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Use a pizza cutter
to cut everything at mealtime: pancakes, french
toast, grilled cheese, fish sticks, sandwiches...anything
that needs to be in bite size pieces for the
little ones! It's much faster and easier than
using the knife and fork method.
candy to hold candles in place on your next
birthday cake! Kids love 'em!
an egg with a small sewing needle
before hard-boiling, and the egg will peel with
ease! And hold that needle in place with a magnet
Stuff a miniature
marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar
cone to prevent ice cream drips! (What a great
Zap garlic cloves
in the microwave for 15 seconds and the skins
slip right off! You can also smash them with
the flat of a cleaver or butcher knife.
Organize your magazines
into groups according to Seasons (spring, summer,
fall and winter). This way, you have several
handy reference guides for the appropriate Season/Holiday!
a meat baster to "squeeze" your pancake
batter onto the hot griddle~ perfect shaped
pancakes every time! Always spray your grill
with nonstick cooking spray before grilling
to avoid sticking!
To keep potatoes from
budding, place an apple in the bag with
the potatoes! But never store them with onions.
To prevent egg shells
from cracking, add a pinch of salt to
the water before hard-boiling!
Use a pastry blender
to cut ground beef into small pieces after browning!
whipped cream with confectioners'
sugar instead of granulated sugar~it will stay
fluffy and hold it's shape better!
For easy "meatloaf
mixing," combine the ingredients with
a potato masher!
If you don't have
enough batter to fill all cupcake tins,
pour 1 tablespoon of water into the unfilled
spots...this helps preserve the life of your
To easily remove honey
from a measuring spoon, first coat the
spoon with nonstick cooking spray!
your hands under cold water before
pressing Rice Krispies treats in the pan~the
marshmallow won't stick to your fingers!
Mash and freeze ripe
bananas, in one-cup portions, for use
in later baking, no wasted bananas (or you can
freeze them whole, peeled, in plastic baggies).
To quickly use that
frozen juice concentrate, simply mash
it with a potato masher~no need to wait for
it to thaw! You can also nuke it for a few seconds
right in the cardboard container after you remove
get the most juice out of fresh lemons,
bring them to room temperature and roll them
under your palm against the kitchen counter
To easily remove burnt
on food from your skillet, simply add
a drop or two of dish soap, or baking soda and
enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring
to a boil on stove-top~skillet will be much
easier to clean now!
Spray your tupperware
with nonstick cooking spray before pouring
in tomato-based sauces~no more stains!
the smell from a tupperware container,
crumple up a page of newspaper and put it in
the tupperware for a day. The smell will be
Transfer your jelly
to a small plastic squeeze bottle~no
more messy, sticky jars or knives! This also
works well for homemade salad dressing!
To aid in washing
dishes, add a tablespoon of baking soda
to your soapy water~it softens hands while cutting
Save your store-bought-bread
bags and ties~they make perfect storage
bags for homemade bread!
When a cake recipe
calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit
of the dry cake mix instead~no white mess on
the outside of the cake! You can also use granulated
sugar or cocoa.
If you accidentally
over-salt a dish while it's still cooking,
drop in a peeled potato~it absorbs the excess
salt for an instant "fix me up"!
Next time you need
a quick ice pack, grab a bag of frozen
vegetables out of your freezer~no watery leaks
from a plastic baggie!
making bread, substitute nondairy
creamer for the dry milk~it works just as well!
Rinse cooked, ground
meat with water when draining off the
fat~this helps "wash away" even more fat!
Slicing meat when
partially frozen makes it easier to get
of throwing away bread heels or leftover
cornbread, use them to make bread crumbs. For
use later, store them in the freezer.
Wrap celery in aluminum
foil when putting in the refrigerator~it
will keep for weeks! But if it gets limp, soak
it in ice water for 1/2 hour.
half applesauce for the vegetable
oil in your baking recipes~ you'll greatly reduce
the fat content! (Example: 1/2 cup vegetable
oil = 1/4 cup applesauce + 1/4 cup oil)
To ripen avocados
and bananas, enclose them in a brown
paper bag with an apple for 2-3 days!
Brush beaten egg white
over pie crust before baking to yield a beautiful,
recipes calling for margarine, substitute
reduced-calorie margarine to help cut back on
fat! (Same goes with sour cream, milk, cheese,
cream cheese, and cream soups) But if you are
baking, make sure you are using non-corn oil
margarine (corn oil is too soft for baking)
and never anything that just says "spread"-spreads
have a high water content-so be sure it is really
Place a slice of bread
in hardened brown sugar to soften it back up!
You can also soften brown sugar in the microwave-just
put the whole bag or box in and nuke it about
10 seconds at a time. By keeping it in a sealed
plastic bag in the freezer it won't harden at
all. To keep brown sugar soft, keep a piece
of apple in the box. Replace every so often.
When boiling corn
on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help
bring out the corns natural sweetness! (P.S.
white corn is usually sweeter than yellow.)
When starting your
garden seedlings indoors, plant the seeds
in egg shell halves. Simply crack the shells
around the roots of your plants and transplant
them outdoors~the shell is a natural fertilizer!
determine whether 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.
Keep the linings from
cereal boxes~they make great substitutes
for waxed paper!
Cure for headaches:
Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your
forehead. The throbbing will go.
Don't throw away the
wrapper after removing a bar of soap.
Place it inside your shoe cabinet or shoe box.
It's a cheap way of filling the air with a nice
your polished furniture has small
scratches, try rubbing them with a shelled walnut.
You'll see the scratches just disappear!
Here's a solution
to smelly shoes. Put some tea leaves
into a pair of stockings and stuff each into
a shoe. Leave for a day or two and the smell
Don't throw out all
that leftover wine. Freeze into ice cubes
for future use in casseroles and sauces.
If you have problem
opening jars, try using latex dishwashing
gloves. They give a non-slip grip that makes
opening jars easy!
keep buttons from dropping off, dab
a drop of clear nail polish onto the thread
to secure the buttons. This will harden and
make it more difficult for thread to break off.
Are cockroaches in
your home driving you mad? Try this tested
trick. Fill a large bowl with cheap wine and
leave it under the sink. The pests will drink
it, get drunk, fall in the bowl and drown...
To avoid hurting your
fingers while hammering metal nails into
the wall: Hold the nails with a wooden clothes
peg instead. So even if you miss, you won't
take the tears out of chopping onions:
Plug in a portable fan and turn it to high.
It'll help blow away the fumes from your eyes
- no more tears!
Potatoes will take
food stains off your fingers. Just slice
and rub raw potato on the stains and rinse with
To get rid of itch
from mosquito bite, try applying soap
on the area instant relief!
ants, ants everywhere... Well, they
are said to never cross a chalk line. So get
your chalk out and draw a line on the floor
or wherever ants tend to march- see for yourself!
Egg shells can be
used to clean glass bottles: Break the
shells into pieces, drop them into the bottle
with a few drops of detergent and a bit of water,
and shake vigorously. Then rinse with water.
Don't panic if your
soup's too salty: Add cut raw potatoes
and throw them away once they are cooked and
have absorbed the salt. Your soup's saved!
return discolored socks to their
original color, boil them in a pot of water
with a few slices of lemon. The fruit acts as
a natural bleach.
to clean mirrors. It does a good job
and better still, leave a lovely smell to the
If you have problem
with slippery shoelaces which refuse
to stay tied, rub them with a candle and make
them less slippery so that knots stay put.
When you get a splinter,
reach for the scotch tape before resorting to
tweezers or a needle. Simply put the scotch
tape over the splinter, then pull it off. Scotch
tape removes most splinters painlessly and easily.
bee stings, apply Adolph's meat tenderizer
to take away the pain and swelling.
Some great tips on food preparation and a video with Chef Giovanni are
Tips - Tips
for maintaining your Kitchen.
Read this collection of Frequently Asked Questions about food.
- With Chef Giovanni, you can learn by watching this video on how to keep
your knives sharpened in your kitchen. This will help prevent many accidents
from happening. Dull knives are always been a problem.
Safety Tips for you, your family and your kitchen. A must read!
Tips and FAQ's
- Need some tips on Coffee like storage, etc., here's a great bunch of
tips for you.
Tips - Learn
certain temperatures that your meat should be cooked at and the preservation
of your meats.
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- Seafood FAQ's! I always get asked about
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- OK. What kind of spices will I need to
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