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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Hints & Tips

A copper scouring pad in your humidifier will prevent lime buildup.

A tsp or 2 of vinegar can help keep eggs from cracking while boiling.

Add 1/4 tsp. Soda to Cranberries while cooking them and they will notrequire as much sugar.

Add 1/4 tsp. Of baking powder per quart of potatoes while mashing them andthey will be fluffy, smooth, and more tasty.

Add about 7 drops of lemon juice to 2 cups of whipping cream. It will makethe cream beat up firm in about half the time.

Adding a pinch of sugar to the water when boiling corn on the cob helpsbring out the corn's natural sweetness.

Adding lemon juice to gravy that is too greasy, will make the greasedisappear and add flavor to your gravy. A small amount of baking soda willalso work.

Bring Lemons to room temperature and roll them under your palm on top of thekitchen counter before squeezing to get the most juice from them.

Brushing beaten egg whites over a pie crust before baking gives it abeautiful glossy finish.

Chunks of charcoal placed in the refrigerator will help absorb any bad odors.

Cream that is whipped ahead of time, will not separate if you add a touch of dissolved unflavored gelatin (1/4 tsp. Per cup of cream).

Do Not use Iodized Salt in making pickles, it causes them to become soft.

During winter months when the kitchen is cold, it can be a slow process or nearly impossible to get yeast breads to rise. Try placing the dough in an oven-safe container and setting it in the oven on warm (200 degrees F) for 2-3 minutes. Don't let it bake, just enough to warm the bowl. It can really speed the rising process.