It’s really cool when you can cook tasty dishes. But if you cook them fast using your own tricks, it’s even more awesome.

Enlighten has collected some cooking hacks that will definitely impress you. Enjoy!

The easiest way to bake potatoes:


Cut your potatoes in half, sprinkle a good amount of salt, and pour some olive oil. Place them on a baking sheet (cut side down) and bake at 400°F for about 30-40 minutes. Use a fork to check if it’s done. For more details, click here.

Frozen pies can really help you.


Many people who want to cook a pie face the problem of soggy bottom crusts. But freezing a pie before baking eliminates the problem because the bottom crust begins baking before the filling has thawed and it doesn’t have a chance to soak up the excess juices that would normally make it soggy. Don’t forget to wrap the pie in plastic wrap or foil before freezing. Detailed instructions can be found here.

It’s easier to cook pasta in a frying pan than in a casserole.


Since the surface of a frying pan is wider, it heats up faster and can really save your time. It’s rather convenient, isn’t it? The method is described here.

Cook vegetables in the oven.


To cook steamy vegetables in the oven, rinse them and cut them. Then lay them out on a long sheet of parchment and bake at 350°F for 20-30 minutes. Click here for more details.

Don’t be afraid to freeze onions for further use.


This hack is going to help you when you have to cook soup, meat, or a garnish in a short time. Peel and cut your onions. Then put the pieces in a baking pan and place them in a freezer. Don’t forget to cover the mold with aluminum foil and freeze it for several hours. Then put your onions in a zip-top bag. This is what this website recommends.

Use leftover pasta to make muffins.


Here’s a great method to use leftover pasta. It’s also a good way to add hidden vegetables that kids don’t usually like. These freeze and reheat well too. Click here for details.

Freeze chicken marinade for your convenience.