Help in the Kitchen
20 Useful Tips
By Cyndi Roberts
Here are a few tried-and-true easy ideas for saving time and
your energy (and maybe even your sanity!)in the kitchen!
1. When a bottle of corn syrup or pancake syrup is almost empty
and that last bit is taking forever to come out-- just warm it in the microwave
for a few seconds. It will be thinner and it will run right out!
2. When a recipe says to cover with aluminum foil while baking,
just turn a cookie sheet upside down over the dish. Saves time and foil!
4. To make uniform sized muffins in a hurry, use an ice cream
scoop to fill the cups. It is also lots neater!
5. To get that onion smell out of your hands after you've been
peeling and chopping onions, sprinkle table salt on your hands and rub them
together. Wash with soap and water and the smell will be gone!
6. Did you know that any brand of bottled Italian Salad Dressing
makes a good marinade for meat?
7. When browning ground beef, try using a pastry blender to
break the meat into smaller pieces. It works much better than a fork.
8. Canned chicken broth is a very tasty addition to any canned
vegetable, instead of water. You might want to use the fat-free version.
9. Hate to spend the time it takes to clean that crockpot with
the baked-on food? Line your slow-cooker with foil before adding recipe
ingredients and clean up is a snap!
10. To make all your pancakes the same size, use your gravy
ladle to pour the batter!
11. Your potato masher will mash bananas for banana bread or
avocadoes for guacamole in a hurry!
12. Buy several oranges and lemons when they are on sale. Put
them in the freezer in zip-top bags. When a recipe calls for juice, just defrost
in the microwave. When a recipe calls for grated peel, it's easy to grate while
13. Add a dash of vinegar to the water when boiling cabbage. You
won't taste it, but it will cut down on the strong aroma.
14. For easier, faster grating, store fresh ginger in the
15. Use your bottle brush or a clean old toothbrush to clean the
grater after grating onions or cheese. Much faster and no more scraped hands!
16. To easily remove marshmallow creme from the jar, dip your
spoon or knife in hot water first.
17. For easy-to-peel baked sweet potatoes, rub the skin with
vegetable oil before baking. The skins will come right off.
18. Peel your vegetables over a half sheet of newspaper. When
you're finished, just fold up and throw it all away!
19. To keep your graham cracker pie crust from getting soggy, be
sure to use only butter or regular margarine. Don't use the new low-fat spreads.
You can also bake it to keep it crisp. Just let it cool before adding filling.
20. When broiling meat, put 1/2 cup of water in the drip pan.
There will be no smoke and cleanup is a snap!
Cyndi Roberts is the editor of "1 Frugal Friend 2 Another" bi-weekly
newsletter, bringing you creative, practical tips to help you with
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