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18 DIY Cooking Hacks Alton Brown Taught Us

03/13/2014 07:00 am ET | Updated Aug 23, 2015
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Long before DIY became a trendy term via Pinterest, Alton Brown was hard at work on the Food Network show "Good Eats," training home chefs on the virtues of science and thriftiness in the kitchen. Brown's ban on "unitaskers," or cooking tools with only one use, led to some resourceful hacks. Here are some of our favorites.

1. Turn your grill into a smoker by making a tin foil pouch filled with wood-chips.


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2. Make your own Greek yogurt with a bowl, strainer, saucer and a soup can.

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3. Perfectly dice your avocados for guacamole with a potato masher.

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4. Don't wash your turkey pan until you make gravy incorporate those brown bits of goodness stuck to the bottom of the pan for the best-tasting gravy ever.

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5. Use a waffle iron to make bacon.

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6. Or use a panini press to make roast chicken.

7. Or make homemade flat bread.

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8. Use a steamer to roast peppers.

And don't forget to steam the skin off by placing a bowl on top

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9. Pie tins can be converted into a stacked bamboo steamer.


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10. You can make a make shift terrine pan with two bread tins.

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11. Pit olives for tapenade with a bench scraper.

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12. Protect your asparagus heads from burning by making this tin foil pan.


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13. A fine or rasp grater does a great job grating nutmeg.

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Or use a coffee grinder for whole spices to make your own blends

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14. Tap on a butcher's knife with a mallet to cut a squash.

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15. Make your own taco seasonings.

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16. Dry age steak with pan tins, skewers and a paper towel.

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17. Protect your turkey or chicken's breast from overcooking by using this tin foil hat.

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18. Top your sangria with the ice to hold down the fruit.

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