Featured Pinch Tips Video
1Soften Marshmallows: Slice open the top of a marshmallow bag then place in a large ziploc freezer bag. Freeze. Remove the amount of frozen marshmallows you need as you need them. Thaw and they’re soft and ready to use. If you have hard marshmallows in the pantry, try tossing a piece or two of sliced bread in the bag. Seal, then check after a few days. The marshmallows should be soft again.
2Flour Bugs: Keep a couple bay leaves in the flour canister to help deter the bugs (flour Weevils) congregating in their favorite hangout. You can toss the leaves loose in the flour or make a rough pouch out of one layer of cheesecloth to keep the leaves separated from the flour. Another tip is to tape the bay leaves to the inside of the lid. Always try to keep flour and other grains in air tight containers, this will help keep pantry pests out.
3Prevent Bacon Spatters: Bacon can be quite a messy item to prepare, try lightly dusting the bacon with flour before frying. This helps prevent the spatters and meat shrinkage.
4Greaseless Griddle Cake: When making griddle cake grease the pan for the first cake. After that rub a piece of raw potato OR by rubbing the gridiron with a small bag of salt, over hot griddle instead of greasing. The cakes brown nicely and there will be no smoke.
5Remove Dough Quickly From Hands: Keep a small bowl of cornmeal nearby while kneading and working with dough. If you need to quickly answer the phone, the door, or rescue a runaway toddler while your hands are full of sticky dough, rub dry cornmeal on your hands. This removes dough faster than washing your hands in soap and water.
6Use a steamer basket to cook potatoes for mashing (instead of boiling them). The flavor is MUCH better, and you never have to worry about your potatoes being watery.
7If you cut your onion with the roots facing you it won't make you cry.
8Fish or onion odor can be removed from utensils and dishes by adding a teaspoonful of baking soda to the dish water.
9Cauliflower will remain white and give off no odor while cooking in half milk and half water. Use liquid for soup or cream sauce. or Lemon juice or vinegar in the water cauliflower is cooked in makes it keep its snowy-white color
10Cold dough spreads slowly giving the cookie time to climb before setting. , the smaller the scoop the more puff the cookie will have.
11Microwave garlic cloves for 15 seconds and the skins slip right off.
12When baking cookies , sometimes instead of using all butter that the recipe calls for, I use 1/2 butter and 1/2 crisco. My cookies do not go flat when I do this.
13To help rid the house of the odor of cooking vegetables, put a little vinegar in an open saucepan on the stove.
14Place raw fish on a coffee filter before steaming it and you can lift out the cooked fish in one piece, the fish won’t fall apart into pieces this way.