TIPS AND TRICKS PART II
& Techniques in the kitchen for food . . . and other
useful tricks -part 2
Test baking soda for freshness by pouring 1/2 teaspoon
vinegar or lemon juice over the baking soda. If doesn't
actively bubble, it's too old to be effective. Pour
it down the drain and buy a new box!
A better way to keep celery fresh (and it works for
Romaine lettuce as well) is to wrap it with a damp
paper towel and then put it in a plastic bag with
as little air as possible and refrigerate.
Popcorn will keep longer if stored in the freezer.
Keep brown sugar wrapped in another plastic bag in
the freezer to make it
last longer without hardening. Take it out to thaw
about 15 minutes before
you need to use it, then return the remaining portion
to the freezer.
When making drop cookies, make a large batch, form
into balls and freeze on cookie sheet. When frozen
put into zip lock bags and store in freezer. Later,
just remove amount needed from freezer, place on cookie
sheets and bake while still frozen. This way you will
always have a variety of cookies on hand.
on an episode of Oprah
If you spill red wine on a carpet, pour white wine
right over it. The white will neutralize the red wine.
Follow with light soap and water and blot with a thick
section was the idea of Shirley Cline from San Fransisco.
We all have useful little ideas or techniques we use
which are always worth passing on but we don't because
we assume everyone knows them already. The fact is we
was a great inspiration when I first started working
on the idea of creating a recipe and cooking web site.
Not only did she encourage me but she also supplied
a great many recipes and other pieces which are featured
throughout the site. Her great achievement was to teach
me to cook risotto over the internet!
I never had the chance to meet Shirley, or even talk
to her, I regarded her as a good friend. It was with
great sadness that I learnt that she passed away in
Autumn 2004 and that there would be no more emails.
I think she will be sadly missed by a lot of people
like me to whom she gave such pleasure with the sharing
or her recipes. The pleasure my children have had from
her recipe for Strawberries
with Balsamic Vinegar and Mint - not to mention
the fights for seconds - has been a joy to behold.