Quick and Easy Cooking Tips

cooking tipsThe following cooking tips are a few ideas you can use in the kitchen to make your cooking easier. I have learned thru the years, ways to make meal planning easy. If you’re raising young children  it’s a trial sometimes to get meals ready on time. So here are a few hints to you keep cool.

Plan your meal ahead for dinner and make sure you have all the items that you need. Next while it’s quiet or nap time, peel the veggies or potatoes you need. Measurer out what you will need for casseroles or a dish that is new.

Keep a mixture of flour, salt and pepper handy in a large shaker, for flouring meats, poultry or fish.

Make crumbs easily by saving crackers or plain cookies and crushing them in plastic or paper bag with a rolling pin for coating fish or chicken.

Cooking beans, soak overnight and drain water and refill with fresh and cook. Do Not add salt until they are done. They will turn hard. Add seasonings when they are 3/4 done.

Use a colander to wash your veggies or salad greens ahead of time and leave them on a paper towel to drain.

Muffin pan, use a large or small pan to make stuffed peppers, gelatin molds, baked apples, etc. There are many uses for muffin tins.

Why make plain biscuits, add small pinches of dried herbs into the dough to vary the taste.  Dried sage or basil even roasted garlic are some of my favorites. You can cut the dough into shape with a small biscuit cutter or cookie cutter .

Don’t buy herbs in large containers they start losing their flavor quickly. Buy fresh or you can grow your own.  If you storing some in your preps, vacuum sealing them in glass jars or mylar bags will extend their shelf life.

Check to see if your eggs are fresh by placing them in a bowl full of water. If they rise to the top, they aren’t as fresh as they should be! You want an egg that sits at the bottom, or near to it.

Have a burned pan, use baking soda. Cover the bottom of the pan with baking soda and add a little water to make a paste. Let set for a while and scrub out with brillo pad or steel wool. You can also boil on stove and let set till it cools and then scrub.

If you peel onions under water, your eyes won’t water.

Add a pinch of salt to the water before boiling eggs. This will help to prevent the shells from cracking.

After boiling vegetables, use the remaining water for stock.

Have two really good knifes. One a paring knife for potatoes and cutting small stuff and a larger one for cutting vegetables and meat. Don’t use them for everything else and keep them sharp.

If any of these cooking tips help even just one person I am happy. All my cooking was trial and error so happy cooking.

Preparedness Mom,

 

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