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Tips and tricks

Valentines Day Post: How to Crack an Apple in Half Using Your Hands

The Script says that “when a heart breaks, no, it don’t break even,” but you can break an apple in half — evenly — and using your hands! Make that in quarters. That’s my sense of humor there, if… uh, that helps.

 

Here’s a video that shows how crack an apple in half using your hands. I learned about it when browsing Quora: What’s a cool/useful skill that only takes five minutes to learn? (I’m not sure, but I think you need to sign up to view the contents; it’s your choice.)

 

Here’s another one that uses a different hand position. See what’s easier for you.

It’s a good hack if you’re outside and don’t have a knife with you, at least much better than (a) gripping it and then throwing it at a wall or (b) calling Chuck Norris. The secret is in the technique, which you can view in the video. Unless you have superhuman strength, you won’t be able to rip the apple in half, so you have to apply  pressure from the apple stem outward. Try it with different kinds of apple, as apparently some varieties are easier than others.

In general, a good trick if you’d prefer eating apple in half or want to impress somebody. Heck, you might even get a date this way.

 

Have you tried splitting an apple in half? And, oh yeah, Happy Valentines Day!

 

Tips and tricks

Baker’s Secrets: 9 Proven Baking Tips and Tricks

We all have tips and tricks when it comes to recipes and baking.

So I’m racking my memory, and here are some baking tips and tricks I won’t do without:

 

 

measuring cups

1. Accurate and consistent measurement is the key to baking. Pre-measure the ingredients before using them. Note that measuring cups actually make a difference. Use dry or liquid measuring cup as appropriate.

For instance, 1 cup of flour in a dry measuring cup will measure 1 1/4 cup in a liquid measuring cup. Reason? The liquid measuring cup is designed such that you can’t level off the contents. The Novice Chef offers a lengthy explanation on the difference between dry and liquid measurement cups.

Another option would be to use a kitchen scale.

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