Growing up my grandmother had a solution for fixing everything around the home, in the kitchen, etc.
I recently came across a treasured, handwritten cookbook she made for me years ago that is full to the gills of little hints and tips and tricks to make life so much easier around the home.
A handwritten family cookbook, passed down with not just recipes but loads of helpful cooking tips!
1. Rinse a pan with cold water before heating milk in it to prevent scorching and make it easier to clean later.
We've all had it happen at some point, hot milk boiling over. Here's how to stop it.
Never put a cover on anything that is cooked with milk unless you want to spend hours cleaning up the stove top when it boils over. (We’ve all had it happen!) Additionally, leaving a long-handled wooden spoon in the liquid can also help.
2. If homemade soup tastes salty while you’re cooking it, drop in a raw piece of potato. It will absorb the salt.
3. Anything that grows underground (potato, beetroot, carrots, parsnip, etc) should start to be cooked in cold water. While anything that grows above the ground (peas, greens, beans, etc) should start off being cooked only in boiling water.
4. If your recipe calls for a cup of light cream, you can also use evaporated milk (and vice versa).
5. When you’re rolling out cookie dough, sprinkle your counter top or rolling surface with icing sugar instead of flour. Too much flour makes the dough heavy.
6. When baking, if a recipe calls for vegetable oil, you can typically replace it with an equal amount of applesauce to create a healthier recipe.
7. If baking pies, cut drinking straws into short lengths and insert them through slits in the top pie crust to prevent the juice from running over inside your oven and still allow for steam to escape.
(This one, admittedly I haven't tried as it seems to me a plastic straw would melt. Perhaps not if it were cut small enough though. Thoughts anyone? Has anyone tried it with success?)
If your non-stick pans are getting a bit worn, you can easily re-smooth them. Image courtesy of istock photo
8. To re-smooth a non-stick Teflon pan, boil for 5 to 7 minutes in the pan a mixture of: 1 cup of water with 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Wash it as normal then before using wipe the surface with a bit of olive or vegetable oil on a paper towel.
Hopefully you’ll find these hints as helpful as I did....stay tuned, more to come!