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30 Cool Cooking & Seasoning Trick!

By Cynthia

Here's some great tips to use and teach your children. They are super cleaver and so easy to do and remember!

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1. Use ice cube trays to freeze small portions of pesto, broth, apple sauce and meat sauce. Transfer the cubes to a Ziploc bag and then use as needed.
2. When baking, apple sauce can be substituted for oil.
3. To make peeling and mincing garlic easier, mash the clove with the flat part of the knife.
4. Roll lemons or limes between the counter and the heel of your hand to make them easier to juice.
5. If measuring out both oil/butter and honey put the oil or butter in your measuring cup first then the honey will slide right out.
6. Put bread ends or scraps into a freezer bag to save for homemade croutons, stuffing, or breadcrumbs. You can also cut them into fun shapes and use the croutons on salads or in soups
7. Discard the seeds from hot peppers to reduce the heat a bit and allow the pepper flavor to be appreciated.
8. Disassemble a pomegranate in a bowl of water! Seeds sink, pulp floats.
9. Rub your hands on stainless steel, (I usually use my kitchen faucet) to get rid of the garlic smell. Just one quick rub works for me.
10. To keep sliced apples from browning, soak them in a mixture of cold water and salt.
11. Store onions in the fridge or soak them in cold water to help with watery eyes.
12. Clean & prep as much of your produce as possible when you bring it home. This makes it much easier to put together for lunch or dinner after a long day at work.
13. Don’t store apples and bananas near each other. Apples give off a gas that makes the bananas ripen (and go soft) much faster!
14. CAREFULLY sink your knife blade into the seed of an avocado to remove, and then scoop the meat out with a spoon.
15. Don’t store potatoes and onions together, it causes eyes in your potatoes.
16. Pull your bananas apart when you get home, it’ll slow down the ripening.
17. If your house smells like onions or garlic, simmer a pot with 1/2 inch of water, 1/2 inch of white vinegar and a cinnamon stick and in minutes the odors will be neutralized.
18. Briefly soak berries with equal parts water with vinegar to kill mold spores and keep berries fresh longer.
19. Save the zest from citrus, (oranges, limes, lemons) in a ziploc in the freezer for later.
20. Toss berries in flour before baking in muffins or bread and they’ll' be more evenly distributed.
21. To peel a hard-boiled egg, crack it all over, roll under your palm, then use a spoon to get under the skin and peel it. Most often, it’ll come off in one fell swoop.
22. If you buy spinach in the plastic container, flip it over in the fridge each day to prevent condensation from wilting the leaves.
23. Squeeze lemon (or any citrus juice) on sliced apples and it will keep them from browning.
24. To get the most “meat” off of a pineapple; twist the top spikes off, cut the bottom part off (to make an even stand,) then just slice off the sides, entering the fruit’s peel at an angle.
25. Flip any nut butter upside down and set it in the cabinet for a couple days before opening. It mixes all the oil into the rest of the nut butter.
26. When you buy berries of any sort take them out of the plastic container and line the container with paper towels. Then place berries back in. This helps to keep berries fresher longer and Instead of turning into mush, they dry out
27. Transfer frozen fruit to a Ziploc bag once it’s open. You’ll be able to identify it in an overstuffed freezer, and it won’t get freezer burned.
28. If using raw chopped onions in a dish, soak them in cold water first to draw out the sulfites.
29. If you over salt something, (soup, stew ect.), throw a potato in the pot. It will suck up the salt and help save the dish!
30. Cook pasta 1 minute less than the package instructions say and then cook it with the rest of the sauce.

-Cynthia Besson- LHT Revolution

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