Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Timely Tips

There are a lot of things that can be done in order to save, a must to most homemakers, who are continuously looking for ways to be thrifty. Here are some of them:
1. If you accidentally over-salt a dish while it's still cooking, drop in a peeled potato, it will absorb the excess salt.
2. Place a slice of bread in hardened brown sugar to soften.
3. To keep marshmallows from turning hard, store them in the freezer. When thawed, they're like fresh.
4. To keep marshmallow from sticking together in the bag, toss a little powdered sugar into the bag and mix.
5. Wrap celery in aluminum foil before placing in the refrigerator, it will keep for weeks.
Bread stale? Don't toss it out, cut it into cubes or process into crumbs; place in a freezer bag and freeze for later use in the recipes.
6. Save money by using low-salt beef, chicken and vegetable bases, available in any supermarket, to make the broth called for in recipes instead of using canned broth.
7. Use the cooking water of potatoes meant for mashing, in place of milk, for lighter and fluffier mashed potatoes! Drain potatoes first and incorporate the liquid back into the potatoes a little at a time as you mash or whip them.
8. When you don't have cheesecloth, tie your spices up in a coffee filter for pickling or other uses. It works just fine!
9. Store nuts in the freezer to retain their freshness.
10. Use an ordinary wooden or plastic clothespin to seal bags of chips; packets of crackers and cereal-box liners.
11. Bread will stay fresher and longer at room temperature or frozen. It is best not to store bread in the refrigerator.

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