15 Cooking Tips That Save Time And Money
- If you often use powdered milk in your baking, keep a small container of it at your baking center.
- Make an all in one salt and pepper shaker: Place 1 part pepper to 6 parts salt in a old spice jar or salt shaker.
- Add some honey and apricot preserves to your regular barbecue sauce and brush on your meat for a delicious change.
- If you have leftover baked potatoes, make hash browns with them by cubing or grating them. Then fry in bacon grease or oil.
- To make a quick vegetable soup, use a can of vegetable juice for the base and then add the vegetables and other ingredients. For chili, use a can of tomato juice for your base.
- If you are like us, you probably end up with lots of little dabs of leftovers after you make tacos. To make good use of these, make a taco pie the next day:
- Taco Pie
- Use 1 can of refrigerator biscuits or crescent rolls and press it into a 9 inch pie pan. You can also use a square pan, a pizza pan or, if you have a lot of leftovers, use a 15x10x1 inch pan with 2 cans of biscuits. Sprinkle with leftover seasoned taco meat and bake until golden brown. Remove from oven, sprinkle with grated cheese and bake long enough to melt the cheese. Serve with lettuce, tomato or any of your other leftover fixings.
- Add a half cup of sour cream to your banana pudding (the large box) after it has been mixed for a different twist.
- Start using your kitchen shears. Cut green onions, chives and all kinds of herbs with them. Cut chicken breasts into strips and cut thin cuts of beef into cubes for stew. Next time you cut anything with a knife think, “Can I cut this faster with my shears?” and then try it.
- If you need to cut boneless, skinless chicken, it cuts easier if it is slightly frozen.
- If you burn yourself on a regular basis while cooking, keep a bottle of aloe or burn ointment in the kitchen. If you have limited space in your bathroom, think about keeping your first aid supplies in the kitchen (things like band aids, ointments, tweezers, etc.). Most of the time when someone gets hurt, mom is in the kitchen or someplace other than the bathroom, so it is handier to have first aid supplies close.
- Note:Be sure that you keep medications where they won’t fall in the sink if you knock them over.
- To make clean up easier, always spray or grease your crockpot with oil.
- Use crockpots for things like hot bean or cheese dips.
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