Much of our time here in the FDR kitchen focuses on problem-solving. We specialize in workarounds, which is why we’ve started this new blog post series on chef hacks. Last time, we gave you holiday chef hacks. Today, we focus on rescuing food from a stale demise.

fdr chef hacks

Browned Guac

To prevent guacamole from turning brown, cover the top with a thin layer of water.

Revive Butter

To revive over-softened butter, place it in a small bowl. Place that small bowl in a larger bowl filled with cold water and ice.

Rancid Nuts

Preserve shelled nuts by freezing them and preserving the natural oils.

Crystal, Honey

De-crystalize honey by placing it in a bowl of hot water for 5-10 minutes.

Sugar Daddy

Store marshmallows in your brown sugar to prevent them from clumping up.


Save freshly chopped herbs by placing them in an ice cube tray or muffin tin and adding water, olive oil, or stock to use later on.

Freezer Burn

Save your ice cream from freezer burn by putting the entire package in a Ziplock bag. Your soft serve will stay soft serve.

Reheat Rehearsal

To reheat pizza without drying it out, place a glass of water into the microwave along with the pizza. The water will add moisture to the air and keep the food from drying out.

Ravioli Ravioli

Reheat pasta evenly by making a doughnut shape in the bowl (with a hole in the middle).

Birthday Time!

Have leftover birthday cake that you don’t want to dry out? Secure bread slices to the exposed parts of the cake with a toothpick. The bread will preserve the cake’s internal moisture.

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