I have some unexpected (but totally in a good way) tricks to help make cooking easier and I can't wait to share them with you. Some of these have been in my family for years while other tips I've learned only recently. There are so many ways to use ordinary items from our fridge and cabinets to help make preparing meals (and cleaning up after them) easier. I think you'd be surprised. So let's get to it!
1. To prevent grease splatters just add a few dashes of salt to your pan before beginning to fry foods that can splatter. You'll be able to cook without pain and you won't have to clean off all that grease from your cooktop.
2. Want to know a secret to making fluffier omelets? For every 3 eggs used just add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. It works like magic!
3. To keep a pot from boiling over there are 2 easy tricks you can use. The first is to stick a toothpick, laid flat, between the lid and the pot. The little space will allow steam to escape thus preventing the pot from boiling over. You can also use a wooden spoon, laid straight across the pot. I use this simple trick all the time and it really does work!
4. Don't want to lay that wooden spoon on the counter after you've been cooking with it? No problem! You know those holes in the handles to your pots and pans? Just stick your wooden spoon in there. Now there's no need to worry about cleaning extra food or spills off the counters.
5. Need to soften hardened brown sugar? Chip off a piece of the brown sugar and wrap it up in aluminum foil. Then bake it in the oven at 300 degrees for 5 minutes.
6. Want to know the neatest trick when it comes to dusting your cake pans or muffin cups? Put flour into a large salt shaker and sprinkle away. Then just keep it in your pantry until you need to use it again! I think kids would really get a kick out of this.
7. To help keep rice from sticking together add a spoonful of lemon juice to the boiling water while cooking. When the rice is done just let it cool for a few minutes and fluff with a fork before serving. Easy as rice pie.
8. There's a faster (and easier) way to clean that cheesy cheese grater. Just use an old tooth brush! It works like a charm and you don't have to worry about tearing up a wash cloth or sponge.
9. To get stubborn burnt-on stains off enamel pans soak the pan overnight in saltwater. The next day just boil the saltwater in the pan, the stains should lift right off.
Last but not least...
10. To keep your cookbook (or one you're borrowing) from getting splattered cover the book with plastic wrap. You'll be able to read the directions and keep the book clean at the same time! Pretty nifty eh?
There you have it, ten tips that will hopefully make cooking and cleaning a little easier! Have any other tips you'd like to add? Feel free!