What a gorgeous day we have here today in southern England! The sun has been shining brightly most of the day, albeit it’s a tad on the cool side. Come on, Spring!
Here are today’s tips. Has anyone tried any of the past tips yet? Would love to hear your comments or experiences.
ξ Cheat with a ready meal (once in a while), but add a sprinkle of fresh herbs, a squeeze of lemon or a drizzle of olive oil to pep up the flavors.
TT: Sorry, but no. I don’t touch ready meals and haven’t eaten one in nearly 8 years. I can add fresh herbs and lemon juice just as easily to freshly prepared food and prefer to do just that!
ξ Heat dish cloths or sponges in a microwave for 30-40 seconds to kill all bacteria.
TT: I prefer using a sponge over a dish cloth. All my dish towels, rags, counter wipe cloths, etc. are put into the hamper at the end of each day and are washed in temps of 60°c(140°f) or above with bleach added every second or third wash. The sponge is replaced every other week.
ξ Before squeezing citrus fruits for recipes, microwave 15-30 seconds to double the amount of juice you get.
TT: This absolutely does work! Cut the fruit in half first before microwaving. I zap a lemon for 30 seconds and it’s just enough.
ξ Wrap celery in foil before storing in the fridge. It will keep for weeks.
TT: Can’t say that I’ve ever tried this as we go through a good bit of celery so usually end up buying it every other week. It doesn’t get a chance to go bad!
ξ Sprinkle empty waste baskets and kitchen bins with a little baking soda/bicarbonate of soda from time to time to absorb any lingering smells and odors. Pour the old baking soda down the kitchen drain to keep it sweet smelling.
TT: I do this all the time and it does appear to help.
ξ Certain varieties of potato can go gluey when mashed. This can happen as a result of using cold milk. Instead, try warming the milk before adding and grate some nutmeg over top for a touch of added flavor.
TT: I usually get the milk out ahead of time so it’s not actually cold, but it’s room temp. Nutmeg on taters is yummy!
Your kitchen tips for the week!
♥♥ Terri ♥♥