Kitchen Tips - October 2011

  • Paprika, chili powder and cayenne pepper retain freshness better in a refrigerator than in your pantry.
  • Cut through greasy pans faster and save soap by spraying your dish detergent rather than squirting it. Mix 1 part soap and 3 parts water in a clean spray bottle and mist your dishes lightly before wiping.
  • Before my kids were old enough to cut their own food, I figured out a fast way to cut through a stack of pancakes – with a pizza wheel. Just a few swipes in both directions and their flapjacks were easily cut into perfect, toddler-sized pieces. Now that they're older, the kids sometimes get a kick out of doing it that way themselves.
  • Keep your kitchen safer by remembering to disinfect your cleaning tools, sponges and washcloths. Throw sponges, nylon dish scrubbers and vegetable scrubbers into the dishwasher every time you run it. Keep a plentiful supply of washcloths in a drawer near the sink so you won't be tempted to re-use a potentially dangerous wipe and always wash kitchen linens in hot water.
  • Spreading butter on pancakes, waffles and French toast can be a pain, especially if you frequently forget to soften the butter. Melt 2 tbsp. of butter into 1½ cups of syrup in the microwave and you can skip this messy step without missing the buttery flavor. You'll probably use less butter, too!

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