1. When cooking cabbage, put a small can half full of vinegar on the stove near the cooking cabbage. It will absorb the odor.
2. To keep cauliflower white while cooking, add a little bit of milk to the water.
3. When boiling corn, never put salt in the water, it makes the corn tough.
4. To keep celery crisp, stand it upright in a pitcher of cold, salted water and keep in the refrigerator.
5. Potatoes that have been soaked in salt water for 20 minutes before baking will cook more quickly.
6. A few drops of lemon juice in the water will keep boiling potatoes white for beautiful mashed potatoes.
7. Lettuce will stay crisp longer if you do not wash it before putting it in the refrigerator. Keep it dry.
8. When replacing fresh herbs for dried, you must use three times as much.
9. Refrigerate cookie dough for 30 minutes before rolling it out to make it less sticky. Flouring the dough may make the cookies hard and brittle.
10. When icing a cake, sprinkle it with powdered sugar first. The icing will stick better and stay where you put it.
11. Put 1/4 cup sugar in the water before boiling corn on the cob, it will make it sweeter.
12. Never salt dry beans while cooking, it make them stay hard much longer.
13. If you are out of coffee cream, you can use butter for similar flavor.
14. When you have left over cream, white or alfredo sauce, freeze it in ice cube trays to toss into vegetables next time you cook some.
15. If you want to cook a turkey or chicken in half the time, spatchcock it. Don’t know what that is? Look here, it’s easy!
If you enjoyed this post, you may also want to check out this one from our blog back in July of 2014:
If you do a lot of cooking then you know that sometimes it is necessary to substitute one ingredient for another, if you are out of something and in a hurry. If you would like a complete list of substitutions, this book is invaluable:
33 Ingredient Substitutions
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