Top 10 Foodhacks tips

Freeze gallon jugs of water as cooler ice packs

We all know how challenging it can be to bring ice on a camping trip. It melts quickly and could turn into a watery mess easily with things getting (non-plastic packages) getting soaked and soggy. So, instead of pouring ice into your cooler, you should freeze gallon jugs of water and have them in instead. The jugs are perfectly built for expansion in freezing and won’t crack in freezing. This means you’ll have ice you need for your cooler and drinking water in a single package, without having to worry about the watery mess that comes with ice. Via.

Bring an Eye Mask

If you’re camping in the summer, the sun may be up long before you want to be. Pack along an eye mask to help you get the shuteye and relaxation you’re craving.

Use Unscented Dental Floss to Cut Through Soft Foods

Your cookie dough will never be the same again.

Make a makeshift lantern

You don’t have to spend lots of money to get some extra smooth light for your campsite. Just get a clear gallon jug, fill it with water, wrap your headlamp around it, turn it on, and enjoy the soft, ambient light from your makeshift lantern. You’ll be surprised how it provides soft lighting that fills your tent. Hack via Popsugar.

Chill wine or beer (in half the time)

Sure, I think we’ve all thrown a bottle of wine or beer in the freezer to chill, but did you know that first wrapping it in a wet paper towel will chill it in about half the time? Just don’t forget about it, mmmkay?

Load Your Container Properly

The order in which you load your container is more important than you might realize. Always load liquids closest to the blades, then soft items, then hard or frozen items. Having the liquids on the bottom prevents air pockets from forming around the blades. And the weight of the frozen items on top helps to push the other ingredients into blades for a seamless blend. By loading your container in this order, you’ll prevent the blend from stalling or your machine from struggling with hard to blend items on the bottom. Remember this order for the 48oz and 64oz containers:

  • Liquids (water, juice, milk, yogurt)
  • Dry Goods (grains, seasonings, powders)
  • Leafy Greens
  • Fruits & Veggies
  • Ice & Frozen Ingredients If you have the 20oz personal container or the 8oz blending bowls remember to reverse this order because you flip the container upside down on top of your Vitamix.

Peel a Mango With a Glass

Then make a batch of this easy coconut sticky rice with mango.

Use a rake to perfect your grilling skills

The rake you’ve used to clear or clean your camping ground could be so useful for cooking your hot dogs over the campfire. Just skewer enough hot dogs on the rake and roast them over an open fire or a grill. With this simple trick, you’ll be cooking all your hot dogs at once. Via.

Cleaning Your Container

Cleaning your Vitamix container is super easy. Just fill it halfway with warm water and a drop or two of dish soap. Then run it on high for 30 seconds. If you have a cleaning cycling on your machine, you can press that button as well. Over time, you may notice that your Vitamix container has become cloudy. The best way to prevent this is with a thorough cleaning after every use and to not allow residue to sit in the container. But if you do have a cloudy container, it’s usually from blending spices, blending mineral rich ingredients or from hard water. Here’s how you can clean that film off your container:

  • Pour one cup of white vinegar into the container.
  • Fill the contain half-full with warm water.
  • Let the container soak in an upright, standing position for several hours or even overnight.
  • Pour the contents out and use a soft pot scrubber to clean the remaining residue. Blending rough ingredients like sugar (to make powdered sugar) can also create minuscule scratches to the inside of the container, making it appear cloudy. Unfortunately, this isn’t reversible. If you do plan to blend rougher ingredients regularly, I recommend you purchase an extra container (I have several myself) so that you’re always blending rough ingredients in one container and smooth ingredients in another container.

Freeze Potato Chips

We try not to eat too many potato chips but sometimes I find myself with half a bag after a late-night crunch fest. So I throw it in the freezer to a.) hide it from the kids and b.) keep the chips from going stale.