Mom's Kitchen Tips

Mom's kitchen tips...things that aren't always written down. Things our grandmothers, even great grandmothers knew and did, that somehow slip through the cracks when we're learning to cook. These kitchen tips are things you should know!

1. After stewing a chicken, cool in broth before cutting into chunks, it will have twice the flavor.

2. To slice meat into thin strips, as for stir-fry dishes, partially freeze it so it will slice more easily.

3. When boiling corn, add sugar to the water instead of salt. Salt will make the corn tough.

4. To ripen tomatoes, put them in a brown paper bag in a dark pantry, and they will ripen.

5. Insert a butter knife or other metal rod into a potato to bake in the oven. It will cook in half the amount of time.

6. Buy mushrooms before they "open." When stems and caps are attached firmly, mushrooms are truly fresh.

17. Do not use metal bowls when mixing salads.

18. Lettuce keeps better if you store it in the refrigerator without washing it. Keep the leaves dry. Wash lettuce the day you are going to use it.

19. Dip a spoon in hot water before measuring butter or shortening, etc. and the fat will slip out more easily.

20. Refresh stale potato chips, crackers or other snack of such type by putting a plateful in the microwave for 30-45 seconds. Let stand for 1 minute to crisp. Cereals can also be crisped.

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