I am always looking for ways to make life easier in the kitchen. Sometimes a tip can save you time or money, or It can just make you smile because it worked. Here are few of my favorites-
-While cooking cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables, avoid odors by adding a slice of bread. It will pour off with the water and absorb odors.
-For fullest flavors in salad dressings, mix seasoning with vinegar before adding the oil. Oil coats the herbs and traps the flavors.
-Season Cole Slaw, deviled eggs, salad dressing with left over pickled jalapeno juice for an extra zip.
-When a small amount of lemon juice is needed, no need to cut the lemon. Just microwave for a few seconds until soft, pierce with a skewer and squeeze. Refrigerate lemon after finished.
– Add maple syrup to pancake batter for extra flavor.
-Correct excess amount of salt in cooking with a pinch of sugar. For soups or stews try a raw peeled potato for 5 minutes and remove.
-To prevent scratching or damaging pans and skillets, put paper towels in-between them when storing.
-To crisp celery, radishes and other vegetable relishes, place in a pan of ice water, let stand 10 minutes before serving.
-To dispose easily of bacon grease, form a piece of aluminum foil around a cereal bowl and pour the grease in and let cool. Toss the foil when grease is solid.
-First in, first out. Write the date on everything you put in the freezer so older items can be used first.
-Add a slice of lemon or lime in a bottle of green olives in brine to add a fresh citrus flavor.
Next up…. Baking tips