Happy Spring! What a gorgeous day it is, too. It’s too nice to be inside working, but that’s what I do.
There are dozens and dozens of uses for plain old vinegar, but here are a few that apply to the kitchen:
1) To clean microwave, place a mixture of 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup water inside. Heat on High for 2 minutes – mixture should be boiling. Let stand with door closed at least 15 minutes, then wipe clean with damp cloth or sponge.
2) Rub wooden cutting boards with vinegar to disinfect.
3) Add a little white vinegar to water when poaching eggs – they will hold their shape better.
4) When boiling fresh vegetables, add 1 to 2 teaspoons white vinegar to the water. This will help keep their color and crispness.
5) Use vinegar in meat marinades for tender meats.
6) To clear kitchen sink drain, add 1/3 cup baking soda, then 1/2 cup vinegar. Flush with boiling water. Doing this on a regular basis will help keep drains running free.
7) A good natural kitchen cleaner – equal parts vinegar and water.
8) When making molded gelatin, add 1 teaspoon vinegar. It will be more firm and hold up better, especially in the warm weather.
9) Per owner’s manual instructions, run vinegar through your coffeemaker to remove mineral deposits. Be sure to rinse well with water.
10) Add about 2 tablespoons vinegar to water in which you are boiling eggs. It helps keep them from cracking.
That was the “sour”, now for the sweet. I bought fresh pears a few days ago, and they all decided to get ripe at once. Last night I peeled them, cut them in half and cored them. Then I rubbed them all with soft butter, leaving a small portion in the cavity. On top I placed a mixture of Splenda brown sugar, a little cinnamon and some toasted slivered almonds. They baked in a 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes. Delicious! Especially with a scoop of ice cream. Give it a try.
I hope you all have a very good week. Take care.