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After chopping onions, rub your hands gently with salt to remove the smell of onions on your hands; or rub hands on stainless steel sink to remove odors.
Add a sheet of foil under the napkin in your bread basket to keep bread warm longer.
Add a marshmallow to the top of each cupcake during the last two minutes of baking to make a quick frosting.
Add celery leaves to your skillet to prevent bacon from splattering while frying.
To determine if an egg is fresh, immerse it in a pan of cool, salted water. If it sinks, it is fresh, but if it rises to the surface, throw it away.
To care for your iron skillet, slather with solid Crisco shortening and bake upside down on protected, foil covered cookie sheet for 1 - 2 hours at 300 degrees. Repeat as often as necessary to prevent sticking. If it gets really soiled, rub with sea salt and a plastic scratch pad. In extreme cases if it gets really, really dirty or if it is new, Martha Stewart says wash and scrub clean with water and a soapy brillo pad and this is the ONLY time you ever put soap on a black skillet. Wash inside, outside and the handle. Dry completely! Season with shortening as many times as it takes to prevent sticking.
To prevent eggshells from cracking, add a pinch of salt to the water before hard-boiling.
You can tell if baking powder or soda is still working if it fizzles when you add a teaspoonful of hot water.
Sprinkle salt on a spill in the oven and you can finish baking without worry. When you are done baking, the salt will have turned to ash and the spill will be easy to clean.
When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead and there will not be any white mess on the outside of the cake.
To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.
Two pounds of potatoes equals about 6 medium potatoes.
To make baking powder, add 2 tablespoons of baking soda to 4 tablespoons of cream of tartar. Sift together 3 times.
To make 1 cup of whole milk from skim milk, mix 5/8 cup skim milk and 3/8 cup of half and half or mix 1/2 cup of evaporated milk and 1/2 water. Skim milk will make baked goods dry and tough.
To make buttermilk add 2 tablespoons of vinegar or lemon juice to 1 cup of milk. Allow it to set for 5 minutes or more.
To make cake flour, for each cup of all-purpose flour, remove 2 tablespoons and replace with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch.
One pound of confectioners' sugar equals 3 cups.
To make 1 square of unsweetened chocolate, combine 3 tablespoons cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon of butter.
To make heavy cream, add 1/3 cup melted butter to Ό cup of milk. (Follow this for baking and cooking only, NOT for whipped cream.)
To substitute cream of tartar, for ½ teaspoon use 1½ teaspoons of lemon juice.
One pound of flour equals 2 1/4 cups.
To measure herbs, 1 teaspoon of dried herbs equals 1 tablespoon of fresh.
To make pumpkin pie spice, mix ½ teaspoon of cinnamon, Ό teaspoon of ginger, 1/8 teaspoon of allspice and 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg.
To make cinnamon/sugar, mix 4 teaspoons cinnamon to 1 cup sugar.
To substitute for shallots, use red onions.
To make sour cream, place a coffee filter in a strainer and place yogurt in strainer and set in refrigerator overnight.
To make a 15-ounce can of tomato sauce, combine a small can of tomato paste with 1½ cups of water.
To make whipped cream, chill a 13-ounce can of evaporated milk for 12 hours. Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Whip until stiff.
Place unbaked cookies in the freezer 10 minutes before baking and they will retain their shape.
Celery will keep longer, if wrapped in foil and then put in the refrigerator.
Place a slice of fresh apple in hardened brown sugar to soften it.
When boiling corn, add a pinch of sugar to the water to help bring out the natural sweetness of the corn.
To cure headaches, cut a lime in half and rub it on your forehead; the throbbing should go away.
To prevent a soggy bottom crust on a fruit pie, beat 1 egg white and paint on crust.
Raw potatoes will remove stains off your hands. Just rub and rinse with water.
To rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap on the area to get relief.
To make an ice pack, mix 1 cup of alcohol and 3 cups of water; freeze in doubled zip-lock bags.
To remove a splinter, put Scotch tape over the splinter, then pull it off. May need to repeat.
Uses for Alka-Seltzer:
Drop 2 tablets in a toilet, wait 20 minutes, brush and flush.
Clean a vase with 2 tablets and fill with water.
Polish jewelry with 2 tablets in a glass of water, add jewelry and wait 2 minutes.
To unclog a drain, drop 3 tablets down the drain, followed by a cup of vinegar wait a few minutes, then run hot water down drain.
Window Cleaner (Winfrey Bates)
1 gallon distilled water (pour out 2 cups)
2 cups alcohol
2 tablespoons ammonia
1 tablespoon Dawn (no substitutions)
Mix ingredients and let set overnight. Pour into spray bottles. Works best with microfiber cloths. DO NOT USE ON MARBLE, GRANITE, NATURAL STONE OR MIRRORS. The ammonia will etch natural stone and damage the silver on mirrors. Omit the ammonia for use on mirrors and stone.