Cooking tips that all cooks can use — Part 1I 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:
By: By Arlene Coco, The Jamestown Sun
Posted July 23, 2012
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 leftover 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 amounts of salt in cooking with a pinch of sugar. For soups or stews with too much salt, 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.
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