kitchen tips from a cooking enthusiast

Over the past year or so, I have gleaned a lot of very useful kitchen tips, both out of necessity and curiosity. This is what I’ve learned so far:

  • Keep fruit flies at bay by setting out a bowl of water with vinegar and dish soap. They are attracted to the vinegar then the soap kills them.
  • A cookie sheet, with a plate on top to weigh it down, is a viable alternative to a Crockpot lid
  • Place hardened brown sugar in a bowl next to a cup of hot water; microwave for 1-2 minutes to re-moisten the sugar
  • An oven mitt with a silicone side can serve double-duty as a jar opener
  • A step-top trash can is worth the investment
  • Microwaving sponges help prevent that gross sponge smell and kills bacteria
  • An immersion blender is the best $15 investment ever
  • Plastic grocery store containers (like the ones feta comes in) make great reusable Tupperware
  • Zucchini does not need to  be blanched before freezing. Simply grate it and place it in a Ziploc bag. This was helpful when I bought 7 zucchini for $1.50 and couldn’t use them all at once!
  • 1/2 a cup of coffee grounds = 8 cups of coffee
  • Freeze coffee grounds to keep them fresh
  • Coffee cubes are great for preventing watered-down coffee on hot summer days
I’m sure I’ll think of more tips soon, but feel free to post yours in the comment sections [My stats tell me that you’re out there, so I encourage you to comment!]

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