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Tech Hacks You Need To Know About

Tech Hacks You Need To Know About

Think you’ve seen every possible tech hack out there? Think again for this ultimate list of no common sense tech hacks that makes your life easier.

#1 – Need to jot down something quickly? Open a temporary notepad in your browser by typing “data:text/html, <html contenteditable>” into the address bar.

Need to jot down something quickly? Open a temporary notepad in your browser by typing "data:text/html, <html contenteditable>" into the address bar.

Remember to bookmark and rename it as Notepad.

Jose Jesus Perez Aguinaga/coderwall

#2 – Ambient music to boost your productivity:

Believe me, you have to try this combo if you haven’t. Open these links in separate tabs:

Feel lonely? Add Coffitivity.com for some morning murmur.

Try also: Noisli.comSoundrown.comSimplyNoise.com, ASoftMurmur.com

tadallagash/Reddit

#3 – At website login pages, you can view masked passwords by changing the password input type as text.

At website login pages, you can view masked passwords by changing the password input type as text.

Most software and web developers probably know this. So, don’t leave your PC on!

Harikrishnan Edayalil/Quora

#4 – Test battery easily by dropping it few inches from the ground. A fully charged battery bounces very little, whereas a dead battery bounces around.

Test battery easily by dropping it few inches from the ground. A fully charged battery bounces very little, whereas a dead battery bounces around.

Not really sure how to conduct the battery bounce test? Here’s a demo video.

John Sullivan/Princeton University

#5 – Broken keyboard feet? Replace them with binder clips.

Broken keyboard feet? Replace them with binder clips.

#6 – Find expensive stuff for cheap on Craigslist using the following search terms:

  • divorce
  • wife
  • husband
  • new baby
  • pcs
  • Kia
  • health
  • surgery
  • moving

These listings are usually from Craigslist sellers trying to offload stuff for cheap.

SteelBadger/Reddit

#7 – In Windows, create a new folder and name it “Control Panel Shortcuts.{ed7ba470-8e54-465e-825c-99712043e01c}”. Access any control settings in the folder.

In Windows, create a new folder and name it "Control Panel Shortcuts.{ed7ba470-8e54-465e-825c-99712043e01c}". Access any control settings in the folder.

#8 – No description needed.

No description needed.

I_am_a_quitter/Reddit

#9 – Google “[food] vs [food]” to compare nutritional values.

Google "[food] vs [food]" to compare nutritional values.

Google/Google+

#10 – Use wall hooks to attach iPad to the wall.

Use wall hooks to attach iPad to the wall.

etothepowerof3/Reddit

#11 – Amplify iPad speaker with tennis ball.

Amplify iPad speaker with tennis ball.

mcmenamin309/Reddit
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#12 – On calculator, the C (clear) button is to clear all entry, whereas the CE (clear entry) button is to clear the most recent entry only.

On calculator, the C (clear) button is to clear all entry, whereas the CE (clear entry) button is to clear the most recent entry only.

Oliver Salzburg/Super User

#13 – Project Naptha is a browser extension that allows you to select, copy, modify, erase, and translate text in images.

Project Naptha is a browser extension that allows you to select, copy, modify, erase, and translate text in images.

antimatter15/Hacker News

#14 – Not sure whether your remote control is working? Use any camera to check whether it emits light when you press a button.

Not sure whether your remote control is working? Use any camera to check whether it emits light when you press a button.

#15 – Watch age restricted YouTube videos without signing in by adding “nsfw” before “youtube.com”.

Watch age restricted YouTube videos without signing in by adding "nsfw" before "youtube".

Example: http://www.nsfwyoutube.com/watch?v=6LZM3_wp2ps

Alternatively, replace watch?v= with v/. Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LZM3_wp2ps tohttp://www.youtube.com/v/6LZM3_wp2ps.

fs200vids/Reddit

#16 – Sugru is a Play-Doh-like substance, but it’s much stronger, durable, resistant to heat, and flexible. A nifty product for life hacking.

#17 – Use LEGO minifigure as cable holder.

#18 – Sleepyti.me helps you to calculate the best time to go to bed/wake up for optimal sleep.

Sleepyti.me helps you to calculate the best time to go to bed/wake up for optimal sleep.

omgwtfbbq7/Reddit

#19 – Ninite.com helps you to install many programs at once. Just select all the apps you want. No more junk software and clicking next.

Ninite.com helps you to install many programs at once. Just select all the apps you want. No more junk software and clicking next.

omgwtfbbq7/Reddit

#20 – HowLongToReadThis.com estimates time required to read a book. Pretty accurate for me.

HowLongToReadThis.com estimates time required to read a book. Pretty accurate for me.

sputnik4024/Reddit

#21 – Laptop charger keep falling out? Use Velcro.

Laptop charger keep falling out? Use Velcro.

siddv/Reddit

#22 – PizzaCodes.com shows pizza coupon codes based on your location.

PizzaCodes.com shows pizza coupon codes based on your location.

ToProvideContext/Reddit

#23 – Want to sign up for free trials? Use a gift card.

Want to sign up for free trials? Use a gift card.

thenacho1/Reddit

#24 – Add a fake email address into your contact list. If a bot starts sending out spam using your email address, you’ll get an undeliverable mail notice.

Add a fake email address into your contact list. If a bot starts sending out spam using your email address, you'll get an undeliverable mail notice.

overzealous_dentist/Reddit

#25 – Before going to a porn suspicious site, Google “safebrowsing:(website)” to see a 90-day history of malware attempts on its visitors.

Before going to a suspicious site, Google "safebrowsing:(website)" to see a 90-day history of malware attempts on its visitors.

Treregard/Reddit

#26 – Check whether a username is taken or available on popular sites usingNamechk.com.

Check whether a username is taken or available on popular sites using Namechk.com.

#27 – To avoid spam from certain sites, use disposable temporary email services to sign up for stuffs:

#28 – AccountKiller.com guides you on how to delete your online accounts from popular websites.

AccountKiller.com guides you on how to delete your online accounts from popular websites.

Try also: Just Delete MeDelete Your Account.

Eric Griffth/PCMag

#29 – Search recipes by ingredients you have at Supercook.com.

Search recipes by ingredients you have at Supercook.com.

Try also: MyFridgeFood.com

Doug Aamoth & Jared Newman/TIME
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#30 – HaveIBeenPwned.com checks if your email has been compromised in a data breach.

HaveIBeenPwned.com checks if your email has been compromised in a data breach.

Doug Aamoth & Jared Newman/TIME

#31 – Want to convert YouTube video to GIF? Add “gif” before “youtube.com”. Here’s an example.

Want to convert YouTube video to GIF? Add "gif" after "www.". Here's an example.

#32 – SumoPaint.com is the closest online free version of Photoshop.

SumoPaint.com is the closest online free version of Photoshop.

#33 – Always accidentally close your important tabs? Pin them.

Always accidentally close your important tabs? Pin them.

#34 – Time to clean your email inbox. Search “unsubscribe” and unsubscribe from useless newsletters. Do it now!

Time to clean your email inbox. Search "unsubscribe" and unsubscribe from useless newsletters. Do it now!

Try also: Unroll.me

onanym/Reddit

#35 – Forgot where you parked? Amplify the car remote signal with your head.

#36 – Organize and filter your Gmail by using address aliases.

Organize and filter your Gmail by using address aliases.

_aP/Reddit

#37 – Your laptop is overheating? Place 2 forks underneath.

Your laptop is overheating? Place 2 forks underneath.

jacknappier/Reddit

#38 – To extend laptop’s battery lifespan, try to keep the battery meter between 40% and 80%.

To extend laptop's battery lifespan, try to keep the battery meter between 40% and 80%.

#39 – Read free magazines at Magastack.com.

Read free magazines at Magastack.com.

hackmebaby/Reddit

#40 – Super glue a dot on your phone charger so at night you don’t fumble around like a fool.

Super glue a dot on your phone charger so at night you don't fumble around like a fool.

nomau/Reddit

#41 – Use different color for your earphone tips to differentiate left and right side easily.

Use different color for your earphone tips to differentiate left and right side easily.

You can get white replacement earphone tips here.

defloof/Reddit

#42 – Want to edit an online image in Paint? Paste the image URL directly into Paint to open it.

Want to edit an online image in Paint? Paste the image URL directly into Paint to open it.

Learning25/Reddit

– Online Shopping –

#43 – FatFingers.com finds eBay items with typos, which often have no bids because no one can find them.

FatFingers.com finds eBay items with typos, which often have no bids because no one can find them.

CCPearson/Reddit

#44 – When online shopping, begin the checkout process but don’t complete it. Most online stores will send you coupons codes to encourage sales.

When online shopping, begin the checkout process but don't complete it. Most online stores will send you coupons codes to encourage sales.

Doesn’t work on every online stores like Amazon, but worth trying.

surfinonthejohn/Reddit

#45 – For Amazon, use camelcamelcamel.com to get alerts when prices drop.

For Amazon, use camelcamelcamel.com to get alerts when prices drop.

#46 – You can also try your luck with Honey, which automatically applies coupon codes at checkout.

You can also try your luck with Honey, which automatically applies coupon codes at checkout.

#47 – mySupermarket.com gathers groceries at the lowest prices from leading online stores.

mySupermarket.com gathers groceries at the lowest prices from leading online stores.

Doug Aamoth & Jared Newman/TIME

#48 – LOZO.com finds grocery coupons based on the grocery item names you entered.

LOZO.com finds grocery coupons based on the grocery item names you entered.

Ken Austin/CouponsDaily

#49 – ThisIsWhyImBroke.com finds and lists cool and unbelievable products.

ThisIsWhyImBroke.com finds and lists cool and unbelievable products.

Doug Aamoth & Jared Newman/TIME

#50 – FillerDeals.com is similar to ThisIsWhyImBroke.com but everything is under $15.

FillerDeals.com is similar to ThisIsWhyImBroke.com but everything is under $15.

CHIEFKEEFBANGBANG/Reddit

#51 – ThePriceGeek.com shows you the market price of product you searched.

ThePriceGeek.com shows you the market price of product you searched.

alphabytestew/Reddit

#52 – WornOnTV.net sells outfits that characters wear on TV shows.

WornOnTV.net sells outfits that characters wear on TV shows.

– Travel –

#53 – Currently in foreign country? Use Google.com/NCR to avoid country specific URL redirect. NCR stands for No Country Redirect.

Currently in foreign country? Use Google.com/NCR to avoid country specific URL redirect. NCR stands for No Country Redirect.

articposts/Reddit

#54 – Bypass expensive airport Wi-Fi by adding “?.jpg” at the end of any URL.

Bypass expensive airport Wi-Fi by adding "?.jpg" at the end of any URL.

Felix Geisendörfer/Debuggable

#55 – Get free Wi-Fi passwords for local places in Foursquare’s comment sections.

Get free Wi-Fi passwords for local places in Foursquare's comment sections.

dirtyfries/Reddit

#56 – HotelWiFiTest.com ranks hotels’ Wi-Fi speed and shows hotels with free Wi-Fi.

HotelWiFiTest.com ranks hotels' Wi-Fi speed and shows hotels with free Wi-Fi.

#57 – In-flight entertainment system.

In-flight entertainment system.

claque/Reddit

#58 – When purchasing items online esp. airline and train tickets, use incognito mode on your browser, because the prices might increase the more you revisit the item pages.

When purchasing items online esp. airline and train tickets, use incognito mode on your browser, because the prices might increase the more you revisit the item pages.

Valendr0s/Reddit

#59 – Skiplagged.com finds “hidden city” flight tickets which may save you up to 80%.

Skiplagged.com finds "hidden city" flight tickets which may save you up to 80%.

Try also: TheFlightDeal.com, AwardWallet.com

skiplagged/Reddit

– Mobile –

 

#60 – Send text messages by email: (For US)

  • Alltel: XXXXXXXXXX@message.alltel.com
  • Amp’d Mobile: XXXXXXXXXX@vtext.com
  • AT&T: XXXXXXXXXX@txt.att.net
  • AT&T: XXXXXXXXXX@mms.att.net (pictures, text may work)
  • Boost Mobile: XXXXXXXXXX@myboostmobile.com
  • Cingular: XXXXXXXXXX@mobile.mycingular.com
  • Cricket: XXXXXXXXXX@mms.mycricket.com
  • Einstein PCS: XXXXXXXXXX@einsteinmms.com
  • Nextel: XXXXXXXXXX@messaging.nextel.com
  • Sprint: XXXXXXXXXX@messaging.sprintpcs.com
  • SunCom: XXXXXXXXXX@tms.suncom.com
  • T-mobile: XXXXXXXXXX@tmomail.net
  • VoiceStream: XXXXXXXXXX@voicestream.net
  • US Cellular: XXXXXXXXXX@email.uscc.net (text)
  • US Cellular: XXXXXXXXXX@mms.uscc.net (pictures)
  • Verizon: XXXXXXXXXX@vtext.com (text)
  • Verizon: XXXXXXXXXX@vzwpix.com (pictures)
  • Virgin: XXXXXXXXXX@vmobl.com

For Canadian providers, refer to this.

the_boyblunder/Reddit

#61 – Pushbullet.com displays phone notifications on your computer, so that you don’t have to switch between devices everytime.

Pushbullet.com displays phone notifications on your computer, so that you don't have to switch between devices everytime.

You can also send links and files with Pushbullet.

#62 – If you want to turn off your phone to avoid calls, remove the battery instead. Switching off phone will notify mobile switching centre (MSC) and callers will receive the switched off notification.

If you want to turn off your phone to avoid calls, remove the battery instead. Switching off phone will notify mobile switching centre (MSC) and callers will receive the switched off notification.

Shyam Kumar Arshid/Quora

#63 – Set “@@” as the keyboard shortcut for your email address. Now you don’t have to type your email again and again.

Set "@@" as the keyboard shortcut for your email address. Now you don't have to type your email again and again.

platt_ma/Reddit

#64 – Lost your Android phone? Ring, erase, or lock your smartphone remotely using Android Device Manager. Ringing works even if your phone is in silent mode.

Lost your Android phone? Ring, erase, or lock your smartphone remotely using Android Device Manager. Ringing works even if your phone is in silent mode.

Android/Google+

#65 – You can also Google “find my phone” to locate your Android.

You can also Google "find my phone" to locate your Android.

Quick link for the lazy: find my phone.

Google/Google+

#66 – Forgot where you park your car? Don’t worry, Google Now remembers.

Forgot where you park your car? Don't worry, Google Now remembers.

Google/Google+

#67 – Make your call anonymous by dialing “*67” (North America)  before the number. Here’s the full list of other countries:

Make your call anonymous by dialing "*67" (North America)  before the number. Here's the full list of other countries:

#68 – STOP TEXTING ME.

#69 – How to talk to a human ASAP when calling customer service:

  • GetHuman.com shows you how to get customer service faster and easier.
  • Keep pressing 0.
  • Repeat keywords like “agent”, “representative”, and “operator”.
  • Speak nonsense and mumble.
  • Drop an F-bomb. Not when you’re speaking to a real person though.
floppybutton/Reddit

#70 – Put a folded up bill in the case of your phone for emergencies. Do it now!

Put a folded up bill in the case of your phone for emergencies. Do it now!

dzt/Reddit

#71 – Text and walk at the same time.

Text and walk at the same time.

Android: Type While Walk. iOS: Type n Walk.

#72 – Can’t wake up in the morning? Boost your smartphone’s volume by placing it into a cup.

Can't wake up in the morning? Boost your smartphone's volume by placing it into a cup.

Sam Stephenson/Twitpic

#73 – Can’t use phone with gloves on? Attach a stylus to your jacket zipper pull.

Can't use phone with gloves on? Attach a stylus to your jacket zipper pull.

You can grab a cheap one at Amazon – Stylus Pens.

jtalaiver/Reddit

#74 – Turn binoculars into smartphone zoom lens.

Turn binoculars into smartphone zoom lens.

You can also get this crazy adapter which works for binoculars, spotting scopes, telescopes, and microscopes.

XiKiilzziX/Reddit

#75 – Turn a paper clip into a simple phone stand.

More ways to make phone stand:

#76 – If you haven’t seen this video, it has some pretty cool smartphone photography tips & tricks.

#77 – If you find a locked iPhone and Siri is still enabled, ask “Who do you belong to?” to see the owner’s contact information.

If you find a locked iPhone and Siri is still enabled, ask "Who do you belong to?" to see the owner's contact information.

mmedesjardins/Reddit

– For Study & Work –

#78 – Writing an essay? Copy and paste it into Google Translate. Listen to it. This can help you to find errors easily.

Writing an essay? Copy and paste it into Google Translate. Listen to it. This can help you to find errors easily.

jpplayer1/Reddit

#79 – Use clothes hanger to clip notes side-by-side with display.

Use clothes hanger to clip notes side-by-side with display.

Alternatively, you can get this or this.

SyedMehmeed/Reddit

#80 – Roommate’s alarm going off? Calling the phone will disable the alarm.

Roommate's alarm going off? Calling the phone will disable the alarm.

UberBueno/Reddit

#81 – Create a book from Wikipedia articles.

Create a book from Wikipedia articles.

#82 – Can’t finish your assignment before deadline? Corrupt-a-file.net corrupts your assignment files so that you can ask for extra time.

Can't finish your assignment before deadline? Corrupt-a-file.net corrupts your assignment files so that you can ask for extra time.

Not every professor accepts corrupted files, but worth a try if you desperately need extra time.

Kartik Bansal/Quora

#83 – Whenever you need to study for an important test, google “site:edu [subject] exam”. You’ll find tons of sample and similar exam questions.

Whenever you need to study for an important test, google "site:edu [subject] exam". You'll find tons of sample and similar exam questions.

#84 – BetterExplained.com explains tough math concepts in a better and intuitive way.

BetterExplained.com explains tough math concepts in a better and intuitive way.See also: Animagraffs.com – Animated infographics

CraftedLove/Reddit

– Fun –

#85 – No Internet? No problem. In Chrome’s error page, press spacebar to start the T-Rex game.

No Internet? No problem. In Chrome's error page, press spacebar to start the T-Rex game.

François Beaufort/Google+

#86 – Search “Atari Breakout” on Google Images.

Search "Atari Breakout" on Google Images.

More Google awesomeness:

#87 – Search “Do the Harlem Shake” on YouTube.

Search "Do the Harlem Shake" on YouTube.

More YouTube awesomeness:

#88 – Some fucking awesome websites:

#89 – Anyone can be a hacker at HackerTyper.net. Press F11 to enter full screen and ALT to show “Access Granted” message.

Anyone can be a hacker at HackerTyper.net. Press F11 to enter full screen and ALT to show "Access Granted" message.

More prank sites: GeekTyper.comFakeUpdate.net

totally_professional/Reddit

– Music & Movies –

#90 – For iPhone users: If you’re signing up for Spotify Premium, do it on their website ($9.99/month) instead of mobile app ($12.99/month).

For iPhone users: If you're signing up for Spotify Premium, do it on their website ($9.99/month) instead of mobile app ($12.99/month).

If you’re a student, signup here.

SimplyRH/Reddit

#91 – Forgotify.com lists music tracks that have never been played on Spotify. 4 millions of them.

Forgotify lists music tracks that have never been played on Spotify. 4 millions of them.

Didub/Reddit

#92 – Gnoosic.com is a music recommendation engine. Enter 3 bands you like to get suggestions.

Gnoosic.com is a music recommendation engine. Enter 3 bands you like to get suggestions.

xyby/Reddit

#93 – Build your own theater at home. To watch Frozen of course!

Build your own theater at home. To watch Frozen of course.

CertifiedPuppyRapist/Reddit

#94 – Have a Hulu Plus account and want a free month credit? Click “cancel my account” and they’ll give you the next month free.

Have a Hulu Plus account and want a free month credit? Click "cancel my account" and they'll give you the next month free.

SheriShank/Reddit

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#95 – DocumentaryHeaven.com is, well, a documentary heaven.

DocumentaryHeaven.com is, well, a documentary heaven.

#96 – To find direct download link for movies, search “[movie name] -inurl:(htm|html|php|pls|txt) intitle:index.of “last modified” (mkv|mp4|avi)”.

To find direct download link for movies, search "[movie name] -inurl:(htm|html|php|pls|txt) intitle:index.of "last modified" (mkv|mp4|avi)".

Example: spider man -inurl:(htm|html|php|pls|txt) intitle:index.of “last modified” (mkv|mp4|avi).

If you want to find musics, simply change the last part (mkv|mp4|avi) to (mp3|wma|aac|flac). It tells Google to show webpages with any of these terms: mp3, wma, aac, or flac. You can also replace with terms of other file formats like pdf, zip, rar, etc.

Shibu Lijack/Quora

#97 – Watch feature films and documentaries legally at Internet Archive.

Watch feature films and documentaries legally at Internet Archive.

antoniofm/Reddit

#98 – Use CanIStream.It to find where a movie is available at the lowest price.

Use CanIStream.It to find where a movie is available at the lowest price.

Doug Aamoth & Jared Newman/TIME

#99 – Not sure what movie to watch? AGoodMovieToWatch.com randomly suggest you highly-rated yet little known movies to watch.

Not sure what movie to watch? AGoodMovieToWatch.com randomly suggest you highly-rated yet little known movies to watch.

Try also: What is on Netflix?, InstantWatcher, Jinni, Criticker, Televisor, TasteKid

CHIEFKEEFBANGBANG/Reddit

#100 – RunPee.com tells you the best time to pee while watching a movie.

RunPee tells you the best time to pee while watching a movie.

Bradm77/Reddit

Here’s the PDF version for easy reference.

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Life-Hacking Energy consumption on your home

Replace light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs). They use only 1/3 of the energy needed by incandescent bulbs, and they last for five years. Swapping out the five most-used light bulbs in a house with CFLs, could cut $60 worth of electricity every year, which more than makes up for the higher price of the CFLs. However, many energy companies have rebate programs for CFLs. Sometimes they cost as little as $2. Check with the local power company to see if it offers rebates.

Get a service check on the furnace annually. Checkups are not only important for safety and efficiency, but they help the furnace last longer, too.

Upgrade to better furnace filters, and change them regularly. Indoor air quality and energy efficiency depend on how clean those filters are and how well they work. Look for pleated filters. They cost more (about $10 to $15), but they make a profound difference.

Put in a programmable thermostat. This can save as much as 30 percent on heating and cooling, depending on how well the house is insulated and the heating system. In the winter, program the thermostat so that the house is cooler when no one is home during the day and when everyone is in bed at night. When the weather warms up, set the temperatures higher during the day.

Caulk all windows. Experts estimate that tiny leaks around doors and windows let as much heat escape from the house as an open window does, so seal up those leaks and save some money. One option is to use removable caulking. When spring comes, peel it off and open the windows.

energy-hack-articlePut film on the windows. A film that blocks the sun’s heat from entering or leaving the house will make a big difference in utility bills. It’s easy to install and a lot less expensive than replacing the windows.

Choose the right kind of exterior doors, including the garage door. Look for insulated fiberglass models. They look like wood, but they are five times more energy-efficient than wood.

Add weather stripping to all exterior doors. Weather stripping is available at any hardware store or home center, and it’s another easy way to prevent air leaks.

When it’s time to replace the water heater, get a tankless version. Bosch, Rinnai and Takagi are just three of the companies that make them. Tankless water heaters work only when they’re needed; they don’t use energy keeping a big tank of water hot. Again, they cost more initially than conventional models, but the long-term savings are significant. The technology has been around for 70 years and is used widely in Europe and Asia. If your plumber says tankless water heaters don’t work, it’s time to find a plumber who is more up-to-date with technology.

Pay attention to how ventilation fans are used during the winter. While it’s important to remove excess humidity from the bathrooms and kitchen, the fans also remove heated air. In fact, one can suck all of the heated air from a house in about an hour.

Egg Hacks

When eggs are a part of every morning, the whole crack-and-scramble routine starts to feel, um, eggceptionally boring. Meanwhile,the perfect poach starts to seem too elusive, too confusing and altogether too much work.

It’s time to get your egg hack on. These brilliant tricks make perfect poached eggs, delicious one-minute egg bakes, and omelets with waffle-iron cracks so deep, they could absorb just about any amount of Sriracha. Prepare yourself for an eggcellent morning.

1. Use a poaching bag for the easiest poach of your life. The bags are cheap, disposable and the best thing since poached eggs themselves. Just simmer your egg in a bag, and it’s good to go.fried egg onion
2. Fry your eggs in onion rings. Chances are you already have an onion on hand, and these perfectly circular fried eggs come out sandwich-ready. fried egg onion
3. Don’t peel hard-boiled eggs … just slice them. Cut right through the egg with a knife, then whisk the shell off. It’s infinitely faster. (Photo Credit: NoBiggie)
4. Make hard-boiled eggs in the oven. Not only does a muffin tin allow you to “hard boil” more eggs at once, but Alton Brown says cooking them in the oven makes for a creamier egg inside.(Photo Credit: The Burlap Bag)
5. Whip up a magical “golden egg.” It’s like a hard-boiled egg, except everything’s yellow inside. The secret turns out to be an old T-shirt and some arm muscles.
6. And don’t forget: you can make omelets in a waffle iron. (Photo Credit: Kat’s Kitchen Collective) flight attendant crash pad
7. Separate yolks with a water bottle for easy egg whites. Thismagical method eliminates the whole goop-between-the-shell process.
8. Microwave an egg in a ramekin for a one-minute breakfast. It literally takes 60 seconds — and one dish — to make this baked egg lookalike.
9. Or bake dozens of eggs in muffin tins for a big breakfast crew.Consider it an in-home McDonald’s. (Photo Credit: Macheesmo)
10. Make multiple omelets at once, in plastic bags. This trick allows everyone in your group to DIY their own toppings, but it eliminates the need for a zillion different pans. (Photo Credit: Homemade Ginger)
11. And when all else fails, use Julia Child’s poached egg trickthat works every time. Boil the egg for 10 seconds before cracking it into water, and you’ll achieve a perfectly oval poached shape. Because who’s an egg master? YOU ARE! (Photo Credit: New York Times) d

Egg Hacks

Coffee Hack

America’s Test Kitchen is like a 2,500-square-foot gift from Boston to the world. And it just keeps giving.

But rather than six-course dinners, their chefs produce “Cook’s Illustrated” and “Cook’s Country” magazines (as well as their eponymous public television show), and test recipes to understand the way food and kitchen equipment works best.

They get paid to to play with food, and everybody wins.

Coffee-Hacks

For their latest book, “Kitchen Hacks: How Clever Cooks Get Things Done,” outNov. 10, the intrepid chefs anthologized more than 1,000 solutions to kitchen dilemmas — some common, many we didn’t even know we needed to fix.

For example, potato chips make great kindling for lighting your charcoal grill (place a handful of chips on a paper coffee filter at the bottom of the grill and set it on fireunder a chimney. The oily chips will burn slowly, making sure your charcoal gets fiery hot).

The editors categorized their tips into groups for the lazy, for recycling, for single people, and for home bartenders. While all the hacks are great, we were mostly excited about the coffee tricks: Here are their selections, presented with illustrations by John Burgoyne, for getting that early morning jolt of caffeine into your face faster and with more ease.

  • 1 Use An Appliance Timer For Your Coffee Maker
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    “Wake up to a fresh pot of coffee even if your coffee maker lacks a built-in timer,” the editors of America’s Test Kitchen write. “Rather than spring for a new model, purchase an inexpensive appliance timer (the kind that turns lights on and off when you go on vacation) at the local hardware store. You can set the brewing time before you go to bed and also set a time for the machine to turn off, so you’ll never worry that you left it on.”
  • 2 How To Make A Soundproof Grinder
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    “Nothing better than waking up to the smell of fresh-brewed coffee, but no one likes to be jolted from sleep by the loud whirring of the coffee grinder. To muffle the noise, place an oven mitt over the grinder before turning it on.”
  • 3 Use A Percolator? Make It Mess-Free
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    “1. Snip a small hole in the center of a small (4- to 6-cup) basket-style coffee filter.”
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    “2. Fit the filter over the percolator tube and into the basket. Fill the filter-lined basket with ground coffee and brew as directed.”
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    “3. When it’s time to clean up, just dump out the filter with the grounds.”
  • 6 How To Steam Milk In A Mason Jar
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    “1. To steam milk for cappuccino in the microwave, fill a mason jar no more than halfway, put on the lid, and shake the jar vigorously for 30 seconds.”
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    “2. Remove the lid and microwave the milk for 30 seconds at high power to both warm and stabilize the foam.”

    Watch America’s Test Kitchen show you how to do this here.

  • 8 How To Keep Your Filters From Falling
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    “When using a manual drip coffee maker, the grounds can spill down into the pot because the paper filter folds over on itself when the water is poured into it. To avoid this problem, dampen the paper filter just a little bit and press it against the sides of the plastic cone. When you add the coffee and pour the water through, the filter adheres to the cone.”
  • 9 How To Remove Stubborn Coffee Stains
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    “If you’re unable to adequately scrub the inside of your thermal coffee carafe, try this clever trick.

    1. Fill a carafe with a handful of rice and a cup of hot water.”

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    “2. Cover, then swirl and shake the carafe vigorously. Once the inside is clean, discard the rice and water. Rinse several times with hot water to remove any remaining residue.”
  • 11 Clean A French Press Without Stress
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    “French presses are hard to clean; the spent grounds cling to the bottom of the carafe and collect between the plates ands screen of the plunger. To easily get rid of the grounds without any going down the disposal (usually considered inadvisable), fill the carafe with water, pour its contents into a fine-mesh strainer over the sink and dump the grounds into the trash.

    “To clean the whole press if you have anything left behind, fill the empty carafe halfway with soapy water. Then insert the plunger and rapidly move it up and down a few times. The force of the water dislodges any stuck grounds — and scrubs the sides of the carafe.”

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    You can read many more tips like these in “Kitchen Hacks: How Clever Cooks Get Things Done,” out Nov. 10 from America’s Test Kitchen.

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