Only real kitchen masters can slice an apple without a knife, peel an egg in one motion, and prevent onions from bringing them to tears. They know all the tricks of cooking and enjoy sharing them with us.

Enlighten collected for you 11 of the coolest culinary secrets, just in time for the New Year’s festivities.

Yogurt drops

sweetpeasandabcsYogurt drops are delicious and, more importantly, healthy snacks, especially loved among children. They’re easy to make: put yogurt into a plastic bag or a confectionery syringe, squeeze the drops out onto a cookie sheet, and put them in the freezer for 1 hour.

Slice onions without crying

unicaTo not let onions bring you to tears again, put them in the freezer for 15 minutes before you start cooking.

How to peel eggs easily

thekrazycouponladyBoiled eggs will be much easier to peel if you put a slice of lemon into the pan when cooking. By the way, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda has the same effect.

How to bake without eggs

pngimgbrainkandieIf you are going to bake scones or other pastries but you suddenly realize you’ve run out of eggs, you can use bananas instead: 1 egg = 1/2 banana. The taste won’t be any worse for sure.

Perfect coffee

altonbrownspontaneoustomatoThis trick will be truly appreciated by all coffee lovers and those who simply cannot wake up in the morning without a cup of freshly brewed espresso. Add a pinch of salt and cinnamon to ground coffee before brewing. The salt helps to get rid of burned beans’ bitterness, and cinnamon adds an amazing taste.

How to split an apple in half without a knife

3zero6zero9zeroIf you have only one apple and two eaters, here’s an easy way to divide the desired fruit in half:

  • Twist the stem off.

  • Take the apple in your hands, and start turning until you find a comfortable finger position.

  • Press on it with your hands, pushing it aside — it easily separates into 2 equal parts.

A fast way to peel garlic

ytimgTo save time peeling garlic, just put it in the microwave for 15 seconds — it will make the husk easier to remove.

The most delicious bell pepper

twimgWhen buying a bell pepper, turn it over and look at the bottom. If you see 3 bumps, it’s a “male“ pepper; 4 means it’s a ”female.“ “Females” are sweeter, and it’s better to use them fresh. ”Males” are more solid, and their flavor is deeper, so they’re great ingredients for various dishes.

Slicing pastry without a knife


You can use dental floss to quickly cut cakes or rolls into equal parts.

Better than fries

<-31">sophnstuffhochuIf you think there’s nothing better than French fries, try cooking this: make thin cuts in potatoes, sprinkle with olive oil, put butter slices into the cuts, and add salt and pepper to taste. Put them in an oven preheated to 220°C for 40 minutes. Potatoes cooked this way have every chance of becoming your favorite dish.

Fast potato peeling

<-34">DaveHaxIf you don’t like peeling potatoes, this trick is just for you:

  • Make small cuts in the potatoes.
  • Pour hot water into a pan with the potatoes, put it on the stove, and wait until it’s boiling.
  • Pour out the boiling water, and fill the pan with cold water.
  • Take one potato at a time, and pull the peel off.