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15 Cooking Shortcuts To Save You Time And Money
Here are 15 easy cooking tips to make your time in the kitchen easier and less frustrating. Some of these are kitchen organization tips so that you spend less time looking for the things you need. It is important to organize your kitchen so that you have to spend as little time as possible looking for things or traveling around the kitchen to get the things you need for a recipe. These cooking shortcuts are some specific ideas you can use to cut your time in the kitchen a lot!
- 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. (I actually also keep a separate shaker with my homemade seasoned salt since I use to so much.)
- 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. Here’s an easy recipe. I did not include amounts for the ingredients so you can improvise with whatever you have left over.
1 can refrigerator biscuits or crescent rolls
leftover seasoned taco meat
beans, cooked and seasoned (optional)
onions, sliced or chopped (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Press biscuits or crescent rolls 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, beans and onions, if desired.
- Bake until golden brown.
- Remove from oven.
- Sprinkle with grated cheese.
- Return to the oven and bake long enough to melt the cheese.
- Serve with lettuce, tomato or any of your other leftover taco fixings.
- Add a half cup of sour cream to your banana pudding (the large box) after it has been mixed for a different twist.
- Use kitchen shears. If you don’t keep a pair of kitchen shears (scissors) in the kitchen, get some and store them where they are easily accessible. Use them to cut green onions, chives and all kinds of herbs. 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 cook things like vegetables and herbs, you can rinse the shears and use again. If you cut meat, toss your shears in the dishwasher or sanitize them before using on other items to prevent contamination.
- 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 to make things like hot beans or cheese dips.
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