Tuesday, February 21, 2012

It’s “Tip Tuesday”!

I hope you all had a great weekend. Ours was busy and enjoyable, and now we’re well into another busy week. Today we’ve had some light showers, but the sun is shining beautifully right now. That makes any day much more pleasant, doesn’t it?

I’m off to run some errands, but wanted to post this first.

The plan is to have each Tuesday be “Tip Tuesday” – with tips, hints and other useful information. Some will apply to cooking, some to other household departments. Many of them, I’m sure, won’t be new to you - they aren’t to me either - but sometimes we all could use a refresher course!

Today’s Tips:
1) When you buy an unsliced loaf of Italian or French bread, slice it and place in zip-close freezer bag for storage. Much easier to slice before freezing than after!

2) If you buy sliced bagels to place in the freezer, put small pieces of wax paper between the slices – they won’t stick together in the freezer, and you can remove halves without a problem.

3) Don’t store onions and potatoes in the same storage bins – they will cause each other to soften and eventually rot. I store potatoes in a bushel basket (taken out of the bag they came in) in the basement. Onions go in the metal breadbox drawer in my Hoosier cabinet in the kitchen – it’s more suitable for onions than bread.

4) To keep brown sugar soft, place a small piece of bread in the container – or keep the sugar in the freezer.

5) Don’t store apples in the same bins as other vegetables and fruit. They give off an ethylene gas that will cause other produce to ripen faster.

6) Save those bits of leftover bread, unsweetened cereal, crackers, cookies, etc. Grind them up for toppings on casseroles or desserts.

7) To keep celery longer, remove from plastic wrapper and wrap tightly in aluminum foil. It will keep much longer in the refrigerator.

8) Wash fruit such as strawberries, blueberries, etc. just before serving. They'll stay fresh longer if left unwashed in the refrigerator.

9) Don’t store milk, eggs, etc. in the refrigerator door – that area is warmer than the interior. Some refrigerators come with egg storage bins in the door, but that isn’t the best place for them.

10) It’s best to tear – not cut – fresh greens for salads. Cutting with a knife will cause them to turn brown sooner.

And for produce I love the green or blue produce bags! Those from the dollar stores work just as well as any.

I hope you all have a great day! And if you have hints or thoughts to share, please send them to me.

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