50 Esential Kitchen Secrets Part 3

January 29, 2010, Posted by Brio Guy at 5:31 pm

Cleaning can be a very tedious task, but these sure fire cleaning tricks are sure to make it at least a little easier.

  1. Rubbing alcohol will remove spots from stainless steel pour a little of the liquid on a cotton ball and wipe over problem areas.
  2. To save a scorched pan, sprinkle the burned bottom with baking soda, then add four to five tablespoons salt, plus enough water to cover, and let stand overnight. Scrape out charred remains with a rubber spatula.
  3. Use ketchup to polish copper: just apply a thin coat of the condiment, and rub off with a clean rag.
  4. No need to pour a pot of leftover vrewed coffee down the drain. Freeze the liquid in ice cube trays to add to iced coffee instead of regular ice cubes. Your coffee ice bued. Your coffee wont lose its potency as the cubes melt. clean-upholstery
  5. Put rice in your saltshaker to stop the salt from hardening. The rice absorbs condensation that can cause clumps.
  6. A butchers trick for breaking down poultry: First, separate the legs from the body. Next, separate the drumsticks from the thighs. Then, sparate the wings from the body. Place the chicken breast side down and cut along each side of the spine to remove the backbone. Finally, cut the breast in half.
  7. Stock up on butter when its on saleyou can store it in the freezer for up to six months. Pack the butter in an airtight container, so it doesnt take on the flavor of whatever else you’re freezing.
  8. Another dairy tip: In order to make cottage cheese or sour cream last longer, place the container upside down in the fridge. Inverting the tup creates a vacuum that inhibits the growth of bateria that causes food to spoil.
  9. Believe it or not, honey is the only nonperishable food substance, so dont get rid of the stuff if it crystallizes or becomes cloudy. Microwave on medium heat, in 30 second increments, to make honey clear again.
  10. Minimize waste and mess when cutting corn from the cob by mounting the cob in the hollow center of a Bundt cake pan, where it will be secure. When you run a knife down the cob, kernels will collect in the pan.
  11. To get a healthy dose of omega 3 fatty acids without spending a fortune on fresh fish incorporate canned anchovies into your cooking. Try sauteing them in olive oil and garlic before using, and thell dissolve into an olive like relish. Or buy anchovy paste, which virtually disappears in sauces and salad dressings.
  12. A vertical file folder can find a new home in the kitchen, keeping cookie sheets upright.
  13. Empty styrofoam egg cartons make excellent ice cube tra when you need lots of extra ice for a party.
  14. You can freeze cheese! After serving, put leftovers back in the original package, wrap tightly in plastic, and freeze. Defrost in the fridge a day before serving. This trick works best for soft cheeses with a high fat content.
  15. Keeping brown sugar in the freezer will stop it from hardening. But if you already have hardened sugar on your shelf, soften it by sealing in a bag with a slice of fresh bread or an apple or by microwaving on high fro 30 seconds.
  16. Make store bought cake frosting go twice as far: whip the icing with your electric mixer and let air plump it up.
  17. Its almost un-American to throw away bacon fat. Store the useful (if admittedly unhealthy) stuff in an airtight alumium or stainless steel container in teh freezer, and sue it to make corn bread or fry eggs or potatoes. You can also use bacon fat instead of oil in a spinach salad: Combine two parts bacon fat to three parts balsamic vinegar. Addone part vegetable oil to the mix if you like a less pungent dressing.
  18. Before juicing citrus fruits, roll them back and forth on yoru kitchen counter to better release liquid from the segmetns inside.
  19. Prevent extra cooked pasta from hardening by stashing it in a sealed plastic bag and refrigerating. When youre freday to serve, throw the pasta in boiling water fora  few seconds to heat and restore moisture.
  20. Instead of tossing out stale bread, cut it into small rounds and freeze. Toasted, it makes a cheap tasty subsiture for fancy crackers.

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