Kitchen Tricks, Tips, & Timesaving Ideas

Ginger Vaughan

You can never have too much advice when it comes to cooking and keeping your kitchen tidy and neat. We have a few tips for you from your fellow Old Farmer’s Almanac users and Facebook fans.


Kitchen Tricks, Tips, & Timesaving Ideas


1) Mix-Ins

  • Mix bread crumbs with the broken potato chips in a nearly empty chips bag to make a chicken coating.

  • Use Chex cereal instead of croutons on salads.

  • Add plain, uncooked oatmeal as a filler in meat loaf instead of bread or crackers.


2) Fixings

  • Substitute club soda for milk in pancakes to make them lighter and fluffier.

  • Add a pinch of baking powder when mashing potatoes to make them fluffier.

  • Add a pinch of salt to bacon when frying it to prevent it from curling.


3) Savings

  • Put overripe bananas into the freezer to thaw later for banana bread.

  • Juice citrus fruit by squeezing it with tongs.

  • Cut stale bread into 1-inch cubes to make croutons. Toss with seasonings and oil and bake in a 325 degrees F oven until crisp.


4) Tastings

  • Dust the baking pan with cocoa or sugar instead of flour when making chocolate cake.

  • Add a pinch of cinnamon to chocolate chip cookie batter.

  • Add a dash of cinnamon to chili to help to smooth out the flavors and round out the heat.

  • Sprinkle hickory-smoked salt on vegetarian dishes and sauces for a meaty taste.

  • Cut the heat in salsa with a little sugar.


5) Peelings

  • Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar/vegetable oil or 1 tablespoon of salt to the boiling water and then dump the hot hard-boiled eggs into ice-cold water, and the shells will come off easily.

  • Rinse peeled avocados under cold water to maintain color.

  • Spray paper muffin cups with nonstick spray for easy peeling.


6) Boiling (to keep water from boiling over . . .)

  • Before boiling, rub olive oil around the edge of a pan containing starchy foods.

  • Add 1 tablespoon of oil to a pot of boiling potatoes.

  • Lay a wooden spoon across a boiling pot.


7) Keeping (to increase shelf life or keep food from spoiling quickly . . .)

  • Dip the cut end of an unpeeled banana in sugar to prevent browning.

  • Put an apple into a bag of potatoes to keep the spuds from budding.

  • Sprinkle lemon juice on sliced apples to keep from browning.


8) Ridding

  • Place a small bowl of vinegar on top of the fridge to eliminate gnats.

  • Put bay leaves into bags of flour to keep out bugs.


9) Cleaning

  • Spray a spoon or measuring cup with nonstick cooking spray before measuring honey.

  • Gather old “net” onion bags together with a rubber band and use to scrub dishes.

  • To remove baked-on food from a frying pan, put a dryer sheet and warm water into the pan. Soak overnight and then wash the pan.

Comments

Jean Donahue (not verified)

8 years 4 months ago

Anti-bacterial hand gel will remove ink. It also removes gummy residue from price stickers. Doesn't harm surfaces and it smells good!

Rosemary Hill (not verified)

8 years 4 months ago

When making chocolate candy and it will not stiffen up after cooking on the stove top, removing from stove top and cooling a bit...just add some flour to the batter and keep stirring. It will start setting up and doesn't harm the flavor at all.

Julia Blake-Weaver (not verified)

8 years 4 months ago

I like to sprinkle cinnamon on sliced apples to hide the 'browning' and it adds flavour. Kids eat them up!

Wanda L. Durost (not verified)

8 years 4 months ago

My mom always used to put a potato in the cooking oil when making homemade donuts as she said it would "soak up the grease". And also, if you put a tablespoon or 2 of baking soda in water and let it boil for about 10 minutes, it will lift off any baked-on food in a pot.

mcgrawrpmm (not verified)

8 years 4 months ago

Good tips!