Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Everyday Tips

December 30, 2018

One of the best tips I can offer is to buy yourself a Crock Pot.Get one that has both High and Low settings & a removable, dishwasher safe crock, You will wonder how you’ve ever lived without one. It is great for popping a meal in and returning to your home filled with the aroma of dinner waiting and ready for you. Some even have a setting or function that turns to Keep Warm–for party and buffet style serving.Trust me when I say a Crock Pot will be the best $40 you’ve spent in ages! I will always have a recipe for Sunday dinner that uses your trusty appliance and lets you out of the house for the afternoon, instead of hanging out over the stove. Enjoy your Funday.

When ever possible either double the recipe for a casserole or divide larger ones into half . Cover, wrap and freeze the remaining portion for a busy night when you don’t have time to prepare dinner. If properly wrapped, most casseroles freeze fine for up to a month with little or no change in taste…and if a friend or neighbor is sick or otherwise in need, you can come to the rescue with no last minute fuss.

Never overcook foods you are going to freeze for later. In fact, under cook it slightly. The foods will finish cooking when they are reheated.

Don’t ever refreeze cooked, thawed foods.

A few drops of regular vinegar added to simmering rice will keep the grains separated and the rice extra white.

The freshness of eggs can always be tested this easy way: Place eggs in question in a large bowl of ice water, if they float to the top, better not use them.

Make your own self-rising flour like this:Combine~
4 cups of all purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
Store this mixture in a Tupperware type container in your pantry

Never, ever soak vegetables after slicing. Most of the nutrients will be lost in doing so.

Add a heaping teaspoon of sugar to the water when cooking green vegetables. It helps them maintain their beautiful color and adds just a slight taste of sweetness.

Grandmas Rule Of Thumb:
If you are cooking a vegetable that grows ABOVE ground, cook it without a cover on the pot. IE: Above-er–no cover…corny yes, but true none the less. Grandma knows!

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