Tuesday, August 6, 2013

A few online tips for your information! List #1

Several of my Facebook followers have mentioned they love my online tips.  Everyday useful and helpful ideas to help make your baking, cooking and everyday life a bit easier.  

Here are some online tips that I have accumulated over the past year or so. I try to update the list every so often.  I hoping you find these useful.. Copy and paste these for your convenience.

1. To make absolutely scrumptious mashed potatoes add a big spoonful of mayonnaise before you add butter or milk. Then use less butter and milk than normally.

2. Apples, pears and potatoes dropped in cold, lightly salted water as they are peeled will retain their color.

3. Corn in the microwave... Nuke corn for two or three minutes on high with just the water that clings to the kernels after you rinse them off.

4. When using a broiler to cook steaks, pre-heat oven until it's really hot. This will sear the outside of the meat and keep the juices in.

5. When baking with honey, remember the following: add l/2 teaspoon baking soda for each cup of honey used. 

6. Put tomatoes which are not quite ripe into a paper bag and store on your kitchen counter for a day or two. A ripe tomato is going to smell like a tomato.

7. Another calorie saving trick is to substitute Miracle Whip at 35 calories a tablespoon or mustard at 15 calories a tablespoon for mayonnaise which weighs in at 100 calories a tablespoon.

8. Be gentle with sweet onions. They can bruise more easily than a sturdier yellow onion.

 9. Because the refrigerator is humid, storing herbs and spices there is not OK. To keep larger quantities of spices fresh, store them in the freezer in tightly sealed containers.

10. Good Feng Shui for the kitchen: Get rid of clutter. Clutter contributes to financial logjams and cash flow problems. Get organized!

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