Enjoying food should be ultra-simple when it’s hot outside. That’s why we’re sharing our 10 favourite summer food hacks that make life deliciously easy.
By pounding boneless, skinless chicken breasts to an even thickness, you take the guesswork out of determining whether the thickest part is cooked through. Place chicken inside a large zip-top bag, squeeze out the air and seal it shut. Carefully pound it with a meat mallet until it’s even, about 3/4 inch (2 cm) thick. Bonus: You’ll end up with “larger” pieces of chicken, which you can halve to serve.
If you’re hosting this year’s block party or family reunion, you’ll be flipping lots of burgers. Instead of placing them on a platter and covering them with foil—which always seems to slip off at the wrong moment—tape two disposable foil pans together along one edge. Voilà: you have an instant covered pan that’ll keep those patties hot.
Punch ice-pop sticks through cupcake liners and—presto!—you’ve got instant drip catchers for frozen treats on blazing hot days. And to keep pesky bugs out of your drink, poke a straw through an upside-down cupcake liner and place it over your glass. No more swimmers!