Turn Pro With These Old Fashioned Cooking & Baking Secrets
Katie Mooney 5/25/2017
Whether you're a superstar behind the counter, or you spend as little time in the kitchen as possible - these cooking tips are certain to step up your food prep game.
For a very long time, people have been discovering secrets in the kitchen which have helped to make the cooking process simpler, smoother, and more efficient. And, as they say, "Why reinvent the wheel?"
These timeless cooking and baking tips will have delicious smells emerging from your kitchen in no time, and keep your family coming back for more. Out with the new and in with the old - cooking and baking secrets that is!
It's time to grab your favorite apron and let's head on into the kitchen!
Some Like It Hot
Did you know...that if you dip your knife or spatula in hot water prior to icing a cake, the frosting will spread more easily? Top cookies, muffins, and pastries with creamy, dreamy, whipped deliciousness because you've got the "spreading secret!"
Curb The Curdle
If you've got milk to boil, we've got the tip to keep it from curdling! Before turning up the heat, add a pinch of baking soda to your milk to keep the curdle at bay.
Stick It To The Stickiness
The next time you prepare to measure anything ooey gooey (syrup, oil, honey), be sure to rinse your measuring cup in hot water first. This simple step will keep your ingredients where they belong (in your recipe), and off of your measuring tools!
Most of us dig our hands into the flour bin, to then dust the counter before baking. There's got to be a better way! Well, as it turns out, there is...
Rather than your normal not-so-graceful-bin-dig, try filling an empty sugar shaker with flour instead. You'll be ready to throw on your baker's cap, and dust those counters at a moment's notice.
Don't Can The Cans...
...simply restore the oxygen! You love to bake, but you don't always have fresh fruit on hand - no worries, you are certainly not alone. Sometimes canned fruit from the pantry is all we've got to work with.
But unfortunately, sometimes canned fruits just taste "canned." Open your cans an hour prior to beginning your bake-fest to restore the oxygen, and help restore the taste!
Slice Of Heaven
Need a quick and easy way to cut your refrigerated cookie dough? Think cheese...cutter that is! A wire cheese cutter makes the perfect tool for perfectly sliced cookies.
Lose The Lump
If your homemade gravy has lumps - we've got the smoothing secret for you! Adding a bit of salt to your thickening flour will prevent clumping, and ensure smooth gravy sailing.
Bring Back The Bread
Could your aging bread use a little pick-me-up? If so, boil a small amount of water in a pot, and then remove from the heat. Place your bread in a heat-safe bowl, place the bowl inside of the pot, and cover.
After a few short minutes (or long, depending on how hungry you are) the steam will have softened and warmed your bread - voila!
An even quicker way to do this is to run the loaf directly under running water, then pop it back in the oven for a few minutes. By the time it comes out, no one will know it was yesterday's bread!
Baby, It's Cold Outside
When the weather cools down, there's nothing like baking. Pumpkin pies, apple cakes, and gingerbread cookies - oh my!
But unfortunately, the chill in the air sometimes causes a chill in our mixing bowl as well - making the "mixing" process difficult. Use boiling water to warm your bowl prior to creaming your ingredients together. You'll be impressed with this heating hint!
As it turns out, adding two teaspoons of vinegar to jello will keep it wiggly and jiggly, and from melting before you've gotten a chance to serve it to your guests!
Today may be an "egg white only" kinda day (we all have those) - but that doesn't mean you have to toss your yolks! To keep those egg yolks fresh, try placing them in a cup of cold water.
If you boil eggs - cracked eggs inevitably happen. To keep your broken egg (or eggs) from leaking during the boiling process, try adding a bit of vinegar or a teaspoon of salt to the water to "seal the deal!"
Paper in the printer when you desperately need to print your boarding passes - good. Paper wrapped around your fresh cuts of meat - bad. Paper wrapping is not effective for holding in the natural juices of the meat (something you want), and also causes the meat to spoil sooner (something you don't want).
A Spoonful Of Sugar
A spoonful of sugar may "make the medicine go down" - but, it also makes the height of your bread go up! Add a teaspoon of sugar to your yeast and water, and watch your homemade bread rise before your eyes.
If your rice could use a little extra TLC - think lemon. Add one teaspoon of lemon juice per quart of water when cooking rice, and enjoy the fluffy goodness!
Why not go back to the basics, and bring back the timeless cooking and baking secrets of past generations? Life can be difficult - but time spent in the kitchen doesn't have to be!
Sources: Tipnut, Best Pennywise Tips FB Image Credit: YouTube/The Bare Pantry Show, YouTube/Rachel Ray Show