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Tips Related to Food Preparation & Cooking

Updated on August 15, 2012

Useful Tips

Did you know............

* Adding salt to corn on the cob while boiling it makes the corn tough. Always add a little sugar instead to enhance the natural sweetness corn possesses.

*Celery remains crisp if you store it in the refrigerator, upright in a pitcher of cold, salted water.

* Tomatoes will ripen better if you place them in a paper bag and store them in a dark pantry.

* Looking for a juicier hamburger??? Add 1/2 cup of cold water per pound of meat before patting out the burgers and grilling.

*The easiest way to slice meat into thin strips for fajitas or stirfry is to stick the meat into the freezer and partially freeze it first. Then it will slice more easily. (Tip from my husband who is a butcher.) Also works for tubes of ground beef if you want to slice off patties for burgers or hamburger steaks.

*Potatoes will bake more quickly (and taste better) if soaked in salt water for 20 minutes prior to baking.

* If you find you have made your gravy too salty, stir in a few instant mashed potatoes to help absorb the excess salt.

*Love cabbage but hate the smell of it cooking??? Place a small tin cup or can half full of vinegar on the stove close to the cooking cabbage. This will help absorb the odor.

*While boiling potatoes, add a few drops of lemon juice to make your potatoes come out whiter.

*Lettuce keeps longer if you store it without washing it. Wait and wash the lettuce when you are ready to use it.

*When freezing meatballs, freeze them on a cookie sheet first, then place them in a freezer bag or container. This freezes them individually and keeps them from sticking together so that you can use only what you need later on.

*For crispier fried potatoes, soak the potatoes in cold water for at least 30 minutes prior to cooking. Be sure to dry them good before adding them to hot grease though.

Stay tuned for more cooking, food preparation, and cleaning tips.


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      novascotiamiss 5 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

      Thanks for an interesting article with interesting with useful tips.