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Helpful Hints – Food

  • Dissolve mint candies into your tea instead of using sugar. They sweeten the liquid and give It a tangy flavor.HelpfulHints-food
  • Enhance the flavor of tea by placing an orange peel in the tea package.
  • For a better flavor store your cover in a tightly covered tin in the refrigerator.
  • Use purified water to prolong the life of your coffee maker.
  • Add vanilla extract to the water as coffee brews to add flavor.
  • Freeze leftover coffee in ice trays. It’s excellent in ice coffee.
  • Freeze clusters of grapes to keep punches cold.
  • Serve hot cider from a slow cooker on low setting. The cider remains warm as long as you wish.
  • Blend cottage cheese in a blender. You can use the mixture in dips instead of sour cream.
  • Store cottage cheese upside down. It keeps better.
  • Grate leftover cheese into a freezer bag to store. The cheese can be used for spaghetti or nachos.

Dry Measures

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Dry Measures

1/8 teaspoon         .5 ml
1/4 teaspoon         1 ml
1/2 teaspoon         2 ml
3/4 teaspoon         5 ml
1 tablespoon         15 ml
1/4 cup                   59 ml
1/3 cup                   79 ml
1/2 cup                  118 ml
2/3 cup                  158 ml
3/4 cup                  177 ml
1 cup                      225 ml
2 cups or 1 pint   450 ml
3 cups                     675 ml
4 cups (1 quart)   1 liter
1/2 gallon              2 liters
1 gallon                  4 liters

 

Helpful Hints

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  • Store marshmallows in the freezer to keep them from going dry.
  • Dip scissors in hot water when cutting marshmallows or sticky candy.
  • Keep nuts in the freezer to keep them from going rancid.
  • Store peanut butter upside down to allow the natural oils to combine with the peanut mixture.
  • When doubling recipes always use the original amount of salt.
  • Coat your measuring cup with oil before measuring out sticky liquids like molasses or honey.
  • Spray beaters with vegetable oil before using.
  • Roll dried fruit in a light coating of flour to prevent it from sinking to the bottom of batters.
  • Sprinkle your cake plate with sugar to prevent the cake from sticking to the pan when serving.
  • Place a slice of apple on your cake plate to keep your cake fresh longer.

Helpful Hints

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    Save the bits of jam and jelly from the bottoms of jars and mix to use in a sauce for chicken.

  • Add herbs to store bought spaghetti sauce to make an easy pizza sauce.
  • Add a tsp of butter to spaghetti to stop it from boiling over
  • Leave peels on scrubbed potatoes in stews. The peels add extra nutrients to the dish.
  • Store leftover vegetables in the freezer and add to soups and stews.
  • If your soup is too salty add a raw potato into the pot. Remove before serving.  The potato will absorb much of the salt.
  • Pour leftover tea in ice cube trays. Use in iced tea to keep the mixture cold without diluting it.
  • Use broken crackers as coatings for fish and meat. Simply grind in small pieces and coat.
  • To sweeten ham pour a small bottle of ginger ale over the meat and bake until done.
  • Make meatloaf in muffin tins. It bakes faster and does not need to be sliced.

Helpful Hints

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    Helpful Hints

    Instead of using sugar in your tea use hard mints. They will melt in the hot brew and give a tasty flavor.

  • Dried orange peels can be added to a tin of tea to enhance the flavor and aroma of the tea.
  • Store ground coffee in a tightly shut container in the refrigerator.
  • Purified water prolongs the life of your coffee maker.
  • Freeze leftover coffee in ice cube trays. The cubes can be used as flavoring for other liquids or can be used to cool down coffee.  The cubes are also excellent in iced coffee.
  • Freeze grapes to add to punches. They can also be eaten directly out of the freezer.
  • Grate leftover scraps of cheese together and use for spaghetti or making a cheese ball.
  • Add honey to whipped cream instead of sugar.
  • Buy plain yogurt and mix with fruit in the blender.
  • Add 1 tsp of vinegar to water to prevent boiled eggs from cracking.

Helpful Hints

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    Helpful Hints

    Store popcorn in the freezer and you will have fewer unpopped kernels.

  • Use a buttered knife to slice soft pies.
  • Bake two pie crusts on the bottom shelf of the oven. The top will be nicely browned and the bottom will be cooked through.
  • Minute tapioca can be used to thicken fruit pies. Use 2 to 3 tbsp depending on the size of the pie plate.
  • Chill all ingredients for a pie crust and do not overwork dough to ensure flaky crusts.
  • Use a melon baller or ice cream scoop to drop cookie dough onto baking sheets.
  • Chill cookie dough 30 minutes before rolling.
  • Wrap individual slices of cake and freeze. The cake will thaw by lunch time if removed from the freezer in the morning.
  • A slice of apple in a cake container will help keep cake fresh.
  • Leave cloves out of cake that will be stored in cool temperatures (freezer or fridge). The spice gets stronger when cold.

Helpful Hints

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    Helpful Hints

    Store tomatoes at room temperature

  • Grate carrots in your tomato sauce to sweeten naturally.
  • Place a few grains of rice in your salt shaker to keep it from caking.
  • To keep fruit from discoloring sprinkle it with lemon juice.
  • Place berries on a cookie sheet to pre-freeze them and then move them into containers once frozen. This prevents them from sticking and becoming mushy.
  • Freeze extra wedges of lime or lemon in a freezer bag for later use.
  • To get more juice from a lemon put it in the microwave before you squeeze it.
  • Dried orange peels thrown into the fireplace permeate the room with a lovely scent.
  • To thicken soup and instant potato flakes to the mixture.

Helpful Hints

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Helpful Hints
  • Cut the sugar by 10% in dessert recipes. Recipes will be healthier and less sugary sweet.
  • Dip your scissors in hot water to cut sticky candy or marshmallows.
  • Add 1 tsp of cornstarch to fudge to improve texture.
  • Keep nuts in the freezer. They stay fresher.
  • When doubling recipes do not double the salt content.
  • Oil the measuring cup when measuring maple syrup, honey or corn syrup.
  • Roll dried fruit in flour and then mix in batter to prevent the fruit from sinking to the bottom.
  • Chill cookie dough 30 minutes before rolling. It handles easier and cooks better.
  • When rolling dough on parchment, wet the underside of the paper to keep it from slipping.
  • Use a salt shaker to sprinkle colored sugar or icing sugar onto cookies and cakes.

Helpful Hints

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Helpful Hints
  • Store asparagus in the refrigerator for no more than a day or two. Trim the stems first and then wrap in wet paper towels.
  • When cooking veggies that have an unpleasant odor, simmer a small pan of vinegar on the stove to neutralize the scent.
  • Make your own salad dressings using (infused) vinegar and oil. They cost much less and can be tailored to your own taste.
  • Wash and cut up veggies when you bring them home from the store. On a busy weeknight you’ll have all the prep work done and are more likely to eat healty.
  • Put paper towels in the veggie compartments in fridge to keep fruit and veggies longer.
  • Soak celery in water with lemon juice before refrigerating. This prevents it from turning brown.
  • Remove the lettuce core by banging the head on the counter and pulling out the center
  • Wrap lettuce in paper towel to keep it from turning brown.
  • A little lemon juice with mushrooms brings out their flavor.
  • Chew gum when peeling onions. This will reduce tears.

Helpful Hints

 

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Helpful Hints
  1. Soften hardened butter by putting a small warmed bowl over the butter plate.
  2. Freeze cranberries and lemon peel in ice cube trays to add to drinks at your parties.
  3. Frozen grapes can also be added to party drinks.  They’re great eaten frozen by themselves as well.
  4. Replace sour cream in dips with cottage cheese that has been zipped in a blender.
  5. Add vanilla or almond extract to water to flavor coffee as it brews.
  6. After you cut cheese butter the edge to keep it from drying out.
  7. Chill the bowl, beaters and cream before whipping.
  8. When boiling eggs add a teaspoon of vinegar to the water.  This prevents cracks in the shell.
  9. Wet your knife before slicing eggs to prevent the yolk from crumbling.
  10. Put a dry sponge in the vegetable crisper to absorb excess moisture.