Posts Tagged ‘kitchen tip Tuesday’

Kitchen Tips Tuesday: Home Scents

August 27, 2013

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No matter how clean you may be, sometimes the house smells a bit “off.”  Last night’s dinner may still be lingering, or perhaps it’s just a bit stuffy. We have a simple, natural trick that we use to scent the air.

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Take a small pot of water and add cinnamon, cloves, orange or lemon peels, and bring it to a simmer on the stove. The aroma will permeate the area, leaving the house smelling like fresh baked pie. Just be careful to watch it to make sure that the water doesn’t completely evaporate.

Warning: Could cause extreme baked goods cravings!

photos: Glasshouse Images

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Kitchen Tip Tuesday: Hulling Strawberries

July 23, 2013

This time of year, strawberries are abundant. Hulling them, is not a fun task. I confess most of the time, I just hack the green tops off and go,creating a lot of waste, and a less than beautiful berry.

Now that I have discovered this little trick, they will be perfectly hulled from now on.

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How to Hull a Strawberry:

Insert a plastic straw into the bottom of the strawberry and gently push it through, causing the white hull and the green top to pop right off. How easy is that?
I can’t wait to try it out on my next batch of berries!

Photos: Strawberry tops: indigo jones

3 berries: Glasshouse Images

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Kitchen Tip Tuesday: Eggshells

March 26, 2013

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Cracking eggs often results in tiny shards of eggshell falling into the bowl. Those slippery little devils cling to the egg white, and are hard to fish out with a fork or even a finger.

Did you know that using a piece of the discarded egg shell as a scoop makes this an easy task? The eggshells are attracted to one another and you can remove those little pieces quickly and easily.

Upping your egg cracking technique can further eliminate the problem from the source.

There is great debate as to whether you should crack the egg on a flat surface, such as a counter top, or use the side of the bowl or pan.

Advocates of the flat surface technique claim that they get less shell fragments that way, as they tend to stick to the membrane vs. getting forced back inside the egg itself.  Gently smash the side of an egg on the counter top and using your thumbs to separate the shell, open the egg over the bowl or pan taking care not to break the yolks. That’s it. Hopefully,this eliminates the need to go yolk diving, but if you happen to have a mishap, no worries. You now know how to easily remove them.

BTW, uncooked eggs are a source of salmonella. Always wash your hands after handling raw eggs. poultry and meat.

photo: Glasshouse Images

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