Did You Know?
Hi everyone….I have been sorting through my many recipes for this Blog, lining up the ones to make and bake and post.
I came across several sheets of tips…. Not those kinds of tips!
and I would like to share a few of them with you, under the title “Did you Know?”.
Some of this information, I am sure many of you know…
I have chosen 20 tips and of course… I couldn’t resist adding a commentary or two..in purple ..at the end of each tip…;).
That is just me….
I am weird. 🙂
Just couldn’t resist the temptation! 😉 I am having so much fun with this Blog!
Please humor Me!
No Pun intended! 😉
- Buttermilk has the same fat content and calories as 2% milk. and it is just butter and milk, right? hmmmm….
- As long as you store vegetable oil and olive oil in tightly capped containers and in cool, dark places they can last for as long as one year. I just don’t have any cool, dark places to keep it…
- Potatoes are a good source of vitamin C. So I can have a potato with my breakfast in place of juice!
- You can remove the layer of fat from the top of soup or stock by using bread to skim the surface. I tried it on my hips and it does not work! 🙂
- A nutcracker works well for unscrewing ketchup lids that won’t open easily. Also, if it is Heinz ketchup, you can tap on the embossed 57 on the neck of the bottle and the ketchup will flow out of the bottle,…. you are on your own with any other brand
- After chopping onions, rubbing your hands gently with salt will remove the smell of onions…Lemon works good too!
- Brown paper bags work well for draining bacon or other fried foods. Don’t try plastic bags….you will have a gooey mess! 🙂
- Immediately sprinkling salt on a spill in the oven will let you finish baking without worry. When you are done baking, the salt will have turned to ash and the spill will be easy to clean. I think there is something Biblical with that…..
- Adding a marshmallow to the top of a cupcake during the last two minutes of baking makes a quick frosting. Have a drip pan under your cupcakes..or you will have to clean your oven….see tip #8
- If you don’t have a salad spinner…rinse your lettuce and place it in a bowl with an inverted saucer in the bottom. The extra water will accumulate under the saucer, keeping your salad fresh. Beats twirling the lettuce around in a kitchen towel sprinkling water drops all over your kitchen!
- Ever wonder how to get your frosted cake’s icing to have a silky, molten look that you see on professionally decorated cakes? Use your hair dryer to blow-dry the surface until the frosting slightly melts. Then you can go wash and blow-dry your hair while the frosting sets:)
- Hollowed out orange and grapefruit halves make ideal bowls for summer desserts, fruits and salads. It is a pretty presentation too, it is all in the details!
- Adding a sheet of aluminum foil under your napkin in the bread basket will keep your bread warm longer. …and no one can see it,.. if you fold it correctly!
- Out of waxed paper? Use the lining of a cereal box, it is a great substitute. of course, you might have to eat the cereal to get to the lining. 🙂
- Need plates for your freshly delivered pizza? Follow the perforations on the pizza box and it will divide up into little cardboard plates. By the time I separate the cardboard into all the little plates, the Captain already has his pizza devoured. 🙂
- You can tell if baking powder or baking soda is still working if it fizzles when you add a teaspoonful to hot water! That is a good tip for a replacement for fireworks! 🙂
- To soften hard bread, soak a brown paper grocery bag in water, put your hard bread in the bag and place it in the oven. It only takes a few minutes for the bag to dry and the bread to soften. Don’t forget to watch carefully, or you will have fireworks in your oven! 😉
- To insure you have equal amounts of batter in each pan when making a layered cake, use a kitchen scale to measure the weight. I’m not going to comment on the obvious joke on this one…..
- Tomatoes can be ripened and kept for weeks by wrapping individually in newspaper. The tomato won’t be any smarter, but your tomato will be fresh!
- Three large celery stalks, chopped and added to about two cups of beans such as navy, pinto, brown etc….will make them easier to digest. I ain’t making any other promises! 😉
Enjoy your Wednesday!