Even the most die-hard breakfast fan can grow weary of the same old bowls of cereal or scrambled eggs. Whether you prefer to start your day with something light and refreshing or something wrapped in bacon, think about testing out one of these breakfast hacks the next time you’re looking to shake up the most important meal of the day.
Hard boil eggs in a muffin tin.
Hard-boiled eggs make the perfect morning treat: They’re tasty, packed with protein, and they come in their own packages for on-the-go eating. It doesn’t take much cooking skill to boil an egg, but there is one hack cooks can use at home to make the process even simpler. In preparation for the week ahead, try cooking a dozen-plus eggs at once in the oven. Preheat your oven to 325 to 350°F. Place whole eggs, straight from the carton, into the cups of a muffin tin and slide into the oven. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove the tin from the oven and allow eggs to cool in a bath of ice water. Voilà: enough ready-to-peel “hard-boiled” eggs to last several days.
Cook hash browns in a waffle iron.
Hash browns, home fries—whatever you like to call them, a heaping serving of potatoes is a welcome addition to any breakfast plate. Of course, not all hash browns are created equal. Thankfully, the secret to getting them crispy on the outside, while making sure they stay tender on the inside, is incredibly easy to pull off. Your partner in this endeavor? Your trusty waffle iron. Instead of pouring waffle batter into your iron, load it up with shredded potatoes, cooking them the way you would a regular waffle. After taking a bite of the final result, you’ll never look at hash browns the same way again.
Let oats soak overnight.
The best kind of breakfast is the one you can make the night before. Save yourself the hassle of cooking rolled oats in morning by letting them soak in the refrigerator while you sleep. All you need to do is mix one part oats with one part milk—dairy and non-dairy milks work equally well here—and incorporate add-ins like honey, chia seeds, and banana slices, allowing the flavors to meld together in a jar. The dish will be ready to eat when you open the fridge first thing in the morning.
Turn cereal dust into cereal “tea.”
If you’ve been tossing away your cereal once you reach the crumbs at the bottom of the bag, you’re seriously missing out. That sugary, brightly-colored dust can be salvaged to make cereal tea. After disassembling a tea bag, replace its contents with crumbs from the cereal of your choice, then staple it back together. Dunk the tea bag into milk to brew up a mug of intense cereal flavor—no spoon required.
Poach eggs using plastic wrap.
Many home cooks have experienced the perils of poaching eggs firsthand. When done right, a perfectly-poached egg becomes an elegant pillow of deliciousness. But when something goes wrong—as it often does—cooks are left with an unappetizing mess. The secret to poaching an egg correctly on the first try is to let plastic wrap to do all the work for you. Spray a piece of plastic wrap with cooking oil, place the wrap inside a ramekin, then crack an egg into its center. Make a pouch with the plastic, securing the top with butcher’s twine and taking care to squeeze out as much air as possible. Let the package cook in boiling water for three minutes, then unwrap it to reveal your flawless egg. (If you’re cooking to impress, feel free to keep this little shortcut to yourself.)
Use stale bread for French toast.
A loaf of day-old bread is begging to be made into French toast. Rather than throwing out bread that’s a little on the stale side, use it to soak up some delicious, eggy custard. The denser and drier the bread, the more liquid it absorbs, which equals more flavor when it’s time to dig into your meal.
Use leftover bacon fat to fry other stuff.
If your meal includes bacon, that means you have built-in oil with which to fry up the rest of your breakfast. Throw your bacon strips in a pan on low-heat before starting on anything else. Once the skillet has been coated with delectable bacon fat, use the excess grease to fry eggs, potatoes, and even bread. It may not be the healthiest way to start the day, but the taste will be worth getting out of bed for.
Now that breakfast is taken care of, let’s move on to lunch! Here’s how to make easy, DIY Pizza.
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