Useful Kitchen Tid Bits To Know

Eileen Hineline


These are a few good helpful hints to keep on hand should you ever need them. I found them in a old cookbook my mom gave me years ago.

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tea or cider
calorie free club soda
hot chocolate
oranges and lemons


1Butter Tips:
Cut the butter into small chunks: Small chunks soften much more quickly than the whole stick, especially if placed near the warming stove.
2.Pound the butter: This is a fun way to take out your frustrations! Put the butter in a ziplock bag and use a rolling pin or meat pounder to flatten the butter.This softens the butter while still keeping it cool. A few minutes on the counter and the butter will be up to room temperature.
3.Set the butter over a warm water bath if you're in a real hurry. Pour a few cups of very hot (just below boiling) water into a double boiler or a sauce pan with a metal bowl nested inside. Put the butter over the water bath and allow to soften. Keep an eye on it so the butter doesn't start to melt.
2Juice Tip-
Always chill juices or sodas before adding them to beverage recipes.
3Tea Tip-
To add flavor to tea, dissolve old-fashioned lemon drops or hard mint candies in tea. They melt quickly and keep the tea brisk.
4Make your own spiced tea or cider. Place orange peels, whole cloves, and cinnamon sticks in a 6-inch square piece of cheesecloth. Gather the corners and tie with a string. Steep in hot cider or tea for 10 minutes or longer if you want a stronger flavor.
5Calorie-free club soda adds sparkle to iced fruit juices and reduces calories per portion.
6Punch Tip-
To cool your punch, float an ice ring made from the punch rather than using ice cubes. It appears more decorative and also inhibits melting and diluting.
7Hot Chocolate Tip
Place fresh or dried mint in the bottom of a cup of your hot chocolate for a cool and refreshing taste.
8Lemon or Orange juice tip-
When making fresh orange juice or lemonade, one lemon yields about 1/4th cup juice. One orange yields about 1/3 cup juice.
9Coffee Tip
Never boil coffee, it brings out acids and causes a bitter taste. Store ground coffee in the refrigerator or freezer to keep it fresh.
10Coffee Tip
Always use cold water for electric drip coffee makers. Use 1 -2 tablespoons ground coffee for each cup of water.

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Main Ingredient: Non-Edible or Other
Regional Style: American