Tips for the Kitchen…
Make cooking easier.
How smart is this? Use a cheese grater to soften butter.
When you’re ready to bake, waiting for cold butter to soften can seem to take forever. Here’s how to hurry the process along: Over a mixing bowl, shred the amount of butter you need on a grater. The little pieces will soften faster than a solid stick. In no time, the butter will be bake-worthy.
Don’t weep over chopped onions. If you cut them near an open flame, the gaseous sulfur compounds they release into the air will burn off before they can irritate your eyes. A gas burner works best, but if your stove is electric, try lighting a votive candle near your chopping board instead.
Looking for an easy way to preserve the fresh taste of summer herbs? Make frozen herb cubes!
Clean herbs, cut stems off, chop herb, place in ice cube tray, pour water in tray to fill, freeze for 24 hours, store in freezer bags & put a block into soup, Stew or sauce when needed.
Freeze Fresh Filling for Pie…
One way for us to enjoy fresh fruit through the winter is with Pie. So when I’m done picking, I come home and make lots of filling. I mix up each batch and place each pie filling in it’s own freezer bag. I then place the freezer bag in a pie pan and place it in the freezer to freeze in that shape. Once the filling is frozen, I take it out of the pan and store the fillings in stacks in the freezer. When I want to make a pie, all I have to do is unwrap a filling, plunk it into the crust, and bake. (You can bake the filling frozen or thawed). If baking frozen, it will just take a while longer and you’ll need to cover the crust with foil once it’s browned, so it doesn’t burn as the pie continues to bake.
Tip for Peeing Hard Boiled Eggs..
If you add 1/2 tsp of baking soda to the water it will make the egg shell easier to peel.
Remove Rust with a Potato…
To clean rust with a potato, cut it in half lengthwise or crosswise, depending on how large a surface area you want. Dip the cut end in dish soap or baking soda and firmly rub it over the rusted area. If the end of the potato gets slick, slice it off and apply more soap or abrasive. Repeat until rust is removed, rinse, and dry.
Apparently this works because the oxalic acid in the potato helps to dissolve rust.