Fabulous Tips and Tricks for the Kitchen and Home Part TWO

More tips and tricks to save time and money.

To make cheese easier to grate place it in the freezer for about two hours before use.

The foam containers that meat is packaged in at the grocery store makes great paint trays for the kids.  They can be rinsed off and reused several times. 

To prevent eggs from cracking when boiling them add a tsp of salt to the water before it boils.

For fluffier rice add 1/2 tsp of lemon juice to the water before adding the rice.

A quick way to cook frozen sausage patties:  Put some water in the skillet or pan and turn on the heat to medium.  Put the frozen patties in the water.  Cook for a few minutes, turning once or twice.  Pour out the water - most of the grease will go with it! - and put the pan back on the burner to brown the sausage.  This is a great way to cook the sausage faster and to cut down on the saturated fat.

Soak bacon in cold water for a few minutes before frying - this keeps it from curling and shrinking as much.

Stew or soup too salty?  Cut up a raw potato and and add the slices, skin and all, to the dish before serving.  The potatoes will absorb much of the salt.

Does your recipe call for an egg white?  Get a small funnel and a glass.  Break the egg into the funnel, held over the glass.  The egg white will pass through and the egg yolk will stay in the funnel.

Home Made Egg Poacher:  Take an empty tuna or chicken can and spray the inside with non-stick spray.  Place the can in about an inch of water, heat to boiling.  Crack an egg into a glass and pour it into the can.  It will cook quickly.  Use salad tongs to remove the can.  The poached egg should slide right out.



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