More Kitchen Tips & Secrets
By:Amy Hanten Updated:
- Want to avoid cutting yourself in the kitchen? Always use sharp knives.
- Don’t just keep dental floss in your medicine cabinet. Keep some in the kitchen. It’s a great tool. Unflavored dental floss is often better than a knife to cleanly cut all kinds of soft foods, soft cheese, rolled dough, layered cake, and cheesecake.
- To keep salt from clogging the shaker, add 1/2 teaspoon of uncooked rice.
- Keep this perfect ratio of salt and pepper by your stove! 1 cup of kosher salt and one tablespoon of coarsely ground black pepper mixed together makes a perfect seasoning blend. Keep the mixture in a container by the stove, and you never have to go looking for the salt and pepper shaker!
- Don’t overcrowd the pan when you’re sautéing. If you do, your food will steam instead.
- Use olive oil for cooking when appropriate. It adds to the taste of the dish and is better for you.
- For clarified butter, slowly melt unsalted butter over low heat. Skim the foamy white solids from the top. Then ladle off the clarified butter.
- When measuring honey, coat the measuring cup with non-stick cooking spray or vegetable oil before adding the honey. The honey will slide right out.
- If you manage to have some leftover wine at the end of the evening, freeze it in ice cube trays for easy addition to soups and sauces in the future.
- Make extra chicken stock and freeze it in plastic bags. That way, when you want to make soup, you can simply pull the bag out of the freezer and thaw it.When going on a picnic, keep sandwiches from becoming soggy by packing lettuce and condiments in separate containers. Add them to sandwiches just before serving.
- Rescue stale or soggy chips and crackers … Preheat the oven to 300F. Spread the chips or crackers in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for about 5 minutes. Allow to cool, then seal in a plastic bag or container.
- When using dried beans and peas, keep in mind that 1 cup of dry beans or peas make 2 1/2 cups cooked.
- ***When using rice, keep in mind that 1 cup of uncooked long-grain white rice makes 3 cups cooked.
- ***When making rice, keep in mind that 1 cup of uncooked long-grain white rice makes 3 cups cooked.
- When possible, warm your dinner plates slightly in the oven before serving, so the meal stays hotter.
- Never heat pesto sauce! The basil will discolor and taste bitter.
- When a recipe calls for instant coffee, substitute instant espresso powder for an extra boost.
- Drop in an ice cube when making a soup, sauce, or casserole that ends up too fatty or greasy. The ice will attract the fat, which you can then scoop out.
- Freeze tomato paste in the can. Open both ends and punch out the paste. Wrap the frozen paste in foil and freeze, then slice off what you need as you need it.
- A low-calorie solution for frying corn tortillas is to place them in the oven directly on the rack. Bake at 350 F to desired crispness. The tortillas will automatically fold over into taco shell form or use flat as tostadas.
- When packing lunch for your child, include a little note just for them to brighten their day while they’re at school. Maybe a small treat too! The little things you do make a BIG difference!