Fast Food Hacks

KFC Rice Cooker Hack Is Some Next-Level Cookery

While we’re here in the states enjoy our Kentucky Fried Chicken with a fresh buttery biscuit and some dangerously sweet honey sauce, Japanese Foodbeasts on the other side of the world have discovered a game-changing method for fans of the fried chicken chain.

Nextshark reports that a new KFC trend has been sweeping Japan that anyone with a rice cooker must try ASAP.

Called “KFC Japanese Rice,” you take a rice cooker and fill it with rice, chicken stock, and a bit of soy sauce. Then, take two pieces of the Colonel’s Original Recipe Chicken and set it inside the cooker and turn it on.

After the rice is cooked, shred the chicken and mix it into the rice. The result seems to be a wildly flavorful rendition of rice paired with the 11 herbs and spices that make KFC insanely popular in Japan.

Definitely something to consider the next time we order a bucket of the Colonel’s chicken and want to meal prep for the rest of the week.

Wonder how this trick will fare with Popeyes chicken, though?

Culture Features Hacks Restaurants

10 Pro Chefs Reveal What They Do With Their Thanksgiving Leftovers

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and while everyone’s planning what to cook for dinner, I’m trying to figure out what to do with the inevitable leftovers that come with a large family that refuses to take food home. Usually there will be Tupperware containers stacked with stuffing, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, ham, and veggies sitting in my fridge that last well into Cyber Monday.

My go-to move is to plop everything onto a plate and introduce it to Mister Microwave. Lazy, yes, but it gets the job done. This year, I told myself I’d put a little more effort into my leftovers and was left wondering what professional chefs do with their extra holiday food the day after Turkey Day.

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These ten professional chefs from across the country reveal their unique takes on tackling Thanksgiving leftovers. Check out what they have to say.

Jason Fullilove (Barbara Jean)

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“I like to make a Thanksgiving leftover pot pie with a simple 3-2-1 pie dough!” chef Fullilove shares.

Carmine Di Giovanni (Aunt Jake’s)


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“I love to whip up chili with my leftover turkey and vegetables, and then make croutons from the stuffing,” gushes Chef Di Giovanni. “It’s easy to make with everything that’s still in your fridge and doesn’t take a ton of time to put together. It’s also perfect for dinner the day after Thanksgiving and you still have family staying at your house.”

Molly Martin and Lyndi Stein (Juniper Green)

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“We love to make a simple curry with leftover vegetables,” the culinary duo explain. “We usually have Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, roasted root vegetables, and maybe a spare onion and potato left. Fry up some sliced garlic, onion and ginger if you have it, then add red or green Thai curry paste, a little turkey stock (or even water), and a can or two of coconut milk.”

They add:

“If you have a can of chickpeas lying around, throw it in. Simmer your leftover veg in it just until it’s all warmed through and has a chance to marry and adjust the seasoning. We serve it over rice with lime wedges and cilantro for a comforting bowl that won’t leave you feeling like you need another nap.”

Linh Nguyen (Fleenor’s on 4th)


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“I like to make savory bread pudding out of the leftover stuffing, shred up some turkey and add gravy plus a couple fried eggs,” chef Nguyen says. “I call it my Thanksgiving Loco Moco!”

Jake Strang (L27)

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“I like to take the dressing (or stuffing) and patty it out,” says Chef Strang. “You get a non-stick pan with a little butter and fry the patties until crispy. Then top with turkey that’s heated up in gravy until it shreds apart. Dump that over the top the crispy stuffing, top with a dollop of cranberry sauce and, if you’re feeling particularly healthy, some leftover green beans that have been slightly overcooked. It’s heaven!”

Greg Biggers (Fort Louise)

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“First of all, the [Thanksgiving] sandwich requires sturdy bread but not chewy,” chef Biggers explains. “A well baked, large toasted brioche bun is my go-to. Next, the most important ingredient (surprisingly not the turkey) is the stuffing! I like to make a patty out of it similar to a crab cake then sear it off. Now, you can add everything else left from the table you can find; turkey, cranberry sauce, mayo, coleslaw, and top it off with a side dish of gravy to dip it in.”

Josh Elkin (@thejoshelkin)


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“It changes every year, which is the fun part,” the YouTube celebrity chef shared excitedly. “Last year I made a leftover shooter sandwich. It’s a pressed sandwich packing in as much ingredients as I can fit. Weighing it down for a day and covering it in gravy. This year, I’m making a taco with a stuffing taco shell. It’s gonna be dumb smart. “

Nick Korbee (Egg Shop)

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“Top a slice of bread with gravy, turkey, bacon and a tomato then broil away. When the bacon is crisp, and the gravy is bubbly, top this sandwich with a sunny up egg and enjoy!” Korbee instructs. “The prep for this classic sandwich can even be done while clearing the table. Build it on a cookie sheet and store in the fridge for an easy breakfast the next morning and save both time and Tupperware. If you’re feeling extra festive, substitute the tomato for cranberries for a little extra tang.”

Ed McFarland (Ed’s Lobster Bar)

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“I make Thanksgiving leftover meatballs,” McFarland dishes. “I grind the turkey, mix it with the stuffing and the cranberry sauce, form them into meatballs and heat it up in the turkey gravy. I like to do this because I use all the leftovers and every bite is the full taste of the Thanksgiving menu.”

Darryl Harmon (Clinton Hall)

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“I take leftover pulled turkey, heat it up in the gravy with stuffing, cranberry sauce, baked apples and any vegetables I have from the day before,” offered Chef Harmon. “Then I take mashed potatoes and form into round mounds, add a dusting of flour (optional), and sear them on a griddle to make potato pancakes. Put the meat mixture in between and you have an amazing sandwich. Some people are weird about eating leftovers, but this twist is a fun, fresh take that my friends and family all love.”

Alcohol Drinks

Here’s Why You Should NEVER Store Premium Vodka In The Freezer

Almost everywhere I go, outside of a bar, I’ll see someone pulling out a bottle of vodka from their freezer right before serving it. Sure, it gives the alcoholic spirit a nice chill, but does storing it in a freezer actually do anything to enhance the quality of the drink?

Francois Thibault, the creator of Grey Goose Vodka, doesn’t seem to think so.

Thibault said that throwing your bottle in the freezer actually depreciates the quality of your vodka and that we’ve all been doing it wrong.

More premium vodkas should already have a naturally mild taste, so freezing it would only hide the “sophisticated aromas and flavors” of the alcohol, he told MSN. The Grey Goose creator added that keeping it at room temperature would also be a little aggressive.

Thibault said that the best temperature to store vodka is 39.2 degrees Fahrenheit because that is the temperature of slight dilution with ice in a glass. Freezing cheaper and low-quality vodkas will hide any “aggressive burning notes,” according to Thibault.

At the end of the day, the temperature you want to enjoy your vodka revolves around your personal preferences. Just know that sticking it in the freezer will have some dulling affects on your booze — especially if you’re spending extra on the premium stuff.


Genius Colander Hack Was Right In Front Of Us The Entire Time

Boiling pasta has become somewhat of an adventure for us. Not classically trained, we’re still teetering along the line of knowing when that pasta is ready to be drained or if it needs a little more time in the water. Once that pasta is cooked, you don’t have too much time to get your drain game on. All Def Digital posted a brilliant colander hack on Facebook that will make your pasta draining experience so much easier.

All you need to do is go about the normal water-boiling process. Salt your liquid, throw in some noodles, and bring it to a boil, toss in a little olive oil to prevent the noodles from sticking together. Here’s where things switch up.

When your noodles are ready to be drained, whip out that trusty colander. Instead of dumping the entire contents of the lot onto the colander, simply use it as a barrier for the water to drain from the pot. This way you won’t have to dump your noodles back and forth.

If successful, you’ll be able to shave precious minutes off your cooking time. Just make sure your forearms can keep the colander and the pot together in one piece and you have proper oven mitts. Otherwise you might burn yourself.

Fast Food Hacks Hit-Or-Miss

This Chipotle Hack Will Make Employees Hate Your Guts, But It’s Great

Anyone who has ever ordered a burrito to-go, knows the problem of getting home and opening up a soggy mess.

Thankfully a genius Chipotle customer found a solution to this, as he ordered every single ingredient individually packaged so he can just build the burrito at home. If you’re wondering what that looks like, Josh Williams tweeted out a photo below.

This is a great idea, as it preserves the burrito, avoids leakage, and keeps the ingredients fresh for you to enjoy when you get home.

While a lot of you see a gold mine in this idea, there’s also the other side of the spectrum that thinks this is dick move that just adds unnecessary work for the Chipotle employees.

When people responded negatively, Williams tried explaining that he lived 45 minutes away from the Chipotle, and the burrito would be almost inedible by the time he got home, but people still hated the idea, especially employees.

I feel like ordering a burrito bowl with tortillas on the side would yield similar results, but any time you can be an asshole, I have to approve of it.

It might inconvenience the employees a bit, and they will definitely hate you for the five minutes you’re there, but it’ll all be worth it when you assemble that burrito and it doesn’t implode in your hands.


The Fastest And Easiest Way To Chill Your Beer

We’ve all played the waiting game during a BBQ or beach day, as you fill up the cooler with ice and await your beloved beverages to get cold.

A faster alternative is always welcome, and thankfully, science has finally provided us with one that can chill your beer in about five minutes.

According to Popular Science, the fastest way to chill your beer still involves an ice chest, ice, and water, but the secret to revving things up is salt — and lots of it.

The reason this works so well is that salt can let water reach temperatures that exceed its freezing point, but will keep it in a liquid state. That means your beer is exposed to water that technically should be frozen solid, but instead keeps its liquid form, perfect to dump your 30-pack in.

The ice water’s liquid state is great for conducting heat, meaning it quickly takes the heat coming from your beer, and allows it to chill faster.

If you want your can or bottle ready even faster, you can spin it(don’t shake) in the ice bath for a few minutes, but come on, just wait the five minutes.

So adding saltwater to your icy cooler will do the trick and make sure your beer is chilled and ready before the game starts.

H/t brobible

Design Hacks

31 Clever Ways To Use A Lemon [INFOGRAPHIC]

Ah, the majestic lemon. The citrus fruit has been around for millennia, used to keep foods fresh and alcoholic beverages garnished.

While the perfect way to accompany most dishes, the mighty lemon goes beyond a simple garnish. In fact, there’s actually a ton of different ways you can use the lemon in your day-to-day life.

OnStride created a pretty nifty infographic that showcases 31 different uses for the bright-yellow fruit. Utilities highlighted include cleaning cutting boards, shining copper, killing weeds, and keeping your avocados fresh.

Check out the beautifully illustrated infographic below to see all the ways to make the most out of that lemon just chilling in your fridge.

If you end up trying all 31 of these unique uses, finish your day by squeezing a few leftover lemons and making a nice cold glass of lemonade for yourself.

Hey, you’ve earned it.

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Hacks Video

How To Peel Garlic In Seconds [HACK]

Peeling garlic can take some time. While the ingredient is crucial to many dishes, and adds robust flavor to many more, it can leave your fingers smelly for the entire day if you spend too much time fumbling with the peeling process.

In YouTuber DaveHax’s latest video, he shows us how to peel garlic in mere seconds while keeping you fingers smelling like nothing at all. A pretty handy hack if you’re trying to shave minutes off your overall cooking time.

All you need is some of those plastic jar grips that are designed to help people open jars. You simply lay your clove of garlic on the grip, roll one end over the other firmly and the skin should slip right out.

The process leaves virtually no mess and perfectly peeled garlic ready to be used in your culinary crusade.