If you love to cook like I do, you are always on the lookout for good cooking tips. Whether they come from personal experience, relatives or the internet, cooking tips are great to know and to share. I hope you like the ones I am about to share with you!
Brighten Your Omelet - To add an unusual and bright flavor to your omelets, add 1/4 of spicy brown mustard for each egg.
Pump Up Your Frosting Volume - If you are short on time and have to use pre-made frosting you can double the volume by putting it in a mixing bowl and beating it with an electric mixer.
No Odor Fish Frying - If you are frying fish in a skillet, put a tablespoon of creamy peanut butter in the pan before the fish. The peanut butter will absorbe the fish smell so your house will not have the fish odor.
Protect Your Cookbooks - Open your cookbook to the page you need and then wrap your cookbook in plastic wrap or if small enough, slip it into a plastic bag to protect the pages.
Inexpensive Trivets - Next time you are at the home improvement store, check their mismatched tile section. You can pick up beautiful ceramic tiles for next to nothing. Simply glue cork circles on the four corners of the underside and you have a ready to use trivet.
Storing Herbs and Spices - When storing herbs and spices, keep them in a cupboard that is the furthest away from heat and light. This will help them to keep their original flavor and color. Most ground herbs will retain their best flavor if used within one year of grinding.
Easy Way to Soften Butter - Need some soft butter, quick, and all you have is hard, refrigerated sticks? Shave butter off the sides of the stick with a vegetable peeler. It will soften almost instantly!
Getting Your Cutting Board to Stay Put - Take rubberized shelf liner and cut it just smaller than your cutting board. (wood or plastic) Place the shelf liner under the cutting board and it will never slip around your counter again. If you don't have any shelf liner, in a pinch you can put a dish towel under it.
Get Rid of Stinky Hands - Cutting up something that will make your hands smell? Pour a bit of mouthwash in your palm and rub your hands together. Smell will be gone!
Easy Way to Separate Eggs - put a funnel in a bowl. Crack the egg into the funnel, the white will slide out of the small end and the yolk will stay in the funnel.
Totally Clear Ice - If you want totally clear ice, boil the water first and then cool to room temperature before pouring it into the ice trays. It will freeze completely clear.
Decorating Bake Goods With Chocolate - Take a couple of chocolate bars and break them up and put in a heavier type plastic bag. Microwave for 30 seconds at a time, turning the bag over till melted. Snip off the corner of the bag and start designing!
Bake a Potato in Half and Hour or Less - Take a medium sized potato and place in a muffin tin on its end. Turn over after 15 minutes.
For That Last Bit of Condiment in a Bottle - Add some oil and vinegar and a splash of water, along with some spices, salt and pepper. Shake up and you have a delicious marinate or maybe even a salad dressing!
The Cure For Sticky Pasta - Gently sautee it in a bit of olive oil, to make the pieces slippery so they don't stick together. Stir very gently so you don't damage the noodles.
Missing Funnel - If you can't find your funnel, you can make one our of aluminum foil by folding a square sheet diagonally and roll into a funnel. Transparent tape will hold it.
Don't Be Afraid To Write in Your Cookbook - If you learn something valuable when making a recipe, write it in the margin of your cookbook. You never know when you will make it again or if you will forget what happened the first time. (like to cut the amount of sugar in half because it was too sweet)
Does Food Stick to Your No Stick Skillet? - Make scrambled eggs and if they do not slide out of the pan, leaving no residue, it is time for a new skillet.
Boil Water Faster - Simply cover the pot and the water will come to a boil in less time.
If You Make Homemade Salad Dressing - Always add at least a pinch of salt. It will make your dressing more flavorful.
The Best Way To Store Lettuce - In a Ziploc bag with a single folded paper towel. Change the towel each time you open the bag.
How to Get Crispier Chicken Skin - Pat your whole chicken or chicken pieces dry with paper towel. Salt both sides, but lay skin side up on a platter and chill in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours before cooking.
Room Temperature Eggs - If you need room temperature eggs but forgot to take them out of the fridge, place the eggs in a bowl of warm (not hot) water for five minutes. They may not be room temperature exactly, but they will be close.
How to Make Better Mashed Potatoes - Cut your raw potatoes into 2 inch squares before boiling. Mash with a manual hand potato masher. Food processors or electric mixers convert the starch in potatoes to strands which make them gluey and gummy.
How to Peel a Potato in 5 Seconds - Check out this video:
Feel free to send a link to this post to all your friends that love to cook! Have a great week.