Hints & Tips

Here's an opportunity to pick up a few tips or add a few of your own.
Perhaps they've been passed down through the family or maybe you discovered them yourself.
Feel free to send on your own to us through the contact page with the subject heading Hints and Tips.

· Rescue stale or soggy crisps 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.

· If you have a problem opening jars: Try using latex dishwashing gloves. They give a non-slip grip that makes opening jars easy. (or buy a Jarkey from us, which is super!)

· You can correct greasy gravy by adding a little bicarbonate of soda to it.

· Keep popcorn fresh and encourage more kernels to pop by storing in the freezer.

· Save butter wrappers in the freezer to use for greasing pans when baking

· 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.

· To speed up the cooking of foods in a double boiler, add salt to the water in the outer boiler.

· To keep salt from clogging in the shaker, add 1/2 teaspoon of uncooked rice.

· If guests are coming and you're behind making dinner, throw some onions on to saute and your kitchen will smell wonderful and homely.

· When using flour, keep in mind that one pound flour is the equivalent to 4 cups.

· When using dried beans and peas, keep in mind that 1 cup dry beans or peas makes 2 ½ cups cooked.

· When using granulated sugar, keep in mind that one pound sugar is the equivalent to 2 cups.

· Drain deep fried foods on brown paper bags as opposed to paper towels, to retain crispness.

· Use margarine instead of butter to panfry or saute. Butter burns quickly.

· Don't keep dental floss just in your medicine cabinet. Keep some in the kitchen. It's a great tool! Unflavoured dental floss is often better than a knife to cleanly cut all kinds of soft foods, soft cheese, rolled dough, layered cake and cheesecake.

· Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips.

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