Cooking hasn’t always gone so well for me. In fact, it wasn’t until I became a mom that I really had any sort of interest in it at all! I stumbled upon a cookbook that my grandma had given me last week and in the back she had saved articles that listed helpful kitchen hints. Some of them I have heard of before, but others I hadn’t and I’ve actually been able to implement some of them this week with success. While some of the “old-time” hints and tips out there don’t work, others actually work very well and are great time-savers. Please enjoy this list of hints that I have put together for you!
1. Do you find yourself crying while peeling an onion? If so, put the onion in the refrigerator for a while before you peel it. Cooling the onion changes its composition and therefore helps it not react with the water in your eyes.
2. If you are making homemade lemonade there are a few tips you can use to get more juice out of your lemons. First, roll the lemon around on the counter top in a circle to help the juice come out easier. Next, if your lemon is cold, place it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. This will help get more juice every time!
3. Throw an apple in with your bag of potatoes to keep them from budding. You can also throw an apple in with your bananas to make them ripen sooner or put a slice into brown sugar to keep it from getting hard.
4. If you ever over-salt any dish, throw a chunk of a peeled potato in it and it will help soak up the salt.
5. To keep your pot from boiling over, place a wooden spoon on top of your pot. Supposedly this separates the steam enough to help it from boiling over.
6. Add a splash of milk to your water when cooking cauliflower to keep it nice and white.
7. Roll your package of bacon into a tube before you open it to easily separate the slices to add to the pan. Also, running bacon under water first before you cook it will help it to not curl.
8. To minimize the ice cream dripping out of the bottom of a sugar cone, add a mini marshmallow.
9. Want nice green veggies? Add a pinch of sugar to them when you cook. It will help them stay really green in color.
10. Recycle your parmesan cheese shakers. They make great containers to keep flour or sugar in.
Amanda is a mom blogger, crafter and serial entrepreneur. When she isn’t coming up with business ideas she can do from home, she finds relaxation in a good book or a quick crochet project. Catch her latest craft tutorials or recipes on her blog about life in the Midwest at Midwestern Moms.