Learning new kitchen tips and tricks can be awesome. Finding that one tip which saves time and money in the kitchen can make you happy for days…. or is it just me?!
I shared a few kitchen tips last week that I’ve used and think are pretty cool. I wanted to share 10 more tips with you this week.
I remember the first time I was making a cake, and the recipe called for the pan to be “greased and floured.” I knew what it meant, having watched my mom for years, but what I didn’t now was how to keep my hands from getting all gunky with the shortening.
A few cakes later, I found a tip that said “Use a paper towel in the shortening to spread it around the pan for even coverage but no mess.” *LIGHTS AND APPLAUSE!* Oh my goodness, it was a brand new day! From then on, I had a paper towel to use with the shortening. Now, with my faker towels, I have one dedicated to using for shortening – it stores in a plastic baggie until I need it!
So, hopefully one of these tips will be the lights-on-over-the-head moment for you too!
10 MORE QUICK KITCHEN TIPS
Less Salt Is Best
To fix a salt shaker you love from dousing your food with salt every time you use it, paint over a few of the holes with clear nail polish and until you get just the right amount of salt.
Sweet Corn Is Neat Corn.
To make the best and sweetest tasting corn ever, put 1/4 cup of powdered milk into the pot of boiling water in which the corn is cooking. (Try this with the freezer corn you put up during the summer!)
Magazine Cover Pies.
When you’ve made a pie, and crimped the crust, you really want people to see your gorgeous work, right? So go BACK around the pie and lift the crust up just a smidge from the edge of the pie plate. That way, it won’t stick while it bakes. Then when you go to serve the pie, it will come out, crust and all, and look perfect!
Best Strawberry Tip EVER.
I love strawberries, but hate wasting so much of the top trying to get rid of the stems. Someone told me to wash them and then push the stems out from the bottom up using a plastic straw. Genius!
Perfect Cake, Clean Pan.
When you bake a cake but aren’t sure it will slide out of the pan (despite using the tip above!), lay a sheet of wax paper on the counter. Turn the cake pan over on top of the wax paper. (Alternatively, you can put the wax paper over the cake pan, then turn the pan over that way.). Next, lay a dishtowel over the pan and iron with a hot iron. After a few minutes, you should be able to life the cake pan away easily.
Perfectly Warm Pasta.
When you drain your pasta, put a large mixing bowl under the colander so that the hot pasta water drains into the bowl. The hot water will fill the bowl and warm it up. Once the pasta is drained, empty the hot water and dump the pasta in. Cover the bowl with a plate. The warm bowl will help keep the pasta warm until you’re ready to eat.
Easy Peel Corn.
The easy way to shuck corn? Cut off both ends, then roll the corn on the counter for a minute. The shucks will come right off. (This is a great tip to use when you’re freezing large amounts of corn!).
Freshly Ripe Fruit.
If you have some fruit that isn’t quite ripe, but you want to ripen it quickly, put it into a plastic garbage bag and tight almost all the way (you need to leave a little ventilation at the top). The gases the fruit releases will stay trapped in the bag and it will ripen quickly.
Save a Salty Soup (or Stew!).
If you’ve ever gone a little heavy handed on the salt when you’re making soup or stew (and yes, I’m raising BOTH hands here!), you can save the day with the humble potato. Peel one or two potatoes (depends on just how bad your salty problem is!) and toss them in the soup whole. Let it simmer about 15 minutes, remove the potatoes and taste your creation. If it needs a little more help, you can put in a new potato and simmer again. Soup should be good to go!
Make Marshmallows Un-Melty
If your marshmallows have stuck together in one huge Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man blob, don’t despair – you can still save the day. Put a little bit of cornstarch into the bag, and shake it vigorously for a few seconds. The cornstarch should absorb any moisture that caused the marshmallows to stick together and break them apart. S’Mores it is
What do you think about the second set of kitchen tips? Are there any you’ve not heard before?
Will you try any of these? Let me know in the comments if you try to do any of them– I can’t wait to hear what you think!
Until next time,