11 Food Hacks: A Cheat Sheet For Busy College Students

11 Food Hacks: A Cheat Sheet For Busy College Students

As an enterprising college student, you probably aren’t that eager to spend hours of your precious time preparing gourmet meals. At the same time, however, you know that fast food is dangerous for both your budget and your productivity.

Happily, this is not a true catch-22. By using the following food hacks, you can make health and fast food. And in all your newfound spare time, you can impress your friends by sharing these secret shortcuts (but keep a couple for yourself).

#1 Cook Bacon and Egg Bites In A Muffin Tin

bacon and eggs
Simply line a muffin cup with bacon, crack an egg, and bake in oven until cooked. For bonus points, add bread, cheese, and spices.

(via A Bachelor and His Grill)

#2 Make Grilled Cheese With an Iron

grilled cheese
If your kitchen is fairly limited, you can actually use an iron to grill your own sandwiches. To keep the iron and grilled cheese separate, you can first wrap the sandwich in foil or parchment paper.

(via Benny and Joon)

#3 Toss a Taco Salad Bag in 5 Minutes

taco salad
Cook the ground beef, gently crush the chips (before opening the bag), cut the bag’s top off, and add everything else.

(via AllRecipies)

#4 Make Your Own Trail Mix

college trail mix
This requires absolutely no prep time and can save you lots of money. Even better, you can customize your trail mix to your own personal tastes.

(via Foodie With Family)

#5 Blend Your Own Smoothies Without a Blender

blender bottle
BlenderBottle uses a wire ball to mix your ingredients through shaking. If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can even use this to make an omelette.

(via BlenderBottle)

#6 Keep Ice Cream Soft In a Resealable Bag

ice cream soft
Keep your ice cream from becoming dehydrated and hardened by storing it in a resealable bag. Never bend another spoon!

(via Full Punch)

#7 Bake Your Hard-Boiled Eggs

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Simply bake your eggs in a muffin tin to avoid accidentally over or under cooking your hardboiled eggs. This takes the uncertainty out of an otherwise easy snack.

(via Alaska from Scratch)

#8 Easily Fill Your Taco Shell With a Fork Stand

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Stick a fork through the end of a taco shell to make it easily stand open while you fill it.

(via Buzz Smile)

#9 Avoid Egg Shell Pieces By Cracking On a Flat Surface

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We all know that eggs should be cracked against the lip of a bowl, right? As you’ve probably noticed, it’s really easy to get bits of shell mixed with the egg when you use that method. Simply crack your eggs against the counter to avoid small egg shell pieces.

(via Cupcake Project)

#10 Easily Chill Your Water

sidways water
Freeze a half-filled water bottle on its side, fill up the other side the next morning, and you have instantly cold water.

(via Keep Smiling)

#11 Use a Water Bottle To Separate Egg Yolks From Whites

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Rather than carefully poring the egg yolks and whites into different bowls and probably getting your hands slimy, simply use a water bottle to suck the yolk out of the whites.

(via Business Insider)

What are your favorite food hacks?

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