College students without certain resources, use life hacks in order to accomplish everyday tasks in different ways.
Life hacks are defined as “a strategy or techniques adopted in order to manage one’s time and daily activities in a more efficient way,” according to google.
For Santiago Barriga, a Junior studying communication, “the holy grail” of hacks was found by using Ziploc bags.
Barriga was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and later moved to the U.S. with his family to Cincinnati, Ohio.
“I used to hate taking the frozen meat I would buy out of the freezer and hacking at it until it separated,” Barriga said.
Barriga said every time he had to deal with the frozen meat he would get annoyed and that cooking became less fun for him.
“Sometimes, I would use a knife or I would take the whole package and hit it lightly on the counter just to get the meat loose,” Barriga said. “I then had to spend a few minutes digging my fingers into the cold meat trying to get each piece out; I hated every minute of it.”
He did this countless time until he remembered an experience he had with his aunt.
Barriga’s aunt would always separate the candy into little bags. She told him it was easier and quicker to get to the ones she liked when she separated them, instead of digging in the bag to look for specific ones.
“That’s when I got the idea of separating the meat I bought into single pieces in zip lock bags before putting it in the freezer,” Barriga said. “Putting the meat into single bags would make it easier when I take it out of the freezer because then I wouldn’t have to waste time prying them apart.”
He saved a lot of time after doing what his aunt did and wished he had thought about doing it sooner.
Barriga gives credit to his aunt for giving him the idea to separate the meat into individual bags to make cooking easier for him.
“Who wants to wait to eat?” Barriga said. “I know I don’t. Now, I always separate the meat before putting into the freezer. Sure it takes a few minutes to separate it, but in the end, it would take more time if I didn’t. I don’t know if other people separate the meat before putting it into the freezer, but I think they should.”