In our sixth installment of Who Knew? Helpful Kitchen Tips, here are ten simple fixes for common kitchen dilemmas. I’ve also included a few fabulous tips that readers shared on my last Who Knew? post. Do you have a useful kitchen tip? Please share in the comments below!
1. Fresh herbs are always the best choice, but if you’re in a pinch keep in mind that 1 teaspoon of dried herbs is equal to 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs.
2. Instead of flouring your pan before baking a cake, try using some of the dry cake mixture instead. This method will eliminate white floury marks on the sides of your cake.
3. Tired of ruining your reusable containers when storing tomato sauce? Try spraying them with a bit of non-stick cooking spray before filling to avoid those pesky stains.
4. Never store crispy and chewy baked goods in the same container. The moisture in the chewy goodies will steal the crunchiness from everything else.
5. Store leftover cooked pasta in zipper storage bags. When you’re ready to use again, revive by reheating it in a pot of boiling water for just a few seconds until warmed through.
6. Don’t ruin your expensive knives by using the blade to scrape things off of your cutting board. Always use the opposite dull side of the blade to save your sharp edge.
7. Planning on hosting a Superbowl party? Avoid stress by getting started early. Things like mixing marinades for chicken wings, shredding cheese and making dips can be done a few days ahead of time.
8. Give your pan time to warm up before cooking. This goes for everything, from meat to eggs to vegetables. A hot pan is key in creating a nice crust and preventing food from sticking.
9. Slice meat, especially tougher cuts, against the grain for more tender and delicious results.
10. Muffins have a habit of drying out overnight. Freshen them up by sprinkling them with a bit of water, then place them in a paper bag and reheat in a hot oven for a few minutes till warmed through.
Here are a few of my favorite tips that were shared by readers on the last installment of Who Knew!
You can clean red wine out of white carpet by pouring baking soda on it, wait until it turns blue and vacuum up every trace. ~ Mandy C.
When pickling beets, use the (strained) water that you used to boil the beets and nix the added sugar. That beet water is plenty sweet on its own! ~ Suzanne M.
To give your dough elasticity, put 1/4 tsp. vodka in and mix. ~ Anne
Just invented this one the other day. I have a ball of twine for tying up roasts and leafy greens in soups, but it’s always coming undone; the twine tangles easily and it can be tough to find the end. So I finally dumped the whole thing is a small plastic bag, took, left the end of the twine hanging out, and cinched the opening with a plastic band. Now all I have to do is pull and snip. Homemade twine dispenser in 8 seconds! ~ Susann C.
Do you have a favorite kitchen tip to share? Leave it in the comments below. Your tip might be featured in my next installment of Who Knew!