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Tips for the Kitchen
How-To's & Tips Index
- Before party guests arrive, scoop ice cream into
muffin tins lined with cupcake liners and refreeze. You won't
have to fuss later when serving cake.
- Quickly use that frozen juice
concentrate by mashing it with a potato masher while frozen,
or place can with the lid removed in microwave for 1 minute.
- Double the amount of favorite
casserole recipes you cook. Place half in a freezer container
for dinner on a busy day.
- An egg slicer works great for
slicing fresh mushrooms. Makes even slices in a jiffy.
- Use an ice cream scoop to easily
fill muffin tins with the batter.
- Transfer jelly to a small plastic
squeeze bottle. Less mess and no sticky jars or spoons! This
also works well for homemade salad dressings.
- Use a cooking spray or oil the
measuring cup next time you need to measure honey. No more messy
process of scraping the cup, as the honey slides out easily.
- An empty salt shaker makes a
great container to dust a little powdered sugar over baked goods.
- To quickly and easily cut rolled,
chilled cookie dough use an electric knife. It slices perfect
- No time to roll and cut biscuits?
Just drop the dough from a tablespoon onto lightly greased baking
- For quick and easy ravioli,
fill wonton wrappers with any filling you fancy. Moisten edges
with egg wash to seal and poach in boiling water.
- To save time when making meatloaf,
use bottled marinara sauce instead of tomato sauce or ketchup
the herbs and spices are built right in so everything
goes together faster.
- If you cut bagels in half before
freezing they will defrost a lot faster, and you can toast them
- Cut up those canned tomatoes
quickly by snipping them right in the can with kitchen shears.
- To make dusting a pan with flour
easy and convenient, place some flour in a salt shaker and keep
it stored in the freezer.
- When a recipe calls for sifting,
it works just as well to put all dry ingredients in the mixing
bowl and stir with a whisk.
- If grandma told you always to
proof yeast dissolve it in liquid to see if it bubbles
forget it. Today's dry yeast is reliable enough to stir
directly in with other dry ingredients, including flour.
- To crush nuts quickly and easily
without the muss or fuss, place in a self-sealing plastic bag
and roll with a rolling pin.
- Add marinated vegetable salads
to your next dinner party. They can be prepared in advance and
chilled until serving time--an important bonus for the busy cook!