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When you’re on your way home after being out for a while, you might want to give your family a heads up. Sometimes it’s an unspoken nudge to get those lunch plates in the dishwasher or be ready to help unload the groceries. Sure, you could check your watch, estimate your ETA and type out your message old-school, or you could create an iPhone shortcut to do it for you. Your iPhone will figure out your arrival time based on intel from Apple Maps, then send the message. How amazing is that?

Honestly, if you have an iPhone and you’re not using shortcuts, you’re missing out. It takes all of two minutes to create that simple shortcut mentioned above, which is called Home ETA. It’s one of the most genius iPhone hacks, but there are tons of other cool things you can do with iPhone Shortcuts—and we’re going to show you exactly what they are.

After you’ve mastered this trick, learn how to add widgets to your iPhone, organize your apps and play around with iPhone keyboard shortcuts. You’ll feel like you have a fancy new phone without spending a penny on an upgrade.

Get Reader’s Digest’s Read Up newsletter for more tech, travel, humor, cleaning and fun facts all week long.

What is the iPhone Shortcuts app?

Apple created a free app called Shortcuts, which you can download from the App Store. The app contains more than 300 built-in actions that range from pure fun (like converting a photo to a GIF) to very practical (like a laundry timer or that ETA estimate). There are also travel-related options; for instance, in the “How Many Days Until” shortcut, you could count down to a much-deserved vacay. And while you’re away, you could use another shortcut to map directions to the nearest coffee shop. Without a doubt, you’ll find dozens of shortcuts you’d like to try.

How do I create shortcuts?

It’s truly a snap to create shortcuts on iPhone. When you open the Shortcuts app, a gallery of options will pop up. The gallery is divided into sections, like “Get Stuff Done,” “Work from Anywhere,” “All the GIFs!” “Morning Routine” and more. Here’s what to do next with this iPhone trick:

Add a shortcut from the gallery

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  1. Click on the shortcut you want.
  2. Read the description of the shortcut. For instance, with the “Turn Text into Audio” shortcut, you can “listen to your notes from class while you take a walk, a fun article while you fold laundry and more.” (Yes, this means you could be listening to this article instead of reading it!)
  3. If that sounds good to you, click on the blue bar at the bottom labeled “Add Shortcut.”
  4. If you want to rename your shortcut, you can do it here. Tap on the three dots on the right side of the shortcut. Then tap on the name of the shortcut. Use the keyboard to delete the original name, and add your own. For instance, you can change “Turn Text into Audio” to “Read Out Loud” or whatever name you’d like.
  5. Once you add a shortcut, it will appear in the section called “My Shortcuts.”

Create a custom shortcut

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Once you get a feel for the preset iPhone shortcuts, you might want to try creating a custom one. Think about something that takes you several steps on the iPhone that you would love to do in just one click. For instance, you could create a shortcut to schedule a text message on your phone or listen to your favorite song. Here’s how to add a shortcut on iPhone that’s tailored to your needs:

  1. To get started, open the Shortcuts app and tap the “+” button in the upper-right corner.
  2. Tap “Shortcut Name,” type what you’d like it to be, and then tap “Done.”
  3. Tap “Add Action,” and a bunch of options will appear. Tap on what you’d like to do or search in the categories, such as music. For instance, to create a shortcut to your favorite song, tap on “Play Music.” (If you can’t find it quickly among the options, type it into the search bar.) From there, you can select your favorite song from your music library.
  4. Click on the icon to the left of the shortcut’s name to select a color for it. For instance, if Taylor Swift is your favorite artist, pick red. Then tap the blue button on the right side to see if you’d like other options, such as adding the shortcut to your home screen (yes, please). Tap on the “X” button in the corner when you’re done.

Create an automated shortcut

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There’s yet another, more sophisticated option in the iPhone Shortcuts app called automation. It’s the middle icon on the bottom of the app. Automated shortcuts allow your device to react to changes in condition without your having to lift a finger. There are two options: Personal Automation and Set Up Home Hub. What can you do with this? Oh, so much. For example, you could have your device automatically trigger low power mode when your battery reaches a certain percentage. Or, if you have smart home devices, you might turn on the AC in your house a half-hour before you usually arrive home from work.

  1. To start, open the Shortcuts app. On the button, tap on the middle icon labeled “Automation.” Follow by tapping on the “+” sign in the upper-right corner.
  2. These steps will lead you to a blue bar labeled “Create Personal Automation.” Tap it, and it will bring up a screen that gives you a variety of options.
  3. If you want to follow our example above and activate the lower power mode, tap on Battery Level. Then scroll to the desired power life. If you chose 25%, tap on “Equals 25,” and then click “Next.”
  4. Tap “Add Action.” Type “Low Power Mode” in the search box. Then tap on “Low Power Mode” when it pops up and click “Next.” You can decide whether or not you want a notification that will ask you if you want to put the phone in Low Battery Mode. When you’re finished, tap “Done.”

What can I do with Shortcuts on the iPhone?

With three different types of shortcuts, there are a sea of possibilities that will help you stay organized and entertained. If you’re looking for ideas, simply click on Gallery in the Shortcuts app, and Apple will make dozens of suggestions. You could set a shortcut to call your favorite person or to view the weather when you leave home. Activating the shortcuts is easy.

Run a shortcut

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While the automated iPhone shortcuts start on their own, you have to start the other types. There are several ways to do this.

  • Tap on the shortcut. If you saved a shortcut to your home screen, you can just tap on it and the shortcut will do its thing. Yep, that’s just one tap to Taylor or whomever is your fave singer.
  • Ask Siri to do it. Just say, “Hey Siri,” and then say the name of the shortcut. For instance, if you set up the Home ETA shortcut to tell your family when to expect you, say “Hey, Siri, Home ETA.”
  • Add a Shortcuts widget. Instead of having to search within the Shortcuts app, a widget allows you to run the shortcut in one tap from your home screen. (Or if you want to keep something private, find out how to hide apps on an iPhone.)

Create a widget for shortcuts

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Adding a shortcuts widget to your iPhone is less complicated than it sounds. Doing this will give you easy access to a bunch of shortcuts from your home screen. Here’s how to set it up:

  1. Go to your home screen. Touch and hold the background until the apps start to jiggle.
  2. Tap the “+” on the top left side of the screen.
  3. Scroll down, and tap Shortcuts.
  4. Swipe to choose the size you want.
  5. Tap “Add Widget.” Then set what shortcuts appear in the widget.
  6. Tap the widget. Then, tap on the icon below “Quickly run one of your shortcuts.” You’ll see a list of your shortcuts. Tap which one you’d like to keep in the widget.
  7. Tap on your home screen when you’re done.

Edit and organize shortcuts

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You can reorder your iPhone shortcuts in the app any way you want.

  1. Open the Shortcuts app, and tap “Select” in the upper-right corner. Your shortcuts will start to jiggle.
  2. Drag one or more Shortcuts to the location you want. Put the shortcuts you use most frequently at the top.
  3. When you’re finished, press “Done” in the upper-right corner.

Rd Edit Shortcuts Gettyimages

If you’re feeling especially creative, you can change the appearance of the icons for any of your iPhone’s apps, like Photos or Slack. For instance, if you think the Calculator app icon looks dull, give it a makeover. What a fun iPhone trick!

  1. First, think about how you want the icon to look. Browse at Flaticon for inspiration or to download an icon you like.
  2. Open the Shortcuts app, and tap the “+” on the right-hand side.
  3. Type the name of your shortcut, and click “Add Action.”
  4. Tap on “Open App,” and then tap the Open App link.
  5. Tap on the faintly colored word “App,” and a list of your apps will pop up. Click on the one you’d like to customize.
  6. Tap the blue circle in the upper-right corner, and tap “Add to Home Screen.”
  7. Tap on the icon displayed under “Home Screen Name and Icon.” You’ll see three options: Take photo, choose photo and choose file.
  8. If you tap, say, “choose photo,” you can select a pic from your photo library and adjust it to the correct size. Tap choose, and then add. Now the app will appear in your new design on the home screen.

If you’re also interested in learning some Mac keyboard shortcuts, we’ve got you covered there too.

When you’re on your way home after being out for a while, you might want to give your family a heads up. Sometimes it’s an unspoken nudge to get those lunch plates in the dishwasher or be ready to help unload the groceries. Sure, you could check your watch, estimate your ETA and type out your message old-school, or you could create an iPhone shortcut to do it for you. Your iPhone will figure out your arrival time based on intel from Apple Maps, then send the message. How amazing is that?

Honestly, if you have an iPhone and you’re not using shortcuts, you’re missing out. It takes all of two minutes to create that simple shortcut mentioned above, which is called Home ETA. It’s one of the most genius iPhone hacks, but there are tons of other cool things you can do with iPhone Shortcuts—and we’re going to show you exactly what they are.

After you’ve mastered this trick, learn how to add widgets to your iPhone, organize your apps and play around with iPhone keyboard shortcuts. You’ll feel like you have a fancy new phone without spending a penny on an upgrade.

Get Reader’s Digest’s Read Up newsletter for more tech, travel, humor, cleaning and fun facts all week long.

What is the iPhone Shortcuts app?

Apple created a free app called Shortcuts, which you can download from the App Store. The app contains more than 300 built-in actions that range from pure fun (like converting a photo to a GIF) to very practical (like a laundry timer or that ETA estimate). There are also travel-related options; for instance, in the “How Many Days Until” shortcut, you could count down to a much-deserved vacay. And while you’re away, you could use another shortcut to map directions to the nearest coffee shop. Without a doubt, you’ll find dozens of shortcuts you’d like to try.

How do I create shortcuts?

It’s truly a snap to create shortcuts on iPhone. When you open the Shortcuts app, a gallery of options will pop up. The gallery is divided into sections, like “Get Stuff Done,” “Work from Anywhere,” “All the GIFs!” “Morning Routine” and more. Here’s what to do next with this iPhone trick:

Add a shortcut from the gallery

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  1. Click on the shortcut you want.
  2. Read the description of the shortcut. For instance, with the “Turn Text into Audio” shortcut, you can “listen to your notes from class while you take a walk, a fun article while you fold laundry and more.” (Yes, this means you could be listening to this article instead of reading it!)
  3. If that sounds good to you, click on the blue bar at the bottom labeled “Add Shortcut.”
  4. If you want to rename your shortcut, you can do it here. Tap on the three dots on the right side of the shortcut. Then tap on the name of the shortcut. Use the keyboard to delete the original name, and add your own. For instance, you can change “Turn Text into Audio” to “Read Out Loud” or whatever name you’d like.
  5. Once you add a shortcut, it will appear in the section called “My Shortcuts.”

Create a custom shortcut

Rd Create A Custom Shortcut Gettyimages

Once you get a feel for the preset iPhone shortcuts, you might want to try creating a custom one. Think about something that takes you several steps on the iPhone that you would love to do in just one click. For instance, you could create a shortcut to schedule a text message on your phone or listen to your favorite song. Here’s how to add a shortcut on iPhone that’s tailored to your needs:

  1. To get started, open the Shortcuts app and tap the “+” button in the upper-right corner.
  2. Tap “Shortcut Name,” type what you’d like it to be, and then tap “Done.”
  3. Tap “Add Action,” and a bunch of options will appear. Tap on what you’d like to do or search in the categories, such as music. For instance, to create a shortcut to your favorite song, tap on “Play Music.” (If you can’t find it quickly among the options, type it into the search bar.) From there, you can select your favorite song from your music library.
  4. Click on the icon to the left of the shortcut’s name to select a color for it. For instance, if Taylor Swift is your favorite artist, pick red. Then tap the blue button on the right side to see if you’d like other options, such as adding the shortcut to your home screen (yes, please). Tap on the “X” button in the corner when you’re done.

Create an automated shortcut

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There’s yet another, more sophisticated option in the iPhone Shortcuts app called automation. It’s the middle icon on the bottom of the app. Automated shortcuts allow your device to react to changes in condition without your having to lift a finger. There are two options: Personal Automation and Set Up Home Hub. What can you do with this? Oh, so much. For example, you could have your device automatically trigger low power mode when your battery reaches a certain percentage. Or, if you have smart home devices, you might turn on the AC in your house a half-hour before you usually arrive home from work.

  1. To start, open the Shortcuts app. On the button, tap on the middle icon labeled “Automation.” Follow by tapping on the “+” sign in the upper-right corner.
  2. These steps will lead you to a blue bar labeled “Create Personal Automation.” Tap it, and it will bring up a screen that gives you a variety of options.
  3. If you want to follow our example above and activate the lower power mode, tap on Battery Level. Then scroll to the desired power life. If you chose 25%, tap on “Equals 25,” and then click “Next.”
  4. Tap “Add Action.” Type “Low Power Mode” in the search box. Then tap on “Low Power Mode” when it pops up and click “Next.” You can decide whether or not you want a notification that will ask you if you want to put the phone in Low Battery Mode. When you’re finished, tap “Done.”

What can I do with Shortcuts on the iPhone?

With three different types of shortcuts, there are a sea of possibilities that will help you stay organized and entertained. If you’re looking for ideas, simply click on Gallery in the Shortcuts app, and Apple will make dozens of suggestions. You could set a shortcut to call your favorite person or to view the weather when you leave home. Activating the shortcuts is easy.

Run a shortcut

Rd Run A Shortcut Gettyimages

While the automated iPhone shortcuts start on their own, you have to start the other types. There are several ways to do this.

  • Tap on the shortcut. If you saved a shortcut to your home screen, you can just tap on it and the shortcut will do its thing. Yep, that’s just one tap to Taylor or whomever is your fave singer.
  • Ask Siri to do it. Just say, “Hey Siri,” and then say the name of the shortcut. For instance, if you set up the Home ETA shortcut to tell your family when to expect you, say “Hey, Siri, Home ETA.”
  • Add a Shortcuts widget. Instead of having to search within the Shortcuts app, a widget allows you to run the shortcut in one tap from your home screen. (Or if you want to keep something private, find out how to hide apps on an iPhone.)

Create a widget for shortcuts

Rd Create A Widget For Shortcuts Gettyimages

Adding a shortcuts widget to your iPhone is less complicated than it sounds. Doing this will give you easy access to a bunch of shortcuts from your home screen. Here’s how to set it up:

  1. Go to your home screen. Touch and hold the background until the apps start to jiggle.
  2. Tap the “+” on the top left side of the screen.
  3. Scroll down, and tap Shortcuts.
  4. Swipe to choose the size you want.
  5. Tap “Add Widget.” Then set what shortcuts appear in the widget.
  6. Tap the widget. Then, tap on the icon below “Quickly run one of your shortcuts.” You’ll see a list of your shortcuts. Tap which one you’d like to keep in the widget.
  7. Tap on your home screen when you’re done.

Edit and organize shortcuts

Rd Organize Shortcuts Gettyimages

You can reorder your iPhone shortcuts in the app any way you want.

  1. Open the Shortcuts app, and tap “Select” in the upper-right corner. Your shortcuts will start to jiggle.
  2. Drag one or more Shortcuts to the location you want. Put the shortcuts you use most frequently at the top.
  3. When you’re finished, press “Done” in the upper-right corner.

Rd Edit Shortcuts Gettyimages

If you’re feeling especially creative, you can change the appearance of the icons for any of your iPhone’s apps, like Photos or Slack. For instance, if you think the Calculator app icon looks dull, give it a makeover. What a fun iPhone trick!

  1. First, think about how you want the icon to look. Browse at Flaticon for inspiration or to download an icon you like.
  2. Open the Shortcuts app, and tap the “+” on the right-hand side.
  3. Type the name of your shortcut, and click “Add Action.”
  4. Tap on “Open App,” and then tap the Open App link.
  5. Tap on the faintly colored word “App,” and a list of your apps will pop up. Click on the one you’d like to customize.
  6. Tap the blue circle in the upper-right corner, and tap “Add to Home Screen.”
  7. Tap on the icon displayed under “Home Screen Name and Icon.” You’ll see three options: Take photo, choose photo and choose file.
  8. If you tap, say, “choose photo,” you can select a pic from your photo library and adjust it to the correct size. Tap choose, and then add. Now the app will appear in your new design on the home screen.

If you’re also interested in learning some Mac keyboard shortcuts, we’ve got you covered there too.

When you’re on your way home after being out for a while, you might want to give your family a heads up. Sometimes it’s an unspoken nudge to get those lunch plates in the dishwasher or be ready to help unload the groceries. Sure, you could check your watch, estimate your ETA and type out your message old-school, or you could create an iPhone shortcut to do it for you. Your iPhone will figure out your arrival time based on intel from Apple Maps, then send the message. How amazing is that?

Honestly, if you have an iPhone and you’re not using shortcuts, you’re missing out. It takes all of two minutes to create that simple shortcut mentioned above, which is called Home ETA. It’s one of the most genius iPhone hacks, but there are tons of other cool things you can do with iPhone Shortcuts—and we’re going to show you exactly what they are.

After you’ve mastered this trick, learn how to add widgets to your iPhone, organize your apps and play around with iPhone keyboard shortcuts. You’ll feel like you have a fancy new phone without spending a penny on an upgrade.

Get Reader’s Digest’s Read Up newsletter for more tech, travel, humor, cleaning and fun facts all week long.

What is the iPhone Shortcuts app?

Apple created a free app called Shortcuts, which you can download from the App Store. The app contains more than 300 built-in actions that range from pure fun (like converting a photo to a GIF) to very practical (like a laundry timer or that ETA estimate). There are also travel-related options; for instance, in the “How Many Days Until” shortcut, you could count down to a much-deserved vacay. And while you’re away, you could use another shortcut to map directions to the nearest coffee shop. Without a doubt, you’ll find dozens of shortcuts you’d like to try.

How do I create shortcuts?

It’s truly a snap to create shortcuts on iPhone. When you open the Shortcuts app, a gallery of options will pop up. The gallery is divided into sections, like “Get Stuff Done,” “Work from Anywhere,” “All the GIFs!” “Morning Routine” and more. Here’s what to do next with this iPhone trick:

Add a shortcut from the gallery

Rd Add A Shortcut From The Gallery Gettyimages

  1. Click on the shortcut you want.
  2. Read the description of the shortcut. For instance, with the “Turn Text into Audio” shortcut, you can “listen to your notes from class while you take a walk, a fun article while you fold laundry and more.” (Yes, this means you could be listening to this article instead of reading it!)
  3. If that sounds good to you, click on the blue bar at the bottom labeled “Add Shortcut.”
  4. If you want to rename your shortcut, you can do it here. Tap on the three dots on the right side of the shortcut. Then tap on the name of the shortcut. Use the keyboard to delete the original name, and add your own. For instance, you can change “Turn Text into Audio” to “Read Out Loud” or whatever name you’d like.
  5. Once you add a shortcut, it will appear in the section called “My Shortcuts.”

Create a custom shortcut

Rd Create A Custom Shortcut Gettyimages

Once you get a feel for the preset iPhone shortcuts, you might want to try creating a custom one. Think about something that takes you several steps on the iPhone that you would love to do in just one click. For instance, you could create a shortcut to schedule a text message on your phone or listen to your favorite song. Here’s how to add a shortcut on iPhone that’s tailored to your needs:

  1. To get started, open the Shortcuts app and tap the “+” button in the upper-right corner.
  2. Tap “Shortcut Name,” type what you’d like it to be, and then tap “Done.”
  3. Tap “Add Action,” and a bunch of options will appear. Tap on what you’d like to do or search in the categories, such as music. For instance, to create a shortcut to your favorite song, tap on “Play Music.” (If you can’t find it quickly among the options, type it into the search bar.) From there, you can select your favorite song from your music library.
  4. Click on the icon to the left of the shortcut’s name to select a color for it. For instance, if Taylor Swift is your favorite artist, pick red. Then tap the blue button on the right side to see if you’d like other options, such as adding the shortcut to your home screen (yes, please). Tap on the “X” button in the corner when you’re done.

Create an automated shortcut

Rd Create An Automated Shortcut Gettyimages

There’s yet another, more sophisticated option in the iPhone Shortcuts app called automation. It’s the middle icon on the bottom of the app. Automated shortcuts allow your device to react to changes in condition without your having to lift a finger. There are two options: Personal Automation and Set Up Home Hub. What can you do with this? Oh, so much. For example, you could have your device automatically trigger low power mode when your battery reaches a certain percentage. Or, if you have smart home devices, you might turn on the AC in your house a half-hour before you usually arrive home from work.

  1. To start, open the Shortcuts app. On the button, tap on the middle icon labeled “Automation.” Follow by tapping on the “+” sign in the upper-right corner.
  2. These steps will lead you to a blue bar labeled “Create Personal Automation.” Tap it, and it will bring up a screen that gives you a variety of options.
  3. If you want to follow our example above and activate the lower power mode, tap on Battery Level. Then scroll to the desired power life. If you chose 25%, tap on “Equals 25,” and then click “Next.”
  4. Tap “Add Action.” Type “Low Power Mode” in the search box. Then tap on “Low Power Mode” when it pops up and click “Next.” You can decide whether or not you want a notification that will ask you if you want to put the phone in Low Battery Mode. When you’re finished, tap “Done.”

What can I do with Shortcuts on the iPhone?

With three different types of shortcuts, there are a sea of possibilities that will help you stay organized and entertained. If you’re looking for ideas, simply click on Gallery in the Shortcuts app, and Apple will make dozens of suggestions. You could set a shortcut to call your favorite person or to view the weather when you leave home. Activating the shortcuts is easy.

Run a shortcut

Rd Run A Shortcut Gettyimages

While the automated iPhone shortcuts start on their own, you have to start the other types. There are several ways to do this.

  • Tap on the shortcut. If you saved a shortcut to your home screen, you can just tap on it and the shortcut will do its thing. Yep, that’s just one tap to Taylor or whomever is your fave singer.
  • Ask Siri to do it. Just say, “Hey Siri,” and then say the name of the shortcut. For instance, if you set up the Home ETA shortcut to tell your family when to expect you, say “Hey, Siri, Home ETA.”
  • Add a Shortcuts widget. Instead of having to search within the Shortcuts app, a widget allows you to run the shortcut in one tap from your home screen. (Or if you want to keep something private, find out how to hide apps on an iPhone.)

Create a widget for shortcuts

Rd Create A Widget For Shortcuts Gettyimages

Adding a shortcuts widget to your iPhone is less complicated than it sounds. Doing this will give you easy access to a bunch of shortcuts from your home screen. Here’s how to set it up:

  1. Go to your home screen. Touch and hold the background until the apps start to jiggle.
  2. Tap the “+” on the top left side of the screen.
  3. Scroll down, and tap Shortcuts.
  4. Swipe to choose the size you want.
  5. Tap “Add Widget.” Then set what shortcuts appear in the widget.
  6. Tap the widget. Then, tap on the icon below “Quickly run one of your shortcuts.” You’ll see a list of your shortcuts. Tap which one you’d like to keep in the widget.
  7. Tap on your home screen when you’re done.

Edit and organize shortcuts

Rd Organize Shortcuts Gettyimages

You can reorder your iPhone shortcuts in the app any way you want.

  1. Open the Shortcuts app, and tap “Select” in the upper-right corner. Your shortcuts will start to jiggle.
  2. Drag one or more Shortcuts to the location you want. Put the shortcuts you use most frequently at the top.
  3. When you’re finished, press “Done” in the upper-right corner.

Rd Edit Shortcuts Gettyimages

If you’re feeling especially creative, you can change the appearance of the icons for any of your iPhone’s apps, like Photos or Slack. For instance, if you think the Calculator app icon looks dull, give it a makeover. What a fun iPhone trick!

  1. First, think about how you want the icon to look. Browse at Flaticon for inspiration or to download an icon you like.
  2. Open the Shortcuts app, and tap the “+” on the right-hand side.
  3. Type the name of your shortcut, and click “Add Action.”
  4. Tap on “Open App,” and then tap the Open App link.
  5. Tap on the faintly colored word “App,” and a list of your apps will pop up. Click on the one you’d like to customize.
  6. Tap the blue circle in the upper-right corner, and tap “Add to Home Screen.”
  7. Tap on the icon displayed under “Home Screen Name and Icon.” You’ll see three options: Take photo, choose photo and choose file.
  8. If you tap, say, “choose photo,” you can select a pic from your photo library and adjust it to the correct size. Tap choose, and then add. Now the app will appear in your new design on the home screen.

If you’re also interested in learning some Mac keyboard shortcuts, we’ve got you covered there too.

Laundry pods have quickly become consumer favorites. People love the mess-free convenience of the pre-measured packets that dissolve in the washer, and many have switched from traditional liquid or powder detergent for that very reason. It’s estimated that over 20 billion plastic laundry and dishwasher pods are used every year.

But are laundry and dishwasher pods safe for the environment? New research suggests they may not be. It turns out that laundry pods’ film wrapping—the part that dissolves in the wash—is made of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), a plastic that isn’t biodegradable.

Do laundry pods pollute our water?

A study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health shows that over 75% of intact plastic particles from laundry and dishwasher pods can be released into oceans, rivers, canals and soil. In wastewater, this plastic film has the potential to absorb dangerous chemicals or contaminants, antibiotics, or heavy metals at high concentrations and then work their way up the food chain.

Clean-water advocates say what’s most concerning is that consumers don’t even realize laundry pods contain plastic. “We want everyone to understand in simple terms that pods are plastic and PVA is an unknown substance making its way into our waterways and our bodies,” says Julia Cohen, co-founder and managing director of Plastic Pollution Coalition, a nonprofit advocacy organization that works against plastic pollution.

What should I know about detergent pods?

The Plastic Pollution Coalition, along with Blueland, a company that makes eco-friendly cleaning products, announced a formal action to petition the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to prohibit the use of PVA in consumer goods, including all laundry detergent pods and sheets. They hope to garner support from the public with their petition.

“When we started our research into the laundry category, we were shocked to learn that the film that individually wraps laundry pods is actually plastic,” says Sarah Paiji Yoo, Blueland co-founder. “Even more surprising was how many industry veterans knew these pods were not readily biodegradable, given they were made of petroleum-based synthetic plastic, and yet they continued to encourage their use of it.”

Yoo says that because no official research has been done on what actually happens to plastic pods after a wash cycle, the situation is an environmental gray area. That’s why Blueland helped fund the study that was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

While the study reached no definitive conclusions, researchers raised the red flag, since billions of pods dissolve down the drain every year. “Very little research exists that aims to monitor the biodegradability of PVA in the natural environment,” the study’s authors wrote. “Improving upon this research is essential for better understanding the link between PVA usage, and public and environmental health”

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Laundry pods have quickly become consumer favorites. People love the mess-free convenience of the pre-measured packets that dissolve in the washer, and many have switched from traditional liquid or powder detergent for that very reason. It’s estimated that over 20 billion plastic laundry and dishwasher pods are used every year.

But are laundry and dishwasher pods safe for the environment? New research suggests they may not be. It turns out that laundry pods’ film wrapping—the part that dissolves in the wash—is made of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), a plastic that isn’t biodegradable.

Do laundry pods pollute our water?

A study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health shows that over 75% of intact plastic particles from laundry and dishwasher pods can be released into oceans, rivers, canals and soil. In wastewater, this plastic film has the potential to absorb dangerous chemicals or contaminants, antibiotics, or heavy metals at high concentrations and then work their way up the food chain.

Clean-water advocates say what’s most concerning is that consumers don’t even realize laundry pods contain plastic. “We want everyone to understand in simple terms that pods are plastic and PVA is an unknown substance making its way into our waterways and our bodies,” says Julia Cohen, co-founder and managing director of Plastic Pollution Coalition, a nonprofit advocacy organization that works against plastic pollution.

What should I know about detergent pods?

The Plastic Pollution Coalition, along with Blueland, a company that makes eco-friendly cleaning products, announced a formal action to petition the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to prohibit the use of PVA in consumer goods, including all laundry detergent pods and sheets. They hope to garner support from the public with their petition.

“When we started our research into the laundry category, we were shocked to learn that the film that individually wraps laundry pods is actually plastic,” says Sarah Paiji Yoo, Blueland co-founder. “Even more surprising was how many industry veterans knew these pods were not readily biodegradable, given they were made of petroleum-based synthetic plastic, and yet they continued to encourage their use of it.”

Yoo says that because no official research has been done on what actually happens to plastic pods after a wash cycle, the situation is an environmental gray area. That’s why Blueland helped fund the study that was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

While the study reached no definitive conclusions, researchers raised the red flag, since billions of pods dissolve down the drain every year. “Very little research exists that aims to monitor the biodegradability of PVA in the natural environment,” the study’s authors wrote. “Improving upon this research is essential for better understanding the link between PVA usage, and public and environmental health”

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Whether you’re trying to save time during the week by stockpiling premade meals, reduce food waste by storing leftovers or save money by extending the shelf life of food, the freezer is an incredible tool. To optimize the appliance, start by organizing the freezer (working on your fridge organization and kitchen organization wouldn’t hurt either). Next comes determining the best food storage containers: Are freezer bags the best way to go? Can you put glass in the freezer? Or should you mummify your food in plastic wrap?

Glass storage containers, it turns out, are an excellent choice, whether you’re organizing a chest freezer, side-by-side machine or freezer drawer. “Glass is great because it is odor and stain resistant; it’s oven, dishwasher and microwave safe; and it does a great job of protecting food,” says chef Ashley Christensen, who co-authored It’s Always Freezer Season with Kaitlyn Goalen. Glass also comes with fewer safety concerns than plastic containers. “Although almost all plastic food storage containers are now made without BPA [the compound that was at the center of the public-health debate], some people still have lingering concerns over the safety of plastic in the long term,” she says.

Keep reading to learn the instances in which you can put glass in the freezer and get expert-backed tips for freezing food.

Can you put glass in the freezer?

Yes, you can! Not only can you put glass in the freezer, but glass containers are a great sustainable pick. Unlike plastic, glass is not porous, so the containers will neither stain nor hold smells. They are sturdy and durable, which makes it easy to stack containers on top of one another to fit as many in your freezer as you can (no need for a professional organizer!). Unlike a zip-top freezer bag, glass containers can go in the microwave or the oven and into the dishwasher afterward, which makes reheating a freezer meal a breeze.

Can glass crack in the freezer?

If you don’t choose the correct glass containers or you try to speed through the freezing and thawing processes, the glass can crack. You have thermal shock to thank for that. It’s what happens when the temperature of a substance changes too quickly, and it can result in cracking or even shattering. Glass is particularly vulnerable to thermal shock—it’s why glass windows often break or blow out when there is a fire inside of a building.

Glass containers can also crack if they are too full of liquid when they go into the freezer. There are steps you can take to prevent thermal shock and cracks from expansion, which you’ll find below.

But can you put glass in the freezer no matter the type? That’s a no. If your glass containers are not durable enough for the freezer, they may not be able to withstand the low temperature that a freezer should be. Never put a glass container in the freezer if it’s not specifically labeled freezer safe—you may wind up with a mess on your hands.

Glass-storage tips

glass food container out of the freezer

Ready to store some leftovers in the freezer? The tips below will help you use glass containers in the freezer without any issues.

Cool food before freezing

Filling a glass container with hot food and putting it straight into the freezer puts your container at risk for thermal shock. On top of that, freezing food that hasn’t completely cooled increases the risk for bacteria growth—the outside can freeze first, keeping the inside warm for long enough that harmful bacteria have a chance to grow. That could lead to foodborne illness. To avoid both of these possibilities, cool your cooked food to room temperature and then chill it in the fridge before transferring it to the freezer.

Of course, this doesn’t apply to foods that are already cold, such as meat, butter and produce. There are steps you’ll want to take when it comes to freezing these foods, but cooling won’t be an issue.

Choose silicone-lined lids

“Choosing the container is only half the equation. Just as important is choosing the lid or cover,” says Christensen. Lids lined with silicone ensure an airtight seal, which makes them ideal for freezing food—to maintain freshness and avoid freezer burn, you want to limit air exposure as much as possible. Latches on the lid help with this as well. Christensen uses Rubbermaid glass food storage containers, which boast both of these characteristics, as do these GlassLock Assorted Containers.

But wait, can you freeze glass jars? The answer is yes. And Mason jars would be the exception to the silicone-lined and latched rule, thanks to the lid and band design. Make sure the flat lid is concave before you screw on the band; it’ll ensure the jar is airtight. According to the pros at Mason Jars, you should freeze only wide-mouth, straight-sided jars (not those with the curved shoulder at the top) and leave about an inch of space at the top. Doing so will help you avoid the risks that come with expansion (more on that below).

Leave space for expansion

Packing food as snugly and as airtight as possible will help it stay fresh longer. But with glass, it’s not always best to fill the container all the way to the rim. That’s because liquid expands in the freezer—in fact, by the time it has frozen, it will have expanded by approximately 9%. So if you’re freezing broth, soup or stew, make sure to leave some room at the top of your container for this expansion. Otherwise, there’s a risk that the glass will crack. As long as you do, you can put glass in the freezer filled with all your favorite cold-weather delights.

Thaw before baking

One of the great things about glass storage containers is that they can safely go in the oven. If you freeze a casserole or lasagna in a glass baking dish, you won’t need to transfer it to another pan before reheating it. That said, it’s crucial to store the food in the refrigerator or at room temperature to thaw it before you put it in the oven. Taking this step will help you avoid thermal shock—yes, the same thermal shock that can happen during the freezing process.

One important distinction: You can cook frozen food without thawing it first by removing it from the freezer and placing it in an oven-safe dish. It’s really the glass container that you don’t want to put straight into the oven.

Don’t tie up your favorites

“Before you decide on how to package your food, keep in mind that you may be storing the dish in question for months,” notes Christensen. “Don’t accidentally take all of your best pans and containers out of kitchen rotation by using them for freezer storage.” Indeed, while it’s a cinch to bake something in a freezer-safe Pyrex glass baking dish, cool it, snap on the cover and slide it into the freezer, remember that you won’t be able to access it until you choose to eat that cake or pasta. “Either commit to purchasing a handful of vessels for freezer-only use or rely on disposable packaging,” she suggests.

By now, you should be able to answer “Can you put glass in the freezer?” It’s time to learn how long leftovers last in the fridge and how to store fresh herbs.

Get Reader’s Digest’s Read Up newsletter for more food, holidays, humor, cleaning, travel, tech and fun facts all week long.

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Whether you’re trying to save time during the week by stockpiling premade meals, reduce food waste by storing leftovers or save money by extending the shelf life of food, the freezer is an incredible tool. To optimize the appliance, start by organizing the freezer (working on your fridge organization and kitchen organization wouldn’t hurt either). Next comes determining the best food storage containers: Are freezer bags the best way to go? Can you put glass in the freezer? Or should you mummify your food in plastic wrap?

Glass storage containers, it turns out, are an excellent choice, whether you’re organizing a chest freezer, side-by-side machine or freezer drawer. “Glass is great because it is odor and stain resistant; it’s oven, dishwasher and microwave safe; and it does a great job of protecting food,” says chef Ashley Christensen, who co-authored It’s Always Freezer Season with Kaitlyn Goalen. Glass also comes with fewer safety concerns than plastic containers. “Although almost all plastic food storage containers are now made without BPA [the compound that was at the center of the public-health debate], some people still have lingering concerns over the safety of plastic in the long term,” she says.

Keep reading to learn the instances in which you can put glass in the freezer and get expert-backed tips for freezing food.

Can you put glass in the freezer?

Yes, you can! Not only can you put glass in the freezer, but glass containers are a great sustainable pick. Unlike plastic, glass is not porous, so the containers will neither stain nor hold smells. They are sturdy and durable, which makes it easy to stack containers on top of one another to fit as many in your freezer as you can (no need for a professional organizer!). Unlike a zip-top freezer bag, glass containers can go in the microwave or the oven and into the dishwasher afterward, which makes reheating a freezer meal a breeze.

Can glass crack in the freezer?

If you don’t choose the correct glass containers or you try to speed through the freezing and thawing processes, the glass can crack. You have thermal shock to thank for that. It’s what happens when the temperature of a substance changes too quickly, and it can result in cracking or even shattering. Glass is particularly vulnerable to thermal shock—it’s why glass windows often break or blow out when there is a fire inside of a building.

Glass containers can also crack if they are too full of liquid when they go into the freezer. There are steps you can take to prevent thermal shock and cracks from expansion, which you’ll find below.

But can you put glass in the freezer no matter the type? That’s a no. If your glass containers are not durable enough for the freezer, they may not be able to withstand the low temperature that a freezer should be. Never put a glass container in the freezer if it’s not specifically labeled freezer safe—you may wind up with a mess on your hands.

Glass-storage tips

glass food container out of the freezer

Ready to store some leftovers in the freezer? The tips below will help you use glass containers in the freezer without any issues.

Cool food before freezing

Filling a glass container with hot food and putting it straight into the freezer puts your container at risk for thermal shock. On top of that, freezing food that hasn’t completely cooled increases the risk for bacteria growth—the outside can freeze first, keeping the inside warm for long enough that harmful bacteria have a chance to grow. That could lead to foodborne illness. To avoid both of these possibilities, cool your cooked food to room temperature and then chill it in the fridge before transferring it to the freezer.

Of course, this doesn’t apply to foods that are already cold, such as meat, butter and produce. There are steps you’ll want to take when it comes to freezing these foods, but cooling won’t be an issue.

Choose silicone-lined lids

“Choosing the container is only half the equation. Just as important is choosing the lid or cover,” says Christensen. Lids lined with silicone ensure an airtight seal, which makes them ideal for freezing food—to maintain freshness and avoid freezer burn, you want to limit air exposure as much as possible. Latches on the lid help with this as well. Christensen uses Rubbermaid glass food storage containers, which boast both of these characteristics, as do these GlassLock Assorted Containers.

But wait, can you freeze glass jars? The answer is yes. And Mason jars would be the exception to the silicone-lined and latched rule, thanks to the lid and band design. Make sure the flat lid is concave before you screw on the band; it’ll ensure the jar is airtight. According to the pros at Mason Jars, you should freeze only wide-mouth, straight-sided jars (not those with the curved shoulder at the top) and leave about an inch of space at the top. Doing so will help you avoid the risks that come with expansion (more on that below).

Leave space for expansion

Packing food as snugly and as airtight as possible will help it stay fresh longer. But with glass, it’s not always best to fill the container all the way to the rim. That’s because liquid expands in the freezer—in fact, by the time it has frozen, it will have expanded by approximately 9%. So if you’re freezing broth, soup or stew, make sure to leave some room at the top of your container for this expansion. Otherwise, there’s a risk that the glass will crack. As long as you do, you can put glass in the freezer filled with all your favorite cold-weather delights.

Thaw before baking

One of the great things about glass storage containers is that they can safely go in the oven. If you freeze a casserole or lasagna in a glass baking dish, you won’t need to transfer it to another pan before reheating it. That said, it’s crucial to store the food in the refrigerator or at room temperature to thaw it before you put it in the oven. Taking this step will help you avoid thermal shock—yes, the same thermal shock that can happen during the freezing process.

One important distinction: You can cook frozen food without thawing it first by removing it from the freezer and placing it in an oven-safe dish. It’s really the glass container that you don’t want to put straight into the oven.

Don’t tie up your favorites

“Before you decide on how to package your food, keep in mind that you may be storing the dish in question for months,” notes Christensen. “Don’t accidentally take all of your best pans and containers out of kitchen rotation by using them for freezer storage.” Indeed, while it’s a cinch to bake something in a freezer-safe Pyrex glass baking dish, cool it, snap on the cover and slide it into the freezer, remember that you won’t be able to access it until you choose to eat that cake or pasta. “Either commit to purchasing a handful of vessels for freezer-only use or rely on disposable packaging,” she suggests.

By now, you should be able to answer “Can you put glass in the freezer?” It’s time to learn how long leftovers last in the fridge and how to store fresh herbs.

Get Reader’s Digest’s Read Up newsletter for more food, holidays, humor, cleaning, travel, tech and fun facts all week long.

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Whether you’re trying to save time during the week by stockpiling premade meals, reduce food waste by storing leftovers or save money by extending the shelf life of food, the freezer is an incredible tool. To optimize the appliance, start by organizing the freezer (working on your fridge organization and kitchen organization wouldn’t hurt either). Next comes determining the best food storage containers: Are freezer bags the best way to go? Can you put glass in the freezer? Or should you mummify your food in plastic wrap?

Glass storage containers, it turns out, are an excellent choice, whether you’re organizing a chest freezer, side-by-side machine or freezer drawer. “Glass is great because it is odor and stain resistant; it’s oven, dishwasher and microwave safe; and it does a great job of protecting food,” says chef Ashley Christensen, who co-authored It’s Always Freezer Season with Kaitlyn Goalen. Glass also comes with fewer safety concerns than plastic containers. “Although almost all plastic food storage containers are now made without BPA [the compound that was at the center of the public-health debate], some people still have lingering concerns over the safety of plastic in the long term,” she says.

Keep reading to learn the instances in which you can put glass in the freezer and get expert-backed tips for freezing food.

Can you put glass in the freezer?

Yes, you can! Not only can you put glass in the freezer, but glass containers are a great sustainable pick. Unlike plastic, glass is not porous, so the containers will neither stain nor hold smells. They are sturdy and durable, which makes it easy to stack containers on top of one another to fit as many in your freezer as you can (no need for a professional organizer!). Unlike a zip-top freezer bag, glass containers can go in the microwave or the oven and into the dishwasher afterward, which makes reheating a freezer meal a breeze.

Can glass crack in the freezer?

If you don’t choose the correct glass containers or you try to speed through the freezing and thawing processes, the glass can crack. You have thermal shock to thank for that. It’s what happens when the temperature of a substance changes too quickly, and it can result in cracking or even shattering. Glass is particularly vulnerable to thermal shock—it’s why glass windows often break or blow out when there is a fire inside of a building.

Glass containers can also crack if they are too full of liquid when they go into the freezer. There are steps you can take to prevent thermal shock and cracks from expansion, which you’ll find below.

But can you put glass in the freezer no matter the type? That’s a no. If your glass containers are not durable enough for the freezer, they may not be able to withstand the low temperature that a freezer should be. Never put a glass container in the freezer if it’s not specifically labeled freezer safe—you may wind up with a mess on your hands.

Glass-storage tips

glass food container out of the freezer

Ready to store some leftovers in the freezer? The tips below will help you use glass containers in the freezer without any issues.

Cool food before freezing

Filling a glass container with hot food and putting it straight into the freezer puts your container at risk for thermal shock. On top of that, freezing food that hasn’t completely cooled increases the risk for bacteria growth—the outside can freeze first, keeping the inside warm for long enough that harmful bacteria have a chance to grow. That could lead to foodborne illness. To avoid both of these possibilities, cool your cooked food to room temperature and then chill it in the fridge before transferring it to the freezer.

Of course, this doesn’t apply to foods that are already cold, such as meat, butter and produce. There are steps you’ll want to take when it comes to freezing these foods, but cooling won’t be an issue.

Choose silicone-lined lids

“Choosing the container is only half the equation. Just as important is choosing the lid or cover,” says Christensen. Lids lined with silicone ensure an airtight seal, which makes them ideal for freezing food—to maintain freshness and avoid freezer burn, you want to limit air exposure as much as possible. Latches on the lid help with this as well. Christensen uses Rubbermaid glass food storage containers, which boast both of these characteristics, as do these GlassLock Assorted Containers.

But wait, can you freeze glass jars? The answer is yes. And Mason jars would be the exception to the silicone-lined and latched rule, thanks to the lid and band design. Make sure the flat lid is concave before you screw on the band; it’ll ensure the jar is airtight. According to the pros at Mason Jars, you should freeze only wide-mouth, straight-sided jars (not those with the curved shoulder at the top) and leave about an inch of space at the top. Doing so will help you avoid the risks that come with expansion (more on that below).

Leave space for expansion

Packing food as snugly and as airtight as possible will help it stay fresh longer. But with glass, it’s not always best to fill the container all the way to the rim. That’s because liquid expands in the freezer—in fact, by the time it has frozen, it will have expanded by approximately 9%. So if you’re freezing broth, soup or stew, make sure to leave some room at the top of your container for this expansion. Otherwise, there’s a risk that the glass will crack. As long as you do, you can put glass in the freezer filled with all your favorite cold-weather delights.

Thaw before baking

One of the great things about glass storage containers is that they can safely go in the oven. If you freeze a casserole or lasagna in a glass baking dish, you won’t need to transfer it to another pan before reheating it. That said, it’s crucial to store the food in the refrigerator or at room temperature to thaw it before you put it in the oven. Taking this step will help you avoid thermal shock—yes, the same thermal shock that can happen during the freezing process.

One important distinction: You can cook frozen food without thawing it first by removing it from the freezer and placing it in an oven-safe dish. It’s really the glass container that you don’t want to put straight into the oven.

Don’t tie up your favorites

“Before you decide on how to package your food, keep in mind that you may be storing the dish in question for months,” notes Christensen. “Don’t accidentally take all of your best pans and containers out of kitchen rotation by using them for freezer storage.” Indeed, while it’s a cinch to bake something in a freezer-safe Pyrex glass baking dish, cool it, snap on the cover and slide it into the freezer, remember that you won’t be able to access it until you choose to eat that cake or pasta. “Either commit to purchasing a handful of vessels for freezer-only use or rely on disposable packaging,” she suggests.

By now, you should be able to answer “Can you put glass in the freezer?” It’s time to learn how long leftovers last in the fridge and how to store fresh herbs.

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Toh Scrambled Eggs Dolly Parton

Eggs are a breakfast staple. Whether you like ’em scrambled, over easy or even as eggs Benedict with a bit of homemade Hollandaise sauce, you know the dish is bound to be delicious. But, of all the ways to cook an egg, scrambling has to be one of the most popular.

Even if you already have a scramble method, it’s worth trying eggs the Dolly Parton way.

How to make fluffy scrambled eggs like Dolly Parton

Do you know scrambled eggs are one of the few foods most Americans can cook without a recipe? It’s true! And while it’s not the most thrilling meal, it’s satisfying nonetheless. You may use a bit of milk or cream and salt and pepper to get your eggs to the right consistency, but our lovely Dolly does it a bit differently.

So what’s her secret? Ice water. “Put a few drops of ice water as you’re cooking them and that makes them fluffier—it really does!” she said in an interview with Insider. Start with a tablespoon and work up from there. Too much, and you’ll make your eggs a runny mess.

Does it work? According to science, it sure does! As the water heats in the hot pan, the steam rises and gives the eggs that nice fluff you’re looking for. Just another reason to love Dolly Parton.

Learn how to make Dolly’s five-layer casserole too.

Tips for perfect scrambled eggs

If you’ve ever found eggs to be rubbery or bland, it might be the way you’re cooking them. It’s common to make mistakes with eggs, but we can fix them!

When whisking, make sure your eggs are a uniform yellow before pouring them into the pan. That means no stray egg white strands. It’s also important to cook slowly over a lower heat—high heat tends to dry your eggs faster.

Also, use a silicone spatula whenever possible. It’s the perfect tool to scrape that extra egg off the side of the pan, and it can keep the bottom of your nonstick pan clear of that fried egg blanket (you know what I’m talking about). Use these tips, and you’ll have the perfect fluffy eggs tomorrow morning!

Next, learn the two secret ingredients the late Queen Elizabeth’s personal chef put in the queen’s scrambled eggs.

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  • Insider: “Dolly Parton said she whips up scrambled eggs every weekend, and she swears by an easy hack to make them perfectly fluffy”

Toh Scrambled Eggs Dolly Parton

Eggs are a breakfast staple. Whether you like ’em scrambled, over easy or even as eggs Benedict with a bit of homemade Hollandaise sauce, you know the dish is bound to be delicious. But, of all the ways to cook an egg, scrambling has to be one of the most popular.

Even if you already have a scramble method, it’s worth trying eggs the Dolly Parton way.

How to make fluffy scrambled eggs like Dolly Parton

Do you know scrambled eggs are one of the few foods most Americans can cook without a recipe? It’s true! And while it’s not the most thrilling meal, it’s satisfying nonetheless. You may use a bit of milk or cream and salt and pepper to get your eggs to the right consistency, but our lovely Dolly does it a bit differently.

So what’s her secret? Ice water. “Put a few drops of ice water as you’re cooking them and that makes them fluffier—it really does!” she said in an interview with Insider. Start with a tablespoon and work up from there. Too much, and you’ll make your eggs a runny mess.

Does it work? According to science, it sure does! As the water heats in the hot pan, the steam rises and gives the eggs that nice fluff you’re looking for. Just another reason to love Dolly Parton.

Learn how to make Dolly’s five-layer casserole too.

Tips for perfect scrambled eggs

If you’ve ever found eggs to be rubbery or bland, it might be the way you’re cooking them. It’s common to make mistakes with eggs, but we can fix them!

When whisking, make sure your eggs are a uniform yellow before pouring them into the pan. That means no stray egg white strands. It’s also important to cook slowly over a lower heat—high heat tends to dry your eggs faster.

Also, use a silicone spatula whenever possible. It’s the perfect tool to scrape that extra egg off the side of the pan, and it can keep the bottom of your nonstick pan clear of that fried egg blanket (you know what I’m talking about). Use these tips, and you’ll have the perfect fluffy eggs tomorrow morning!

Next, learn the two secret ingredients the late Queen Elizabeth’s personal chef put in the queen’s scrambled eggs.

Get Reader’s Digest’s Read Up newsletter for more humor, cleaning, travel, tech and fun facts all week long.

Sources:

  • Insider: “Dolly Parton said she whips up scrambled eggs every weekend, and she swears by an easy hack to make them perfectly fluffy”

Toh Scrambled Eggs Dolly Parton

Eggs are a breakfast staple. Whether you like ’em scrambled, over easy or even as eggs Benedict with a bit of homemade Hollandaise sauce, you know the dish is bound to be delicious. But, of all the ways to cook an egg, scrambling has to be one of the most popular.

Even if you already have a scramble method, it’s worth trying eggs the Dolly Parton way.

How to make fluffy scrambled eggs like Dolly Parton

Do you know scrambled eggs are one of the few foods most Americans can cook without a recipe? It’s true! And while it’s not the most thrilling meal, it’s satisfying nonetheless. You may use a bit of milk or cream and salt and pepper to get your eggs to the right consistency, but our lovely Dolly does it a bit differently.

So what’s her secret? Ice water. “Put a few drops of ice water as you’re cooking them and that makes them fluffier—it really does!” she said in an interview with Insider. Start with a tablespoon and work up from there. Too much, and you’ll make your eggs a runny mess.

Does it work? According to science, it sure does! As the water heats in the hot pan, the steam rises and gives the eggs that nice fluff you’re looking for. Just another reason to love Dolly Parton.

Learn how to make Dolly’s five-layer casserole too.

Tips for perfect scrambled eggs

If you’ve ever found eggs to be rubbery or bland, it might be the way you’re cooking them. It’s common to make mistakes with eggs, but we can fix them!

When whisking, make sure your eggs are a uniform yellow before pouring them into the pan. That means no stray egg white strands. It’s also important to cook slowly over a lower heat—high heat tends to dry your eggs faster.

Also, use a silicone spatula whenever possible. It’s the perfect tool to scrape that extra egg off the side of the pan, and it can keep the bottom of your nonstick pan clear of that fried egg blanket (you know what I’m talking about). Use these tips, and you’ll have the perfect fluffy eggs tomorrow morning!

Next, learn the two secret ingredients the late Queen Elizabeth’s personal chef put in the queen’s scrambled eggs.

Get Reader’s Digest’s Read Up newsletter for more humor, cleaning, travel, tech and fun facts all week long.

Sources:

  • Insider: “Dolly Parton said she whips up scrambled eggs every weekend, and she swears by an easy hack to make them perfectly fluffy”

Toh Scrambled Eggs Dolly Parton

Eggs are a breakfast staple. Whether you like ’em scrambled, over easy or even as eggs Benedict with a bit of homemade Hollandaise sauce, you know the dish is bound to be delicious. But, of all the ways to cook an egg, scrambling has to be one of the most popular.

Even if you already have a scramble method, it’s worth trying eggs the Dolly Parton way.

How to make fluffy scrambled eggs like Dolly Parton

Do you know scrambled eggs are one of the few foods most Americans can cook without a recipe? It’s true! And while it’s not the most thrilling meal, it’s satisfying nonetheless. You may use a bit of milk or cream and salt and pepper to get your eggs to the right consistency, but our lovely Dolly does it a bit differently.

So what’s her secret? Ice water. “Put a few drops of ice water as you’re cooking them and that makes them fluffier—it really does!” she said in an interview with Insider. Start with a tablespoon and work up from there. Too much, and you’ll make your eggs a runny mess.

Does it work? According to science, it sure does! As the water heats in the hot pan, the steam rises and gives the eggs that nice fluff you’re looking for. Just another reason to love Dolly Parton.

Learn how to make Dolly’s five-layer casserole too.

Tips for perfect scrambled eggs

If you’ve ever found eggs to be rubbery or bland, it might be the way you’re cooking them. It’s common to make mistakes with eggs, but we can fix them!

When whisking, make sure your eggs are a uniform yellow before pouring them into the pan. That means no stray egg white strands. It’s also important to cook slowly over a lower heat—high heat tends to dry your eggs faster.

Also, use a silicone spatula whenever possible. It’s the perfect tool to scrape that extra egg off the side of the pan, and it can keep the bottom of your nonstick pan clear of that fried egg blanket (you know what I’m talking about). Use these tips, and you’ll have the perfect fluffy eggs tomorrow morning!

Next, learn the two secret ingredients the late Queen Elizabeth’s personal chef put in the queen’s scrambled eggs.

Get Reader’s Digest’s Read Up newsletter for more humor, cleaning, travel, tech and fun facts all week long.

Sources:

  • Insider: “Dolly Parton said she whips up scrambled eggs every weekend, and she swears by an easy hack to make them perfectly fluffy”

Toh Scrambled Eggs Dolly Parton

Eggs are a breakfast staple. Whether you like ’em scrambled, over easy or even as eggs Benedict with a bit of homemade Hollandaise sauce, you know the dish is bound to be delicious. But, of all the ways to cook an egg, scrambling has to be one of the most popular.

Even if you already have a scramble method, it’s worth trying eggs the Dolly Parton way.

How to make fluffy scrambled eggs like Dolly Parton

Do you know scrambled eggs are one of the few foods most Americans can cook without a recipe? It’s true! And while it’s not the most thrilling meal, it’s satisfying nonetheless. You may use a bit of milk or cream and salt and pepper to get your eggs to the right consistency, but our lovely Dolly does it a bit differently.

So what’s her secret? Ice water. “Put a few drops of ice water as you’re cooking them and that makes them fluffier—it really does!” she said in an interview with Insider. Start with a tablespoon and work up from there. Too much, and you’ll make your eggs a runny mess.

Does it work? According to science, it sure does! As the water heats in the hot pan, the steam rises and gives the eggs that nice fluff you’re looking for. Just another reason to love Dolly Parton.

Learn how to make Dolly’s five-layer casserole too.

Tips for perfect scrambled eggs

If you’ve ever found eggs to be rubbery or bland, it might be the way you’re cooking them. It’s common to make mistakes with eggs, but we can fix them!

When whisking, make sure your eggs are a uniform yellow before pouring them into the pan. That means no stray egg white strands. It’s also important to cook slowly over a lower heat—high heat tends to dry your eggs faster.

Also, use a silicone spatula whenever possible. It’s the perfect tool to scrape that extra egg off the side of the pan, and it can keep the bottom of your nonstick pan clear of that fried egg blanket (you know what I’m talking about). Use these tips, and you’ll have the perfect fluffy eggs tomorrow morning!

Next, learn the two secret ingredients the late Queen Elizabeth’s personal chef put in the queen’s scrambled eggs.

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  • Insider: “Dolly Parton said she whips up scrambled eggs every weekend, and she swears by an easy hack to make them perfectly fluffy”

Halloween is just around the corner, and you know what that means: The creepy decorations are hung, the Halloween movies are lined up to stream and the invitations to Halloween parties have started coming in. It’s such a fun time of year, but make no mistake—Halloween’s a great time to get flirty too. That’s why Halloween pickup lines exist, after all!

If you’re looking to nab a new boo before the holidays hit, use these Halloween pickup lines to create some scary good chemistry at a monster bash, on Tinder, in a haunted house or wherever your ghastly heart desires. There’s a mix of pickup lines for guys, girls, ghouls, goblins and everything in between. S0 let the spine-tingling flirtation commence!

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Best Halloween pickup lines

1. Let’s skip the tricks and cut right to the treats.

2. Are you a ghost? Because it’s scary how good you look.

3. I looked into my crystal ball, and it showed us having a great future together.

4. You’re looking boo-tiful tonight!

5. You’re Frankenfine.

Are you a witch? Because you've cast a spell on me.

6. Are you a witch? Because you’ve cast a spell on me.

7. You’re so bewitching!

8. I’d walk through 1,000 haunted houses for the chance to ask you out.

9. I know what your Halloween costume should be: my date.

10. You can carve my pumpkin anytime.

11. What’s a nice ghoul like you doing in a place like this?

12. Dang ghoul, I’m loving your look.

13. Are you a haunted house? ‘Cause you have my heart pounding.

14. Be my ghoulfriend? 

15. Isn’t it scary how your number isn’t in my phone yet?

16. Are you a zombie? Because you’re drop-dead gorgeous.

17. Want to watch scary movies and cuddle?

18. I’d love to take you home to meet my mummy.

19. Do you like things that go bump in the night?

20. Are you a candy bowl? Because you’re lookin’ like a snack.

Loving these Halloween pickup lines? Then check out these cheesy pickup lines that are sure to get a chuckle.

Call me a jack-o'-lantern because something inside me lights up when I see you.

21. Call me a vampire—because I’d love to take a bite out of you.

22. I saw you from across the room and was just dying to meet you.

23. Baby, you’re the pumpkin to my spice.

24. Will you be the ghost that haunts my dreams?

25. Hey there, gourd-eous.

26. Call me a jack-o’-lantern—because something inside me lights up when I see you.

27. That smile of yours is eerie-sistable.

28. We can have a howling good time together.

29. Are you a vampire? Because this is feeling like love at first bite.

30. I’m going batty over you!

31. Zom-be-mine?

32. You’re sweeter than a bag of Halloween candy, baby.

33. You’re really lifting my spirits tonight.

34. Lookin’ gourd.

35. We’re meant to be—I can feel it in my bones. (Works great if you’re dressed as a skeleton!)

36. Excuse me, I’m a little superstitious—mind if I get your number for good luck?

37. Let’s head to the bar and engage with more spirits.

38. Huh, so you’re the answer to my prayers. (Works on someone dressed as an angel.)

39. I’ve been waiting for a ghoul like you.

40. Are you a mummy? Because I’m already wrapped up in you.

Send your new boo these flirty texts to keep the romantic banter going.

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41. Want to meet up for some i-scream later?

42. You’re looking meow-velous! (Works on someone dressed as a cat.)

43. Is your costume, “My future boyfriend/girlfriend/partner”? If so, you nailed it.

44. Mind if I call you on the tele-bone later?

45. I’d love to get the spoo-key to your heart.

46. Call me the undead, because my heart stopped the second you walked in the room.

47. I know it’s Halloween, but don’t worry—I would never ghost you.

48. Want to hear a scary story? You and me not ending up together. Terrifying.

49. Trust me, this connection isn’t just a bunch of hocus pocus.

50. I have a monster crush on you!

Now that you’ve got these Halloween pickup lines handy, browse through these flirty knock-knock jokes guaranteed to make your sweetheart smile.

Additional reporting by Alex Aronson. 

Halloween is just around the corner, and you know what that means: The creepy decorations are hung, the Halloween movies are lined up to stream and the invitations to Halloween parties have started coming in. It’s such a fun time of year, but make no mistake—Halloween’s a great time to get flirty too. That’s why Halloween pickup lines exist, after all!

If you’re looking to nab a new boo before the holidays hit, use these Halloween pickup lines to create some scary good chemistry at a monster bash, on Tinder, in a haunted house or wherever your ghastly heart desires. There’s a mix of pickup lines for guys, girls, ghouls, goblins and everything in between. S0 let the spine-tingling flirtation commence!

Get Reader’s Digest’s Read Up newsletter for more humor, cleaning, travel, tech and fun facts all week long.

Best Halloween pickup lines

1. Let’s skip the tricks and cut right to the treats.

2. Are you a ghost? Because it’s scary how good you look.

3. I looked into my crystal ball, and it showed us having a great future together.

4. You’re looking boo-tiful tonight!

5. You’re Frankenfine.

Are you a witch? Because you've cast a spell on me.

6. Are you a witch? Because you’ve cast a spell on me.

7. You’re so bewitching!

8. I’d walk through 1,000 haunted houses for the chance to ask you out.

9. I know what your Halloween costume should be: my date.

10. You can carve my pumpkin anytime.

11. What’s a nice ghoul like you doing in a place like this?

12. Dang ghoul, I’m loving your look.

13. Are you a haunted house? ‘Cause you have my heart pounding.

14. Be my ghoulfriend? 

15. Isn’t it scary how your number isn’t in my phone yet?

16. Are you a zombie? Because you’re drop-dead gorgeous.

17. Want to watch scary movies and cuddle?

18. I’d love to take you home to meet my mummy.

19. Do you like things that go bump in the night?

20. Are you a candy bowl? Because you’re lookin’ like a snack.

Loving these Halloween pickup lines? Then check out these cheesy pickup lines that are sure to get a chuckle.

Call me a jack-o'-lantern because something inside me lights up when I see you.

21. Call me a vampire—because I’d love to take a bite out of you.

22. I saw you from across the room and was just dying to meet you.

23. Baby, you’re the pumpkin to my spice.

24. Will you be the ghost that haunts my dreams?

25. Hey there, gourd-eous.

26. Call me a jack-o’-lantern—because something inside me lights up when I see you.

27. That smile of yours is eerie-sistable.

28. We can have a howling good time together.

29. Are you a vampire? Because this is feeling like love at first bite.

30. I’m going batty over you!

31. Zom-be-mine?

32. You’re sweeter than a bag of Halloween candy, baby.

33. You’re really lifting my spirits tonight.

34. Lookin’ gourd.

35. We’re meant to be—I can feel it in my bones. (Works great if you’re dressed as a skeleton!)

36. Excuse me, I’m a little superstitious—mind if I get your number for good luck?

37. Let’s head to the bar and engage with more spirits.

38. Huh, so you’re the answer to my prayers. (Works on someone dressed as an angel.)

39. I’ve been waiting for a ghoul like you.

40. Are you a mummy? Because I’m already wrapped up in you.

Send your new boo these flirty texts to keep the romantic banter going.

Halloween Pickup Lines 3 Gettyimages 493441454

41. Want to meet up for some i-scream later?

42. You’re looking meow-velous! (Works on someone dressed as a cat.)

43. Is your costume, “My future boyfriend/girlfriend/partner”? If so, you nailed it.

44. Mind if I call you on the tele-bone later?

45. I’d love to get the spoo-key to your heart.

46. Call me the undead, because my heart stopped the second you walked in the room.

47. I know it’s Halloween, but don’t worry—I would never ghost you.

48. Want to hear a scary story? You and me not ending up together. Terrifying.

49. Trust me, this connection isn’t just a bunch of hocus pocus.

50. I have a monster crush on you!

Now that you’ve got these Halloween pickup lines handy, browse through these flirty knock-knock jokes guaranteed to make your sweetheart smile.

Additional reporting by Alex Aronson.