Handy Cooking Tips
published by Molly Girl 822 on Jun 11, 2012
If you enjoy cooking, a few helpful tips may add to the pleasure.
- For extra juicy, extra nutritious hamburgers, add 1/4 cup evaporated milk per pound of meat before shaping.
- To ripen green pears, just place 2 or 3 in a brown bag, loosely closed and store at room temperature out of direct sunlight.
- Put a tablespoon of butter in the water when cooking rice, dried beans, macaroni, to keep it from boiling over. Always run cold water over it when done to get the starch out. Reheat over hot water, if necessary.
- A pair of ordinary scissors are perfect for slivering celery, onion, meats and cheese.
- Never put a cover on anything that is cooked in milk unless your want to spend hours cleaning up the stove when it boils over.
- Anything that grows under the ground start off in cold water-potatoes, beets, carrots etc. Anything that grows above ground, start off in boiling water-ground-English peas, greens, beans etc.
- To clean aluminum pots when they are stained dark, merely boil with a little cream of tartar, vinegar or acid foods.
- Baking powder will remove tea or coffee stains from china pots or cups.
- Canned cream soups make excellent sauces for vegetables, fish, etc. Celery with lobster, black bean or onion with cauliflower, tomato with lamb chops.
- To reheat roast, wrap in aluminum foil and heat in a slow oven.
- Hard boiled eggs will peel easily when cracked and placed in cold water immediately after taking out of the hot water.
- You can cut a meringue pie cleanly by coating both sides of the knife lightly with butter.
- When a recipe calls for adding raw eggs to a hot mixture, always begin by adding a small amount of hot mixture to the beaten eggs slowly to avoid curdling.
- To remove fish odor from hands, utensils and dish cloths, use one teaspoon baking soda to a quart of water.
- To keep icings moist and to prevent cracking, add a pinch of baking soda to the icing.
- Pour water into mold and then drain before pouring in a mixture to be chilled. Will come out of mold more easily.
- When rolling cookie dough, sprinkle cutting board with powdered sugar instead of flour. Too much flour makes the dough heavy. When freezing cookies with a frosting, place them in the freezer unwrapped for about 2 hours-then wrap without worrying about them sticking together.