Super Helpful Kitchen Tips

I have been thinking lately of some of the little helpful tips that save me time and sanity in the kitchen.  I want to share them in case they will come in handy for some of my readers as well.

1.  Stop water from boiling over:  When boiling noodles, potatoes or whatever, place a wooden spoon across the top of the pan and the water will not boil over.  If you’re like me, it happens way too often that I put on a pot of potatoes to boil, walk away and soon hear the sizzling sound of water on the stove boiling over the top of the pot.  But not anymore!  I don’t know why or how it works but take my word, it does!  I prefer a long handled spoon so I can grab the end of it to stir without it being too hot.

2.  How to save burnt spaghetti sauce:  I could have cried, and honestly almost did, the last time I made a huge batch of spaghetti sauce and it burned on the bottom of the pan.  I browned my meat and didn’t let the stove top cool long enough before putting the pot of sauce on it.  From the top all looked great but the bottom burned.  I tried not to stir it in and spread the burnt smell and taste around.  I went ahead and froze the sauce as usual and prayed that I would find a way to get rid of the burnt taste when I used it.  After some internet searching I found a few different ideas.  When I made pasta the other night I tried one that involves simply adding a spoonful of peanut butter to the sauce.  Amazing.  I could still smell the burnt smell a bit but you couldn’t taste a hint of it!  Weird, but it worked and it saved me from throwing out a whole lot of sauce!

3.  The secret to easy-to-peel hard boiled farm fresh eggs:  Being chicken owners now we have a great supply of fresh eggs on hand.  I usually keep a dozen hard-boiled for snacking and adding to salads.  The problem I have been having is that peeling these fresh eggs after hard-boiling them meant loosing a good deal of the white that would stick to the shell.  A friend mentioned adding oil to the water when boiling and sure enough, it works!  I just pour in a small amount, maybe a tablespoon, to the water and boil as usual.  The peels slide right off now!


4.  Freezing in ice cube trays:  Since I do a lot of preserving throughout the year, I am always looking for new and easy ways to keep foods.  Ice cube trays have become my favorite means to do a lot of preserving.  So many things can be frozen in small amounts in ice cube trays.  Some of my favorite things to freeze in these are:  cilantro, pesto, chicken stock, onions, peppers, and slushies.  I’m sure I’m forgetting something and I’ll likely find more things to try over time.  This is a great way to add a little flavor to a dish and to get all of the work of chopping done in one sitting rather than every time I need something like onion.


1 Comment

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    Oh my Maria! I have sauce in the freezer that I couldn’t bear to serve because the same thing happened to me. It was totally burned on the bottom. And it was made with the last of my tomatoes, so I was understandably heartbroken. I can’t wait to try your trick! Thanks so much for sharing.


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