The Cooking Mom's Secrets and Tips
Always store honey at room temperature; never in the refrigerator. Remember, never boil or scorch honey.
To keep food from slipping off skewers during cooking and turning, use two parallel skewers rather than a single skewer.
How’s Your Powder?
It may be time for new baking powder. Unopened it lasts 6 months. Opened, just 3 months.
Check Your Soda
Check your baking soda. Baking soda unopened will last about 18 months. Opened it will last 6 months.
Like warm cookies? Try warming cookies in your microwave oven for a few seconds or in a 300 degree oven for a few minutes.
Benefits of Olive Oil
Use olive oil for cooking when appropriate. It adds to the taste of the dish and is better for you.
Honey vs. Sugar
Honey has a high fructose content. This means you can use less honey than sugar to achieve the desired sweetness.
Dry Herbs vs. Fresh
Do not use dried herbs in the same quantity as fresh. In most cases, dried herbs are much stronger than fresh.
Use canola oil for frying. It is low in saturated fat, has a high burning point, and does not detract from the flavor of the food you are frying.
Soak wooden skewers in water for at least an hour before using them so they won’t burn during cooking.
Room Temperature Cheese
When adding cheese to a sauce, bring cheese to room temperature. It will melt much easier.
Spice Shelf Life
As a general rule, herbs and ground spices will retain their best flavors for a year.