I thought I would share some tips that “You May Or May Not Know”…..
Some are a little common sense, some may be a new tip, and some are too silly not to share 🙂
We’ll start with the practical and slowly lose our minds…..Please keep in mind that I have not (and will not) test ALL of these…especially the ones at the bottom!
~Asparagus can be cooked standing up in a clean coffee pot in 2″ of water (a few old-fashioned ladys swear by this)
~ When cooking cauliflower, add a little milk to keep it white
~ To add flavor to baked potatoes, coat the outer surface with bacon grease and sprinkle with salt and pepper before wrapping in foil and baking.
~ For super fluffy mashed potatoes, put the boiled spuds through a ricer then add seasonings.
~Celery wrapped in foil, then stored in the fridge will last longer.
~To delay the budding of your potatoes…Add an apple to the potato bag.
~To easily peel a tomato, slice a very shallow X in the bottom, then immerse in boiling water for 30 seconds. Immediately transfer to an ice bath, then peel the skin off.
~Don’t waste all that wonderful zest when juicing your fruits. Before you juice, remove the zest and freeze in bags!
~To prevent a block of cheese from hardening at the end after cutting, lightly (very lightly) butter the cut end and tightly wrap the cheese in plastic wrap.
~Drop teaspoons of whipped cream (homemade) onto waxed paper and freeze. Then place the “plops” in a plastic freezer bag and save for quick hot cocoa toppings.
~To easily scald milk, rinse your pan with cold water before adding and heating the milk.
SOUPS & STEWS:
~Skimming a slice of bread along the top of soups and stews is a fantastic way to remove grease.
~When making chicken and dumplings you are supposed to LEAVE THE LID on for several minutes. Well how are you supposed to see those little suckers cook? I cover the pot with a glass pie plate, then I can see them and I’m not tempted to peek!
~When you add wine to a soup or stew, remember to cook for atleast ten minutes longer to cook out the harshness of the alcohol.
~Leftover wine that you know won’t get used? Pour it into ice cube trays and freeze. Store them in plastic freezer bags and add to your soups and stews as needed.
~To take some of the “fishy” taste out of fish…soak the fish in equal amounts of lemon juice and water before cooking.
~You can hold poached eggs in an ice bath for several hours…just reheat gently in hot salted water before serving.
~When broiling meat, add a few slices of bread to the bottom of the broiler pan under the rack…the bread soaks up the drippings and you won’t have so much smoke…or mess! A little water in the bottom does the trick too.
~Rinse bacon under cold water before frying…supposedly this reduces the amount of shrinkage.
~Cover your cooling rack with a paper towel before setting cakes upon it…It still allows the cake to breathe but prevents the rack from sticking to the cake.
~Want a nice smooth icing, like the flawless cakes at the bakery? Run a metal icing spatula under hot water and pat dry before smoothing the icing…Repeat as needed as the spatula cools.
~Don’t like those soggy bottomed pies? Brush the bottom of the crust with a lightly beaten egg white and allow to dry before filling.
JUST PLAIN CRAZY!!
~You can cook a salmon fillet in the dishwasher!!! Season the fillet, dot the top with butter, wrap in foil and set on the top rack of the dishwasher. Run on the longest cylce and leave the fish in through the drying cycle…Then WALLA the fish is done and you have a smelly dishwasher (couldn’t resist posting this one)
~Cooking polish sausage and hot dogs is as simple as taking a road trip! That’s right ladies and gents’ wrap them in foil, place on your engine, and take a long drive. When ya get there, you’ll have dinner already ready already 🙂
~If your child has a fever, take a potato and cut it in half. Take each half and put it on the bottom of their feet, keeping the in place by putting socks on over the potatoes. Keep the potatoes on for a few hours. When you take them out your child’s fever will either be a lot lower or gone. There is something in the potatoes that helps draw the fever out.
~Soak your hair in beer, and go lay out in the sun. It pulls out some great highlights. Make sure to shampoo afterwards, or you’ll smell like a brewery! (not sure I’ll be trying THAT one)
~Use lemons to stop excessive perspiration under the arms. Cut a thin slice and place it under each arm for about 30 min. It will dramatically reduce the “pit drench” when coupled with a good anti-perspirant. This works well for about 1 week and then must be repeated. (I have no words)