Here are a few kitchen and food tipsÂ - source isÂ 'diy home sweet home' - http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/ - I don't know if I would take advantage of all of them but some seem to be really good ideas.
* Have company on their way over and you forgot to put drinks in the fridge. Place your drinks in a large pot and cover with ice. Sprinkle 2 cups of salt on top of the ice and then fill the rest of the pot with water. Your drinks will be ice cold within 2 to 3 minutes.
* To reheat pizza without getting the crust soggy, place the pizza in a nonstick skillet. Heat on low until warm.
* Easy way to make your own crispy taco shells. Microwave, spray with oil and place in oven.Â Source.
* You can cook salmon in your dishwasher!! This could come in handy when you are cooking for a large crowd and don't have enough oven space. I have not tried this but I would be curious as to how it turns out. View full recipe atÂ Real Simple.
* To peel a kiwi cut off the top and bottom, slip a spoon between the skin and the flesh. Twist the spoon around the entire kiwi (keeping it between the skin and flesh the whole time). Then just pop the skin off.
* When cutting veggies or meat for scrambled eggs or other recipes, using a pizza cutter will make the job a lot quicker than chopping with a knife.
* Divide and freeze soup into muffintins. Makes perfect individual servings that you can just pop out when ever you need them.
* You can freeze buttermilk! No more wasting a whole carton every time a recipe calls for it. Source.
* You can save tomato past for up to 3 months when you freeze it!! Click HERE for correct freezing method.
* Before grilling burger, press a hole in the middle of the patty. The hole will disappear as the burger cooks. This will minimize shrinking and you won't have to worry about them not being done in the center.
* Rubbing some butter over the cut edge of a block of cheese will seal it and stop it from molding.
* Those packages of pre-sliced apples you can buy at store are great for a healthy snack on the go but the price can add up. Make your own by slicing apples, soak in cold water for 3-5 minutes, then soak in a lemon-lime carbonated soda (such as 7-up or sprite) for 3-5 minutes. Divide into snack size portions and store in Ziploc bags in the fridge. The lemon-lime soda will keep the apples from browning and make them last longer. Source.
* You can de-pit a cherry sing a straw.Â Source
* Tired of eating dried chicken? Try this trick from Budget Savvy Diva - Stuff a Whole Chicken with an apple to keep it moist while cooking (discard apple afterwards).
* Before you toss or store those plastic Easter eggs. Save a few to use as snack containers. They work perfect for raisins, small berries, crackers, nuts, and other small snacks.
* Next time you open a bag of chips grab a strip of painters tape. The tape will allow you to seal and reseal the chip bag without loosing its stickiness.
* When cooking with oil place a pop corn kernel in the oil. You'll know your oil is hot enough when the kernel pops.
* When making deviled eggs, place the egg yolks in a plastic Ziploc bag with the rest of the ingredients. Close the bag and mash everything together. Once everything is well mixed cut off a small tip from one of the bottom corners of the bag and squeeze the contents into your egg white. Just too the bag once you are done for easy cleanup.
* If you have some eggs that are about to go bad, have your own chickens that produce more than your family could ever eat, or they are on sale so you buy way more than you need. Don't just let them go to waste. You can freeze them! You can mix them up and place 2-3 in a Ziploc bag. Lay them down flat in the freezer then stack them upright once they are frozen to save on space. You can also crack a dozen of them into a bowl, beat them (I was told not to freeze eggs unless they are mixed/beaten not sure why but I mix them anyways) then poor them into an ice cube tray. One cube is equal to one egg. Once they freeze. dump them into a large Ziploc bag or freezer safe container.
GENERAL KITCHEN TIPS
* A rag soaked in pure acetone will take the ink off of plastic containers. You can then decorate the blank containers with a sharpie, paint, or just leave blank and use for organizing just about anything.
* Tape a zip lock back to the back of appliances such as your microwave. Insert your user manual and warranty so that you always know where it is.
* Lets say you go on vacation and while you are gone the power goes out at your house. All of the food in your fridge and freezer thaw out. A couple days later the power kicks on again and your food refreezes. You then come home and open your fridge. Everything is nice and cold and you have no idea that the meat you got out to cook for dinner has actually gone bad and is going to make your entire family sick. So how can you prevent this from happening? Fill a leak proof container (jar, water bottle, etc..) half way with water. Place the container in the freezer on its side. Once the water in the container is frozen solid, place the container upright. If you power goes out the water will start to melt to the bottom of the container. Always check your container after being gone for awhile.
* Cut off the top of a pour spout container and insert it into the lid of a mason jar. Great for spices you use a lot of, adding sugar to your coffee, storing yeast in your fridge, keeping dry/powdered milk, garden fertilizer, and so much more. Source.
* Use Press'n Seal saran wrap to line your refrigerator shelves. When the shelves get dirty, just remove the wrap, toss in the trash and replace. No more scrubbing nasty food spills.
* Use tea tree oil to shine your pans! Source.
* Do you have hard water spots around your sink fixtures? Soak a rag in white vinegar, lay the rag over your water spotsÂ let sit for a few minutes and the spots will scrub right off.
Freeze vinegar in ice cube trays. Â Every time you use your garbage disposal, drop a couple vinegar ice cubes into it while running. Â This will help clean the blades and eliminate odors.
* After cooking fish boil a little vinegar in a pot and let it boil. The nasty fish smell will disappear almost instantly leaving your kitchen smelling clean again.
* After you're done cooking with grease, line a bowl with foil and pour the grease into it. Once the grease hardens just wad it up and toss it.
* Create a tight seal on any plastic bag using a plastic water bottle. Also makes it super easy to poor out your next serving. -Original source unknown. Please let me know if you are or know of the correct source for the above photo so that I can give credit were credit is due.