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PostSubject: Tips and Tricks   Mon Aug 06, 2012 9:25 pm

  • Flash Freeze
    Here's a great way to chill beverages in time for an impromptu backyard barbecue. Place wine or other bottles in a bucket; add a layer of ice, followed by a layer of salt (coarse or table); repeat until you almost reach the top. Fill the bucket with cold water to just below the ice line. The water in the ice bucket will be colder than normal, chilling the libations in less than 10 minutes. We'll drink to that!
  • Rubber Band ID
    A guest's wineglass won't end up in the wrong hands when one of these brightly colored name tags identifies it. Use a permanent marker to write the name of a guest on a wide rubber band after placing it around a glass. Alternatively, you might use the bands as napkin rings that double as place cards.
  • Pre-Buttered Corn
    Serve corn on the cob already buttered so guests can dig right in. Bring water to a boil in a stockpot (don't add any salt; it toughens kernels), and drop in six to eight ears. Return to a boil, then cook two to four minutes for crisp-tender corn. When ears are just about done, slice eight tablespoons of unsalted butter, and drop them into the cooking water; stir to melt. The butter will float, and each ear will get an even coating as you remove it from the pot with tongs.
  • Ice Cream Scoop on a Stick
    Make multiples of these scoops-on-a-stick and you won't have to spoon ice cream, one serving at a time, in the middle of a party. Using a small (1 1/2-inch) ice cream scoop, dole out balls onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Insert a craft spoon into each, and place in the freezer. Chill until hardened. Roll scoops in sprinkles, toasted coconut, or crushed nuts or candies, and store them in the freezer on a freshly lined baking sheet
  • Natural Ant Repellant
    Turn away pesky ants for days on end with this nontoxic repellent. Pour equal amounts of water and white vinegar into a spray bottle, and shake to mix. Then spritz the solution in water-resistant areas where ants are common, such as patios, porches, and picnic tables, before family and friends gather.
  • Steadying Kebabs
    To ensure that kebab ingredients obey when you try to flip them -- instead of staying put as the skewer spins -- spear them on two skewers. The extra handle also decreases the likelihood of meat or vegetables breaking free and dropping into the coals.
  • Cork Lined Tray
    Cold drinks, slippery with condensation, can slide around on a plastic or metal tray, so line it with a sheet of cork to hold glasses steady. Rolls of cork sheeting, about 1/8 inch thick, are available at office-supply stores. Trace the bottom of a tray onto a piece of cork, and cut it out with scissors. Affix cork inside tray with double-sided tape.
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PostSubject: Re: Tips and Tricks   Sat Nov 17, 2012 3:49 am

1. Easy way to make your own crispy taco shells. Microwave, spray with oil and place in oven. Source

2. Have company on their way over and you forgot to put drinks in the fridge. Place your drinks in a large pot and cover with ice. Sprinkle 2 cups of salt on top of the ice and then fill the rest of the pot with water. Your drinks will be ice cold within 2 to 3 minutes.

3. To reheat pizza without getting the crust soggy, place the pizza in a nonstick skillet. Heat on low until warm.

4. When making deviled eggs, place the egg yolks in a plastic Ziploc bag with the rest of the ingredients. Close the bag and mash everything together. Once everything is well mixed cut off a small tip from one of the bottom corners of the bag and squeeze the contents into your egg white. Just too the bag once you are done for easy cleanup.

5. After cooking fish boil a little vinegar in a pot and let it boil. The nasty fish smell will disappear almost instantly leaving your kitchen smelling clean again.

6. If you have some eggs that are about to go bad, have your own chickens that produce more than your family could ever eat, or they are on sale so you buy way more than you need. Don't just let them go to waste. You can freeze them! You can mix them up and place 2-3 in a Ziploc bag. Lay them down flat in the freezer then stack them upright once they are frozen to save on space. You can also crack a dozen of them into a bowl, beat them (I was told not to freeze eggs unless they are mixed/beaten not sure why but I mix them anyways) then poor them into an ice cube tray. One cube is equal to one egg. Once they freeze. dump them into a large Ziploc bag or freezer safe container.

7. To peel a kiwi cut off the top and bottom, slip a spoon between the skin and the flesh. Twist the spoon around the the entire kiwi (keeping it between the skin and flesh the whole time). Then just pop the skin off.

8. You can cook salmon in your dishwasher!! This could come in handy when you are cooking for a large crowd and don't have enough oven space. I have not tried this but I would be curious as to how it turns out. View full recipe at Real Simple.

9. Divide and freeze soup into muffin tins. Makes perfect individual servings that you can just pop out when ever you need them.

10. Use a hanger with clips to hold your recipes up where you can see the. No more greasy fingerprint all over your recipe cards!!

11. You can save tomato paste for up to 3 months when you freeze it!! Click HERE for correct freezing method.

12. Create a tight seal on any plastic bag using a plastic water bottle. Also makes it super easy to poor out your next serving. - Original source unknown. Please let me know if you are or know of the correct source for the above photo so that I can give credit were credit is due.

13. Before grilling burger, press a hole in the middle of the patty. The hole will disappear as the burger cooks. This will minimize shrinking and you won't have to worry about them not being done in the center.

14. Rubbing some butter over the cut edge of a block of cheese will seal it and stop it from molding.

15. Tired of eating dried chicken? Try this trick from Budget Savvy Diva - Stuff a Whole Chicken with an apple to keep it moist while cooking (discard apple afterwards).

16. Next time you open a bag of chips grab a strip of painters tape. The tape will allow you to seal and reseal the chip bag without loosing its stickiness.

17. Freeze vinegar in ice cub trays. Every time you use your garbage disposal, drop a couple vinegar ice cubes into it while running. This will help clean the blades and eliminate odor.

18. When cooking with oil place a pop corn kernel in the oil. You'll know your oil is hot enough when the kernel pops.

19. Those packages of pre-sliced apples you can buy at store are great for a healthy snack on the go but the price can add up. Make your own by slicing apples, soak in cold water for 3-5 minutes, then soak in a lemon-lime carbonated soda (such as 7-up or sprite) for 3-5 minutes. Divide into snack size portions and store in Ziploc bags in the fridge. The lemon-lime soda will keep the apples from browning and make them last longer. Source.

20. Tired of reaching into the bag and getting Doritos cheese all over your arm? Roll up the bottom of the bag to bring the chips closer to the top and create a perfect snack bowl. Source.

21. When cutting veggies or meat for scrambled eggs or other recipes, using a pizza cutter will make the job a lot quicker than chopping with a knife.

22. Lets say you go on vacation and while you are gone the power goes out at your house. All of the food in your fridge and freezer thaw out. A couple days later the power kicks on again and your food refreezes. You then come home and open your fridge. Everything is nice and cold and you have no idea that the meat you got out to cook for dinner has actually gone bad and is going to make your entire family sick. So how can you prevent this from happening? Fill a leak proof container (jar, water bottle, etc..) half way with water. Place the container in the freezer on its side. Once the water in the container is frozen solid, place the container upright. If you power goes out the water will start to melt to the bottom of the container. Always check your container after being gone for awhile.

23. You can freeze buttermilk! No more wasting a whole carton every time a recipe calls for it. Source.]

24. Cut off the top of a pour spout container and insert it into the lid of a mason jar. Great for spices you use a lot of, adding sugar to your coffee, storing yeast in your fridge, keeping dry/powdered milk, garden fertilizer, and so much more. Source.

25. You can de-pit a cherry sing a straw. Source.
26. Cupcake liner for popsicle drip

27. Broken hanger clip for bag closure
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PostSubject: Healthy Substitutions   Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:29 am


Bread :: Whole-grain bread

Butter, margarine, shortening or oil (in baked goods like breads and muffins) :: Applesauce or mashed bananas for half of the called-for butter, shortening or oil; olive oil

Cream :: Fat-free half-and-half, whole to low-fat milk

Eggs :: 2 egg whites

Flour, all-purpose :: Whole-wheat flour

Fruit canned in heavy syrup :: Fruit canned in its own juices or in water, fresh fruit

Ground beef or chuck :: Extra-lean or lean ground beef, chicken or turkey breast

Lettuce, iceberg :: Arugula, spinach, romaine or mixed baby greens

Mayonnaise :: Reduced-fat mayonnaise

Milk, whole :: Reduced-fat or fat-free milk

Pasta :: Whole-wheat pasta, zucchini noodles

Peanut Butter (Regular) :: Natural Peanut Butter

Rice, white :: Brown rice, wild rice, quinoa or pearl barley

Salad dressing :: Balsamic vinaigrette

Seasoning salt (garlic salt) :: Garlic powder, fresh herbs or fresh garlic with a small amount of kosher or sea salt

Sour cream :: Fat-free or low-fat sour cream, plain fat-free or low-fat yogurt

Soy sauce :: Low-sodium soy sauce

Sugar :: Usually, you can reduce the amount of sugar by one half and intensify the sweetness by adding vanilla, ground nutmeg or ground cinnamon

Tortilla :: Lettuce leaves
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