Tips in the Home

Contributed by Lake Heritage Women’s Club

The Women’s Club members came to the May meeting prepared to share some of their tried and true tips. Although most tips were related to cooking there were a few other tips that Lake Heritage residents might find helpful. Some of these tips may be familiar to you but others may be new. Try these ideas and you will be surprised at how well they work:

  • To prevent cakes and cookies sticking to the pans, line the pans with parchment paper.
  • A bowl of water and white vinegar placed in the microwave on high for five minutes will steam clean it.

  • When making cookies allow the butter to come to room temperature before mixing it into the batter. Use unbleached flour when making cookies.
  • A hand blender, or immersion blender, makes great soups. You won’t need heavy cream to thicken the soup.
  • To save fresh herbs, chop them, place one tablespoon with a bit of water in ice cube trays and freeze. Pop the frozen herbs and water out and store in plastic freezer bags. Use as needed.
  • When cooking pasta place a wooden spoon over the pot and the water will never boil over.
  • To see if spaghetti is done, throw it against the refrigerator door. If it sticks, it is ready.

  • When making potato salad use sweet or dill pickle juice instead of mayonnaise.
  • When saving a partially filled jar of pasta sauce, tighten the cover well and place it in the refrigerator upside down. It will stay fresh for a very long time.
  • Place knives in knife holder with sharp side up to keep them sharp.
  • Add a dollop of sour cream to muffins and pancakes for added richness.
  • Aluminum foil has a dull side and a shiny side. The dull side absorbs heat while the shiny side reflects heat.
  • The better the pots, pans and casserole dishes the faster and better they will clean.
  • After cleaning the shower, spray it with lemon furniture polish and wipe with a clean cloth to prevent soap scum.
  • When loading the dishwasher put like utensils together, handles down, in same holder. They can be easily put away.
  • Use celery salt in potato salad for better taste.
  • When browning beef for any kind of stew, brown it until all the water in the pot is gone. Then add other ingredients.
  • To take the skin off a piece of garlic, hit it on a cutting board with the flat of a large knife.

  • To save summer tomatoes peel them by immersing in boiling water. Then cut them in chunks, add salt and cook them. Place in ice cube trays and freeze. When frozen, store in plastic bags and add to soups, stews and sauces during the winter.
  • When making spaghetti sauce place basil leaves in blender with tomatoes for enhanced flavor.