Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Tip Tuesday!

Hello, everyone. What a busy day it’s been…I almost missed working on this. But I wanted to keep the momentum going, so here goes.

A few tips that I’ve found helpful:

1) After cooling brownies completely, cut with a plastic knife. It won’t drag through and tear up the brownies, making them much more attractive.

2) When baking, be sure cream cheese, butter and eggs are at room temperature. They’ll blend much better.

3) To prevent strong odors when cooking cabbage, put a piece of lemon into the saucepan.

4) If you have fresh vegetables that are slightly wilted, pick off any blemished portion; soak in ice water with a little lemon juice for about an hour. They’ll come out nice and crisp.

5) When making an omelette, use water instead of milk. It will turn out fluffier and more tender.

6) Place carrots, potatoes and onions in the bottom of the roasting pan, then put the meat on top – all will be tender and flavorful, including the pan drippings. The vegetables make a great roasting rack for your beef or pork.

7) Place fish on a bed of onions, celery and chopped fresh parsley before placing in the oven. Again, a great and flavorful roasting rack. A few lemon slices would be great, too!

8) When freezing fresh berries, do not wash. Just place on a flat pan so they freeze individually. When frozen, store in freezer bags. Wash just before serving.

9) Roasting a whole chicken in the slow cooker is very easy. Make a ring of crimped aluminum foil and place in 5- to 6-quart slow cooker (big enough to hold chicken flat). Prepare chicken for cooking as usual, then place on top of foil ring. Season as desired. Cover and cook on Low heat for 4 to 8 hours (depends on size of the chicken), making sure to cook it to 165 degrees. After cooling, the meat can be pulled from the bones and placed in containers for immediate use or frozen for later.

10) Be sure to leave 1/2 inch of headspace in freezer containers. Contents will expand slightly when frozen.

I hope there’s something here of interest. Give the chicken a try – it’s juicy and delicious! And the aroma in the kitchen is mouthwatering.

The warm days are bringing out the blossoming trees and flowers. The winter wasn’t terrible, but we’ve been closed up so long – it’s great to open up the house and let fresh air in!

Have a great week! Please leave comments or suggestions if you’d like.

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