Clever Kitchen Tips from T
What do these things have in common?
They are all Tips from T!
For years the column Hints from Heloise has helped many a homemaker. In fact, the original Heloise, who was really Eloise, wrote her column from 1959 until her death in 1977. Her daughter now writes the column. In honor of the years of hints I’ve gained from reading Hints from Heloise, here are a few Tips from T! If you’ve read the Heloise column, you know that what makes it so helpful are the stories sent by readers. So, write in, share your stories and your hints and I’ll add some of mine from time to time too.
Tips for using peanut or almond butter:
- A great addition to chocolate chip cookies! To your regular recipe, just add ¾ cup peanut or almond butter.
- Add ¼ cup peanut/or almond butter to your pancake batter to beef up the protein level.
- Substitute it for butter in your recipes. It’s especially good in sauces.
- Great to use to remove stubborn price tags, gum from the bottom of shoes, gum from hair, glue on your hands. Just use a little bit, like a teaspoon full, wait a few minutes, a rub off or out.
- Use to give pills/medications to your dog or cat. They will love the taste and it’s good for them a few times a week even if they don’t have a pill to take!
- It can be used to lubricate your garden tools.
- It cleans leather quite well.
Tips about food:
- No need to sift your flour, just whisk it!
- Since mushrooms rot easily in plastic, store them in the refrigerator in a paper bag.
- Wipe mushrooms clean with a damp towel. They don’t need to be rinsed which will make them soggy anyway.
- When making carrot cake, use baby food carrots. Use brands that only contain carrots and water.
- If you want to add a subtle flavor of garlic to your salads, just rub your bowl (any material from wood to glass) with fresh garlic. It works every time.
- Freeze your left over coffee into ice cube trays. Use a thawed cube when making anything chocolate or in sauces. It will give your foods a rich flavor people won’t be able to identify, but they’ll tell you how good everything tastes.
- Another good thing to freeze in ice cube trays is egg whites. Once frozen, put them into a zip lock bag and keep in the freezer until you need to use them.
- If you are making any kind of pasta and need it to cool quicker, just fill your colander with ice cubes and then pour the pasta in it. Or, you can put a few ice cubes over the top to help with the cooling process.
- If you have some left over pasta and don’t know what to make for dinner, here’s an easy idea. In a large skillet, saute’ sliced onions, bell pepper, and mushrooms until tender. (Add mushrooms last so they don’t get too soft.) Add in the pasta and heat through. Lightly beat and pour 4 scrambled eggs over the top. Stir all ingredients. Add seasonings to taste (salt, pepper, basil, garlic, parsley, etc.) Cover pan and cook until eggs are set. Flip mixture halfway through to cook both sides. Serves two.
- If you crack an egg and a bit of shell goes into the food, take the shell out easily with the other part of the shell. The piece of broken shell will be attracted to the shell – like to like. Your finger, spoon, etc. will repeal it.
Odds and ends:
- Buffet dinner – don’t worry about wrapping silverware in napkins, just put into a large tray and people can find what they need. It’s easier for you and more fun for your guests this way!
- Does your roll of foil, plastic wrap, wax paper, or parchment paper drive you nuts because it keeps coming out of the box? Just push in the half moon slits at the ends of both sides of the box which will fit nicely into the roll inside. This will keep the roll in place. Some boxes, depending on the brand, will state, “push ‘n lock tab” and even provide an arrow to the slits, but, most will not say anything.
- Instead of using a product like Liquid Gold to polish your wooden cabinets, try coconut oil. You only need very little. Apply it sparingly and rub into the wood well. Let sit a few minutes and then polish with a soft cotton rag. My cabinets literally shine like new and the kitchen smells fantastic!
- If you don’t have a cake keeper, just use an inverted mixing bowl.
- To help keep liquid refreshments cold, put them into a sink, tub or bucket of ice. But, add some water and some table salt. The water and salt will keep your drinks colder.
- A tea to reach for to serve warm with a bit of honey to fight a fever your kids (or you) may have is red raspberry–leaf tea. According to Herbal Home Health Care, this tea is high in organic (natural and healing) minerals and vitamins and is a good liquid food for the body. It contains nitrate of iron, pectin, malic and other organic acids, calcium, potassium chloride and sulphates.
There you have it, the first installment of Tips from T. I’ll be posting more Tips from time to time. But, more importantly, I’m looking forward to you Giving Back, especially your stories and your experiences! Thanks for sharing in advance!