Our 15 Smartest & Most Surprising Tips

The Kitchn's Best of 2012

Some of our favorite tips to share on The Kitchn are those that are so simple and smart, they make you wonder, Why didn't I think of this sooner? This year some of our favorite surprising discoveries included the best ever trick for separating eggs, a hack that turns a $50 ice cream maker into a $300 model, and the easiest way to keep a cut apple fresh all day.

TOP ROW
• 1 The Rubber Band Trick: How To Keep a Cut Apple Fresh in Your Lunchbox
• 2 How To Determine Whether an Avocado Is Perfectly Ripe Inside
• 3 Smart Tip: Turn Your $50 Ice Cream Maker Into a Quick-Churning $300 Model
• 4 Apartment Kitchen Disaster: How To Stop a Blaring Smoke Detector (And Keep It Off!)
• 5 Mold Chocolate in Any Shape Using a Common Baking Ingredient

MIDDLE ROW
• 6 Smart Tip: To Quickly Ripen an Avocado, Use a Banana
• 7 Smart Tip: The Fastest, Easiest Way to Shuck Corn Is With Your Microwave
• 8 Turn a Refrigerator Ice Dispenser Into a Candy Machine!
• 9 Grilling Tip: Check Your Propane Gas Level With a Cup of Water
• 10 Smart Tip: Use an Ironing Board for Extra Counter Space When You Need It

BOTTOM ROW
• 11 Quick Tip: Grate Ginger With a Fork
• 12 Why You Should Eat Your Cheetos With Chopsticks
• 13 Healthy & Hearty Breakfast Idea: Egg Baked in an Avocado
• 14 An Intriguing Use for Beeswax
• 15 The Best Trick Ever for Separating Eggs (not pictured)

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Welcome to The Kitchn's Best of 2012 roundup! From December 17 through January 1 we are rounding up some of our favorite (and your favorite) posts from the past year.

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