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Kitchen Tips and Hints

Updated on April 6, 2013

Its not ruined - here are some kitchen tips and hints to save it

Have you ever had runny potatoes or sticky rice?

Well here you will find helpful Kitchen Tips to cure such ailments.

Often the difference between, alright cooking and great cooking are small things. Those little differences that are often over looked.

See if you can find a new kitchen tip to improve your kitchen experiences.

The Best Kitchen Quick Tips - 534 Tricks, Techniques, and Shortcuts for the Curious Cook

But what is a quick tip? For the editors of Cook's Illustrated it's an easier way of performing a kitchen task that either saves time or money or improves the quality of the outcome. The tip may call for an odd appliance such as a hair dryer (for smoothing chocolate frosting) or a surprising ingredient such as miniature marshmallows (placed on the ends of toothpicks to hold plastic wrap above an iced cake).

The Best Kitchen Quick Tips: 534 Tricks, Techniques, and Shortcuts for the Curious Cook
The Best Kitchen Quick Tips: 534 Tricks, Techniques, and Shortcuts for the Curious Cook

You will find practical tricks for peeling tomatoes, chopping garlic, knowing when your steamer is out of water (add marbles to the bottom of the pot) and toasting pine nuts (use a popcorn popper). Arranged alphabetically it takes you through softening Almond Paste to drying Wine Glasses on chopsticks.

 

Hard Rock Cafe Ok but Rock Hard Brown Sugar?

I like brown sugar but its one of those kitchen items that I only use once in awhile. It seems that every time I go to use the brown sugar it is hard as a rock. I hammer the box, I try to break out chunks, I do what ever I can to get the brown sugar the way it was meant to be.

Hey, I have even tried the cheese grater. If you want to keep the brown sugar from becoming hard, add some soft bread to the bag and close it up good and tight, in just a few hours the sugar will be soft again.

Is your rice fluffy and white

Have you ever made nice gummy rice? You know the type that when you stick a fork into it you lift the whole big ball out of the sauce pan!

Would you love to have your rice turn out fluffier and whiter? just add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to a quart of water.

Of course if you are only using a cup of water ... do the math.

Corn Silk is not dental floss

The joy of fresh corn on the cobb. That is until you get a nice crop of corn silk half way down your throat. Guarantee, that corn silk will be stuck between your teeth. If you want to guarantee you have removed all that corn silk, Brush downward on the cob of corn with a moist paper towel.

How To Tell if an Egg is "Good"

Do you put eggs in that nice little egg tray that comes with the refrigerator?

Do you take the time to figure out how old your eggs are?

I know I don't! And then the day comes - is this egg any good?

Well now you will be able to answer the age old question

Is this egg still good to eat?

Home made Whipped Butter

Save money - Save Calories - Create Taste

I love Butter! I don't care how many products come on the market that say "Tastes Like Butter", it does not taste like real butter.

Most margarines are made from the worst fats and greases a human could consume. So what is the answer short of eating "Real Butter"?

Make your own homemade whipped butter!

Take 1 pound of Shedd's Spread Country Crock and mix it with 1 pound of Real Butter. Whip together using a mixer or by hand and then store it in the refrigerator in small containers. I have a few of the containers that the "Not so real butters" have come in and they make the perfect storage containers.

Tomatoes will peel easily

Ever tried to peel a tomato? Found out its not like peeling an apple. Just place the tomatoes in a bowl, add boiling water and let them sit for one minute. The tomatoes will peel easily with a good paring knife.

runny potatoes yummy

There I was making some really great mashed potatoes and the next thing you know I have the base for potato soup How could this happen? The answer is the milk. To avoid those nasty runny potatoes use dry powered milk.

The Trans Fat Free Kitchen - Simple Recipes, Shopping Guide and Restaurant Tips

As of January 1st 2006 The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began requiring food manufacturers to list trans fat (i.e., trans fatty acids) on Nutrition lables. But companies can still emblazon their packaging with "Trans Fat Free" even if a food has trans fats in levels less than .5 grams a serving. Confused? You're not alone.. Enter The Trans Fat Free Kitchen, a simple, practical book that gives you a real-world guide to avoiding trans fats.

A study in the Lancet proved that eating a mere 5 grams of trans fats a day increased women's rates of dying from a heart attack by 50 percent (5 grams of trans fat is found in one medium order of McDonald's fries or one small donut!)

If you or someone you love wants to shed pounds and keep their heart healthy, there's good news: Eliminating or drastically reducing the amount of trans fat from your diet is the most effective thing you can do. The better news? Here's a simple guide to trans fat made simple.

How to quickly Cook your Veggies

Do you ever get the feeling that it takes forever to cook Onions, Broccoli or Brussels sprouts?

Well they will cook faster if you simply make an X cut at the base of the vegetable.

Give it a try and see the results ... it sure won't increase the cooking time.

Keeping those Vegetables crisp

Been seeing those adds for expensive green bags. Well there is a far cheaper answer to keeping vegetable nice and crisp. Hey, you even get to recycle by lining the crisper section of your refrigerator with newspaper and wrapping vegetables with it, moisture will be absorbed and your vegetables will stay fresher longer.

Dead apples rejuvenated

Some times it happens when I first buy an apple, usually it happens after I have had the apple for a few days. You take that first bit into the apple only to discover it has no flavor. Actually it tastes a lot like saw dust. Here is a great tip to save that apple. Sprinkle cider over the apple slices. Their flavor will be rejuvenated.

Soups are not complicated to degrease

My grandmother taught me to make soup and then put it in the refrigerator over night. The next day there will be a layer of hardened grease that you just remove. Works but still it could be better. Next time lay a some waxed paper over the surface of the liquid before refrigerating. When cool, remove the and the grease will come off with it.

Corn Cob stand

You want to remove the corn from the cob. You grasp the corn cob with the end on the cutting board and the fun begins. Lets make it simple, pound a 3 inch nail into a board that is one foot square in measurement. Insert the end of the cob onto the nail, and the ear will turn easily as you cut.

Of course this will take away all the fun you have had in the past fighting with those beautiful ears of corn.

Make Fry Sausage easy

Are you like me and love those little sausage links? Of course when trying to cook them, they roll this way and that, making it hard to cook evenly all around. Nex time take a meat skewer and spindle a few of those sausages length wise. They can be easily turned at the same time with a spatula. This also reduces splattering.

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      Nara White Owl 8 years ago

      Dee,Thanks for this lens, I have had some of these problems in the past.NOW I have a lens to come to for help.I'll be back !!!