Our Test Kitchen is all about cooking shortcuts! Try these five kitchen hacks in your own home kitchen to make cooking easier.

By Morgan DeBoest

Easy Cooking Hacks from the BHG Test Kitchen

Core Strawberries

Use a straw! Insert a straw in the bottom of a strawberry and push it through the center of the berry. It should pop out the other end, taking the core (and green part) with it!

Core Pears & Apples

Use a melon baller! Slice pears or apples in half, then use a melon baller to scoop out the core and seeds.

Easy DIY Bread Crumbs

Use a box grater! Leave a baguette or Italian loaf out on the counter for a few hours or up to a day. Then, grate it like cheese. Voila!

Slice Dough & Soft Cheeses

Use (unflavored) dental floss! To slice soft cheeses like mozzarella, just position floss above the cheese and push the floss through cheese in a swift, straight motion. To slice dough, lay the dough down horizontally, shimmy the floss underneath, then crisscross the floss and pull tight. You should get a clean cut.

Peel Mango

Use a glass! Slice mango in half. Use the side of the glass to cleanly and easily peel the skin right off.

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