Spend more time soaking up the sun and less time worrying about food with these 10 tips and tricks!

  1. Cans float. When you’re out at the lake this summer drink out of cans instead of bottles. You can throw unopened cans into the water before diving into water, and they’ll stay afloat.
  2. Need to keep your beer and cocktails cold on a hot summer day? Use your thermos!
  3. Clean your grill with onion. Not only does the acid strip any grime off the grill surface, the onion flavor will enhance your meat and veggies.
  4. Next time you make tuna salad, save the can. You can use it to smoke meat on your grill! Make a hole with a hammer and nail in the center of the tuna can lid—it’s easier to do this before you open the can halfway. Once your can is halfway opened, take out the contents of the can. Take the label off the can. Wash out the can and then put your soaked wood chips in the the can. Place it on top of the hot charcoal, and you’re good to go! Watch this video tutorial: How to Make a Tuna Can Smoke Box
  5. Water changes temperature with depth. Once you reach thermocline—usually about 20 to 30 feet below the surface—the water gets cold. If your at the lake and don’t have any cooler space, you can tie up your watermelon and sink it below thermocline. When you’re ready to eat it, the fruit will be nice and cold.
  6. Cold-brew your coffee with a French press. Making cold-brew coffee isn’t hard, it just takes a little time. Add coffee grounds to cold, filtered water in a French press before bed. Pop it in the fridge and you’ll have a fresh cold-brew when you wake up.
  7. Add fruit and herbs to an ice tray with filtered water. Let them freeze. Use these ice cubes to garnish cocktails, juice or carbonated water.
  8. Use rosemary sprigs as skewers. By puncturing the food with the herb, the flavor will be more incorporated into the dish. Plus, it looks nice!
  9. Need to chill a bottle of wine in 5 minutes? Wrap the bottle in a wet cloth and pop it in the freezer. In 5 to 10 minutes the the wine should be chilled. Watch this video tutorial: Life Hacks – Chill a Bottle of Wine Fast
  10. Cut down on trash by using banana leaves to wrap your ingredients up instead of foil when grilling. Not only does it look great for serving, but you can toss the banana leaves into your compost pile after dinner!

Need something to read this summer? Sit back and relax with these 7 audiobooks for the foodie! Wine pairing are included!

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