Alphabetical Cooking Advice
- Bacon-Minimize bacon shrinkage by running bacon under water before frying.
- Beans A tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda in a large pot of beans while soaking them, the ‘flatulence’ caused by the beans is kept to a minimum
- Boiling eggs Add a little salt or vinegar to your boiling water when cooking eggs; a cracked egg will stay in its shell this way.
- Boiling Over- Rub butter or margarine on the rim of a pot in which you cook rice or macaroni and it won’t boil over.
- Cakes-A cake will keep longer if you place half an apple in the cake tin when storing.
- Chocolate cake Make a better chocolate cake by adding a teaspoon of vinegar to your cake mix.
- Corn- Don’t boil corn for more than 3 minutes. Place the corn directly into boiling water, and do not add salt. You will find the flavor is much better than cooking for 10 minutes or more. Corn will never get soft, no matter how long you cook it-it will only lose its taste
- Descaling fish Soak fish in salt water before descaling and the scales will come off easier.
- Frozen Vegetables- A quick way to separate frozen vegetables is to pour boiling water over them through a colander and then add them to your casserole or pot to finish cooking.
- Grating Cheese To easily shred cheese, let sit in freezer for 30 minutes.
- Icing Tips– Add a pinch of bicarbonate of soda to your icing and the icing will stay moist and prevent cracking.
- Jelly Mold– To easily remove a jelly from the mold, lightly brush mold with oil before pouring in the mixture.
- Meatballs- When making a lot of meatballs a fast and simple method is to shape the meat mixture into a log and cut off slices. The slices roll easily into balls.
- Pancakes Adding a little sugar to the batter of pancakes and waffles will make them brown more quickly.
- Pie pastry For flakier pastry, substitute 1 teaspoon vinegar for 1 teaspoon of the cold water called for in the recipe.
- Ripening Fruits and Vegetables A lots
of fruit and veg found in supermarkets today look ripe, but are hard as a rock. Put them in a brown paper bag and hide the bag away in a dark cupboard for a day or two. Use This is great tip for items such as avocados, bananas, kiwi fruit, peaches, nectarines, and many more.
- Salads Serve iceberg lettuce wedges instead of torn salad greens to save time making a salad.
- Spaghetti Sauce Put a pinch of bicarbonate of soda in spaghetti sauce to remove the acid taste from the tomatoes.
- Speedy Sauce Instant sauces can be easily created by heating a can of undiluted condensed cream soup (i.e. cream of tomato cream of mushroom, cream of chicken, cream of celery, etc.).
- Soups To remove some of the fat in soups by add a lettuce leaf to the pot. Remove the leaf after fat removal. Place a raw potato in salty soup. The potato will absorb the extra salt.
- Tenderize meat One to two table spoons of vinegar with your meat help tenderize it while you are cooking.
- Vanilla Make your own vanilla concentrate by placing 2 split and chopped vanilla pods in 1 liter of vodka or bourbon. Shaking the bottle once a day, let sit for 2-3 months, or until desired
- Vinegar used as a meat tenderizer.
Add a tablespoon to water when boiling ribs or meat for stews, and even the toughest meat will be so tender you can cut with fork or will fall off the bone.
Vegetable colour Add vinegar to the water when boiling vegetables to retain color.
- Wilted vegetables. Perk up wilted vegetables. Soak in 2 cups water, 1 tablespoon vinegar
- Wooden Skewers When using wooden skewers for kebabs, soak in cold water for 10-30 minutes to prevent them from burning.