We tested three Internet cooking hacks and here’s what we found:

• Silk-free corn shucking: Instead of trying to shuck off husk and silks all at once, peel away all the outer husks a layer at a time until you’re left with pretty much only the silky tassel. Then get a good grip on the tassel and pull it off with one tug. Success — my ears had just one or two silks left behind.

• Removing bits of eggshell: You know how when you reach into a broken egg to extract a piece of shell, it seems to run the other direction? The trick here is to wet your finger first. Instant eggshell magnet!

• Easier cheese grating: Coat the grater surface with vegetable oil spray before grating. My chunk of 1-year aged cheddar slid across the surface, fewer shreds stuck in the holes, and the grater was easier to clean.

— Nancy Stohs

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel