I freaking LOVE those tips that make me wonder if I lived under a rock all these years!
These were gathered from some old Farmers Almanac publications. Let’s jump in….
- Before peeling an orange or juicing a lemon or lime, grate the peel (zest) into a small container and freeze for later use
- Stale bread? Cut into 1 inch cubes to make croutons. Toss with seasonings and oil and bake in a 325 degree oven until crisp
- OR use Chex cereal instead of croutons on salads
- Add a pinch of baking powder when mashing potatoes to make them fluffier.
- Mix in broken chips in the bottom of a nearly empty potato chip bag with bread crumbs to coat chicken and fish
- Substitute club soda for milk in pancakes to make them lighter and fluffier
- When slow cooking pinto beans, add a carrot. When the beans are half cooked, rinse the beans and discard the carrot. Add more water and a new carrot. Finish cooking
- Keep a slice of white bread in the cookie jar to keep cookies moist
- Add a pinch of cinnamon to chocolate chip cookie batter
- Add a pinch of red pepper flakes to the water when boiling pasta
- Add a dash of cinnamon to chili to help to smooth out the flavors and round out the heat
- Add shredded carrots to spaghetti sauce to cut acidity
- If soup or stew is too salty, add one cut up potato
- Place hot hard boiled eggs into ice cold water or add 1 Tbs.vinegar to the boiling water and the shells will come off easily
- Wrap celery in aluminum foil and place in refrigerator to increase from spoiling quickly.
- Dip the cut end of banana in sugar to prevent browning
- Store yogurt, cottage cheese and sour cream containers upside down in the fridge
- OR add a pinch of ginger when cooking pinto beans
- Freeze leftover coffee in ice cube trays for use later in cold ‘iced’ coffees
- Put a wet paper towel into a sealed plastic bag with lettuce to keep it from turning brown
- Gather old ‘net’ onion bags together with a rubber band and use as a scrubby when washing dishes
- To removed baked on food from a frying pan, put a dryer sheet and warm water into the an. Soak overnight and then wash the pan
- Spray a dirty cast iron pan generously with oven cleaner and put into a plastic bag large enough to completely contain it. Close the bag securely and set it aside for 24 hours. Remove the pan, discard the bag and thoroughly wash and re-season the pan
- Spray a spoon or measuring cup with nonstick cooking spray before measuring honey or molasses
- Use a baggie on your hand when greasing baking pans