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norgeskog 09-14-2004 07:21 PM

Favorite Helpful Kitchen Hints
 
What is your favorite or most helpful kitchen hint or problem that needs solving????

Mine is an ongoing problem in the kitchen is keeping the wooden cuttingboard bacteria/germ free. My wooden cuttingboard is only used to vegetables, bread, etc. I clean it regularly with white vinegar and a paper towel. I have a plastic flexible cutting board that I use over the wooden one when I prepare meat. That one I scrub with hot water, dish soap and white vinegar. What do you use for these. I also wipe my kitchen counters weekly with straight white vinegar (suggeston from my vinegar helpful household remedy book) but then my kitchen smells like a salad for a day.


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Juliev 09-14-2004 07:40 PM

I also have a plastic cutting board that I used a lot. When I cut chicken, fish etc on it.. I wash it in soapy water with vinegar added.. or alittle bleach... I wash it off really well, after using the bleach..

I use a lot of garlic and onion.... I use lemon juice on my fingers or running my hands along something that is stainless steel..that works really well to get rid of the odor.

masteraznchefjr 09-14-2004 07:52 PM

to clean a very oily pan just use the scraps from your vegetable like peels to wipe it down and wash it works pretty well

MJ 09-14-2004 07:53 PM

I always like to make sure my fire extinguisher is fully charged :shock:

cafeandy 09-14-2004 08:09 PM

Re: Favorite Helpful Kitchen Hints
 
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Originally Posted by norgeskog
What is your favorite or most helpful kitchen hint or problem that needs solving????

Mine is an ongoing problem in the kitchen is keeping the wooden cuttingboard bacteria/germ free. My wooden cuttingboard is only used to vegetables, bread, etc. I clean it regularly with white vinegar and a paper towel. I have a plastic flexible cutting board that I use over the wooden one when I prepare meat. That one I scrub with hot water, dish soap and white vinegar. What do you use for these. I also wipe my kitchen counters weekly with straight white vinegar (suggeston from my vinegar helpful household remedy book) but then my kitchen smells like a salad for a day.


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two words for you...bleach

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Psiguyy 09-14-2004 08:18 PM

Wooden cutting boards must be treated regularly with food grade mineral oil. The oil fills the pores of the wood and keeps food and bacteria out.

If you have never treated it with oil, you'll need to sand it down to bare clean wood before you treat it. In the future, retreating the board regularly will be a simple matter of just wiping oil on the board and letting it sit overnight.

Juliev 09-14-2004 08:22 PM

hey psiguyy.. what did you fix with your cod.. we never heard.. sorry my recipe wasn't what you wanted.. I'll post it over in the fish section.

mudbug 09-15-2004 02:00 PM

The rule in our house is that whoever does the cooking does not have to do the cleaning up. I always volunteer to cook.

buckytom 09-15-2004 02:31 PM

to keep sponges clean and from smelling like mold, i rinse out all of the soap, wrap in a paper towel and nuke for 2 to 3 minutes until they dry out. (you don't lose any nutritional value in the sponge either, lol) i do this every few days, or if the sponges start to get smelly.

norgeskog 09-15-2004 06:02 PM

Thanks for all the postings, some really helpful hints here. Regarding the bleach, thank you, but I do not like to use chemicals that are toxic which is why I have the vinegar book which is where I got the suggestion for cleaning cutting boards and counter tops. My everyday dishes are clear glass, and I add vinegar to the dishwater to keep away spots.


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