Monday, February 15, 2010

Did You Know ... ?

I love helpful little hints and ideas when it comes to the kitchen. I must add in a clause here though - I have not personally tried all of these kitchen tips and hints. Hopefully they are good ones and do work for you though. Happy Monday!

1. For cleaning smelly hands after chopping onions or garlic, just rub them on a stainless steel spoon. The steel is supposed to absorb the odor.

2. If you happen to over-salt a pot of soup, just drop in a peeled potato. The potato will absorb the excess salt.

3. Never put citrus fruits or tomatoes in the fridge. The low temperatures degrade the aroma and flavor.

4. Don't store your bananas in a bunch or in a fruit bowl with other fruits. Separate your bananas and place each in a different location. Bananas release gases which cause fruits (including other bananas) to ripen quickly. Separating them will keep them fresh longer.

5. To clean crevices and corners in vases and pitchers, fill with water and drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets. The bubbles will do the scrubbing.

6. After boiling pasta or potatoes, cool the water and use it to water your house plants. The water contains nutrients that your plants will love.

7. If your loaf of bread is starting to go stale, just put a piece of fresh celery in the bag and close it back up. For some reason, this restores a fresh taste and texture to the bread.

8. When making a soup, sauce, or casserole that ends up too fatty or greasy, drop in an ice cube. The ice will attract the fat, which you can then scoop out.

9. Freeze tomato paste in the can. Open both ends and punch out the paste. Wrap the frozen past in foil and freeze, then slice off what you need as you need it.

10. A jar lid or a couple of marbles in the bottom half of a double-boiler will rattle when the water gets low and warn you to add more before the pan scorches or burns.

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