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Try These Quick and Quirky Internet Kitchen Shortcuts

Published: Juanuary 25, 2013

You can find out how to do just about anything on the Internet. These online tips are fun and clever and can even cut prep time.

  • Aerate WineAerate your wine quickly. Wine connoisseurs know that red wine should breathe a little, optimally in a decanter for half an hour. Aficionados swish their reds around in their glass; the rest of us may want to try this sexy tip: Use a stick or regular blender for a minute to speed up the process. Too weird? Toss the wine from one decanter to another (about 15 tosses) and even the aficionados won't notice. Try a taste test. Can you tell the difference?
  • Bang your pomegranate. Love pomegranates but hate seeding them? There's a better way. Cut one in half across the middle (not top to bottom). Hold one half face down in your palm above a large bowl. Bang the bottom end with a heavy wooden spoon for a couple of minutes. It's not perfect, but it's the closest to hassle-free you'll get.
  • Prepare perfect pancakes. When you're finished with your ketchup, try washing and filling the squeeze bottle with pancake batter. This trick lets you squeeze out just the right amount of batter for perfect pancakes. If you're using a flat griddle, you can squeeze the perfect amount of batter into your metal cookie cutters to create pancakes in your favorite shape.
  • Freshen the air. Dilute vodka with water in a spray bottle to squelch kitchen odors.

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