Juggling Jugs

You have a mess underneath you sink, but you have no idea you can organize it so that you can still find what you need.

The next time you have an empty plastic jug from milk or other items, clean it out well.  Cut off the top to the height that you want and clean it well.

Now you can fill it with gloves, sponges and other little items that are usually running rampant under your sink.

It will also keep residual water from dripping onto the bottom of the cabinet and making everthing else wet in the process.

Deft Defrosting

You just realized that it is almost time for dinner and you don’t have anything defrosted.  You peek in the freezer and pick out a cut of meat, now to get it defrosted…..

Place the meat into a tightly sealed bag and place in a large bowl or pan of warm water.  Start preparing your meal and turn it occasionally.

Depending on the cut of meat it should be mostly defrosted and ready for use in 10-20 minutes.

Soggy Salad

You hate it when you are serving salad and there is still water in your salad and it makes it soggy.  You have tried the salad spinner, and still it is soggy.

The next time that you make up your salad, before putting it in the bowl, grab a saucer.  Place it upside down in the bowl, then place in your salad fixings.

As the water begins to drip off of your fixings, it will drain to the bottom of the bowl and under the saucer to keep it away from your salad.

Puffy Parchment

You are baking a recipe that asks you to place parchment paper down, but the only problem is that it keeps curling up on you.

Reach to your refrigerator for a solution.  Grab a couple of magnets and place them at the corners of your parchment paper.  When it is all done placing your cookies or treats on the pan, just remove the magnets before baking.

Wintery Wine

You forgot to chill the wine and you need it for your dinner.   You can try this quick tip to chill it quickly.

Grab a dish towel and get it totally wet.  Wring it out and wrap it around your bottle of wine.  Now just pop in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes.

If you need it quicker put it in the freezer for 10-15 minutes. Don’t forget to set a timer if you put it in the freezer.  I have forgotten a bottle or two…..

Candied Citrus Peel

You have a recipe that asks for candied citrus peel, but you can’t find it.  It is actually pretty easy to make on your own with just a few ingredients.

First you have to decide which kind of peel you want.  You will need:

2 Grapefruit, or 3 Oranges, or 4 Lemon, 1 1/2 Cup Sugar and 1 Cup Water.

Using a knife, cut the ends off of your fruit.  Next, gently cut off this colored skin of the fruit, leaving most of the “pith” (the white stuff) on the fruit.  Cut the peel into pieces about 1/4 inch wide and as long as you want.  I usually make them about and inch to 2 inches long.

In a medium pan, bring a pan filled about 2/3 full of water to a boil.  After the water is to boiling drop in your peel. Boil for about 10 minutes.  Remove the peel with a slotted spoon, and place on a wire rack that has been set inside a baking pan.  Let cool and dry for about 15-20 minutes.

While the peel is cooling, remove all but 1 cup of water from your pan and add 1 cup of sugar.  Heat on high heat, until all sugar is dissolved.  You can stir occasionally to prevent burning.

Add your peel to the water/sugar mixture and continue to boil until the syrup begins to thicken, about 8-10 minutes.

Remove the peel from the hot liquid using and slotted spoon, and place back on wire rack, making sure that none of the pieces are touching. Let cool and dry for about an hour.

Place a half a cup of sugar into a bowl, and toss the peel in the sugar until well coated.  Let dry for about another hour, then place into tightly sealed container.

These will keep at room temperature for about 3 weeks.

Can be used as a palette cleanser, dip in chocolate for a sweet treat, finely chop and add to muffin or bread batter,  or garnish desserts.  The sky is the limit for these sweet treats!

Easy Chips

Chips for snacking on can get expensive, and a lot are not very good for you.  You can make your own at home with leftover tortillas, warps and pita bread.

Grab any leftover type of flat bread that you have left over.  Preheat your oven to 375f.  Cut into triangles or any other shape that you might want and brush with olive oil.

At this point you can sprinkle on salt and herbs for flavoring.  Place on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15minutes until crisp.

You can enjoy your new tasty treats with hummus, salsa or any other dip.

Kitchen Clutter

You have a ton of little kitchen tools.  They are buried in drawers and hard to find when you need them.  There is a quick and easy way to organize them so that you can have them at hand when needed.

When you are shopping, find an over the door shoe rack that it clear.  Mount it on the back of the pantry door, or mount it on the wall in an out of the way location.

Now much find those little tools and drop one into each pocket.

The next time that you need a specific tool, you can find it quickly and easily and they will stay organized instead of jumbled up in a drawer.

Plunging Peaches

You love eating fresh peaches, but when you are baking the skin can get really tough.  Removing the skin is quite simple if done correctly.

Place a large pan of water onto the stove to boil.  Fill a large bowl with cold water and a few ice cubes.

With a knife, cut an X just through the skin on the bottom of each peach.

Place each peach into the boiling water for 20 seconds (Ripe) to 60 seconds (Thicker Skins)

Remove the peaches from the water and place into the bowl of cold water and peel off the skin.  If the skin is stubborn, dunk it back into the hot water for another 20-40 seconds, then back to the cool water.

If the skin still won’t come off, you can use a vegetable peeler to finish removing the skin.

Saffron Saavy

You have a recipe that asks for saffron. It is so expensive that you don’t want to mess up the recipe.  If the recipe does not state exactly how to prep the saffron, you can do this to get it ready for use.

In a small bowl combine the saffron requested and about a tablespoon of hot water or stock that is requested in your recipe.  Let sit for about 10 minutes before adding to your recipe.