Kitchen Hints, Tips and Tricks

I decided to keep an ongoing list of helpful kitchen/cooking/baking tricks of the trade on this page...I will continue to add to as I think of things, and I invite you to email me your favorite bits of wisdom as well. Just drop me an email with your first name, city and state and I will add your tip to this list!

So please email me your ideas at or leave a comment!

  • Always use a sharp is much safer and more efficient
  • Pat your meat dry before you put it in the pan to sear will get a better browning
  • Taste often...but especially before you serve
  • I like to do all of my chopping and prep type work the night before a party or event..faster easier and less clean up on party day
  • You can freeze stock , fresh lemon juice, tomato sauce, ect in icecube trays so you will have quick, flavorfull additions when cooking without having to defrost a whole container.
  • Leave a ziploc or tupperware in your freezer for chicken bones and veggie scraps you can use later for home made stock
  • ALWAYS wear gloves when working with hot peppers...and don't touch your face (I learned the hard way!)
  • Fresh ginger root really frustrates people...its hard to peel and goes bad fast. Here is what I do...peel the root with the side of a SPOON(it works great!) then cut the root into a couple of small chunks and 1 big chunk and throw in a freezer bag and freeze. you can grate the big chunk while FROZEN and it lasts forever. I use the small chucnk (they defrost faster) if I need slices!
  • If you happen to over-salt a pot of soup, just drop in a peeled potato. The potato will absorb the excess salt.
  • To clean cast iron cookwear, don’t use detergents. Just scrub them with salt and a clean, dry paper towel.
  • If your salt is clumping up, put a few grains of rice in with it to absorb excess moisture.
  •  use cooking spray when measuring sticky items such as honey & corn syrup ~Valarie NY
  • use room temperature eggs when baking for better results (they won’t spoil – they have their own “protective” covering). ~ Valarie NY
  • let steaks sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes for more tender steak ~ Valarie NY
  • Always let your meats 'rest' to redistribute the juices
  • parchment paper is you friend! USE it


  1. Parchment paper is definitely your friend! I use it every time I bake on cookie sheets!!

  2. Another substitute:

    Baking Powder:

    1 part Baking Soda & 1 part Corn Starch to 2 parts Cream of Tartar.

  3. Hey that you? How is Italy going? Tell Sarah to bring back some recipe ideas!
    Thanks Val for the tip!

  4. Nyeri haid atau dismenorea disebabkan oleh dinding otot rahim yang berkontraksi sehingga menekan pembuluh darah di sekitarnya. Akibatnya, pasokan oksigen ke dalam rahim terhambat dan memicu munculnya rasa nyeri di bagian bawah perut.Pada kondisi normal, sebenarnya tubuh mengalami kontraksi halus pada otot dinding rahim yang tidak terasa namun di masa menstruasi, kontraksi ini menjadi makin kencang sebagai bagian dari peluruhan dinding rahim saat haid.


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