Tuesday, September 21, 2010
My Mother in law passed away 2 days after Christmas and life has been very busy, and stressful. It was totally unexpected and side swiped us all. We have since moved my husbands 90 year old Grandma into assisted living. And while there the other day helping go through more boxes.
She sent me home with a big, HEAVY box of cookbooks and cool books about exactly what I intended to share here in this blog. So I gave this page a face lift and here we are....... ;) My 1st entry back is going to be some cheap, easy ways to save space and make life easier in the kitchen.
STORING BOXES OF FOIL & WRAP
Store the boxes upright in the slots of a cardboard six-pack container that once held beer or soda bottles. And stick underneath a cabinet.
Cooks with limited storage space will appreciate this method of storing baking sheets upright. A metal vertical file holder is ideal for storing cutting boards and baking sheets. They not only take up less space, but are easy to grab when you need one.
PLASTIC PRODUCE BAG STORAGE
Many home kitchens sport a drawer filled to the gills with crumpled plastic produce bags. Reclaim your drawer with this space-saving solution. Stuff the plastic bags into empty tissue boxes. A box will accommodate many, many bags, which are then easy to remove one at a time when the need arises.
INSTANT COUNTER SPACE
No matter the of the kitchen, a little extra counter space for resting bowls, platters, or cooling racks is always welcome. Create extra counter space by opening a drawer and resting a cutting board across the top.
ALTERNATIVE PLACE CUPS WHEN PREPPING FOR A MEAL
Cooking almost any recipe goes much faster when the ingredients are prepped, measured, and ready. The downside of laying out the ingredients, called mise en place, is that it means washing more dishes, bowls, plates and other containers. Here are some easy substitutes you can use for small quantities of ingredients. Use flat-bottomed paper coffee filters in place of bowls. When you are, just throw the dirty filter away and presto you no longer need to wash that dish! Paper cups can serve as the same purpose. If you are looking for something reusable. Try using clean, dry single-serving yogurt cups.
SPACE SAVING VEGETABLE PREP
If your kitchen is tight on counter space, it can be a hassle to prepare dishes like soups, stews, and stir-fries, all of which require a number of chopped vegetables and other ingredients.
Layer the chopped ingredients in a bowl in order of use, separating each layer with a sheet of wax paper or plastic wrap.
EASY-TO-REACH KITCHEN TOOLS
Many cooks keep measuring cups and spoons in a drawer, where they can get buried deep among other utensils. Here's a way to keep these items within easy reach. Mount a simple hardware-store key holder near your work space, and instead of using it to safeguard keys, hang your measuring cups and spoons from it. You can even find something decorative to match your kitchen.
Well that's it for today. I will do many more parts to this in the next few days. I hope that even if just one there is something here that can help your kitchen time a little faster, and more productive ;)
I hope you are having a great day!
Hi everyone!It has been a LONG time since I have wrote in this blog. I got my hands on a whole bunch of really cool books and cannot wait to start sharing home remedies and tips here again! Hopefully I still have some followers here ;)
Later on today I will add my first post again.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
4 Tablespoons of white flour
2 tablespoons of salt
1 Dropper-full of vegetable oil
2 Tablespoons of water
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Vinegar kills bacteria for a sore throat just mix
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup vinegar
Take 1 Tbs six times a day
To relieve a cough mix
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup vinegar
1 Tsp cayenne pepper
4 Tsp honey
Take one tablespoon at bedtime and when cough acts up
When you have the hiccups real bad. Eat a spoonful of peanut butter. (This one I use all the time!)
Sprinkle a lemon wedge with salt to stop onion or garlic breath
For Neck pain make a moist heat wrap with rice. Fill a sock with dry uncooked rice stopping two inches from the top. Close tightly with a string then microwave for two minutes and lay this over your neck and reheat when it cools
Post nasal drip-mix together a tablespoon each of honey and lemon juice and microwave for 20 seconds until warm (not hot) and swallow a teaspoon at a time
To clear up a stuffed nose try chewing a couple of strong Altoid Peppermints
Pam cooking spray will dry finger nail polish
Use a tomato paste compress over a boil, the acids from the tomatoes sooth the pain and bring the boil to a head
If parsley is washed with hot water instead of cold it retains its flavor and is easier to chop
When celery loses its crispness, place it in a pan of cold water with a slice of raw potato and let stand for a few hours. Remove the celery from the water and you will find that it has regained its original crispness
If you run out of baking powder, use two level teaspoons cream of tartar to one teaspoon soda. This is the equivalent of four teaspoons of tartrate baking powder, the kind you usually have in the kitchen
A teaspoonful of glycerine added to a pound of flour in cake-making will aid greatly in keeping a cake fresh
Always sift flour and powdered sugar before measuring. When a recipe calls for flour, baking powder, soda, salt, sift all these dry ingredients together before adding to the rest of the batter
When bread is baking, a small dish of water in the oven will help to keep the crust from getting too hard
To avoid lumps in a batter, add a pinch of salt to the flour before it is wet
Select a jar lid the proper size for hamburgers. Remove liner and wash lid well. Fill with meat and smooth top with knife or spatula; turn over and tap
Don't dispose of circular cardboard backs from frozen pizzas. Cover with foil and use as plates when taking round cakes away from home
When cooking pasta add a little salad oil and it won't boil over or stick to pan
A fork should never be stuck into a steak or chop that is being fried or grilled, because it lets the juice out
To cut fresh bread easily, cut with a hot knife
Saturday, March 21, 2009
*Don't add or substitute home cleaning ingredients, as certain chemical reactions can be dangerous!
Boil some cinnamon bark in a cup of water. Store it in a clean bottle in your bathroom. Use it as a mouthwash frequently.
Parsley leaves are rich in chlorophyll, nature's own deodorizer. Chew some leaves regularly and your breath will remain fresh.
You can chew some cardamom seeds to sweeten your breath.
BRUISES: Slice a raw onion and place over the bruise. Do not apply this to broken skin.
DAMAGED, DRY HAIR: A nourishing conditioner for dry or damaged hair which can be used for all hair types: Separate the white of an egg from the yolk, whip it to a peak. Add 1 Tbls. water to the yolk and blend until the mixture is creamy. Then mix the white and yolk together. Wet your hair with warm water, remove the excess moisture, and apply the mixture to your scalp with your fingertips. Massage gently until the froth is worked into your scalp, then rinse the hair with cool water. Keep applying the mixture until it is used up and then rinsed until all of the egg is washed away.
DARK CIRCLES AROUND EYES: Make a paste out of 1 tsp. tomato juice, 1/2 tsp. lemon juice, a pinch of turmeric powder, and 1 tsp. of flour. Apply around eyes. Leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing.
DRY SKIN: Combine 1 cup oatmeal, 1 cup warm water, 1 Tbls. vanilla extract, and 1/2 cup baking soda in a blender or food processor until you have a smooth paste. Pour this paste under the running water while drawing the bath. Very soothing to dry, itchy skin.
GUM IN HAIR: Soak the gum-coated hair in Coke and it should wipe out easily.
INSECT BITES: Mix water with cornstarch into a paste and apply. This is effective in drawing out the poisons of most insect bites and is also an effective remedy for diaper rash