Kitchen Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

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by Nancy Newcomer

Over the years ,we all learn handy Tips, Tricks & Techniques that help with kitchen prep and cooking. I’ve picked up many from my mom, sisters, friends, cookbooks and blogs~ it seems like there’s always something new to learn! Here are a few of my favorites-it’s pretty random, but I’m a sucker for this type of thing. Certainly no list is complete without your input. Please feel free to add your own tips in the comment section–I always love hearing from you. The conversation never ends in the kitchen!

1) Store spices in a cool, dark place. Humidity, light and heat will cause herbs and spices to lose their flavor

2) Use parchment paper for lining pans. Baked goods and Roasted veggies slide off and cleanup is a dream.

3) To get rid fruit stains on your fingers, rub them with a fresh, peeled potato or white vinegar.

4) To avoid dulling your knife blade, turn it upside down before scraping items off your cutting board.

5) Roll lemons or limes between the counter and the heel of your hand to make them easier to juice.

 6) For stinky food storage containers or tupperware, throw in a pinch of salt to get rid of the odor.

 7) If you’re making a soup or  sauce that ends up too fatty or greasy, drop in an ice cube., the ice will attract the fat, which you can then scoop out..

 8) If you over-salt a pot of soup, just drop in a peeled potato, the potato will absorb the excess salt.

 9)  If your loaf of bread is starting to go stale, just put a piece of fresh celery in the bag and close it back up.

 10). For burnt rice, place a piece of white bread on top of the rice for 5-10 minutes to draw out the burned flavor.

 11) You can tell if an egg is raw or hard boiled by spinning it. The hard boiled egg will spin faster than the raw one.

 12) Store onions in the fridge or soak them in cold water to help with watery eyes

13) Flip your peanut butter jar upside down in the cabinet for a couple days before opening-it’ll mix all the oil into the rest of the nut butter.

Click here for my video showing you my cool technique on how to freeze fruits & veggies without freezer burn!  Back to the Kitchen: No More Freezer Burn on Geffner TV.

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