Tips, Tricks and Tidbits of the Trade
Thursday, January 27, 2011
We did some digging into the depths of some old cookbooks and
combined the information with some fun feedback from our
subscribers to come up with a list of helpful household hints and
• Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store, if
you leave them connected, they ripen faster.
• 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
• To get more juice out of your lemons and limes, make sure
they're at room temperature and roll them under your palm
against the kitchen counter before squeezing.
• To see if 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. Also, it's best to crack eggs on a flat surface, not
against a rim.
• Don't throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice
cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces. Actually, we take
that back, who would have leftover wine?
• To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with
• Use a turkey baster to "squeeze" your pancake batter onto the
hot griddle - perfect shaped pancakes every time.
• Soak diced or sliced raw onions in ice water for 15 minutes to
make them less pungent - ideal when adding to salads or sandwiches
and you don't want an overwhelming onion bite.
• Using fresh bread later in the week? Cut the loaves in
half and place in ziptop bags until ready to use.
• For super-simple deviled eggs, put cooked egg yolks and
additional ingredients in a zip-top bag and seal. Mash until well
combined. Slice one of the tips off of the bottom of the bag and
squeeze mixture into the cooked egg white shells.
• To reheat pizza without creating a soggy mess in the
microwave, heat it in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove over
medium-low heat until warm. Cover with the lid to melt the
• To make scrambled eggs or omelets richer, add a couple of
teaspoons of sour cream or heavy cream. Have leftover rice? Add to
scrambled eggs to get more out of your eggs.
• To easily cut corn the cob, place individual ears of
corn inside a bundt pan, use a knife and the kernels fall right
into the pan.
• If you're tired of your house reeking after a day of cooking
in the crockpot, the best air freshener is that old-fashioned
incense. Add a little Pink Floyd and you're golden!