comes to ice cream served in a cone, there’s always the rush to lick fast to prevent the mess caused by dripping. Put a marshmallow in the cone before adding the scoop of ice cream. No more worries about dripping.
Sheet Pan Sliders
To make this, put the steak in a baking pan and sprinkle salt and pepper to taste. Put in the oven to bake, remove, and then return to the oven for 25 minutes after placing cheddar cheese slices on it. Place the steak on the flat side of your dinner rolls, drizzle mustard, and ketchup on the steak with pickles arranged on it and the place the second side of the dinner rolls.
Easy Outdoor Lighting
When the wind starts to blow at night, your plan for using a candle outdoors will likely fail. An easy option is to use fairy lights. Roll a good length using your palm and place it in a glass jar.
If you’re all for the fruity life, you should make yourself a watermelon cake. Get a large watermelon and peel off the rind (green skin). Shape it so it looks like a cake and then covers it with whipping cream. Use sliced almonds to decorate the lower part of the cake while for the toppings, arrange kiwi, blueberry, strawberry, and raspberry.
Now that you’ve made your treats, it’s not only the guest that find it pleasing, the flies also want a taste, but you’re not going to allow that! Make your insect repellant using sliced lemon, sliced lime, fresh Rosemary sprigs, Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil, water all in a glass jar. You can then put a floating candle into the jar and light it up.
Ice Cream Sandwich Cake
Nothing tastes better than ice cream cakes. Use ice cream sandwiches as the base and the cover-up with whipped cream. Drizzle chocolate syrup at the far corner and then add cookie crumbles. Add some extra whipped cream frosting and place a couple of Oreo cookies as the final topping.
Easy Chip Bag
There’s no need to worry about a chip bag when you can simply use the one the chips came in. Fold in the bottom part of the chip bag and place it on the table in an upright position before you open it.
Healthy Kids Snack Hacks
If you’ve ever wondered how to get your kid to eat different kinds of vegetables and fruits at a go, you’re in luck. Make a Celery Kritter and turn it into a sport. You’ll need celery cut vertically and filled with either cream cheese or peanut butter as the base. You can place cucumber slices, blueberries, green grapes, cherry tomatoes, cashew, red grapes, or green apples on top. If you’re up for it, you can use all to have a variety. Use cream cheese and black sesame seed to make the eyes. Once you’ve done that, it’s ready.
Peanut Butter and Jam Sushi Rolls
It’s time for a different kind of Sushi. Get a large flat piece of white bread and slather with peanut butter and strawberry jelly. Roll to form one long piece and then cut up horizontally. Serve on a plate and have your kids use chopsticks to pick them up to eat.
Chocolate Banana PB Bites
As long as it is covered in chocolate, they won’t notice the fruit underneath. Slice up a banana and put peanut butter between two slices to make banana sandwiches. Toss into a bowl of melted chocolate and arrange them on a tray. Top them up with toasted coconut flakes for extra yummy goodness. A few minutes in the freezer and your healthy chocolate banana bites are ready.
Apples are nice and they might not be favorites but you can get them to be. Arrange sliced apples in a flat bowl, drizzle almond butter all over, sprinkle chia seeds, chocolate chips, and coconut chips. Now, you can crunch on your Healthy Nachos.
There are many types of fries but have you heard of Carrot fries? Of course, they’re healthy kind. Slice up carrots in a baking pan, add a little olive oil and season with salt, pepper, dried basil, and garlic powder. Sprinkle bread crumbs all over and mix to get it all in. It bakes in 15 – 20 minutes and that’s enough time to get your favorite sauce ready to serve as a dip.
Unicorn Yoghurt Bark
Nothing gets children like a magical experience and you can give them just that. Get some Greek yogurt and food coloring gel in different colors. Put scoops of each as a blob on a sheet tray and mix in a swirly manner. The more the sprinkles, the more magical it becomes. Freeze for a while and then serve.
A mix of what they love and a little bit of honey. Add one-part honey and three-part peanut butter to make the syrup on heat and then pour three cups of Cheerios cereal and mix together. Get a scoop to transfer the Cheerio from the pot to a serving bowl.
Broccoli Cheese Cups
This is the ultimate vegetable cup. Pull out your muffin tray and make each cup half full with cheddar cheese and chopped cooked Broccoli. Whisk egg with milk, salt, and pepper and pour it into each cup. Bake for 20 mins and then top each cup with Cream cheese and Turkey bacon bits. Serve on a fancy platter for extra effect.
Strawberry Fruit Roll up
Fruits can also be used to make roll-ups. Make a strawberry roll up by blending 3 cups of strawberry fruit with 2 tablespoonfuls of honey. Pour into a sheet tray and bake for 6 hours. You can then roll up and slice.
This is quick and easy to make. Half dip grapes into Greek yogurt and then crushed Graham Crackers. There you have it, delicious and fruity.
Strawberry Nutella Rice Cake
Chocolate covered cake sounds delicious and this time, it doesn’t have to be unhealthy. Slather Nutella on one side of your rice cake and add either strawberries and coconut flakes as your topping or blueberries and chia seeds.
Blueberry Oats Cookies
You’ll need a few ingredients to pull this off but it is pretty straightforward to make. Your dry ingredients are rolled oat, wheat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg. You’ll whisk coconut oil, honey, vanilla extract, milk, and maple syrup and pour it into the bowl. Mix them all together and add blueberries to the cookie dough. Place molds of the cookie dough on the sheet tray and bake. Enjoy your cookie with a glass of milk.
Yogurt Waffle Sandwich
Everybody knows that yogurt is healthy so why not incorporate it in your favorite meals. Two toasted waffles and you can use Raspberry yogurt and Raspberry to make it a sandwich. It looks good and tastes even better.
Banana Oat Muffins
No need to throw out those overripe bananas on your countertop when you can just make a muffin. Mash the bananas in a bowl, add vanilla extract and rolled oats, and then mix well. Put in a muffin tray and to add a little more fun, use chopped strawberries, chocolate chips, or Blueberries as toppings. No food wastage? Check! A tasty treat? Check!
Vegetable Hummus Bites
Grab a long piece of English cucumber, slice up, and then scrape half of the insides. Fill up with Hummus and place red and green bell peppers on top. Serve in a tray and enjoy it.
14 Summer Food Hacks
By Cooking Panda
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No scratch that, let’s tell you guys what we are up to – 14 incredible hacks to make life fun and easier for you this summer. Are you excited? Let’s dive in!
1. Keep bugs out of your drink
Do you just want to relax outside and sip your favorite drink but bugs are constantly in the way? Say no more, we got the solution right here. Carefully cut a small hole in a cupcake paper and gently place on the straw all the way down to cover your drink. Bugs won’t get in anymore!
2. No-mess Popsicle
Enjoying your Popsicle can sometimes get messy and that could be annoying. To prevent your hands from getting soiled, cut x in a cupcake wrapper and insert your Popsicle through it.
3. Easy drink lid
Remove the cover of kraft’s grated parmesan cheese bottle and place on your drink. The lid has two openings on both sides where you can drink directly from or you can simply put your straw in and enjoy long, sweet sips.
4. Make refreshing fruity ice cube drink
Do you have fruits going bad on your counter? You don’t have to throw them away. Carefully cut out the fresh parts and then dice them. Place them in an ice cube tray, fill the tray with water and freeze. Drop frozen fruits in your cup and add water. There you go, enjoy your refreshing drink.
5. Keep your wine cold
Have you ever been out on your porch relaxing and then you reach out to grab your glass of wine just to find out it is hot already? Ugh, so annoying. Luckily, there’s a solution to that, put a bunch of grapes in a bowl and freeze them. Drop a few grapes in a cup and pour in your wine. Your drink will stay cold longer!
6. Make a wine cooler
It’s just a matter of time before your wine bottle gets hot in the sun, but you can keep it cold. How? Get balloons and fill them with a small quantity of water. Freeze them. Put your wine bottle in a glass bowl and pile the frozen balloons around the wine.
7. Watermelon Popsicle
Eating your sliced watermelon can be a bit messy. Cut a large watermelon into halves and divide one half into four. Bring out four Popsicle sticks and stick them into the sliced watermelon. There goes your mess-free snack.
8. Thicken ice coffee
If your ice coffee tastes watery this is what you should do – pour the drink in an ice cube tray and freeze. Add the ice cubes to a cup and pour in your ice coffee. Your drink will taste thicker and better.
9. Easy way to mark your burgers
Use ketchup to make different inscriptions on each pair of sliced bread roll.
10. Easy snack containers
Pick up two or three bottles and remove the labels or paper wraps to make the bottles transparent. Fill each bottle with snacks of your choice.
11. Make adult popsicles
Use scissors to cut open otter pops. Pour a little out to create space for the alcohol you’re going to pour inside. When you’ve poured in the alcohol, seal off the open end with a hair straightener and freeze.
12. Peel Orange easily
Gently cut off one end of the orange. Use a table knife to cut lines on the orange peel from top to bottom until you’ve gone round. From the top of the open end, cut round to disconnect the peel. You can now peel out easily with your hands.
13. Mini campfire for s’mores
Fold a foil into a triangle. Place the tip of the triangle into a terracotta pot to line the pot to the top edge. Place a lump of coal inside the terracotta pot and fold the foil hanging outside over the coal, but not completely. Pour some charcoal lighter fluid on it and light it up. Use a roasting stick to roast your marshmallows and then assemble your s’mores.
14. Keep pasta salad colder longer
Pour some ice into a clean shower cap and then place your bowl of salad inside. Your pasta salad will be kept colder in the sun for a longer period.
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