It's always nice to hear about an easier or faster way to do something--especially if that something is in the kitchen, where we spend so much of our time!
Try these time-savers!
Mix up your pancake batter in your blender,
then pour right out of your container onto the
griddle. You'll have lump-free batter and lots
less to clean up.
Having a children's birthday party? The
day before, scoop ice cream into a muffin pan
lined with paper liners. Keep in the freezer
till serving time.
For quick frosting on a cake or pan of
brownies, sprinkle a 12-oz. bag of chocolate
chips on top while cake is still warm. Let it
sit for a few minutes, the chips will be soft
enough to spread. Try using mint chocolate
We've all made small pizzas using English
muffins, but have you tried using flour tortillas?
Just top with pizza sauce and your other
favorite things, and bake at 450 degrees for
10 minutes or so.
Your kitchen shears are the best tool for cutting
fresh green beans into pieces. You can even
cut more than one bean at a time.
Instead of making a white sauce for your
veggies tonight, mix equal parts of mayo and the
water the veggies cooked in. Add salt and pepper
to your taste.
When you have cooking odors you would like to
get rid of, boil a few cinnamon sticks in water for
a few minutes.
Another way to clean up pots and pans quickly--
boil a little vinegar and water in the pan. Then
stuck on food is easily cleaned out.
Another use for your electric knife: it slices
chilled cookie dough very neatly.
Don't fry your bacon, cook it in the oven! Just
lay the slices on a cookie sheet and bake at
350 degrees until crisp and done. Easy cleanup, too.
An easy, quick way to shred carrots for carrot
cake: place pieces of carrot in blender, add eggs the
recipe calls for and blend until of desired consistency.
Want to have spaghetti for sauce but no time for
making sauce? Just blend a can of Italian diced
tomatoes and heat.
If you spill cooking oil on the floor or counter,
sprinkle flour over it; wait a few minutes for it to
absorb and wipe or sweep up.
An easy way to peel a tomato: rub all over with
the back of a knife. Then it peels easily.
Use a small funnel to easily and quickly separate
an egg. The white will go through, while the yolk
will stay in the funnel.
How you spend your time is more important than how you
spend your money. Money mistakes can be corrected,
but time is gone forever. ---David Norris
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Cyndi Roberts is the editor of the "1 Frugal Friend 2 Another"
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