Wednesday, March 30, 2016

No More Boiling Messes

You know all those times you are cooking away on the stove and leave to go quickly do something else? Only to come back to one heck of a mess - especially if it's a really starchy item you are cooking! Well I have the answer - putting a wooden spoon across the top of a pot will completely stop your water from boiling over. TRY IT!

Wrinkle Free Mornings!

Hang a wrinkled garment (shirt or dress) in the bathroom before taking a hot shower. The steam will help get the wrinkles out AND you don't need to waste hydro throwing it in the dryer for those few minutes!

Ridding your Kitchen of Pesky Fruit Flies

Take a lemon and cut into two halves. Place them in your oven directly on the rack and leave the oven door open for a few hours (you can even do it overnight!) Take an aluminum tray and place at the bottom of your oven to catch the flies. In the morning, close the oven door and turn the broiler on. Let the oven cool, toss the citrus, and wipe out the base of the oven OR remove the tray. The flies are will be gone - and not to mention, your kitchen will smell heavenly!

How to Quickly & Effectively Clean your Coffeemaker

How often do you actually take the time to thoroughly clean your coffee maker? Even if its a Tassimo or Keurig? Well with this simple trick, you will be doing it a lot more frequently!

Run 1 part vinegar + 1 part water through a brew cycle in your coffeemaker and the result will be like brand new.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Properly Cleaning your Kitchen Mixer

Wiping down with a wet, soapy rag can do in a pinch, BUT what do we do to give it a REALLY deep clean that mixer needs?To clean out all of those nasty dried bits ( think: flour, dried egg, batter, cocoa powder, etc.) that get stuck in the crevices of stand mixers, use either a toothpick OR the end of a wooden skewer. It's satisfying to excavate all of the materials of baking projects past and then wipe them up with a damp cloth. I also make sure to unscrew the little knob where you can affix attachments to the mixer; there's always a lot of gunk hiding under there as well!

Freshen Up Those Stale Chips

There's no need to toss old chips once they become stale. Just put them on a microwave-safe plate, add a splash of olive oil and nuke on full power for 10 seconds. Like new again!

Friday, March 25, 2016

The RIGHT Way to Cut Your Watermelon

Instead of slicing the melon into wide wedges that inevitably get juice all over your face, chin AND hands, cut the fruit (or any other melon) in half, then slice it in a grid. That will give you evenly sized slices that each have a bit of rind at the bottom to act as a convenient handle - which is amazing for tiny fingers!