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10 DIY Food Hacks That Will Make You Look Like A Boss

Unless you’re a famous chef like Gordon Ramsay or Bobby Flay, you probably have yet to master the culinary skills needed to reach chef superstardom.

In that case, HouseHold Hacker, a YouTube channel dedicated to posting, “quick & simple” do-it-yourself life hacks has you covered. HouseHold Hacker recently posted a 10-item crash course on simple food hacks that will help you work your way into the culinary hall of fame — if such a thing existed. Check out the video below.

We think these guys are onto something. These hacks are insanely easy and will leave you thinking, “why didn’t I think of that?”

Not only will some of these hacks save your food, but it will keep you from forkin’ out mad dough at the grocery store when your lettuce and basil go bad. Additionally, HouseHold Hacker shows us some really clever ways to use frozen butter and how to make homemade “frozen yogurt.” Where you at, Yougurtland?

Currently, Household Hacker’s channel has more than 3 million subscribers, so it’s safe to say we’re not the only ones taking notes.

Happy hacking!

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Features

9 Genius Ways to Repel Ants Using Common Ingredients in Your Kitchen

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Summer arrived sooner than we expected and while we’re all out there kidding ourselves about getting beach bodies, those curious little critters known as ants have planned their summertime assault. Specifically, they’re targeting our kitchens.

While it’s probably the easy way out, I’d have to say most people wouldn’t want to use bug spray in the middle of their cooking and food storage space. Toxicity aside, it’s just gross. Plus, you’d have to throw out any unsealed foods the ant spray gets on.

Foodbeast dug around and found a few natural food remedies to prevent that dreaded insect epidemic. Since ants are really receptive to smells, there are a number of foods that can naturally repel them. If you can get your hands on a few of these everyday food items, you can easily create an ant-free zone in your kitchen. Just place a few from the list around cracks and holes in your house, and they’ll work as a powerful scent barrier preventing ants from entering.

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Cinnamon

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You can easily get your hands on powdered cinnamon. This spice is an amazing ant repellant that not only blocks ants from your home but can kill them as well. Just don’t be stingy.

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Coffee Grounds

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Made some extra coffee in the morning? Save those grounds and sprinkle. The nitrogen in the coffee burns ants when they walk across. They’ll definitely try to avoid it if they can help it.

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Garlic Cloves

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Garlic isn’t only a ward for vampires. It also works for those pesky monsters. Just leave a few cloves of garlic lying around here and there and they’ll do their thing. The only downside is smelling garlic. Which I don’t mind.

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Pepper

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Add either black pepper or cayenne to some water and spray over ants. It’s probably the easiest spice to get your hands on. They’ll quickly disappear.

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Citrus Peels

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When you’re done garnishing your booze, don’t throw out the citrus pieces. Hang onto the citrus peels and throw them into a blender with some hot water and spray onto lines of ants. Should do the trick.

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Mint

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Bundle fresh mint together and place it around your kitchen to keep the ants out. Sidenote: Mint is incredibly easy to grow.

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Chili Peppers

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Like coffee, ants will not walk through a line of chili pepper flakes. Either buy them dried in bulk and grind them yourselves, your save a few red chili pepper flakes from your next pizza outing and have them handy for ants.

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Basil

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Dried basil leaves sprinkled around the kitchen in cracks and crevices should keep ants at bay. All you have to do is remember to replace them every now and then.

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Cucumber

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Cucumbers aren’t just for leveling up your water and removing bags from your eyes. Just skin the cucumbers with a peeler and leave them in cracks and openings. Though, like the basil, remember to change them out daily.

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Note:  While some of these methods won’t directly kill ants, they will keep them at bay in a safe and natural way that’s chemical-free.

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Recipes

Here’s How to Make A Cîroc Coconut Limeade

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Before taking a “summer sesh” class at Mixology 101, I had never associated the word “savory” with boozy goodness. A few drinks into the class (the only way school should be taught, in my opinion), 101’s liquor-wielding profs taught us how to make a Cîroc Coconut Limeade.

The drink was as marvelous as it gets. The sweetness of the coconut and simple syrup was cut by the acidity of the lime, while the muddled basil provided an unexpected and bright aroma that ultimately created a savory flavor profile. Heavenly, I tell you.

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Cîroc Coconut Limeade

  • 1.5 OZ.- CîROC COCONUT
  • ½- of one lime
  • .75 oz.- Simple Syrup
  • 6- Basil Leafs

Build: Cut lime and place half in a mixing tin. Add a handful of basil, then muddle. Add the remaining ingredients and shake over ice.

Double Strain: Into a chilled old fashion glass.

Garnish: With a sprig of basil.

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Food Trucks

Kogi BBQ Truck Reveals a “Half Baked” Quesadilla

Taking after the nuances of a half-baked potato, the Kogi BBQ Truck has revealed what they call the Half Baked quesadilla. The new item is filled with bacon, crisp Chinese broccoli, melted cheddar and jack cheese, their own salsa azul (habanero-basil-blueberry), sour cream and toasted sesame seeds.

For those in Southern California, the truck’s schedule is up in its entirety on their website.

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Cravings

Italian Sushi Rolls

Many manly men, including some of my Italian and Middle Eastern counter-parts, find that there is “no bulk in sushi”. That is exactly the phrase I’ve heard used, and I have no idea what it means. Hopefully, this creative alternative will be something they can latch on to: Italian Sushi Rolls. These heftier rolls are filled with cheesy orzo, Italian sausage, roasted peppers, basil all wrapped in Prosciutto. Culinary genius Dan gives us the play-by-play on his blog, if you’re so inclined to try to make a couple rolls on your home turf!

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News

Islands: Pesto Paradiso Sandwich

As part of a limited time only taste at Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks restaurants across five states (California, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, and Hawaii), the casual dining restaurant presents their Pesto Paradiso sandwich, available until the end of November. This offering includes grilled chicken breast topped with a blend of jack and parmesan cheeses, and finally covered with basil pesto. Advertised along with the brand’s famous endless Island Fries, there is no word yet as to whether this will become a permanent menu item or not. Check out their website to find an Islands near you.

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Cravings

Cheesy Poached Eggs w/ Tomato Basil Pseudo-Aioli

MMmmmmm. This particular recipe and mugshot was sent in from reader @davincivirus, showing off a nicely approached plate of cheesy poached eggs topped with a creamy tomato basil “pseudo”-aioli. The pseudo term is in reference to the dish’s use of sour cream to achieve the same consistency of aioli. Kudos on a scrumptious looking meal!

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Cravings

Mozzarella Bruschetta

These thing would go great with a bowl of pasta or just by themselves! Get some oil, tomatoes, basil, garlic, vinegar, sea salt and peppers and mix it up in a bowl and place it on a slice of ciabatta bread! Place a piece of mozzarella cheese and toast them in the oven to your preference! In the worlds of Rachael Ray “Yum-O”! (Thx FTLOC)