Cooking & Kitchen Tips: Tricks of the Trade

  • Any cooking that minimizes the time, temperature, and amount of water needed will help to preserve nutrients.
  • It sounds funny, but flicking water at a person cutting onions actually helps take away the sting.
  • If guests are coming and you're behind making dinner, throw some onions on to saute and your kitchen will smell wonderful and homey.
  • Half fill a jar with peeled garlic and the rest with olive oil. Tightly seal the jar, let sit for a few weeks and you'll have delicious garlic-infused olive oil.
  • Recycling Tips: buy in bulk, reuse plastic/glass containers, use a sponge instead of paper towels, and donate unwanted materials to charity.
  • Is your soup or stew too salty? Just add a peeled, raw potato and simmer. The potato will absorb the excess.
  • Scattering bay leaves on your pantry shelves deters crawling insects.
  • Store eggs in their cartons to prevent them from absorbing the odors of other foods -- preferably in the coldest part of the fridge, rather than in the door.
  • To contain odors, refrigerate fresh fish in a plastic bag in a bowl of ice until ready to cook.
  • To keep salt from clogging in the shaker, add 1/2 teaspoon of uncooked rice.
  • Save butter wrappers in the freezer to use for greasing pans when baking.
  • When you cook leafy green vegetables, steam with the stems on and then save the water to make into a nutritious soup stock.
  • Summertime Tip: Light citronella candles outside to help keep insects away.
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