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Kitchen Tricks - I love them, I want them, give them!

Do you have any tricks and good ideas that you would like to share here? I do! I saved and washed the butter spray bottle and now I put olive oil in it to spray lightly on my pans to save calories.


Asked by 2tinyhineys at 1:25 PM on Aug. 3, 2010 in Food & Drink

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  • If you’ve added too much salt to a recipe, add a spoonful of white distilled vinegar and sugar to try correcting the taste.

    ** And I save ketchup bottles and clean them. I use them to make pancake mix in and make easy mess free pancakes with just a squeeze.

    Answer by kmrtigger at 1:35 PM on Aug. 3, 2010

  • Rub your fingers on a stainless steel sink to remove the smell of garlic & onions after you cut them.

    Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 1:27 PM on Aug. 3, 2010

  • To make basic vinaigrette salad dressing use 1 part white distilled vinegar to 4 parts oil.

    Make creamy vinaigrette by adding some plain or whipped cream to a mixture of 1 part white distilled vinegar to 3 parts oil.

    Tenderize meat with white distilled vinegar. Use it in marinades or when slow cooking any tough, inexpensive cuts of meat.

    When poaching eggs, add a little white distilled vinegar to the water. The whites stay better formed.

    For extra tenderness with boiling ribs or stew meat add a tablespoon of white distilled vinegar.

    To add a zesty new taste to fresh fruits such as pears, cantaloupe, honeydew, or others, add a splash of rice or balsamic vinegar. Serve immediately to prevent the fruit from becoming mushy.

    Freshen wilted vegetables by soaking them in cold water containing a spoonful or two of white distilled vinegar.


    Answer by kmrtigger at 1:29 PM on Aug. 3, 2010

  • My favorite cleaners... vinegar and baking soda. Works better on my sink than anything else.

    Answer by tyheamma at 1:36 PM on Aug. 3, 2010

  • Never put citrus fruits or tomatoes in the fridge. The low temperatures degrade the aroma and flavor of these persnickety fruits.

    Fresh coffee beans can also absorb nasty odors from your hands.

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

    To clean cast iron cookwear, don’t use detergents. Just scrub them with salt and a clean, dry paper towel.

    Will milk curdle if it is allowed to boil? It turns out that this age-old piece of wisdom isn’t true, after all. Milk that has been boiled is perfectly safe to consume.

    To clean an electric kettle with calcium buildup on the heating element, boil a mixture of half white vinegar and half water, then empty.

    When storing empty airtight containers, throw in a pinch of salt to keep them from getting stinky.

    Answer by kmrtigger at 1:41 PM on Aug. 3, 2010

  • When boiling or steaming cauliflower, beets or other vegetables, add a teaspoon or two of white distilled vinegar to the water to help them keep their color. This will also improve their taste, and reduce gassy elements. This also works when cooking beans and bean dishes.

    Make pasta less sticky and reduce some of its starch. Add just a dash of white distilled vinegar to the water as it cooks.

    Give some extra zest to your white sauce by adding 1/2 teaspoon of white distilled vinegar.

    Try cider or malt white distilled vinegar instead of ketchup with french fries—that’s how the British like to eat them. Either one is also great on fish or any fried or broiled meat.

    Answer by kmrtigger at 1:31 PM on Aug. 3, 2010

  • went to a fancy kitchen - buy my stuff - party once
    lady showed us all a jadget that yuo could use to put in your boiling water, it stops over boil
    it was a round thing
    i said, could you not just use a metal lid from a froozen juice?

    guess i was speaking out loud
    guess she did not sell any of those that day
    guess from friends saved 7.99 on that item

    Answer by fiatpax at 1:32 PM on Aug. 3, 2010

  • Remove kitchen odors that come from burnt pots or when cooking certain foods by boiling a small amount of water with 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar so that the steam circulates throughout the room.

    Make onion odors disappear from your hands by rubbing with white distilled vinegar.

    Add moistness and taste to any chocolate cake—homemade or from a box—with a spoonful of white distilled vinegar.

    To keep frosting from sugaring add a drop of white distilled vinegar. It will also help keep white frosting white and shiny.

    Make perfect, fluffy meringue by adding a teaspoon of white distilled vinegar for every 3 to 4 egg whites used.

    Perk up any can of soup or sauce with a teaspoon of red or white wine vinegar.

    Eliminate the greasy taste in food cooked in a deep fryer by adding a dash of white distilled vinegar.


    Answer by kmrtigger at 1:32 PM on Aug. 3, 2010

  • it owrks by breaking up the boil enough
    it works
    lid of juice

    Answer by fiatpax at 1:33 PM on Aug. 3, 2010

  • If you are making gravy and accidentally burn it, just pour it into a clean pan and continue cooking it. Add sugar a little at a time, tasting as you go to avoid over-sugaring it. The sugar will cancel out the burned taste.

    Burned a pot of rice? Just place a piece of white bread on top of the rice for 5-10 minutes to draw out the burned flavor. Be careful not to scrape the burned pieces off of the bottom of the pan when serving the rice.

    Before you chop chili peppers, rub a little vegetable oil into your hands and your skin won’t absorb the spicy chili oil.

    If you aren’t sure how fresh your eggs are, place them in about four inches of water. Eggs that stay on the bottom are fresh. If only one end tips up, the egg is less fresh and should be used soon. If it floats, it’s past the fresh stage.


    Answer by kmrtigger at 1:43 PM on Aug. 3, 2010