The Cooking Mom's Secrets and Tips

Storing Lettuce

Lettuce keeps better if you store it in a refrigerator without washing 
first so that the leaves are dry. Wash the day you are going to use.

Pickle Juice Cleanser

Got an empty a jar of dill pickles? Use the left-over juice to clean the copper bottoms of your pans. 
Let juice sit in pan for 15 minutes. Comes out looking like new.

Beans Grow!

When using dried beans and peas, keep in mind that 1 cup dry beans 
or peas makes 2 1/2 cups cooked.

Olive Oil as Cleaner

Pour a little olive oil into dirty glasses vases and let stand until the stains or 
sediment disappear.

Crisp French Fries

Let raw potatoes stand in cold water for at least half an hour 
before frying to improve the crispness of french-fried potatoes.

Perfect Roast

Always let your roast rest 10 minutes before carving, This allows the juices to 
retreat back into the meat.

Skinning Garlic

Microwave garlic cloves for 15 seconds and the skins slip 
right off.

Perfect Hardboiled Eggs

For the perfect hardboiled egg, cover eggs with cold water and bring the water to a full boil.  Remove from heat and let sit in water for 13 minutes.

Fresh Popcorn

Keep popcorn fresh longer by storing in the freezer.

How Much Rice?

When using rice, keep in mind that 1 cup of uncooked long-grain 
white rice makes 3 cups cooked.

Rolling Bacon

Before opening a package of bacon, roll it. This helps separate 
the slices for easy removal of individual slices.

Keep That Dough

Cookie dough can be frozen up to three months in an airtight 
container or refrigerated three to four days.

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