3 Hacks We Love

August 28, 2012

Inspired by conversations on the FOOD52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun. Today we round up three of our favorite hacks. 


We love hacks around here. As you can see, we'll even hack our logo out of anything you put in front of us. We've gotten some great ideas from this community over the years, and we've shared ideas we thought were nothing short of genius. Today, we're highlighting three of our favorites that also happen to be appropriate for this time of year. 

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If you've got any more great hacks we should feature, share them with us in the comments! 

Cleaning a Grill

In the last days of summer, you've got to make the most of your grill. Keep it clean using some aluminum foil and a pair of tongs.  


Hacking a Tart Pan

What if you want to make a tart but don't have the right pan? Amanda's got you covered. This hack is good all year -- as long as there are tarts to be made, you can use this trick. 

Saving Wine

If for some reason you don't finish a bottle of wine, the best way to save it. Another year-round hack, though how often do you really not finish a bottle of wine? 

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  • AntoniaJames
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AntoniaJames August 28, 2012
I have to take issue with your use of the term "clean" for the grill hack. The foil scrapes off the solid crud, but it does not get rid of the grease on the places that the aluminum foil does not reach -- especially where cross pieces intersect the large rods comprising the grate, and other hard-to-reach places. (I have a large rectangular grill with cross pieces.) The hack is useful for getting the big nasty stuff off, but the only way actually to clean the grate is to use hot water, soap and a scrubbing tool. I don't know whether my porcelain grate is unique in this regard, but I rather doubt it. ;o)
readknitsleep August 28, 2012
As a new homeowner, I am spending money like a fiend. One thing I did not spend a dime on was my composting container. I use an old silicone loaf pan (no use as a pan anyway, so why not?), and keep it in my freezer, á la this $60 item:
Works like a charm - no stink, no muss, no cash.