There was such great response the first time I blogged about Kitchen Tips that I’m offering some more to help you out in the kitchen with some little known facts.
– Keep Brownies Moist – Brownies will dry out if you cut into them before letting them cool completely. Their moisture escapes when they are cut before cooling.
– Stabilize Whipped Cream – Use Powdered Sugar (Confectioners Sugar) to whip cream for dessert toppings instead of regular sugar. The whipped cream will remain stabilized longer and you’ll be able to store it over night in the fridge…just give it a good stir when ready to use and it will be like fresh whipped! Don’t forget to add some vanilla extract when whipping to add a nice flavor.
– How to Store Leftover Stock or Broth – If you’ve got a partially full container of broth or stock left over from cooking, fill ice cube trays (or very small containers) with your left over broth. Freeze, then pop them out like they were ice cubes. Then store the “ice cubes” in your freezer for use another time. No more wasted cans of stock. In addition, I’ll often freeze a small amount (like 1/2 cup) in a freezer bag, then it’s readily available to me when needing just about that amount.
– Baking on Humid Days – On humid days, flour can absorb some of the moisture in the air, and affect your baking. For example: in really humid weather, a 6-cup bread dough recipe may require the addition of an extra cup of flour. I personally have had this happen to me when making sugar cookie dough and had to add additional flour to the dough in order to roll out properly.
– Underbaked Quick Bread – Ever baked quick bread only to have it under baked? If the bread has cooled, lay slices on a baking sheet, cover with some foil and bake at 300 degrees until cooked through. However, if the bread is still hot, stick it back into your hot oven until done baking.
– Cooking with Canned Beans – rinsing the beans will remove about 40% of the sodium and whatever elements that contribute to “gassiness”. When cooking dry beans, to prevent them from bursting out of their skin when cooking, keep the heat low and be sure to cover the pot.
– Protecting Your Non-Stick Pans – To help your non-stick pans from scratching while in storage, place a paper towel on the surface of your skillet before setting another pan inside of it.