Anyone who wants to get married wants a wedding that reflects their personality and core values. However, one couple simply chose to have their wedding at their favorite place in the world – Costco.
With all of their friends and family in attendance, it made perfect sense for Margot Schein and Julian Parris to tie the knot at this specific location. Three years prior to their big day, the couple’s first date was at Costco after they met online.
After Julian specified in his online dating bio that he loved Costco more than any other place in the world, Margot was extremely excited to get in touch with him. “We have so much in common, but Costco is the first thing,” she said.
With the newlyweds’ reception nibbles coming in paper cups, every aspect of the wedding was done in a Costco theme. The couple even had their ceremony by the cash registers.
Moreover, the couple ended up going up and down the exact same aisles they had walked through on their first date. Even the cake was freshly baked by the store’s bakery, which they are obviously huge fans of.
“It was three years ago to the day today,” Margot said, while holding the bouquet. “We technically met online, but I only messaged him because he had Costco in his profile.” Costco isn’t the only thing that the couple has in common though.
They are also huge Harry Potter fans, with Margot wearing Gryffindor colors and Julian sporting a Ravenclaw motif. In order to celebrate in style, the newlyweds popped open a bottle of champagne which the store employees provided as a gift.
“On our first date, we got pizza and hot dogs and then spent an hour walking around,” Margot said. “It was just such a good date.” These days, the couple is interested in pursuing their respective careers. While Julian got a Ph.D. in psychology, Margot wants to complete her masters.
40+ Kitchen Life Hacks That Even Chefs Would Love to Know
The kitchen is undoubtedly one of the most creative places in a house. From the complex blend of spices to the precise slices of vegetables, home chefs rely on their personal tips, tricks, and hacks all the time. However, wouldn’t you like knowing a genuinely useful hack like how to stop the stream of tears triggered by a cut onion? If yes, you’ve come to the right place.
Professional Basted Eggs
Eggs are one of the most versatile ingredients in your pantry. Appetizers, mains, desserts – you name it and you can probably use eggs in a recipe for it. Basted eggs have this rich, luscious texture that fills your mouth.
Professional chefs don’t want you to know this hack! Here’s how you make the best-basted eggs. Break the eggs in a pan like you would while frying them. However, instead of oil, add a little water and put the pan over the heat. The yolk remains smooth and runny.
Right Way to Warm
Don’t be lazy with warming your baked items. When reheating pizza, burgers, wraps, and similar baked goods in the microwave, you have to be careful. Otherwise, you could land up with dry corners and soggy crusts. Put a cup of water inside the microwave alongside the dish.
The moisture keeps the pastry from over-drying and protects the crunchy crust. Try this and your pizza will taste just as good on the second day!
No More Tears
Have you ever decided against cooking a dish simply because it involves the universally dreaded task of cutting an onion? We wouldn’t blame you. Onion spews sulfenic acid and enzyme when their shell is broken.
These react with the water in your eyes and form another kind of acid which then streams tears down your face. A good way to handle the irritation is by placing a burning candle next to the chopping board when you are taking a knife to onions.
Perfect Tomato Slices
The juicy, plump tomato is a difficult vegetable to cut properly. Given their fleshy exterior but the extremely soft interior, it’s hard to get a smooth cut without smashing them somehow. However, how do they serve salad in restaurants with finely sliced tomatoes? Easy.
A bread knife will give you thin circles in the tomatoes without spilling the juice all over the place. Next time you’re making a salad or need to use tomatoes as a garnish, pull the bread knife out.
One-Pan Chicken Dishes
The entire premise of a one-pan dish revolves around not having to use an extra pan in the cooking process. However, when the dish requires the potatoes and chicken to be cooked separately, you can either wait and give both of the ingredients individual cooking times on the stove or, you can do this.
Place the potatoes directly on the oven tray and place a wire rack over them. Put the chickens on top and cook like that. Everything cooks faster and the potatoes develop a better flavor.
Efficient Use of Space
Waiting for one batch of food to be done cooking in the oven can drive your patience to the limit. Maybe you have a family to feed or will have guests over soon. This hack will truly simplify your life if you’re used to baking big batches of food.
Foods like chicken wings are perfect here. Insert a skewer through the bits and get enough to cover the width of a deep oven tray. Make as many skewers as the tray can hold, and then place them vertically like so.
Prevent Board Slips
If you’ve used your cutting board on any available surface multiple times, you would know how notorious these kitchen helpers are for slipping. Not only is this annoying, but it can also be dangerous. You risk dropping all your ingredients or having the knife fling out of control.
A typical chopping board lacks stability on smooth, slippery surfaces. This can be an issue for homes with granite surfaces in their kitchen. Here’s how to fix that. Place a folded damp tea towel or damp cloth under the board.
Food Thawing Hacks
So, your mom is almost home and you forgot to take the chicken out of the freezer as she had instructed five hours ago? Or, are you an adult who completely forgot to defrost any food before cooking it? Happens. A hack straight from the professionals is here to help you.
Now this one requires a little science knowledge to understand the basics properly. Set the food in a frying pan to thaw it faster. The cold conducts to the pan’s metal where it dissipates quickly.
Keep Sushi Fresh
A roll with soft supple fish bits on the inside and crispy seaweed on the outside? Sign us up! Sushi is an Asian delicacy with fans all over the world. However, it isn’t until you try storing sushi that you develop an unspoken dislike for it.
If you want to keep sushi fresh for a brief period, this hack will be good. Wrap the sushi roll in cling film and place it in an airtight container before putting a slice of bread on top.
Egg Peeling 101
No, you don’t have to sit and poke at every broken piece of the shell to peel an egg. If you need to peel boiled eggs perfectly without fail every time, you should take a spoon.
Make a crack around one of the tips of the egg and remove the shell for a small area near it. Take your spoon and insert it inside the shell and softly coax the egg out of the exterior. It should pop right out.
Measuring Pasta Correctly
Is it just us or there should be separate equipment to measure pasta? The flat surface weighing machines may be good in giving us weights of over ingredients, but bring in the long strands of pasta and it gets a bit trickier.
Their smooth, round build allows them to move across the weighing machine arbitrarily. Use a napkin folder in this case. Place the pasta on the holder like such and place it on the weighing machine. Make sure to cancel out the weight of the holder beforehand.
No-Hand Wash Technique
Very few chores are as hated globally as washing dishes. The soapy, slippery condition plus the bits of food that you mistakenly touch. Gloves are a handy way people can wash dishes in the kitchen without getting themselves wet.
However, if you’re feeling lazy to scrub, why not try this hack out? Put a paper towel in the greasy container, squeeze some dish soap in it, and add some water. Close the lid and shake! Take the container off, remove the towel and the dish should be squeaky clean.
Affordable Sushi Mat
Sushi lovers have a knack for finding places that serve fresh, tasty sushi packed with flavors. Many would even attempt making it at home. It’s true: You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars to get quality sushi.
Similar to pizza or pasta, great sushi can be made at home with the right ingredients and proper techniques. Step one of making your own sushi is owning a sushi mat. If you don’t own one already, tape the ends of thin bamboo skewers and you have a DIY sushi mat.
Too Small for the Pan
Don’t you just wish there was a splatter shield that could be adjusted to fit the shape of the pot or pan you’re using right then? Kitchen equipment comes in different sizes so splatter shields are available in a variety of sizes to cover your stuff.
With that said, finding the correct shape can be stressful at times. It’s just an inch short there? Position two wooden spoons along the edges of the pan and place the splatter shield on top.
Save Pasta Water
Don’t dispose of the excess water after you’re done cooking your pasta in it! If you follow cooking shows or chefs, you would know that professionals recommend you save the pasta water. Filled with starch, this water is a great addition to your pasta sauce.
It makes the sauce thicker and improves consistency. Pasta water is the best sauce base so don’t switch it out for regular water. You won’t need a lot. Just save a cup or two at max and use as required.
Kitchen Sciences and Engineering
There are so many kinds of rice dishes in the world that you wouldn’t get bored if you cooked a new one each day. When you are attempting a rice dish where they ask you to drain all the water from the rice after it’s done boiling, this hack is effective and safe.
Position a fork against the handle of a pot in such a way that it stays up mid-air. Hang a rice bag on it and leave it like that. Leave for a few minutes.
Hot Pepper Burns
Filled with spicy pockets that explode in your mouth, hot peppers are a challenge to cut. They give this stinging burn when in contact with the skin. Have you ever mistakenly touched your face after cutting a hot pepper and not washing your hand properly?
Don’t try it. You can use gloves for cutting these veggies, but as an eco-friendly alternative, rub olive or vegetable oil in your hands. Rub in a teaspoon of it on your hands and it will create a thick barrier that the spice can’t penetrate.
No Need for Dishwasher
A dishwasher would surely make life easier for you. Imagine a world where you don’t have to wash greasy, dirty dishes anymore. Seems beautiful, doesn’t it? That said, it’s definitely not a necessity. A good alternative for a dishwasher is a washing machine.
You can put plastic container tops and greasy silicone sponges in the washing machine. Simply pop them into the machine and fill it with soap as usual. Your stuff should come out clean and hygienic.
The Lazy Lasagne
Lasagne is an Italian dish containing multiple yummy layers of meat, sauce, cheese, and condiments. Making the perfect lasagne requires a lot of detailed steps and the right blend of ingredients. You might consider making it once or twice a month when you have tons of time in hand and a hungry tummy to fill.
Weekdays aren’t when your mind will go, “Let’s make a lasagne.” That’s the best time to try a lazy lasagne – frozen ravioli layered with sauce and mozzarella which is baked in the oven.
Double the Happiness
You can never have too much pizza and this isn’t up for debate. This round bread of happiness is perfect to feed crowds, small groups, or just yourself. Usually, only one pizza can be fit inside the oven at one time, given they’re big in size.
A smart mind found a way to cook two pizzas at the same time for when you need it. Slice the pizzas in half and arrange the cuts around the four sides of the baking dish. Put it in the oven like that.
Smooth Cuts of Bell Pepper
The tasty, crunchy goodness of fresh bell paper is super hard to beat. They pair great with a wide array of ingredients, so they are a commonly used ingredient in dishes all across the world. In comparison to other vegetables like a potato or onion, cutting bell peppers is slightly time-consuming.
They’re filled with seeds as well as bland veins that you have to avoid. Cut a bell pepper without fuss by tailing and topping it at first and then running your knife along the inside of the flesh.
Removing Excess Oil
Muffin molds are most susceptible to bacteria growth as they’re not generally cleaned the most. Thanks to the many small crevices and bends they have, the compartments in a muffin tin are harder to clean completely.
The grease sitting at the bottom of the tins from your previous bake could mess up your current bake. Sprinkle a little rice in each compartment and it will effectively soak up the remaining oil in there.
Duo-Purpose Apple Slicer
An apple slicer isn’t only good for apples; it can be used with a few other vegetables and fruits as well. Cutting slices of potatoes to make fries is a lengthy task. You have to cut off the edges and then make individual slices.
No need for all that excess knifework. Use an apple slicer for the potato-like you would use for an apple. Push it down against the potato and you’ll get proper wedges. Remember to season them before you cook them.
Straight Out of the Melon
Here’s a hack perfect for a brunch or party in the summer. Don’t be generic and serve drinks out a regular jug. You can take your party to the next level with this straight-out-of-the-melon juice. Carefully cut a hole in the watermelon – large enough to accommodate the blades of a hand blender inside.
Add the necessary ingredients, like honey, sugar, syrup, or spices too, and blend everything to perfection. If you’re feeling fancier, insert a little tap into it and let everyone get their unlimited supply of juice.
Halving Cherry Tomatoes
Cherry tomatoes are so small that it’s somehow frustrating how you have to halve each one individually for recipes. Perfect for salads or sauces, cherry tomatoes boast a tangy taste in a small package. There’s an easier way to halve cherry tomatoes that you might not have known about before this.
Place a handful of cherry tomatoes on a lid and cover with another lid. Run your knife along the gap and remove the top to reveal perfectly halved cherry tomatoes. This will work with olives, grapes, or cherries too.
Crisp and Fresh Lettuce
Who would say no to a piece of fresh, crispy lettuce in their burger or salad? Lettuce adds a nice crunch to any dish, but that’s only the case when they’re fresh. Unfortunately, lettuce withers crazy fast and lose their nice texture along with it.
For everyone annoyed with their salad withering in two hours, a paper towel offers a solution. Cover the greens with a paper towel and leave it like that for some time. The towel absorbs the additional moisture and prevents fast rotting.
Roll of Tangerines
Are you a tangerine or an orange lover? Peeling it would be your least favorite task of the process. Don’t lie; at least once in their lives, everyone’s decided against eating the citrusy fruit because they didn’t want to go through the hassle of peeling the skin.
Well, it doesn’t get easier than this hack. In the end, the tangerine or orange will come out in a satisfying round. Cut the top and bottom of the fruit, make a vertical incision on a side, and gently roll it out.
Coffee Ice Cubes
Want to enjoy coffee whenever you want? There is a solution for that. Instant coffee sachets of course. However, you can always take it a step further and make an even better beverage. Coffee and milk are a match made in heaven.
The bitter, strong flavor of the coffee pairs exceptionally well with the rich, silky texture of milk. Make coffee ice cubes and simply drop one into a glass of warm milk for a delicious beverage. How about a little whipped cream on top?
Lazy Peeling a Mango
A mango is amongst the easiest fruits to peel. The skin can be torn apart with your hands, or you can run a knife along the edges for a smooth cut. Let’s be real – we all have those days when we’re too lazy to even slice a mango.
There will be days like that, and a glass will be your mango slicer in those dark hours. Shave a mango slice against the glass as shown in the picture. Use your fork or chopsticks to pick up the piece from the glass.
More Fruit Peels With Spoon
Spoons aren’t good only for eating or peeling an egg. You can use this handy cutlery to peel many kinds of fruits, for instance, a kiwi. Cut off both ends of the kiwi and slip in a spoon between the flesh and the skin.
Carefully slide the spoon around the fruit and that will separate the skin from the flesh. Repeat on the other side. This will work well with similar round fruits as well.
Quick Melt Butter
Many recipes require room temperature butter. Icing for your cake, pancake or cake batters, and pasta, and much more, you would need softened butter for the recipes. However, in case you forgot to take the butter out of the freezer beforehand, don’t worry!
Fill a glass/jar with boiling water and let it sit a little. Drain the water and place the jar/glass over the knob of butter. Let it rest for five to 10 minutes and the butter should be soft enough to run a knife through.
Milk and Cookies
You have never experienced the true taste of a chocolate chip cookie unless you’ve had it with a glass of milk. It seeps into the crevices of the flaky cookie and tastes heavenly with the chocolate. However, who says you need a glass of milk?
You only need milk and a cookie tray with one compartment empty. If you’ve emptied one part of the cookies, pour a little milk into it. Now you have a portable one-plate cookie and milk solution.
DIY Batter Dispenser
Don’t throw out your old ketchup bottles because we have a fun hack for you. Apart from DIY-ing a handy kitchen tool, you will also be giving more life to a plastic – a greener initiative!
You could give a second life to your empty ketchup bottles by making them into pancake batter dispensers. Thoroughly wash the container and pour the pancake batter inside. Squeeze it out on the pan. You also have better control over how much you’re dispensing.
Removing Strawberry Stems
This is one of those hacks that go viral on the internet because the general mass is extremely confused as to why this didn’t come into their heads at first. No need to slice the top of a strawberry anymore.
You end up wasting a little fruit in the process. Take a thick straw, like a boba tea straw, and spear it right through the fruit’s center. Next time you’re making a strawberry recipe, try this out.
Trusty Melon Scooper
Much like the name suggests, a melon scooper is used to scoop out small chunks of watermelon to serve in salads, desserts, or drinks. However, a melon scooper can be good for a lot of other tasks in the kitchen as well.
To remove seeds from zucchinis, pumpkins, or cucumbers quickly, run a melon scooper along the center. Don’t put too much pressure as the sharp edge could dig into the skin.
It’s good to indulge in a rich dish from time to time. Floating in butter and melt in your mouth, these dishes aren’t the healthiest. So, on occasions where you don’t want that excess layer of oil floating on the top, ice cubes and paper towels are there to save the day.
Wrap a towel over a piece of ice and wipe it over the top of the food. This removes excess fat from dishes by the ice acting as a magnet. It draws floating fat towards it.
Like the Chefs
What if we told you that you have been using plastic wrap wrong your entire life? Weirdly infuriating. After all, it’s a thin, stretchy piece of plastic. How hard could it be? However, if you manage to rip or stretch your plastic wrap unevenly, you’re doing it wrong.
Professional chefs like keeping rolls of plastic wrap in the fridge for a few hours before using them. It behaves better, tearing and sticking less.
Peel Eggs Easier
There is a certain time limit on how long it takes to cook eggs a certain way. It’s completely fine if you overcooked or undercooked eggs and now removing the shell is a hazard. Undercooked eggs and the peeling the shell could break the egg in half, if not shattering it completely.
For the ones who aren’t the masters of peeling, add vinegar or soda to the water before boiling the eggs. These ingredients penetrate the shell and make peeling easier.
All the Juice
There is this common meme on the internet that says something along the line of, “Lifestyle hacks have made me realize I’m even breathing wrong.” After seeing these hacks, you’ll start believing you’ve been cooking wrong in the past.
Juice a lemon or any fruit to perfection by cooling them in the fridge first. Then, pop it in the microwave for 15 to 20 seconds and give them a good squeeze. You’ll find out how much juice you’ve been wasting all this time if you do a side-by-side comparison.
Onions Without Tears
Thankfully, there is more than one hack dedicated to making your onion cutting session tearless. We stand by our previous point – no matter who you are, you hate cutting onions. If the candle trick hasn’t worked out, the freezer offers a substitute.
Put your onion in the freezer for half an hour before chopping them. Keep in mind that this will only work if you plan on cooking the onions; don’t do this if you want to use them in a salad as they will lose their signature crunch.
Smart Pasta Move
Rule one of making pasta: Never leave your pot unattended. Whether you’re boiling pasta or making the sauce, you could ruin it in a moment of carelessness.
If you absolutely must move from the stove for a while and need to make sure the pot doesn’t boil over, check out this helpful hack. Put a stirrer or wooden spoon on the top. The wood prevents the foam from tipping over the edge.
Cook Chicken Better
Roasted chicken may seem easy, but there’s more to this dish than meets the eye. Making sure the meat is perfectly cooked, not over or underdone while ensuring the flavor is a challenge. Cooking a whole chicken in the microwave?
Keep the temperature low and let it steep in there for a few hours. That’s what chefs suggest. Also, lay the chicken on its breast. That’s the thickest part of the chicken and the closer it is to the heat source, the quicker it cooks.
Preserve Cooking Herbs
Alongside greens, herbs rot the fastest out of most ingredients in the kitchen. Given how expensive the spices and herbs can be, losing them to rot can be pretty painful. Fortunately, the age-old technique of freezing to preserve goodness can be used in this case as well.
Place the herbs in an ice-cube tray and fill them with water or olive oil. Freeze as usual. This way, the vitamin content stays locked.
Bye Bye Odor
That musty smell on your hands after you’ve handled onion or garlic can be a horror story for your sense. The worst part is how rigid they are. No matter how strong of a soap you use to rinse yourself, the odor persists.
Lemon is a natural deodorant. Squeeze some onto the palms of your hands and rub properly before rinsing with water. Table salt can be used in the place of lemon too.
Restoration of Wooden Spoons
Over time and repeated use, wooden spatulas and spoon lose their look. On top of that, they get an unpleasant odor. The only logical option is to get rid of them and buy another set, right?
No, because there’s a good way to restore your favorite kitchen assistants to their former glory. Boil the spoons in regular water and then leave them to air dry in the sun. This removes the weird smell and they’re back to good.