I have been going through some church cookbooks again. These cookbooks are treasures, full of not only great recipes, but useful information. I thought I would pass a few onto you. I hope you like them and find them helpful.
1. Use styrofoam egg cartons as trays, when you need extra ice for parties.
2. Store a carton of cottage cheese upside down, it will keep twice as long.
3. Place bay leaves in a tea ball, to add to soups or stews, you don't have to worry about finding it to remove later on.
4. For an instant white sauce:blend together 1 cup butter and 1 cup flour. Spread into an ice cube tray and chill it well. Pop them out and store in a zip lock bag in the refrig or freezer. For medium thick sauce, drop 1 cube into 1 cup milk and heat slowly, stir as it thickens.
5. Out of ginger ale? Mix equal parts of Coke and 7-up.
6. For fluffier omelets, add a pinch of cornstarch before beating.
7.Popcorn should always be stored in the freezer. It will stay fresh and freezing eliminates "old maids".
8. When a drain is clogged with grease, pour a cup of salt and a cup of baking soda into the drain followed by a kettle of boiling water. The grease should dissolve and open the drain.
9. Shaving cream is a useful upholstery cleaner.
10. Club soda cleans and polishes kitchen appliances.
These are my favorites for today. I have tried most, but #2, I just found that one amusing, I have no idea why that would be. I have not tried #9 but #10 does surprisingly work
I do use #4 the white sauce trick, it really does work.
Enjoy your week.
There aren't enough days in the weekend.~Rod Schmidt