I’ve got a new calendar with lots of kitchen tips so thought I would share these with you on a weekly basis.
Here’s the first round along with my two cents….
♠ It is estimated that food worth £420 ($638) per person is thrown away every year. Turn over a new leaf at the start of the year ~ avoid BOGOF (by one, get one free) offers in supermarkets which encourage waste and plan the weekly menu before shopping.
Terri’s thoughts on this one: I see nothing wrong with these as long as it’s a product that you actually use. We tend to get these more on store cupboard items, such as coffee or pasta; something that isn’t going to go bad in a short amount of time. Don’t buy something just because it’s on sale. Yeah, that BOGOF offer on the 20lb. bag of flour is great, but unless you run a bakery or do a sh!tload of baking, do you really need 40lbs. of flour??
♠ Use the unpopular chocolates from a selection box by melting them all together and making a fudgy chocolate sauce to pour over ice cream for an instant dessert.
Terri’s thoughts: Unpopular chocolate?? This was definitely written by a member of the male species or Martha Stewart. That’s like saying ‘leftover wine’. The only chocolate I don’t eat is if it’s wrapped around marzipan or a sickly sweet cherry. And of course, that’s what most of us want to do, especially if you’ve decided to start a healthy eating regime!
♠ If a recipe calls for thinly sliced meat, freeze it for a couple of hours as it will then slice more easily.
Terri’s thoughts: This actually does work!
♠ Put a damp tea towel under the chopping board to prevent it slipping or under a bowl while mixing.
Terri’s thoughts: I actually have a piece of that rubbery shelf liner under my cutting board and I have a stand mixer so no need for it under the bowl. Even if I’m using my hand-held mixer, I usually have my other hand on the bowl, turning it.
♠ When preparing a packed lunch in the morning, use frozen bread. It will defrost and taste fresh by lunch time.
Terri’s thoughts: A good idea if you take a lunch to work. Taking a lunch is always a better idea than buying your lunch. Think of the money you save!
Terri’s thoughts: Not a bad idea if you want to use it for a sandwich, but slightly stale bread will taste just as good as fresh when toasted. It almost doesn’t seem worth the trouble.