5 Easy Kitchen Moves

Take every meal and cocktail hour to the next level with these tricks that take only minutes.

You don't have to watch hours (or any!) of the Food Network to kill it in the kitchen. These tips will impress 'em at just any meal, and you can get them all done in seconds. So try one this weekend — then make sure you're living life to the absolute fullest with these amazing 50 Things You Must Do Before You Die!

Produce your own smoke

Pieces of wood

Buy some wood chips from your local grocery store. Mesquite is a subtle but tangy and full-bodied variety. Soak the chips overnight so they're waterlogged and will smoke without catching fire. When you're ready to grill, seal the chips in a pouch made of aluminum foil, and poke holes in the top. Place the meat around the pouch, and cook as normal. You'll get a great smoky bite. Try it with the Ultimate Burger Recipe — it's only 350 calories!

Infuse your own oil

Garlic clove submerged in oil

Simply add sprigs of rosemary, hot chile-pepper flakes, or garlic to the whole bottle and steep for at least 24 hours (the longer, the better). You can add anything you like, so try your own combinations and let your freak flag fly. And see why olive oil is only one of these 30 Best Ways to Boost Your Metabolism After 30!

Make your own flavored mayo

overhead shot of an assortment of dipping sauces

Want to add a little something transcendent to your sandwich or veggie dip? Just toss in some spice. Throw in a pinch of cumin or curry powder or even just straight pepper, and mix it up. You're guaranteed to get a "Wow!" Use it on these mouth-watering 10 Slimmer Sandwich Recipes!

Shake up a vinaigrette

ingredients in bowl ready to be wisked

Store-bought is a waste of time. Make your own with balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil, and bring it to life by adding tarragon, shallots, ginger, or cilantro. Then spice up your salads with 25 Foods That'll Keep You Young Forever!

Infuse your own vodka

Martini glass with lemon wedge

Add the creative ingredient of your choice-figs or oranges, coffee beans or kiwis. Simply slice up the fruit, throw it into a jar, and fill to the brim with vodka. The longer you let it sit (a couple of days, a week, even a month), the more flavor you'll get. Then use it in one of these awesome 20 Cocktails Everyone Should Know How to Make!


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