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Helpful Cooking Remedies

by: Celebrity Recipes Magazine
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Here are some cooking remedies that might just save the food you've cooked that has gone wrong.

  • Too salty? Add cut raw potatoes to soups or vegetables and then discard once they have cooked and absorbed the salt.

  • A teaspoon each of cider vinegar and sugar added to salty soup or vegetables will also remedy the salty situation.

  • If you've over-sweetened a dish, add salt.

  • A teaspoon of cider vinegar will take care of too-sweet main dishes or vegetables.

  • Pale gravy may be browned by adding a bit of instant coffee straight from the jar. No bitter taste, either.

  • Ice cubes will eliminate the fat from soup and stew. Just drop a few into the pot and stir; the fat will cling to the cubes; discard the cubes before they melt. Or, wrap ice cubes in paper towel or cheesecloth and skim over the top.

  • A slice of soft bread placed in the package of hardened brown sugar will soften it again in a couple of hours.

  • A little salt placed in a frying pan will prevent splattering.

  • Meat loaf will not stick if you place a slice of bacon on the bottom of the pan.

  • Vinegar brought to a boil in a new frying pan will prevent foods from sticking.

  • When scalding milk, first rinse the pan in cold water to prevent sticking.

  • A lump of butter or a few teaspoons of cooking oil added to water when boiling rice, noodles, macaroni, or spaghetti will prevent boiling over.

  • A few drops of lemon juice added to simmering rice will keep the grains separate.

  • A dampened paper towel or terry cloth brushed downward on a cob of corn will remove every strand of corn silk.

  • To determine if an egg is fresh, immerse it in a pan of cool, salted water. If it sinks, it is fresh; it it rises to the surface, throw it away.

  • Fresh eggs' shells are rough and chalky; old eggs are smooth and shiny.

  • To determine if an egg is hard-boiled, spin it. If it spins, it is hard-boiled. If it wobbles, it is raw.

  • Egg shells can be easily removed from hard-boiled eggs if they are boiled in salty water and quickly rinsed in cold water.

  • No "curly" bacon for breakfast when you dip it into cold water before frying.

  • Keep bacon slices from sticking together; roll the package into a tube shape and secure with rubber bands.

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August 30, 2014

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