"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > General Cooking Information > General Cooking
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 02-25-2008, 11:23 AM   #31
Head Chef
 
Yakuta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Chicago
Posts: 1,208
I always have full strength CLR (it removes lime, rust and water marks) in a spray bottle. I like to spray it at night in my sink and then wipe it down with a dry paper cloth. All the water marks disapper and my stainless steel sink and faucet look brand new.

Use a microfiber cloth for cleanup rather than chemicals for your appliances and countertops. Use a moist one for a wipe down and then buff it with a dry one. It works well on glass as well and saves on paper towels and expensive products.

When I buy my meat (which is mostly at the butcher shop). I like to bring it all home and take time to clean it up (I buy a lot of it at a time) and then portion it out and then put it in a freezer safe ziploc that is dated. This takes the prep work out when I have to cook.

Keep cilantro and other herbs fresher by removing them and tossing out the black ones and then soaking them in clean cold water. Then fish them out and dry on cloth towels. Then damp a paper towel and then wrap the cleaned herbs in it and place it in a ziploc and in the vegetable tray in your refrigerator. They stay fresher longer and they are ready without much prep when you need them.

I like to use air neutralizers and not freshners in my house (example Oust). You can spray it liberally after the house is cleaned and all the cooking is complete and in a few minutes the house will smell fresh as it absorbs the orders and does not mask it. Good test is to step out of the house and get back in to see that it really worked. I need this because I cook with a lot of strong spices.

I cover all my leftovers (that I put in the fridge) so I dont have any cross contamination of smells or flavors. I love the gladware containers for this.
__________________

__________________
Yakuta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2008, 10:37 PM   #32
Chef Extraordinaire
 
babetoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: escondido, calif. near san diego
Posts: 14,349
best cooking tip of all

clean up the mess as u go. when i don't do this, i feel overwhelmed. if not time to wash em for dishwasher, at least put water in ones hard to clean.

babe
__________________

__________________
babetoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2008, 01:48 AM   #33
Head Chef
 
Mama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Georgia
Posts: 1,810
If your bananas start to get too ripe before you can eat them, don't throw them away, just stick them in the freezer, peel an all. The skin will turn black but the banana is just fine. When your ready for them, take them out, pop them in the microwave on defrost and use them in banana bread or just slice them up in your cereal.
__________________
www.Mamas-Southern-Cooking.com
Mama is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2008, 06:38 PM   #34
Master Chef
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: E. Pa.
Posts: 8,281
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mama View Post
If your bananas start to get too ripe before you can eat them, don't throw them away, just stick them in the freezer, peel an all. The skin will turn black but the banana is just fine. When your ready for them, take them out, pop them in the microwave on defrost and use them in banana bread or just slice them up in your cereal.
I do the same, hubby likes to make banana bread.

Quote:
Originally Posted by babetoo View Post
clean up the mess as u go. when i don't do this, i feel overwhelmed. if not time to wash em for dishwasher, at least put water in ones hard to clean.

babe
I agree it is better to clean as you go.

Another tip : when filling a measuring cup with flour, I level it off with a knife.
__________________
LadyCook61 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2008, 04:08 PM   #35
Sous Chef
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Philly PA
Posts: 702
Quote:
Originally Posted by babetoo View Post
clean up the mess as u go. when i don't do this, i feel overwhelmed. if not time to wash em for dishwasher, at least put water in ones hard to clean.

babe
This is so true especially if you are working with a small space. I find if I am vigilant there is virtually nothing to clean up by the time the meal is served. I am a messy cook and manage to use alot of things while cooking if I dont clean as I go I quickly paint myself in a corner.

another one is keeping clothespins or some other type of clips handy for hoding potato chip or pasta bags and the like shut
__________________
PanchoHambre is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2008, 05:30 PM   #36
Head Chef
 
Mama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Georgia
Posts: 1,810
Quote:
Originally Posted by PanchoHambre View Post
I am a messy cook and manage to use alot of things while cooking if I dont clean as I go I quickly paint myself in a corner.
I know exactly what you mean, my dh says that I can use pert near every bowl, plate, pot, pan, dish, fork, knife and spoon just to make TOAST!
__________________
www.Mamas-Southern-Cooking.com
Mama is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2008, 05:46 PM   #37
Senior Cook
 
CanadianMeg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Sask, CANADA
Posts: 153
Quote:
Originally Posted by LadyCook61 View Post
Another tip : when filling a measuring cup with flour, I level it off with a knife.
I level off with a knife a lot more than just flour -- white sugar, baking soda, baking powder, other ground spices if they don't have the flat edge on the container.
__________________
CanadianMeg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2008, 07:11 PM   #38
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Katie H's Avatar
Site Moderator
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: I live in the Heartland of the United States - Western Kentucky
Posts: 15,156
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mama View Post
I know exactly what you mean, my dh says that I can use pert near every bowl, plate, pot, pan, dish, fork, knife and spoon just to make TOAST!
You must be related to my late x-MIL. She could dirty up everything in the kitchen just boiling water. I've never seen anything like it.
__________________
"As a girl I had zero interest in the stove." - Julia Child
This is real inspiration. Look what Julia became!
Katie H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2008, 02:23 PM   #39
Senior Cook
 
seans_potato_business's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Posts: 244
If you don't have a rolling pin, a large can of shaving foam will suffice.
__________________
We don't inherit the Earth from our parents; we borrow it from our children.
seans_potato_business is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2008, 01:11 PM   #40
Head Chef
 
mcnerd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Southern California
Posts: 1,326
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mama View Post
If your bananas start to get too ripe before you can eat them, don't throw them away, just stick them in the freezer, peel an all. The skin will turn black but the banana is just fine. When your ready for them, take them out, pop them in the microwave on defrost and use them in banana bread or just slice them up in your cereal.
I have more fun slicing them and tossing in to the dehydrator which turns them into nice snacks. The riper the banana the better.

I also use the dehydrator when cutting up celery. All those leaf tops that get chopped off gets dehydrated. Great for flavoring later for soups and stews. I will also grind down to a powder and replenish my spice jar.

Nothing goes to waste when it comes to produce. All ripe excesses get placed in the dehydrator and stored for later use -- tomatoes, mushrooms, carrots, celery, onions, applesauce, fruits, etc.
__________________

__________________
mcnerd is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What is your favorite kitchen tool..pan...appliance? Bangbang Cookware and Accessories 55 04-30-2005 09:43 AM
What is your favorite of all favorite foods? oldcoot Today's Menu 19 01-06-2005 12:42 PM
Helpful Hints Claire General Cooking 14 10-15-2004 05:11 PM


» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:27 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.