Tutorial Tuesday: Random Hints

Thursday, October 29, 2009
monkeys on the bed!


While I was cleaning this past week, I came across these pages that look like they were once part of a cookbook. They are full of helpful hints, from cooking to cleaning. Thought I'd share some with you all for my tutorial this week.  Since I don't know what book these are actually from, I can't credit them, unfortunately....

Cleaning
  • To make a simple polish for copper bottom cookware, mix equal parts flour and salt with vinegar to create a paste.  Store extra in the refrigerator. 
  • A little instant coffee will work wonders on your wood furniture.  Just make a thick paste from instant coffee and a little water, and rub it into the nicks and scrapes on your dark wood furniture.  You'll be amazed at how new and beautiful those pieces look.
  • For a clogged shower head, boil it for 15 minutes in a mixture of 1/2 cup vinegar and 1 quart water.
  • Add raw rice to the salt shaker to keep salt free flowing.
  • Ice cubes will help sharpen garbage disposal blades.
Cooking
  • A few drops of lemon juice added to simmering rice will keep the grains separated.
  • Clove, garlic, and pepper flavors get stronger when they are frozen, while sage, onion, and salt get milder.
  • A little vinegar or lemon juice added to potatoes before draining will make them extra white when mashed.
  • Egg whites need to be at room temperature for greater volume when whipped.  Good tip for making meringue.
  • When baking bread, a small dish of water in the oven will help keep the crust from getting too hard or brown.
  • To make self-rising flour, mix 4 cups flour, 2 teaspoons salt, and 2 tablespoons baking powder and store in a tightly covered container.
  • To easily flour a surface for dough, store flour in a salt shaker.
  • To avoid tears when cutting onions, try cutting under cold running water or briefly placing them in the freezer before cutting. [note:  my friend Erika also recommended coating the cutting board with vinegar....]
I hope some of those were helpful!  And, now that I have recorded the best tips, I can recycle the rest and clear out some more paper from the house--win, win!

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