Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Top 10 Kitchen Rescue Tips

I recently found a book (at the local thrift shop for $.50) called the Frugal Senior. No, I'm not a senior, but frugal is frugal whatever your age.

Ten Kitchen Rescue ideas by author Rich Gray:

  1. Rescue an Over-Salted Dish: drop a peeled potato into the cooking pot. The potato will absorb exess salt as it cooks. ... just remember to remove the potato before serving.
  2. Rescue Over-Baked Cookies and Cakes: drizzle a combination of sugar syrup and some form of liqueur over them. (brandy, Grand Marnier, Kahlua etc)
  3. Oops! Don't Have Salmon?: In a recipe calling for canned salmon, canned tuna serves as an inexpensive substitute.
  4. Rescue Those Bananas! Brown, overripe bananas can be tossed in the freezer. With or without peel doesn't matter. (I store it in its peel). Use for baking muffins, cakes, etc.
  5. Leftovers: Don't throw them away! Use them to make another meal or three. Careful meal planning helps to avoid leftovers or use them effectively.
  6. Rescue Rock Hard Raisins: Cover with cold water in a pan, bring to a boil and turn off heat. Let sit for 5 minutes. Drain, cool, and they're ready for use.
  7. Rescue Used Cooking Oil: Oil used for cooking fish can be reused - you can remove the 'fish taste' by cooking potatoes in the oil. Potatoes will absorb the taste and voila - usable cooking oil.
  8. Rescue Bacon Grease: rather than tossing bacon grease, freeze it. (freeze in ice cube trays is Gray's suggestion) Then use in recipies that call for bacon grease. (I personally only have one recipe that calls for grease - gravy)
  9. Revive Stale Crackers: Spread crackers on a baking sheet and bake at 300F for 5 minutes. Cool completely before storing in air-tight container.
  10. Rescue Smelly Sponges: Kitchen sponges getting a bit nasty? Toss it in the dishwasher - it helps to deodorize and sanitize them.
I haven't used them all, but the ones I have definately worked for me!

Happy Kitchen Rescuing! :)

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