Good Baking or Cooking tips you've learned !

hawk307April 4, 2008

Here is something we can keep alive for awhile !!!

Put in Baking or Cooking tips, you have learned thru the years.

Whether you have happened on them, by accident, or learned some old goodies.

I'll start with a couple, until I can think of more.

1. When baking a Pizza, if one part of the Crust is cooking too fast,

Dampen it with a Pastry brush and water.

2. I had a Pastry Chef from Germany, help me make Dough and weigh it.

One day he came in with all his baking tools,to bake a Wedding Cake in the Pizza Oven.

He had forgotten his Pastry Bag. So he took loose leaf paper, made a long cone,

put a few pieces of Scotch Tape to hold it together and filled it with icing.

Then he rolled the open end tight and squeezed out the icing.

He made about 5 different color cones, cut different shapes on the tips.

He made Flowers, Leaves, Branches and all kinds of decorations. Amazing !!!

3. I've tried everything to clean my Brew Station Coffee Maker, sight window on the Carafe.

Polident Cleaners , Alka Seltzer, etc. the only thing that cleaned it a little was,

my wife took an SOS pad to the whole inside, including the Window.

It cleaned it enough to see the water level.

I'll give someone else a chance to put in something.

Make it good or you get the Wooden Spoon Treatment.


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For easier opening of clams for clams on the half shell, put the in the freezer for about 10 minutes. This will relax them so you can insert the clam knife more easily. Smaller clams need less time than larger ones. If the juice has turned icy, just let them sit for a few minutes before serving.

I am not including the whole clam opening process here, but I will if you wish.

Man, I hope this was good. I see that no one else has risked the Wooden Spoon Treatment yet.


    Bookmark   April 4, 2008 at 11:08PM
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I always use baking soda to clean the carafe on my coffee maker. It leaves it sparkling clean...and I never have to worry about "soapy tasting" coffee. It is just abrasive enough to scrub off the coffee residue.

When adding milk or cream to tomatoes, such as when making homemade tomato soup, adding a pinch of baking soda to the tomatoes first, prevents the milk or cream from curdling.

When slicing an avocado, use your knife to score the flesh...then just squeeze the 1/2 and it will all come spoon needed.

I may think of more later.........

    Bookmark   April 4, 2008 at 11:11PM
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Lou, you scared the thoughts right out of my head! The wooden spoon treatment!? I hope that's not like the way my mama used to use a wooden spoon!

Ok, now seriously.
1. Something that really helped me with my bread making (I use this tip for loaves of bread and bread sticks) instead of lighty flouring your work space, coat it with a thin coating of oil. Just a little bit rubbed on with a paper towel. This will keep the dough from sticking, and help keep your bread lighter since it will not absorb any extra flour. It also keeps decorative loaves (like braided challah or hoska) looking pretty with no flour streaks. By the way, 1 egg yolk mixed with 2 TBSPs of water will give your bread a beautiful brown, shiny, crust.

2. If you are using a packaged cake or brownie mix, yes I know it is sinful but sometimes there just isn't time, you can halve the amount of oil called for without effecting the texture or taste.

3. If you have lumps in your gravy, the imersion blender will smooth it right out.

And for the upcoming grilling season:
4. Coat your grill racks with a bit of oil before grilling (or spray with Pam) to keep delicate items like vegis from sticking, and to make clean-up a breeze!

Hope someone finds one of these tips helpful!


Lou, am I safe? Should I hide?

    Bookmark   April 4, 2008 at 11:14PM
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To stop Spagetti Sauce from spitting, rinse the pot with cold water before you add the sauce. Diana55

    Bookmark   April 5, 2008 at 12:25AM
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When cooking any kind of strawberry dessert, add a splash of
aged Balsamic vinegar to the recipe to enhance the flavor
of the strawberries. Diana55

    Bookmark   April 5, 2008 at 12:45AM
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Hey Guys :
That's a good start.

Vicki: That's the only thing I didn't try ( Baking Soda ).
To clean the coffee Carafe. I'll do it tommorrow morning.
I have to try that too. It's time for Clams Casino !!!!!

Good tips ! You are no fun. I can't use the Wooden Spoon.

That was my Grandmothers treatment! Whenever we tried to sneak some of the cooking.
Sometimes it was the Wooden Broom Treatment.Then, you had to be fast.

When I make Challah, I save half of an egg and mix it with milk, to baste for color.
Once when a little tan and again when Darker. I like it a mahogany color.
I have to hit the sack. I'll dream up some more tips.


    Bookmark   April 5, 2008 at 12:55AM
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Clam tip #2: Simplify the clams casino. Just top each clam with a piece of bacon and broil them. That's all. They are delicious. They can't be improved on by complicated mixtures.

Clam tip #3: Line the pan with rock salt or crumpled foil (handy because it's always on hand) to keep the clams from tipping and spilling their juice.


    Bookmark   April 5, 2008 at 1:51AM
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Joanne, I disagree about using Pam on the bbq. I use Trader Joe's sprays for lots of pans, but the propellant on the bbq means a nasty clean up down the line. Using plain olive oil is a better choice.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2008 at 2:30AM
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One I've never read in any recipe, is to chill cookie batter before baking the cookies if you want to avoid the browned edges so frequently seen on home made cookies. Make the dough, shape the cookies, and chill them on the sheet for a while. This prevents the batter from spreading out too fast in the oven, resulting in that singed edge.

I know crudite are supposed to be raw. But some dipping veggies can be enhanced, both in terms of color and flavor, by a quick blanch. The green of broccoli is more brilliant, the white of cauliflower gains a hint of opalescence, and a stick of yam becomes a lovely shade of orange with a boiling water bath...and, they lose the raw taste without being quite cooked.

Deep fry oil can be reused without the burned bits by putting it through a coffee filter. Get one of those plastic filter holders that sits on top of a mug, and strain the oil through it into a storage takes a while, but it will drip through.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2008 at 7:23AM
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To really clean your BBQ grills, top the grids with a large sheet of foil, enough to cover end to end, anchor it down with rocks or bricks and run it on high for about 10 minutes. The heat stays under the foil and incinerates teh crud that is baked on. It will stink and smoke as it cleans. Allow it to cool a bit, remove the foil and brush it off. Then re-coat with oil. This works with both gas and charcoal grills.

I received this tip from the Weber Grill folks at the store.

To prevent fresh garlic from sticking to your knife while chopping it, coat the knife with a drop of oil.

To keep your celery crisp for weeks in the fridge, envelope it in foil. No open areas are allowed.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2008 at 7:33AM
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I should have noted. For the grill tip, the Pam (not actual Pam, I use Jewel store brand or Crisco spray) does work for me because I am a bit (very) obsessive about keeping my grill clean. I have a Weber with the porcelin enamel grates. I spray before using, take them out of the grill as soon as I'm done cooking, and wash with soapy water after they cool. They look like new with no stains or build up at all and my grill is over 7 years old. Don't do this with cast iron grates! Sorry, I just can't bring myself to do that scrape, burn of the crud thing that is always reccomended, it makes me squeemish!

Lou, you're right! I forgot to mention that for a really dark, shiny crust I use the mixture to wash the bread a second time half way through baking. My MIL used the broom treatment, my husband says she should have been on the Olympic javelin team.

This was great idea, I have never heard Dianas tip for spaghetti sauce, or Pkramers tip to wrap celery in foil before! I'll be trying both! Thanks Lou!


    Bookmark   April 5, 2008 at 7:54AM
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I love these tips! I always learn something. Here's one I believe Sol posted a few years ago that I use all the time. When I'm pureeing in my food processor, I place plastic wrap between the bowl and the lid so the lid stays clean and cuts down on cleanup. Works like a charm!


    Bookmark   April 5, 2008 at 10:07AM
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Use unwaxed, and flavourless dental floss to cut the dough for cinnamon rolls or to split a cake layer. I also use it to sew up stuffed chicken breasts, pork tenderloin etc. Once the meat is cooked the dental floss just slides right out with a gentle pull.


    Bookmark   April 5, 2008 at 10:27AM
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The foil trick also works with parsley and cilantro...just make sure they are not too wet before you wrap.
Linda C

    Bookmark   April 5, 2008 at 10:36AM
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Here's a previous thread with more info.

Here is a link that might be useful: Cooking/Baking/Food Tips

    Bookmark   April 5, 2008 at 10:43AM
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If the directions say bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees, you can substitute 30 minutes at 700 degrees.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2008 at 10:55AM
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Kframe, Now that's a great tip!

To peel onions easily, soak in water or wrap it in a soaked paper towel for 5 minutes. It softens the peel so it comes of f in large pieces.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2008 at 11:05AM
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I keep my silpat rolled in an empty paper towel cardboard roll. I put the slippery side out and it slips in and out easily and stores well.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2008 at 11:06AM
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Put a Lemon in the microwave for a few seconds, and you will get twice the juice.My Aunt told me that one. Diana55 P.S.....Lou......Shall I buy you this Apron? LOL

    Bookmark   April 5, 2008 at 11:11AM
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A lot of good tips so far. I won't be able to answer all the Threads. I will be running.

I spelled your name wrong. It wasn't that time of the morning, to do things right.
Do I Qualify for the Wooden Spoon ???

Did you ever try a Cheesecloth to strain the Deep Fry Oil?
In a Strainer, when the Oil has cooled down a bit.
That will take out a lot of the larger bits, then run it thru the Coffee filter.
I have tried the Bacon way, It's Good! But there is an old traditional way too.
Blend fresh Garlic and Parsley. Add EVOO and mix. Add a little to each Clam.
I bake them in a cupcake tin, one shell under the other,
so it won't tip over.

Before Blenders, I was the Garlic, Parsley Musher.
That's when you could afford to buy a bushel of Clams, once in a while.

Sol: XXX
That's a good tip for the blender.

Ann T:
I remember reading your tips, once before. Works good !!!
You can even use it for cleaning teeth. LOL
But I can't do that. Gives me the Chillies. You know, like when someone kisses your neck.
I really don't know about that !!! Just joking.

Are you sure that works?
Have to leave , Be back Later. Good tips ! Keep them coming

If I missed someone, tell me about it. I won't answer but you can let me know.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2008 at 11:29AM
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I like this one. I learned it here, but can't remember who it was that posted it.

If a pot is about to boil over, just blow on it. It works every time. Of course you still need to turn the burner down, but at least you won't have a mess to clean up.


    Bookmark   April 5, 2008 at 11:44AM
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I think I learned this one here--when I'm not using my KA mixer, I put one of those shower caps that you get when staying at hotels on the mixing bowl and it keeps the dust out.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2008 at 1:09PM
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I keep a plastic tub of 1/2 Crisco & 1/2 AP flour mixed together in my pantry. Then, it's ready to go whenever I need to grease a baking pan. Much faster & quicker than doing the grease & flour then shake out the excess routine. It's the only use of Crisco in my kitchen but it sure works great for this purpose.


    Bookmark   April 5, 2008 at 1:19PM
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I didn't Click on Refresh, when I put in the last Post,so I missed about 5, Catch up Later.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2008 at 1:19PM
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You can use a TP roll for all your cords when not in use.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2008 at 1:54PM
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I loved Joanne's tip about a thin coating of oil on your board when kneading bread. I know that works since I do it pizza dough. Just to add to that, I always use a Silpat when kneading bread dough to keep it from sticking, or having to add extra flour. It's also much easier to clean than the counter.

To cut down on the amount of oil needed for frying, I use my cast iron wok for making tortilla or potato chips.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2008 at 1:59PM
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Great thread Lou! There are some wonderful tips!
Joanne, you're right, I don't wash them. BBQ's Galore told me that cleaning them with a steel scraper and burning off the crud like Peppi says, gives them "seasoning"! LOL

Peppi- I've done the same tip over and over. It worked like a charm everytime with the cast iron grids. It does a good job on my new grill with stainless grates, but it was amazing on the cast iron!

    Bookmark   April 5, 2008 at 2:06PM
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Don't think we can use the Wooden Spoon yet,except maybe on
Kframe ???

Diana: Don't want that Apron. Everyone will know what I do.

My Pizzelles were getting a little harder after a few days,
I put a piece of Bananna in the container, Freshened them and added a Bananna aroma.
You can do this with A piece of Apple or other fruit, try it, with cookies.

You can freshen day or two old Bunns or Bread. Put them in a pot with a screen and Lid.
Add 2 tablespoons of water and Steam them. Like fresh baked !!!

Back Later !!! Again.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2008 at 2:21PM
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Lou, you reminded me, I take a paper sack, wet it real good, put the old rolls in it and throw it into the oven for a few minutes, turn the oven on also, 350-400, LOL. That freshens your rolls or French bread also.

Great tips, cooks. I like the Crisco/flour idee.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2008 at 4:29PM
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When preparing the pan for making chocolate cake, dust with cocoa instead of flour.

Make bread when you're angry! You can really give that dough a good punching down, and more energy (for longer) goes into the kneading.

If you have a lot of herbs and spices, store them in alphabetic order to make them easier to find.

Add a few drops of lemon juice, or a pinch of salt, or sugar to the egg white when whipping to speed up the process.

Add a dash of vinegar, or a pinch of cream of tartar, to increase the volume.

Add 2-3 drops of glycerine when beating to make the froth stiffer.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2008 at 5:39PM
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Lou, I'm too cheap to use have a Chinese skimmer/strainer that removes most of the bigger bits as I fry, so only the sediment is left. I have two, one is SS and looks like a large, shallow soup ladle full of small holes. The other is a round, slightly concave piece of very fine mesh with a handle & frame. (Not the brass wide mesh ones) I've only seen these for sale in Asian stores.

That's a great tip about the piece of banana or other fruit!

Foil for celery? Hmm, I'll give it a try! Which reminds me of another thing I do that nobody ever told me about. When I buy lettuce or bunches of greens like turnip or mustard, I slice off a bit of the stem and soak them in a sink full of cool water for an hour or so before draining them well (upside down on the dish drainer). Then they are wrapped in a clean dishtowel or paper towels before I put them back in the plastic bag & into my veggie drawer. The soaking makes the leaves more crisp and they last longer, and the towel absorbs any moisture that didn't drain off, keeping the leaves from going slimy. I know that grocery stores are constantly misting down their vegetables nowadays, but that can only do so much as the stem end seals over very even though the leaves might look fresh, they can still be a bit dehydrated.

This treatment also works for celery that has gone a bit case you don't wrap it in foil! :D

    Bookmark   April 5, 2008 at 5:44PM
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I make a dipping sauce for fresh strawberries out of brown sugar and sour cream stirred together. You can add just a splash of Balsamic vinegar for variety.
If you burn something in a pot, pour in straight ammonia and let it sit overnight. It will scrub out easily the next morning.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2008 at 7:49PM
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I'm back for a minute.

To keep Cheese from drying ( eg. Sharp Provolone, etc. )
Place a small piece of Cosmetic Sponge dampened with Vinegar in the container,
not touching the cheese !!!

A lot of these tips were given before, in different Posts
but maybe some were missed.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2008 at 8:04PM
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I have to stop clicking on Submit.

To thaw Frozen Bread from the freezer.
Place it ia a Dutch Oven or Waterless Cooker, on a rack.
Put in a few tablespoons of water.
Place in a Hot oven 350 deg. for about 15 Minutes.With a tight lid !!!
Take it out and place it on the oven shelf, if the outside is not Crisp.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2008 at 8:43PM
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I guess my Coffee Carafe was Stained a little more.
I tried the Baking Soda. It didn't come off to easily.
Even tried the White Tooth Paste.

So I used the Baking Soda, with the SOS Pad,( that didn't have hardly any soap )
It cleaned it Fast!
Next time, I'll try my,( 0000 Steel Wool ),
with the Baking Soda.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2008 at 12:26AM
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Baking soda cleans a stainless steel sink easily. rub it around the drain area to make it shine.

Trim the bunch of basil stems and keep them on the window sill in a glass of water. (I use one of my Belgian beer glasses.)

Trim the cilantro stems, put them in a glass of water, cover with a plastic bag and keep in the frig.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2008 at 1:00AM
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Yes, folks, I'm JOKING about my cooking time/temperature recommendation!

Here's a REAL tip, though.

Brown sugar hard?

Break out your box grater, and grate the amount you need. A quick spin in the food processor will also work.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2008 at 8:54AM
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Brown sugar hard, put it in a plastic bag with a slice of bread....unless you need to use it NOW...then do what Kframe does.
Linda c

    Bookmark   April 6, 2008 at 9:29AM
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Rice stuck on bottom of pot? Add lukewarm to cold water to release (soak 15 minutes). Use lukewarm to cold water for all starches and proteins and hot water for tomato sauce and grease.

Never add salt to cold water - it will cause pitting on stainless steel pots (ask me how I know).

    Bookmark   April 6, 2008 at 10:36AM
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To clean a coffee pot you can put salt and ice in the pot. Swirl it around and the coffee stains come off.

Bbq sauce ain't bbq sauce without a shot of Jim Beam.

There is a filter paper made for straining oil.

Food grills best if you watch it while drinking a beer. Best way to burn food on the grill is to run in the house and check up on the CF.

Something about hard brown sugar makes me hold my breath waiting for Jessy to comment...

: )

    Bookmark   April 6, 2008 at 10:46AM
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I love using my melon baller to seed pears. It make a nice half-round where the seeds were - great for filling with spiced cream cheese. It's also nice for removing bruised spots from fruit when making fruit salad.

I've found if I preheat a frying pan (not the non-stick kind) before spraying with PAM, there is even less sticking. Really works.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2008 at 10:50AM
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Lot of good tips !!!
You are the closest!!! so I'll comment on your's.

I use the Mellon and Ice Cream Scoop to measure meatballs and pack them.

They have a trigger realease. I pick up some meatball mix and press it in,
with my palm and large thumb muscle. Measure all the meatballs and then roll them.

Bake them until light brown or about 15 minutes, whichever comes first.

I make about 40 and freeze them. Saves time when making sauce.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2008 at 11:34AM
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When heating up leftover waffles, pancakes, or stale bread, spray with water to dampen and put in a low oven (about 200 to 250°) until warm.

When grilling fish (especially swordfish), keep a domed lid over the fish to keep it from drying out. This generally isn't necessary for salmon, which is the only fish I grill on the barbeque. Swordfish I will only grill on a cast iron grill with a lid, and sometimes I add a bit of water (or a mushroom) to add liquid.


    Bookmark   April 6, 2008 at 3:41PM
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Lars :
I always do that when I take the Waffles from the freezer.

Then I put them in the Toaster Oven. If I made them overdone a little,
when I baked them. I'll dampen them again.

I don't cook fish on the Barbecue but I have to give it a go.

Karen :
I forgot to mention. You should preheat the frying pan when you use oil ,too.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2008 at 4:47PM
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vicki_lv_nv need to put about a tablespoon of water to about 3 tablespoons baking soda...enough to make a paste. Guess I figured everyone would know. LOL Sorry about that. :)

Love all these tips! They are great!

    Bookmark   April 6, 2008 at 5:41PM
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To keep fresh cookies, fresh, wrap a slice of bread with a paper towel and place it in the bottom of your cookie container. Place cookies on top, cover with lid.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2008 at 7:01PM
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Vicki : I did that ! Had some 0000 Steel Wool and used that instead of a cloth.
It worked a lot better. I guess my Carafe was Stained a little heavier,
because I could never find anything to clean it totally.

Used a tooth brush and Baking Soda to get around the hard spots on the bottom.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2008 at 8:26PM
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If you have a recipe that calls for a smidgeon of mustard (dijon or spicy brown or American, whatever), don't reach for the bottle of mustard. Instead reach into your spice cabinet for MUSTARD SEEDS! YUM.

Just learned this today. If you fry about 2 tsp of mustard seeds in oil on low heat until they start popping (about a minute), and then put your onions in the skillet or whatever other ingredients you are sauteing BOY HOWDY! , is this an incredible aromatic experience and it enhances the taste by a million percent. Give it a try (I might be exagerating a little but not much.)

No more bottled mustard for me, as an ingredient in my cooking anyway. I had to buy the mustard seeds at Whole Foods in their bulk spice section. We don't have a Trader J and the grocery store I frequent most didn't have it.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2008 at 8:29PM
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I add a little vinegar to the pot when boiling potatoes for salad. It keeps them from falling apart and getting mushy.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2008 at 8:34PM
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Actually, heating most spices in oil a few minutes will intensify the flavor. I always do this with a mixture of cumin, fresh ground black pepper, marjoram, and salt. I add this to the onion and celery for the last couple minutes that I saute them before adding them to my yellow split pea soup (I actually use butter for the saute). Delicious!

I use my small icecream scoop to make drop cookies or mini muffins, I use the regular size icecream scoop to make muffins, cup cakes, waffles, or pancakes. It also makes pretty scoops of mashed potatoes or salads (taffy apple, broccoli, coleslaw...). The only thing I don't use the icecream scoops for is icecream! But I do believe they work for that too.


    Bookmark   April 6, 2008 at 11:05PM
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Lyra..."Food grills best if you watch it while drinking a beer". How very true! Or while drinking a Mojito. Very good tip.

I love this post.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2008 at 11:59PM
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I forgot to add, in my last Tread, now that I have the Coffee Carafe totallly cleaned,
I can keep it clean, using the Baking Soda Paste.
Make you feel a little better ??? LOL
And I might have a Beer too!!!

    Bookmark   April 7, 2008 at 1:50AM
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Lou: when posting to a fast moving thread like this one or TGIF, I open two windows with both threads and start typing in one of them, hitting 'refresh' on the other one to see if there are any updates while I am typing. Or, I open the thread in one window, and Word in another, then cut/paste, still refreshing the thread window when I'm ready to post. That way I can spell check too!

Michael/Lyra I WAS going to comment on Lou's pizzelles getting soft. But then I would get the spoon for sure. Especially if he puts a banana in with them. To prevent food from burning on a grill, do it with a (remember working together at Sherry's?)

    Bookmark   April 7, 2008 at 8:09AM
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Here's a few things I've learned

When making deviled eggs, just for a little better presentation, put the yoke mixture in a ziploc bag and cut the tip (to make a pastry bag) and squeeze it into the egg so then you can make a nice swirl.

When I make pork chops, I put a bakers rack on top of a pan of tin foil and put the pork chops on top so it gets crispy on both sides. I've also done that for steak and it's worked well.

I learned from the show Good Eats that you can substitute honey for white sugar. I can't remember the ratio but you use less honey than sugar called for since honey is sweeter. Then you are using a more natural sugar that is easier for your body to break down.

I try and stay away from the microwave for everything, I defrost my meats in cold water. I'll put it in a sink of cold water, or just let the cold water run over it and in about 20 minutes its thawed. I learned that from working at a restaurant.

Hope any of these helped...being a newbie they are probably already known... :-D

    Bookmark   April 7, 2008 at 8:19AM
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Yeast breads raise higher & faster on a rainy day...higher humidity levels & lower pressure (it's a gravity thing).


    Bookmark   April 7, 2008 at 8:36AM
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"do it with a friend"

Jessy you always have great advice!

: )

    Bookmark   April 7, 2008 at 9:10AM
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Lyra: You are right about Jessy.

Just gave some good tips. The only problem is she didn't know that I couldn't read,
And! I didn't know she couldn't Spell. No wonder she Posts things that you can take 2 ways.

Seriously: ( are you kidding !!!) I usually type it in Word Processor,if it is long.
And then Paste it in the Thread. You think I would learn, after doing it so many times.

Wrong choice of Words.( Jessy ) :0) O Solo Mio !!!!!

I'm having trouble with my computer. I think the new mouse is knocking things off.

I try to get it in before it dissapears. Man she is going to have a Marathon.

That's it I quit for now. I'll be back with another tip.
When I think of the right wording.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2008 at 11:07AM
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I'm not making any comments at all about Lou's pizelles, with which I have personal experience, LOL.

Hard brown sugar that I need in a hurry? Goes into the microwave (although I never use the microwave to thaw meat, it ruins good beef IMO). I also put honey that has "gone to sugar" in the microwave and melt it, that works great.

As for the grilling, I agree, do it with a friend. Better yet, let the friend do the grilling, mine is always burned before it's done.

That said, I agree with Lars. Salmon on the grill is delicious, especially with some of Jessica's lime chipotle glaze.


    Bookmark   April 7, 2008 at 11:15AM
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about the brown sugar: I have a question. My brown sugar is rock hard, but it's in a ceramic canister. Obviously the canister isn't as ait tight as I thought it was. What do I do? Open the canister and put the whole thing in a plastic bag with a slice of bread? I can't even scrape off any significant amount with a spoon, it's so hard. The scrapings turn white, too. Weird.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2008 at 12:10PM
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mandogirl, if you have time to wait, just toss a chunk of bread in on top of the sugar, put the lid back on and check on it tomorrow or the next day to see if it softens.

they also have little stone "sugar bears" and such, you put them in your sugar container to keep the brown sugar soft.


    Bookmark   April 7, 2008 at 1:36PM
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I did it again !!! >I wanted to welcome you to the forum.

I liked the Develed Egg in the bag thing.You can do that for Decorating Cakes too !
Cut different shapes on the tip.

In the previous Thread , I told how my Pastry Chef used loose leaf paper, to do this.

I don't think we had Zip Loc bags then. That's why I'm a plastic bag Nut now.

Liked the Pork Chop tip also.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2008 at 1:52PM
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(note flames on the right) (blame the cook - Jessica, with no friend :-( this time)

    Bookmark   April 7, 2008 at 2:21PM
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If you burn food in a pan, sprinkle a little dishwasher detergent over it, fill with warm water and soak overnight. Scrub out the next day. Amazing!

Love the tip about plastic wrap over the FP!!
And the Crisco/flour combo for greasing pans!!
I'll be trying these and more.

My mom had a wooden spoon too Lou! And a wooden yardstick, but that wasn't as always broke!


    Bookmark   April 7, 2008 at 2:28PM
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Jessy :
That was an underhanded thing to do to Annie.
Do we have to Innitiate " Babycakes85 " - - - ? I'll just ask her one question.

Babycakes85 :
Why is that your handle ? - - - Leave it be Jessy !

Are you trying to get me in trouble,( Personal Experience )
What did I do ??? When ???
And I stopped smoking! I could of had a Cigarette.

Don't even mention your Panty Hose, filled with Rock Salt. !!!!!

    Bookmark   April 7, 2008 at 5:18PM
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Good idea for a thread, Lou!

Tip #1 I use shower caps in the kitchen. The bouffant style covers my largest mixing bowl; no need to cut several lengths of plastic wrap trying to cover all the holes. They are perfect for covering a bowl of bread dough rising, too. They are not air tight and you can pull one off, punch down the dough and put the cap back on the bowl again.

Tip #2 I haven't bought cheese cloth since sometime in 2006 when I ordered 60 yards from 'The Rag Lady.' It comes in various sizes and thread counts. Mine is 36 inches wide on a continuous bolt and I just cut off what I need. I've also given some to friends.

Here is a link that might be useful: The Rag Lady

    Bookmark   April 7, 2008 at 10:22PM
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Back to Tips :
I thought there would be more coming in tonight.

I'll put in one more, now. Have some in my brain's Computer.

I made an Alluminum Peel, that was a little too smooth.
So I used a cup shaped wire brush, for an electric drill.
It had a 1/4 inch shaft.

I put it in a Drill Press and made a swirl design, all over the peel.
This took the smoothness off the peel, enough that Dough or Bread wouldn't slide off easily.
And it added a decorative design.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2008 at 10:25PM
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Whats my handle?? Can you rephrase the question?

    Bookmark   April 7, 2008 at 10:48PM
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Why, Lou, your Pizelle's were perfect, but I'll bet all the ladies say that.

As for my pantyhose, there's still a pair up on the roof. The salt has all melted anyway and no one has bothered to climb up there and get them down. I figure the spring rains will wash 'em out into the driveway, one more thing for the neighbors to discuss.


    Bookmark   April 7, 2008 at 10:53PM
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Babycakes85: " Handle " I guess is Slang for " The Name you go by " or Your User Name "

Your no fun ! I wanted to keep everyone guessing.
Probably still wondering ?????

    Bookmark   April 7, 2008 at 11:21PM
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Lou- rest easy. I still have no idea WHY Annie's pantyhose were up on the roof in the first place.

If you have more fresh tomatoes that you can use & don't want to can them you can freeze them whole. As they start to thaw the skin peels off easily & they're perfect for sauce, especially in the middle of the winter.


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That's a good one. After all these years of doing Sauces and working with Tomatoes,
I never thought to put them in the freezer.

I deserve the Wooden Spoon treatment.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2008 at 10:23AM
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Well, my pantyhose were up there because Lou said to....oh, never mind, I think he told me to use a hose.


    Bookmark   April 8, 2008 at 10:33AM
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Don't worry Lou, you can redeem yourself by figuring out a way to peel those frozen tomatoes without your fingers going numb.

My mother used to buy tomatoes at the farm stand by the bushel, just so she could freeze them. It's a nice way to get a little bit of summer in the middle of winter. Of course peeling them was always my job.


    Bookmark   April 8, 2008 at 11:03AM
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To make it easier to cut bars into equal sizes, and to get those first few out of the pan, I cut a long piece of parchment of the same width as my pan but 8 to 10 inches longer. When the bars are cooled enough to be stable, I lift the parchment sling out of the pan and place it on the counter or a cutting board to trim and cut into bars.


a teaspoon of lemon juice will brighten the taste of any oatmeal cookie-muffin-cake-bar-pancake recipe you may have. There is absolutely no lemon taste, just a real brightening of the recipe's own taste. Carmellia

    Bookmark   April 8, 2008 at 12:15PM
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You peel those frozen tomatoes by running some warm (not too hot) water in the sink. Shake some toms out of the bag into the water. In about 15-30 seconds, you can slip the skins right off. Toss the peeled tomato into a pan or something to finish thawing. The warm water loosens the skin AND keeps your hands warm. Don't do too many at once or the tomato gets mushy.


    Bookmark   April 8, 2008 at 12:36PM
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I'll risk the wooden spoon treatment ... but only if said spoon was carved by Luigi.

Here are some more baking tips.

For an impromptu flour duster, cut out a circle of fine, bridal netting (tulle) add flour, sugar, cocoa, whatever. Gather it up and tie it. For an extra fine dusting of confectioner's sugar, use the toe of a -new :-Ã- pantyhose, twisted or tied up the same as the tulle.
Incidentally, you could also use a canning jar, replacing the lid with a piece of bridal netting (tulle).

If you don't have ceramic pie weights when blind baking a pie crust, and want to use beans, stay away from raw kidney beans, as they're poisonous.
Dock the crust, protect it with aluminum foil and use other beans, rice or metal chain beads as weights.

I always have a huge stack of parchment paper triangles for use in decorating, to avoid dirtying up vinyl pastry bags.


    Bookmark   April 8, 2008 at 12:48PM
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These are really great tips, on cleaning the coffee carafe I found if I put oxyclean and boiling water to fill the carafe stir to dissolve oxyclean and let set I didn't have to exert any energy except to scrub a little with a dish scrubber. Also you do have to rinse it out thoroughly and then wash well with soap & water before using. But my coffee carafe looked like new. It also worked for the coffee strainer & carafe lid.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2008 at 1:25PM
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WoW !!!I'll start with,
Sol: and work my way up.
Sure you can't make do, with used Panty Hose?
Annie has some lying around LOL

Can you use Kids Marbles, for the Pie Crust?
Splain, how to do, with the Parchment Paper( decorating )

I was going to try what Deanna said, or Blanch them a minute, then tell you.
But she beat me to it.

Speaking of" to it's " if you know of a Procrastinator,who won't clean up after cooking.

Take a small bottle put 2 drops of Perfume inside and put the cap on.
Label it " 100 Round To It's " , "Invisible but you can smell them " use when needed!!!
Give these to a friend too. Good birthday gifts.

If a person has " Strong Breath " from eating Garlic,etc.
Don't say " You have Bad Breath " . That's very impolite.

Have small bottles of Mouthwash handy and give them one.
You don't have to say anything!!!

If they ate Kimchi, just throw them out of the house, that's what we did in Korea.
Be Back later, for a catch up.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2008 at 2:04PM
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I'm back to see who I missed:
Good tip for Oatmeal,Cookie, Muffin Bakers.

I'm going to try your's too. They should really have a cleaner,
from the makers that you could use.
I don't even remember getting any instructions on Cleaning.
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Strange , the simple things you don't think to do.
A friend told me that one time , when I gave him a simple tip on cooking Onions.

I mentioned this in another Post but it may have been missed by some.

He owned a Steak Shop in Clifton Hgts., Pa. and cooked a pile of Onions on the Grille.
When they were almost done, he put them in a SS pan, off the Grille.Took a lot of time!

When someone came in for a Steak w. Onions, he scooped some out and on the grille,
to finish cooking them.
I told him to try steaming the Onions in a very large pot w. a Lid and a little water.
Then put them in the refrigerator and take some out as you need them.

He said " why didn't I think of that 40 years ago "

I'll be back later with another tip ! Getting tired of telling stories,

    Bookmark   April 8, 2008 at 6:10PM
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I'm sure I can come up with some actual cooking tips but the coffee carafe cleaning tips caught my eye. Put some ice cubes in the carafe/glass pot and sprinkle some salt over them (kosher or regular) and swirl around in the pot for a little while. Then rinse and wipe out with a soapy sponge if desired. Pot comes out much cleaner than with soap and water alone.

My BIL learned that trick when he worked at BK (Burger King) years ago.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2008 at 9:28PM
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cat mom:
Someone else mentioned Ice and salt, must be Ok. There are other Carafe tips too.

Another tip :
To touch up your Scissors use a Knife Sharpening Steel.
Like you are trying to cut it in half and slide the scissors back as you do it.
Do this a few times, keeping pressure on the scissors edge.
The Scissors have to be Square with the Steel.

When paperhanging. I did this with a piece of hard steel, like the back of a hacksaw blade.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2008 at 10:21PM
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I'll have to put in another tip for the day. Guess everyone is busy ?

When using your wood cutting board, cut with the grain of the wood, if you can.
Especially with Serrated Knives. If you cut across the Grain, it will make deeper cuts.

I have more tips but if we are done with this thread, I won't post anymore.
That way you can go on to Greater Glory and fulfull your Dreams.
Now all stand while I sing our National Anthem !!!


    Bookmark   April 9, 2008 at 11:10AM
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I remembered one this morning when I cleaned my sink. To clean a garbage disposal, put a handful of ice cubes down it, drizzle some dish soap on top of the ice, and turn it on at the same time you turn on the water. The ice will scrub at the blades & corners.

Then, put lemon, orange or grapefruit slices (or just the peels, if citrus is pricey in your area) down, top them with a drizzle of dish soap, and turn it on while pouring boiling water in. This will take care of any grease that is clinging and leave it smelling nice and clean.

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Lou, I'm standing here with you. The singing may commence, even though I have no other good tips.

Well, I do send cookies in old Pringle's type potato chip cans, I make them just about the size of the can and then stack the cookies inside, they arrive (mostly) unbroken.


    Bookmark   April 9, 2008 at 11:30AM
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Here you go Luigi. A sloppy pictorial I put together a few minutes ago, with my hand model, Thumper.

Cake Decorating 101.

Most decorators staple the PPC closed. I have little patience for that, instead I fold it back several times, as in image #4.
Btw, whenever I have to fill a large (polyester or canvas) bag, I'll use a tall glass or beer mug and fold the top down over the glass to form a cuff which leaves both hands free and the cuff also helps support the bag while filling it.


    Bookmark   April 9, 2008 at 12:52PM
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Cleaning Garbage Disposal. That is a good one. I have to email it, to my daughter.
Annie ;
I knew you would come up with something. I think we should tell them about the P - - - - H - - E.
Use a small mesh onion sack !
That would be a good tip, to stop water from leaking into your Cooking area.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2008 at 1:09PM
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I've already used two of these tips already - the plastic wrap over the top of the FP and using oil when kneading sticky bread dough. I omitted oil from the bread dough recipe (It was an impromptu recipe anyway), and so the only oil added was what I kneaded in. I was making sourdough rye bread, and it came out great. For the FP trick, I was making bean dip, and I always dread cleaning the top of the FP afterwards - mainly because it is so bulky. I put the bowl and blade in the DW. Thanks for those suggestions!!

I used to put lemon rinds in the garbage disposal, but now I put as little solid food in there as possible, after having my drain pipe clog and back up. The sewer department will thank you if you minimize solids in the drains - at least mine did, but then my best friend works for the department of water and sewer.

Here's another tip that most of you already know: Save the water from boiled potatoes and use it in bread dough.

I'm wondering why people don't use the plastic lid that comes with the Kitchenaid mixer bowl instead of a shower cap. It doesn't protect the top of the mixer, but it does protect the bowl very neatly. I guess I'm lucky that I don't have a coffee maker to clean! I do keep coffee filters on hand and use them sometimes for straining oil or for cleaning glass or windows. They have less lint than paper towels.


    Bookmark   April 9, 2008 at 4:09PM
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Along with drinking a beer (or some other alcohol), while cooking, remember to play music while you cook - the food comes out tastier. I like dance beats -- dance, drink, stir, dance, drink, stir - hey, you get a little workout and get mellow at the same time.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2008 at 4:58PM
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Gina, I like your thinking, I mean tip!

I'm sure I read this here, but add two tablespoons of mayo to a cake mix to make it taste more homemade and it does. I also add a tablespoon of lemon juice to homemade ice cream.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2008 at 6:14PM
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Glad you liked the tips. I have a Coffee Maker but don't Deep Fry anymore.
( did you ever get your allergy test)???
Did you see the Thread on the " Round To It's ". I'll send you a bottle

I want to Cook with you !!! I need a workout, like that

But what do you add, to make a Home Made, taste like a Boxed Cake Mix ??? LOL

Did it again, Didn't hit Refresh ! and missed your Thread.
Nice Photo Tute! That's better that the loose leaf paper,
my German friend used.
But then ,that's all we had on hand. I think it's something like ,
Flying by the seat of your pants, or Wingin it.

Did you cut different shapes , on the tip ?

Speaking of Tips, I have one for you.

Have someone saw a lengthwise slot in an 8 in.long Dowel, using a Tablesaw
but only a little longer than the top of your folded cone.

Then drill a hole on the other end and insert a smaller Dowel, making a " T " Handle.

After you fill the cone, swish out the air and slide you new handle on the cone.
Start turning the handle, to squeeze out your icing or whatever.
Have a Spring Clamp handy, to stop it from unraveling.

This is an original I just thought up for you. Didn't see it anywhere.

Hope you appreciate this, Sol. It's very hard for me to think.
Remember what I told you about Flattery !

    Bookmark   April 9, 2008 at 9:31PM
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Good morning everyone:
I have to leave soon ,so I'll put in my tip for the day.

Thought this Post would break a Posting Record !!!!!
But I guess there are too many here who need tips.

Hoping they would recriprocate, with some of their own.

Maybe everyone is busy. I appreciate all the good tips that did come in.

Here is mine for the day !

I don't have room in my freezers, to store Garbage.
I wouldn't do that anyway. So I save small plastic bags, that are used but clean.

I use them for Coffee Grounds and Garbage, etc. and tie them tight.
Put them in the " Trash bin. "Sometimes I double bag The Garbaaagee.

My Trash Bin can ( Garbage in NY )is in a very small Island cabinet.
The thrash container rolls in and out from inside a cabinet.

They collect our trash once a week but I can't put it out,
ahead of time,because of the Bears.
I put Ammonia in the trash cans, that go out to the Curb for Pickup.
This helps to deter the Bears but when they are hungry, seems like nothing works.
Except a broom across the head. Worked for my Grandmother!
Talk to everyone Later

    Bookmark   April 10, 2008 at 11:38AM
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Wasn't here all day. Thought I'd peep in and ckeck out all the new tips.
Surprise !!!!! Nothing to check out.

So, I'll put in another one. For those who have a Vegetable Garden.
And have a problem with Deer and Rabbits eating your vegetables and Flowers.
I simmer Garlic and Red Pepper, in about a Quart of water.
Let it cool and beat in some Powdereed Eggs. Don't make it too thick.

Strain this thru a cloth and put it into a Spray or Squirt bottle. Try this on your plants.
Test it on one to see if it works. It has to be done every few days.
I sprayed it on a small pile of corn. The Deer wouldn't go near it. Ate the other corn!

See you again when this Post goes South.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2008 at 10:45PM
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Lou, most of my tips have been used already, so I'm going to say this and run really fast away from the reach of that spoon!

There is a product called Caffiza (I think that's the spelling) that will get coffee out of just about anything. I used it on all out equipment (and my bar towels...and shirts...and...and...) I have no clue what's in the stuff, but it works. And a little goes a long way, so don't be shocked at the price. (I think it's $4 for three envelopes or $16 for a big canister.)

Speaking of coffee, dump the used grounds around your tomato plants (or roses). They love it. Not sure how the deer will feel about it, but I do know ants hate coffee.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2008 at 12:08AM
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I'm kinda late to the party, but there are some great tips here.

I can only add a couple that I don't think I've seen (but I really need to sit down and read through each post carefully so I don't miss anything).

I always use an electric knife to slice bread. It doesn't seem to moosh it or crack the crust that way. My knife is about 30 years old and that's all it gets used for anymore. Also, a serrated plastic knife works really well to cut brownies and other bar cookies, without moosing them. (I guess I have a thing about mooshing baked goods.) Ann T. already posted the dental floss/cinnamon roll connection; another way to avoid mooshing!

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Bean and Mushy Virginia:
Just looked in this morning and saw your tips .
I liked them But Have to run to a Meeting and I'll be back later to Comment.

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In the winter when my kitchen's cold I plan ahead to run the dishwasher while I've got bread raising. Sit your dough bowl on the counter over the D/W. The counter warms just enough to give the yeast a boost. Sometimes, I'll even open the D/W door for a second every once in a while & give the rising dough a hit of steam.


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Also, for cutting things like cinnamon rolls or rolled cookies I use the rolling pizza cutter. Mostly because I can't ever remember the dental floss thing but also because the pizza cutter lived in the kitchen & doesn't seem to smoosh what it cuts.

Speaking of pizza- I've found it easier to cut if I slide it onto a wood cutting board first, then slide the slices back into the pan. Maybe my pizza cutter is dull from slicing all of those cinnamon rolls?

Lou- are you saying that a broom across the head kept your grandmother out of the garbage?



    Bookmark   April 11, 2008 at 11:29AM
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Oh Virginia! I finally thought of a tip and YOU went and posted it! hahahahahha!!! (the plastic knife cutting brownies.) It really does work well.

Ok when cracking open eggs, place a papertowel down on the counter, crack your eggs on that (MEN: ouch, huh?) then when you're done, gather up the paper towel and just toss it. No egg on the counter.

Let's see, what else...... OH when chopping garlic with my chopper from Pampered Chef, If using a bowl or pan, I put the whole peeled garlic in the bowl or pan, then chop it right in the container I'm using.

The last papertowel on the roll..... you know it always tears/rips and is useless. Well not anymore! Use the roll with the last towel on it (dont take it off) to wipe crumbs off the counter; one swooshing sweep into the sink and it's done!

I keep my garlic press stored in a basket with my garlic; that way it's always just right there.

When I'm making a shrimp ceasar salad with pasta, just about 2 mins before the pasta is done, I add the shrimp to the boiling pasta. Then when it's orange, drain the whole pot, rinse with cool water and carry on with the recipe.

When cooking a big meal, always start off with an empty dishwasher.

When frying chicken or fish - I take my electric skillet out to the patio and fry away, this leaves my house smelling fresh and not like fried food.

Another piece of egg shell acts like a magnet to attract the piece that went into the egg white. use that to scoop it out.

Use a rubber spatula to separate the slices of bacon when trying to pick up slices to fry.

There now - I contributed to this thread!

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Thanks for the paper towel under the eggs one! I invariably end up with a little gooey spot (clear of course so you can't see it) on the counter and slide my bowl right into it. This will help....if I can just remember it.


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I had a long response but the new Mouse I'm using erased it
So I'll have to start all over again.

Mushy Virginia:
Sounds good . I'll have to get my electric knife out of storage.

Tricia :
If you have to make dough and the dishwasher isn't loaded,
you can put a pan of hot water on the bottom shelf of your oven, turn the oven on,
for a minute and turn it off.
Spray the top of the dough with Pam and put it in the oven to raise.

Come Sta ? You use the Pizza cutter because you are Italian!
Your easy way to cut Pizza,is right. If you cut in a steel pan, the Cutter will dull.

That's an opening for another tip : To sharpen a Pizza Cutter,
Put a small grind stone in a drill and run the wheel against it at the right angle.

If you are afraid to do this, just act dumb and have a volunteer do it, for you.

When I tried to steal some food, My Grandmother, was cooking,
She used the Broom on me, when the Spoon didn't work.

What are you doing to me? I just answered your USPS Post.

Can't answer all your goodies but I'll pick one Favorite !

Bring the Skillet on the Patio !!! No Range Top; to clean, spattered with oil.

Guess I'll have to wait till Monday for an answer.

Later , Lou

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Miscellaneous tips 101:

1. Never buy grated cream cheese.

2. Lard is not a substitute for chocolate sauce.

3. Use month-old french fries as pie weights.

4. For some really great people watching, visit 24-hour grocery stores at 3 in the morning.

5. Chopsticks can be used to do impressions of walruses, vampires, reindeer, ibex, double-horned unicorns, and headplanes.

6. Leftover Halloween pumkins, after about 6 weeks, are great for creating Dali-esque table decorations.

7. Shallots and mallets are not interchangeable.

8. Do offer the Pope's nose to your favorite Catholic Thanksgiving guest.

9. Shucks, oysters.

  1. Have at least one piece of flatware at a formal dining table that will confuse everyone as to how to use it.

  2. A little Elmer's holds frostings to a crumbly cake much better.

  3. Hardboiled eggplant takes 11 minutes, not 10.

  4. If shoppers with dilated irises are standing too long at the supermarket mushroom bin and the mushrooms are on sale, pass on the bargain.

  5. To keep broccoli from becoming overcooked, don't overcook it.

  6. To remove the onion odor from your hands, wipe them with raw liver. I guarantee you won't smell the onion.

  7. Mr. Rutabagahead is lots more fun than the toy you had when you were a kid.

  8. French fries should never be eaten with the fingers. The fingers should be eaten separately.

  9. Don't put vinegar in your ear unless you want to suffer from pickled hearing.

  10. To tell if an apple is organic, look for a healthy worm.

  11. A great way to lose weight is to eat naked in front of a mirror. Restaurants will almost always throw you out before you can eat too much.


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I've had a lot of fun reading all your tips and kept trying to come up with something I could contribute. Well, it took a very long time, but I finally thought of something! I'm sure it's something you already know, but it's saved me a lot of time and annoyance.

When you want to measure shortening, say 1 cup, put 1 cup of water into a 2 cup measuring cup and then fill with shortening until the water level reaches 2 cups. You have to keep the shortening submerged for an accurate measurement, but it comes out of the measuring cup cleanly. Just stick a fork in the mound of shortening, let the water drain off a little and you're set!

I do have a request for a tip: when kneading doughs in my KitchenAid (sacrilege, I know), the dough ball always wants to climb up the walls and get stuck between the bowl and the flat part of the dough hook. Any tips on keeping this from happening?

Thanks for all the tips!


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Bri! The shortening tip is a winner for sure! :D

    Bookmark   April 12, 2008 at 11:33AM
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Hey Joe,Watta ya Know !!!
I guess you heard that a lot.It is nice to see you smiling!
And I thought this Post was dying !

You too ! Good to see your still Laughing. Did you give the Postmaster 5. ?

Maybe you might want to try this, for a laugh ???

On One of my Daughters birthday's , Feb. 14 . I cut a Heart Shaped piece of Foam Rubber.
Put icing on it and candles. Had to push a pencil in to make a hole!
The look you get; when they try the first cut, has to be caught on Camera !!!

Bri :
I knew that tip but it was a very good one, to put in here.
What Model KA do you have ? I sent my Classic back and reordered A Pro Model.
I couldn't stop the dough from riding up the Hook to the Motor. It was a mess.
I tried everything, oiled the Hook, the motor, etc. Zilch !

Hey Joe watta ya Know, I gotta go !
Be Back later

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Bri, to keep the dough from climbing the dough hook on your KitchenAid, just use a breadmaker instead. That's what I do, works like a charm. LOL

And, it requires no pantyhose, Lou, so you should appreciate this tip.


    Bookmark   April 12, 2008 at 12:41PM
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I've got a little Artisan KA, nothing fancy. I've just started kneading everything by hand. The mixer is handy though because it allows me to do two things at once, but I don't know if it's doing a good enough job to be worth the hassle.

I've never used the bread machine to knead stuff that I have to form later, I'll have to try that!


    Bookmark   April 12, 2008 at 1:35PM
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Bri, that's all I use the bread machine for, I never bake in it because I don't like the crust, it kind of "steams".

A couple of places, including King Arthur Flour, did some experiments and found that you get the best texture and rise from a loaf in the bread machine, better than with a stand mixer or by hand, because that's what it was engineered to do.

I make all my own bread and use the machine 3 or 4 times a week. I have some painful carpal tunnel issues that makes it hurt to knead bread, so I just love that bread machine, I make homemade bread again and I didn't for quite a while.


    Bookmark   April 12, 2008 at 4:14PM
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What I had to do with the Classic KA, was dump it out,onto a floured worktop,
when it started climbing the hook.
I added flour and finished mixing ny hand.It was a pain in!

Annie :
are you hanging out with Jessy ?

I though of some dumb ones !!!

Before Donut Holes existed, I would order 2 every time, I went to Dunkin Donuts,
because they were free. The Waitress would bring them out to me.
No ! she wasn't a Blonde.
Just kidding! I Knew her and talked her into it.

I eat a lot of Mussels but it never helped my Physique.

Off Cooking Question:
If two or more Goose's are called Geese, Why then are

Two or more Moose's, not called " Meese "

Is a Walnut, a person who goes to Walmart's , a lot?

That's it I Quit. Be back Later,

    Bookmark   April 12, 2008 at 4:14PM
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War Stories? I get a good rise using my KA mixer but I quit after 2 Shots.
Unless I'm not driving !

    Bookmark   April 12, 2008 at 4:57PM
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Good Morning Everyone:
I guess we are all tipped out or tipsy.

With all the advice that has been given on the Forum and all the questions asked,
I thought for sure there would be many more but I was wrong about things before.

Probably won't be back in today ? Grandson will be up, on leave.

So, I'll put in my tip for the day.

When removing labels, If whatever Liquid you are using doesn't penetrate,
try scoring the surface with a sharp knife, first, then apply the liquid.

This was an old Paperhanger thing, when removing painted, or Vinyl coated wallpaper.
Scratch the surface with very course Sanppaper first, then wet it.
Later , LOU

    Bookmark   April 13, 2008 at 11:49AM
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Ok : I'll put in another for tonight.

A while back Ann had a Post on her surcie, Wooden Bowl.
I remember putting a tip in there, about getting dents out of your favorite Wooden Pieces,
which may be more like Artifact, than kitchen pieces.

I've used this on repairing furniture, also. Some of you may have missed it.

Raising Dents in wood:

If the piece has a finish, it may be neccessary to put several holes thru the finish,
with a very fine Straight Pin, so that water will pass thru into the wood.
Take a piece of absorbant cotton, make a small ball, the size needed,
dampen it and place it on the dent. Be sure it is making contact with the wood.
Keep it in place with pins, if it won't stay. Keep it wet!

This may take the dent out in a few hours or may take days,(hard or soft wood)

It is best to test the finish in a non conspicuous spot, to be sure it,
will not damage the finish.

Time for my Cruise on Town Watch!!!
Later, LOU

    Bookmark   April 13, 2008 at 9:32PM
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Tracey and Lars, I'm glad you've enjoyed the tips.

Triciae, I'm also a big fan of the shortening/flour concoction. I learned about it when I started cake decorating, twenty years ago. It goes by many different names, but Pan Coating seems to be the term most often used by cake decorators. This stuff keeps well for quite a few months at room temperature, but I've always stored mine in an empty Crisco container, in the freezer, along with its companion, the pastry brush, which is kept tightly wrapped in foil.

Luigi, mi dispiace for not hanging out here on weekends. I want to thank you for the gadget tip! And I do believe it is a Luigi original. Unfortunately, I don't think I could ever get Jim to recreate it for me; he's not very handy with (most) of his, uh, tools.
And some of us here know that my use of power tools has been banned in 37 states, including MI. 'course.

In regards to the paper cones, I'd love to take credit for that invention, alas, this practice has been around since the advent of parchment paper. And yes, sometimes I'll make decorative cuts on the cones. For example, an inverted V makes leaves, and lots of tiny V cuts will give you a star tip effect.
But, you know, I prefer to use metal tips with parchment, because they give me better control over a design, whereas paper will eventually lose its sharp edge, which results in poor definition.


    Bookmark   April 14, 2008 at 11:03AM
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My to lick the cake bowl clean before the kids get to it.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2008 at 12:57PM
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Hi Sol:
Welcome home ! You don't like, not hanging out here on the weekends.
How many Lanquages do you speak?

I think I told you about the Pastry Chef, baking a Wedding Cake in my Pizza Oven.

I figured that about the tools.The Gadget is in the making Stages.
Need a Mailing Address.

Have to run. Be back later.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2008 at 5:09PM
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Lou, your reference to labels reminded me of another tip...

Rub or spray a little oil on a label and let soak overnight for easy removal. It works on all but the very most stubborn ones (I are not an English major!!). Even then, it makes it easier to "ball up" and remove.


    Bookmark   April 14, 2008 at 5:20PM
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Will you behave?

That's a good add on tip.
I use " UN DO " but sometimes it don't penetrate the label.
Why worry about being an English Major. Join the "US" Army and become as Major there.

I'll leave my tip for the night. Then I have to go on my Town Watch Cruise.

If you think a cap or lid isn't sealing right, put a piece of plastic wrap on first.

I do this with Paint and Coffee cans.

Is anybody out there saving these tips ??????

    Bookmark   April 14, 2008 at 10:45PM
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Ok, I will add a few
Toasting your nuts before adding them to your recipes enhances their flavor. (heehee)
Egg whites remove gum from ANYTHING.
Add a little flour to you burger when making meatballs or burgers, it helps to hold them together better.
Freeze chicken pieces in 1/2 gallon paper milk/juice cartons, cover with water and staple shut. They will not dry out or get freezer burned.
When scalding milk, a small amount of sugar added and not stirred will keep the milk from scorching.
Icing will remain where you put it on the cake if you dust the cake first with powdered sugar.
Potatoes soaked in salt water for 20 minutes before baking will bake more rapidly.
That's all for now but I have many more.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2008 at 1:06PM
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Luigi, are you tryin' to get me in trouble again? You know I like it here, but weekends are reserved for whatever Thumper wants to do.

Btw, I don't think I heard the story about the chef who baked a wedding cake baked in your pizza oven, but I'd love to hear it. Is he -by any chance- related to Kframe?

So you went and did something nice for me. Thank You! But Luigi, when I said neither Jim nor I were handy with tools, it wasn't meant as a "hint." That just ain't my style.
But, needless to say, I'm grateful that you thought enough of me to make it. One thing though, you're sure making it difficult for me to harass you.

I'll email you.


    Bookmark   April 15, 2008 at 1:40PM
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Sol: I think you read that too fast, or I didn't word it right.- - - Again!

Did I get you in trouble before,? I don't think so !!!!

I'll rephrase that Thread !!!

I thought you worked on weekends and didn't like being away, from the Forum.
Said yourself; ( in Italian ),look Back 2 of your threads.
" I do not like for not hanging out here on the weekends "

You know I wouldn't do anything to hurt you. I love you.
Don't tell the others.

I don't have that Pastry Cone Twister finished yet.
I had to make a Cross for a friend, who just finished Chemo and Radiation Treatments.
Involved his Tonsils, the back of his Throat and Tongue.

He had third degree burns. I don't want to explain anymore it was bad.
So you see I try to keep busy and try to put aside, trivial complaints,from others.
I once told a friend, " You would complain about Dry eyes to a Blind Man "

Why am I telling you all this ???
I'll tell you about the Cake Baking; in my Pizza Oven,when I come back.

I didn't think you were hinting for me to make the Twister.
I knew you were LOL! LOL!
Watch it, I resemble that remark !!!You can still Harass me anytime you want.
Have to go on my Town Watch Cruise now, be back Later


    Bookmark   April 15, 2008 at 9:07PM
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I finally got around to reading this thread, very interesting, entertaining, and at times x rated...

Joe, I am Catholic, but we refer to the pope's nose as the part that went over the fence last...loved all your tips..

To remove labels from new plates or glasses etc. Rub some peanut butter on it, it will come off, and you can lick your finger the tip is food related...\I hope that's not a repeat, I was reading carefully but the panty hose sometimes got me confused....:)

    Bookmark   April 15, 2008 at 10:12PM
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Luigi, will you lay off the Limoncello?!

Btw, I no longer work weekends. I decided spending time with family is a tad more important.

Come si dice: Love you too, in Italian?
Oh, and please don't tell the others.


    Bookmark   April 16, 2008 at 10:13AM
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Ti amo troppo.


    Bookmark   April 16, 2008 at 10:41AM
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OH dear LOU - you said: You can still Harass me anytime you want.
BUT I read it as: You can still Harnass me anytime you want.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2008 at 1:57PM
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Too late, Joe already knows. He added " too much " to your's. I think ?

Limoncello ? My family is not from Naples, so I sip on Peach Brandy.

Your Pastry Bag twister is on it's way. Should get there Fri. or Sat.

I tried to find the story on baking the wedding cake, in my pizza oven. Couldn't.

I had the Pizzeria in the Sixties and had a friend help with mixing Dough, etc.

He was a Pastry Chef from Germany and brought his accent with him.

One day he came in with 3 Cake Rings and 5 SS bowls.
He said ," Ie Haff tu beke a Vedding Kake!!! "

I told him he was he was crazy, the oven is at 550 Degrees.
He Said " Not tu vorrying , I can duuu eet "
So he proceeded to mix the cake batter in my Dough Bowl.

When it was mixed, he put newspapers in the oven and put an opened Brown Paper bag on top.

I picked up a Peel & said"Himne gooink tuu heat u Vit Dis"

He replied " Not tu vorring ur hed, I noo vat tu du "

And he did!!! Laid the rings on the Paper bags and poured the batter in them.
Put another Bag on top and more newspapers. They baked perfect ! Amazing !!!

While they were baking, he mixed a bowl of Icing, then put some in each of the small bowls.
He added different coloring to each. Then took loose leaf Paper and made long cones.

Put some icing in each, cut different shapes on the tips and made leaves, roses, etc.

This was after he took the cakes out and sliced each with a knife that had a 2 foot blade.

Sliced 3 cakes and made 3 pieces each. Iced them and made 3 tiers high.
I should have taken pictures of things we did then.

So, Sol!
That's the Wedding Cake Story.

Will you behave !!!

Br back in a while.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2008 at 8:29PM
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Nobody has any more tips ?

I thought of another tip for the Day.

When I went fishing and cleaned the fish. I buried the scraps in the garden.
Great fertilizer !!! I grew Beafsteak Tomatoes the size of a dinner plate.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2008 at 12:26PM
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Well, this is sort of cooking related...

If you're eating outside and the yellowjackets are driving you crazy, put some strong smelling "bait" a ways away from the table...seafood of some kind works particularly well. A sardine, tuna or cat food can with bits left in, salami, you get the idea. The yellowjackets will keep busy with that and leave you alone. It helps with flies, too.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2008 at 7:59AM
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Rachel: Thanks ! I forgot about that one.
Do it all the time.
I even put out a little soda , In case they get thirsty.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2008 at 10:04AM
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Thanks Joe! I'm banging my head against the wall because I should've known better. "I love you too" in Italian is similar to Spanish: Te amo también.

Rachel, good idea for the kamikaze yellow-jackets. They're just beginning to make their presence known here.

Luigi, great tip for gardeners. But I want to see a picture of them mammoth tomatoes!
And I loved your story about your fearless German chef. You both should've had your own TV show on the Food Network; now there's a cooking show I'd happily sit through.
Btw, I didn't know you were fluent in German Gobbledygook. Can you teach me?

Here's one more idea for bakers...

Whether you're baking a pie, kneading bread dough, making fondant, or working with anything sticky [can it Jessica], use a Bench Scraper (also called Pastry Scraper, Dough Scraper, etc.) to aid in lifting, turning, chopping, and also, for scraping your work surface clean. If you're thinking of buying one, consider getting the one with the measurements right on the blade.


    Bookmark   April 18, 2008 at 10:12AM
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You can add to that yellow jacket idea by placing the "bait" on a stick balanced over a cup/pot of water with a few drops of oil in it. Then when they fall off the bait, they land in the water, wings get oily, they die.

I'm into permanent solutions! :+)

Deanna (who just bought a bench scraper a couple of days ago!!!)

    Bookmark   April 18, 2008 at 2:41PM
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Deanna, just a question on this bait on a stick thing.... why would the bee fall off the bait? Don't they just fly away instead of falling?

I'm liking any way to keep bees away so let me know!!

    Bookmark   April 18, 2008 at 4:09PM
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I'm glad I'm not the only one who likes a permanent solution, Deanna! :) We used to tie a string around a piece of hotdog and hang it over a pot of water when we were camping in CA. The bees gorge themselves on so much hotdog that they can't fly away. Or they grab such a big piece (greedy little buggers) that they can't fly. They fall in the pot and die.

Funny thing, I was just at the store and got a bench scraper today! Now I just have to use it for something...


    Bookmark   April 18, 2008 at 6:56PM
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Another tip related to bench scrapers. The all metal type without a wooden handle makes a dandy weeding tool for the garden. Try it and you will discover how versatile it is along edges, in between stones and digging weeds out by the roots.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2008 at 7:00PM
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Hi Everyone:
I haven't looked in the CF till now. There wasn't much activity here,
So I thought the Post was Fini . I have to stop thinking.
Get myself in trouble.

That Tomatoe is long gone and I don't live there anymore.
The Zuccini was about 3 foot long. Don't have that either but I have witnesses.
The animals destroy everything here, Except Evergreens

I thought Love was " Amore" and " Troppo " was " too much "
Like " Te Amore, Troppo "
" Io non parlare Italino , tanto "

I'll send you an email. How to use the clothes pin , That I made for you.
Town Watch cruise time !!!
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Here's another one for Bees and Flies:

10 inch Paper Plate.
2 Sticks , 1/2 by 1/2 inch by 6 in. long.
A clear Jar or Container with a lid.
1 Clear Funnel that will fit in the jar but
not fall in.

Set the 2 sticks on the plate, Parallel about 3 inches apart.
Place the funnel on the sticks and the Jar over it,without the lid.
Put some bait on the plate, under the funnel. Don't let it stick out.
Place this away from your cooking, dining area.
Use bits of meat, Hot dogs, a dab of Jelly , etc.

The bees, flies, will go to the bait and then fly up, thru the funnel, into the jar.

When you are done you Barbecue or whatever, turn the jar over, Leaving the funnel in place.
Fill it with water !!! If you don't like to kill things, release them.

At the Shore they have large Screen traps; with legs, for Green Head Flies.
The bottom is open. There is a black plate that hangs on a string,in the center,
a little lower than the bottom. This attracts the flies.

They go to the plate and fly up into the screen compartment and the trap.

a simple trap.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2008 at 12:13AM
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Hello : I just peeped in here.
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I'll leave my tip for the day, for Celery.
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Removing Strings from Celery:
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Bend in half, just to crack the stalk.Holding both pieces, pull apart to remove the strings,
from one half, then grab the remaining strings, on the other half and pull them out.
What you have left is the Celery, without the strings.

Sometimes the strings have a bitter taste.
Far as I know, they are the veins of the Plant and carry nutrients from the roots.

Many of you eat everything but I have found that when I remove them,
as for Potatoe Salad, etc. makes a better taste. That's only my opinion.
If it is not dark green, I eat everything.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2008 at 3:51PM
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I just wanted to thank everyone who put TIPS in this Post.

Thought there would be a lot more but I guess we're all Tipped out, or Tipsy.

Thanks , LOU

    Bookmark   April 20, 2008 at 9:04PM
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Adding a splash of lemon juice to your potatoes when boiling them whitens them up real purdy.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2008 at 10:15AM
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Minsue :
Thanks for you tip. I knew this but never did it .
I'm gong to try it!

I thought this Post was Fini. Might as well put in my tip for the day.

When doing Chopped Onions and Celery for Stuffing etc.

Before Sauteing them, I Nuke them in the Micro Wave for a few minutes.
Then into the Skillet, to finish.

Saves a lot of time and stirring.

If there are a lot of Onions and Celery , I steam them first, then Sautee.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2008 at 10:55AM
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It just won't die, Lou!!! LOL

Yep, what Bri said about the bees. Another "food related" bee tip is to buy the cheapest tuna IN OIL you can find....
remove the top and put a couple in your gutters in the summer. The bees get oil on their wings while trying to eat the tuna and can't fly. They die right there. At the end of summer you just toss the whole can of 'gunk'.

They used this at a fairgrounds where my mom worked to help keep the bees UP and away from people.


    Bookmark   April 21, 2008 at 5:45PM
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I finally had a chance to read all the informative and kooky tips - a good laugh! Lou, you are the host with the most even here in cyberspace.

My tip that I've posted before but just in case you haven't tried it yet:

-- Put all your baking ingredients such as baking powder and soda, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, brown sugar, etc. into a basket in one of your cabinets. When you bake, you just pull the basket out, use the items you need, put them back in the basket, and place it all back in the cabinet. So much easier than trying to do a balancing act like Rachel Ray trying to get from the cabinet to the cooking counter.

A new idea I just came upon -- When unloading groceries, make a pile of all the refrigerated ingredients for each recipe you are planning to make, put those items in one plastic bag, and store them in the fridge that way. We have an extra fridge in our basement so it makes it much easier to grab everything that I need at one time.

-- If carrots are the ingredient that take the longest to soften in a dish you are making, precook them in the microwave.

-- Use a write-on/wipe-off board on your freezer to indicate what you have in there. When making a meal list for the week, look at your list first and plan to use one or two meals from the freezer.

-- Clean out the freezer on the same day you are making soup ... and you never know what you'll come up with. Once I threw a whole bag of frozen edemame in the soup because it had been there for so long with no other ideas on how to use it up.

Now, I better run before the wooden spoon comes to get me!


    Bookmark   April 21, 2008 at 10:44PM
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You're right. It's like Jason!!! Keeps coming back to life.

Does anyone know the record number on Posts ?????

I don't mind the honeybees too much. I have them come on my finger, to a drop of sugarwater.

Yellowjackets are another type of animal. I had Bad experiences with them and
The Cicado Killer. It looks similar but is about 5 times the size of a Yellowjacket.

I do that with he spices. They are all in my floor to ceiling cabinet, with slide out trays.

I label the tops of the spices, so when I'm looking down, I can find them easier.

Good tips guys.

After thinking about the Tuna Bee Trap. I think I would make a Tuna Salad first.
And leave a little in the bottom of the can for the Bees.

Can't help the way I think ! It bee's like that.

Thanks, Lou

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I just KNOW that tuna cans in my gutters would result with cats up on my roof! Would the cats keep the bees away?

I can't stand yellow jackets, either. My husband has discovered that Method's pink grapefruit all purpose cleaning spray makes a great, instant death spray for yellow jackets. So much so that I keep a bottle on hand just for that reason. Makes you wonder what's in that "all natural" recipe.


    Bookmark   April 22, 2008 at 7:53AM
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We do have a bee problem here, (as well as frogs) but I doubt I'll stick a can of tuna in my gutters - can you imagine the smell in this florida heat after a few days?

    Bookmark   April 22, 2008 at 8:22AM
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"Does anyone know the record number on Posts ?????"

Lou - by my estimation this thread needs about about 27,000 more posts before it starts to catch up with "What's for Dinner". LOL!

Here's a tip I haven't tried yet that I just read in that little Marth Stewart monthly, Everyday Food: If you need a lot of peeled (but not crushed) garlic as in Chicken with 40 cloves, put all the cloves in a bowl, cover with another upside-down bowl, hold the bowls together tightly and shake hard. The only thing I take issue with is that it said to use two identical sized bowls. Sounds like a recipe for disaster to me. It would be much easier to hold them together if one bowl is slightly smaller than the other.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2008 at 10:05AM
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Good Morning:
David : I know about the WFD. They go up to 100 or so, every Post.
I meant a single post.

Shaking the same size bowls ? Can you see one flying thru you Kitchen window.
I think I would use 2 different size bowls , also, to shake the garlic.
How about putting the Garlic in a Jar and putting that into my Bullet Casing Tumbler ?

Here is a saying I made up " Better to be Safe than Happy,
for a moment " Lou '08
I Don't think it relates to this ?????

Don't mess with Yellowjackets at their nest. They usually have a Guard, that sets off the Alarm.

I have a good little story; about the Guard, if you want to hear it ?

I think I would have Crows in my raingutter, eating the tuna.They find every bit of food.

Later, Lou

    Bookmark   April 22, 2008 at 10:56AM
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Lou- I don't go near yellowjackets or their nests! My husband isin charge of pest control and will only spray if they invade or meal or try to build a nest over the front door (which they do every year). Is your story a scary story?

Shaun, I thought about the aroma de tuna in the hot sun, too! I can just imagine what I'd find up on my roof.


    Bookmark   April 22, 2008 at 2:30PM
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Lou there is a max of 150 posts to any thread. You can't go over that.

The WFD folks decided that they would stop at 100 just because there was so many pictures. They could have stayed with 150 but chose to stop at 100.

If you want to go past 150 you need to start another thread.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2008 at 2:51PM
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The tuna actually kind of dries up, but the oil doesn't. All the better to make those nasty yellowjackets have to get down into the oil and get it on their wings! I never smelled it at all. I don't think the fairgrounds would have used it either if it created a fishy smell everywhere! :+)

My cats can't get on my roof unless they learn to jump about 12 feet straight up into the air. No trees nearby or other structures to jump from. As long as we don't leave a ladder or anything close to the house they're "grounded". Haven't seen any birds bugging it either!

Anyway, just a tip!

Deanna (voting for Lou '08.............grin)

    Bookmark   April 22, 2008 at 3:03PM
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I like the idea of using the brass tumbler for peeling garlic! I'd have to use a pretty small, VERY well sealed jar though to fit it in mine. Or maybe I just need a bigger tumbler... :)


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Chase :
Thanks for the Info, I might as well end this one at 150.
Unless , If they want I'll start another
" Baking or Cooking tips Continued "

We will need a vote !!!!!

Bri :
I was sort of kidding at first but then I got to thinking about it.
I could just put the jar right in with the Walnut media, then wash it off, when done.
David: What do you think?

Denna: I guess you can use the Tuna with Water and add some vegetable oil.
Or better yet some EVOO. So they go out in Style.

Thanks for your vote !!!

I'll have to finish off with the Yellowjacket story.

I had to redo the inside of a 1 story Kitchen, for a friend, who reminded me of Bill Cosby.
This was in the Pine Barrons of New Jersey.

It included redoing the roof. That had to be done first, so there would be no leaks.
I put the ladder up and climbed to the top. Got on the roof about 5 feet from the side wall.
It was cinder block with a Terra Cotta capping. The end was open (cement was missing )

I saw a Yellowjacket standing Guard there as others were flying in and out.

NOW !!! As I moved around he followed me. SO I moved farther away!
He came towards me like he was going to attack. Very slowly, I got down off the roof.

I went in and told the owner about the Bee's.
He said "I'll take care of them tonight , when it gets cooler out side "

I guess it didn't get cool enough, because when we came back the next morning,
He had about 20 bumps, all over his bald head.
It looked like some took a Ball Pean hammer to his head or

my Grandmother's Wooden Spoon when she was really mad.
I asked what happened, in between us all laughing.

He said " I went up and stuck a torch in the hole, Man they came out like Kami- Kaze's.
I was down the ladder and in the house in 2 seconds.
To top it off, he was re-enacting the scene and swinging wildly and hit a tree branch.
GUESS WHAT !!! Bees came out of the tree, after him.
We ran the other way, and jumped in the truck.
We met him inside later. You guessed it ! he had more bumps on his noggin.
He did get rid of them that night. Said he almost set the house on fire.
Threw gasoline in the hole first. BUT! he didn't get bit !

Is this story, good as the tablecloth caught in the Zipper?

Let me know if anyone wants this Post continued into another.
Have the Title picked!!!


    Bookmark   April 22, 2008 at 4:54PM
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Nina - It's literally the grapefruit oil that kills the pests. Grapefruit oil is also the prime ingredient in Veggie Wash. And Simple Green will kill ants on contact, too. I knew a exterminator who said to never crush ants because they exude a chemical that calls to the rest of the colony, so that they drop in their tracks it a good thing.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2008 at 4:54PM
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