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Monday, August 22, 2011

Kitchen Tips, Tricks and more (D)

Do not use metal bowls when mixing salads. Use wooden, glass or china.

Don't waste pie pastry scraps ... sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, and bake like cookies.

Don't just keep dental floss in your medicine cabinet. Keep some in the kitchen. It's a great tool. Unflavored dental floss is often better than a knife to cleanly cut all kinds of soft foods, soft cheese, rolled dough, layered cake and cheesecake. I learned that watching my daughter, Miriam, work on a potter's wheel.

Don't throw out all that leftover wine ... freeze it into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.

Drain deep fried foods on brown paper grocery bags as opposed to paper towels to retain crispness.

Don't throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.

Dry herbs and spices can lose their flavor when cooking so long, if possible–try adding them the last two hours before the meal is ready to help keep the flavor. Use fresh herbs when possible, these can be added first thing since they’ll hold their flavor better when cooking for hours.

Dropping Cookie Dough - To get cookie dough to drop without sticking, dip the spoon in milk first.

Don't Oil the Pasta Water ~~~ Giving the pasta a good stir about 30 seconds after adding it to the pot will keep it from sticking together.

Dusting Tip ~~~ Save your old pairs of woolen or cotton socks to use as dusters. Simply slip them over your hands and go. When the get dirty, simply toss them in the laundry. 

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