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useful kitchen tid bits to know

Recipe by
Eileen Hineline
Coolidge, AZ

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.

method No-Cook or Other

Ingredients For useful kitchen tid bits to know

  • butter
  • juice
  • tea
  • tea or cider
  • calorie free club soda
  • punch
  • hot chocolate
  • oranges and lemons
  • coffee

How To Make useful kitchen tid bits to know

  • 1
    Butter 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.
  • 2
    Juice Tip- Always chill juices or sodas before adding them to beverage recipes.
  • 3
    Tea 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.
  • 4
    Make 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.
  • 5
    Calorie-free club soda adds sparkle to iced fruit juices and reduces calories per portion.
  • 6
    Punch 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.
  • 7
    Hot Chocolate Tip Place fresh or dried mint in the bottom of a cup of your hot chocolate for a cool and refreshing taste.
  • 8
    Lemon 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.
  • 9
    Coffee 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.
  • 10
    Coffee Tip Always use cold water for electric drip coffee makers. Use 1 -2 tablespoons ground coffee for each cup of water.