When removing skin from chicken, use a paper towel. This makes it easier to grab the skin. Pull and it comes right off.
Try using a pizza cutter to cube bread for croutons, bread pudding, stuffing, etc. The job becomes much faster!
To get onion or garlic odor off our hands, rub your hands on a stainless steel utensil under running water. A spoon is the easiest to use.
Now that it is grilling season, try marinating chicken in lemonade for a good lemon flavor. Margarita mix without the alcohol works well too.
To brown ground beef or turkey, break up meat and cover with water. Simmer for about 15 minutes, then drain. No grease and no messy pan to clean.
Sweeten heavy cream by whipping 1/3 cup powdered sugar into 1 cup of cream. If preparing whipped cream the day before use, increase powdered sugar to ½ cup per 1 cup of cream. The cream will be stiffer but will be the perfect consistency on the following day.
When roasting whole roasts, pre-heat oven to 100 degrees more than desired cooking temperature for 1 hour. Then turn to desired temperature and cook roast. This ensures even heat to the meat.
When grilling steaks, cook an extra steak or two to medium rare. Slice and sauté with seasonings for great fajitas a few days later.
This sounds simple but how many times has it caught you: Make sure you have all the ingredients for your recipe before you start mixing items together.
To create an easy all-purpose seasoning, mix garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and salt in a clean spice jar.
As a healthy alternative in salads, mix two parts fat-free sour cream with one part real mayonnaise. The taste is better and lower in fat.
Prepare meals with a friend or family member. It is a lot more fun!
Visit with an experienced cook and ask them to share techniques before we become a society of conveniences. Have you tried one of your mother’s or grandmother’s recipes lately?
For an easy change in meatloaf flavor, add one packet of taco seasoning (either hot or mild).