Monday, July 28, 2008

Helpful Hints

While not a recipe, these are some great helpful hints that we put into our "Family Favorites" cookbook. I cannot personally attest to all of them, but I do know from experience that several of them work very well. Hopefully, you will find them useful as well!

Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips

Use a meat baster to “squeeze” your pancake batter onto the hot griddle…perfect shaped pancakes every time.

To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.

To prevent egg shells from cracking, add a pinch of salt to the water before hard-boiling

To get the most juice out of lemons, bring them to room temperature & roll them under your palm against the kitchen counter before squeezing

When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead…no white mess on the outside of the cake.

If you accidentally over-salt a dish while it’s still cooking, drop in a peeled potato…it absorbs the excess salt for an instant “fix me up”.

Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator…it will keep for weeks.

Brush beaten egg white over pie crust before baking to yield a beautiful glossy finish.

Place a slice of apple in hardened brown sugar to soften it back up. A piece of white bread in the sugar will help to keep it soft afterwards.

When boiling corn on the cob add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corn’s natural sweetness.

To determine whether an egg is fresh, immerse it in a pan of cool, salted water. If it sinks, it is fresh…if it rises to the surface…throw it away!

Ants, ants, ants everywhere…Well, they are said to never cross a chalk line. So get your chalk out and draw a line on the floor or wherever ants tend to march…see for yourself.

To easily remove burnt-on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan and bring to a boil on stovetop…skillet will be much easier to clean.

Spray tupperware with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato-based sauces…no more stains.

Potatoes will take food stains off your fingers. Just slice and rub raw potato on the stains and rinse with water.

1 comment:

Tim and Jennifer said...

Ooo these are great and fun to read. I personally can't wait to try out the apple in the potato bag!