Helpful Kitchen Tips and Tricks


Here are some helpful kitchen tips and tricks. I tried a number of these, they work like a charm!

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1. For smelly hands after chopping onions or garlic, rub them on a stainless steel spoon. The steel will absorb the odor.

2. Over-salt a pot of soup? Drop in a peeled potato, it will absorb the excess salt.

3. Not sure if your eggs are fresh? Place them in about four inches of water. Eggs that stay on the bottom are fresh. If only one end tips up, the egg is less fresh and should be used soon. If it floats, it’s past the fresh stage.

4. When boiling eggs, add a pinch of salt to keep the shells from cracking.

5. To keep potatoes from budding in the bag, put an apple in with them.

6. Making soup, sauce, or a casserole that is too fatty or greasy? drop in an ice cube. The ice will attract the fat, which you can then scoop out. Or, sweep a piece of bread over the top of the liquid – the oil will be attracted to the bread!

7. If your milk always goes bad before you can finish it, add a pinch of salt to the carton when you first open it, It’ll stay fresh days longer.

8. When storing empty airtight containers, throw in a pinch of salt to keep them from getting stinky.

9. Cottage cheese will remain fresher for longer, if you store it upside down in the refrigerator.

10. To prevent fat from splattering when frying sausage or bacon, try flouring them lightly.

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  1. #7 will never be a problem in my house. We go through milk so fast it’s ridiculous. Great tips!

    • Tammi says:

      Same here Julia, I do know people that never seem to finish their milk though, before it goes bad. What’s that like? lol

    • I put my milk into creamer containers which hold around 1 quart and freeze it. There is only myself in the home and I hate to buy a half gallon of milk which is sometimes only fifty to seventy-five cents cheaper than a gallon.
      And with turning the cottage cheese container upside down…always make sure the lid is on real, real tight…believe me, I can speak from experience.
      Also, turning peanut butter upside down will keep the oils in it better distributed.

  2. Nancy says:

    No freaking way. I’m definitely going to use # 5!!!

  3. Great tips, and all very useful. Seems salt solves most of the kitchen woes!

  4. Great tips, Tammi. I think I’ll be referring to your post often in the future :)

  5. These are some very good tips that we all should remember, thanks for sharing.

  6. Thanks for the tips Tammi, I had never before heard of #’s 4, 5, 7 or 9….and here I thought I knew my way around the kitchen! lol

    • Tammi says:

      I had no idea that you should store cottage cheese upside down! Now, hopefully I’ll remember to…

  7. julie g says:

    I’m gonna try number 5


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