Keep your brown sugar soft after opening
it by sealing it tightly. If it does get hard, you can try adding an apple
slice, or you can microwave it for a few seconds. You can also keep in the the
freezer, but remember that goods make with yeast like ingredients at room
temperature, so you will want to warm it up before using it.
Celery and Carrots
If your celery or carrots go limp
on you, you may be able to revive them by putting them in a bowl of ice water
for an hour. Also, be sure and use every part of that expensive celery you buy.
Do not throw away the leafy tops. They are easily dried by putting them in your
oven. Just cut them up, and wait until after you use your oven for something
else. After you turn off your oven, put in the cut up celery pieces. When dry,
use as seasoning for soups and sauces.
Save money on hard cheese by buying it in
bulk. Cut it up, wrap it with freezer paper, and keep it in the freezer until
you need it. You can freeze it in blocks, or shred it first. If you are slow to
eat it from the refrigerator, wrap it in a cloth soaked in vinegar to keep mold
You can buy chocolate on sale, and store it
6-8 months without any loss of quality. Just store it in a cool, dry place. Do
not put it in the refrigerator, and do not let it get too warm and it should be
Make cottage cheese and sour cream
last longer by rotating the containers after each use. When you first bring them
home from the store, set the in the refrigerator as usual. After you use them,
turn them upside down. Repeat the process with each use.
Always leave your eggs in the carton when you
put them in your refrigerator. If you have an egg holder on the side of your
refrigerator, see if you can remove it to get more space. Not only are your eggs
more prone to breakage taken out of the carton, but they do not last as long.
The carton the eggs come in help maintain an even temperature, thus preserving
them longer- usually over a month.
When eggs are on sale, think about buying some for the
freezer. Just put the yolks and whites in a bowl, mix well, and pour into an ice
cube tray to freeze. After they are frozen, you can move them to a plastic bag.
When you are ready to use them, just take them out of the freezer and thaw them
to room temperature. If you find some stuck to the bottom of the carton, try
this. Place the bottom of the carton in a little warm water. This should loosen
them up enough to pull them out.
If your fruit has gotten soft and you don't
want to eat it fresh, there are a couple things you can do with it. One is to
put it in the blender, turn it into liquid, and then add it to Jello. Another is
to make it into a sugary syrup to use on pancakes and other sweet breads. Just
cut it up, and sauté it with about a tablespoon of butter and 1/4 teaspoon of
brown sugar until it is looks like sauce. Or put the juice in ice trays and
freeze. Later it will be easy to add to Jello, salads, and sauces.
Keeping Food Fresh
There are several things you can
use to keep bags of perishable items closed so they will stay fresh longer.
Clothespins work well. If you need something with a tighter clamp, use the clips
that you buy at an office supply store. The office type paper clips are all
metal, and come in several sizes. The big ones are like a vise! They are really
good for the freezer.
Lettuce has a lot of water in it. If you want
to store it as long as possible, you need to put something between the leaves to
absorb the moisture. If you decide to wash your lettuce before putting it in the
refrigerator (a good idea)...get it as dry as possible, and then put paper
towels between the leaves. If your lettuce starts to look limp and brown before
you have a chance to use it, try this. Take off all the discolored leaves. Then
soak the lettuce in ice water with a teaspoon of lemon juice. Wipe it dry with
paper towels, and put it back in the refrigerator to chill.
Marshmallows freeze well.
Keep them on hand, and you'll always have them for salads, rice crispy treats,
Make mushrooms stay fresh as long as
possible by putting them in the refrigerator, in a paper bag, as dry as
possible. Do not wash them until you use them. If they are wet when you get home
from the store, wipe them off.
Nuts have a lot of oil in them. That is why they
don't store for long periods of time. The oil goes rancid. This is true with
nuts like pecans and walnuts, as well as sunflower seeds. If you are not
planning on using your nuts for a long time, or you buy them in bulk and want to
preserve them, put them in the freezer until you plan to use them.
If you have some pastry that is a little dry,
here is a way to make it moist again. Put a wet paper towel around it, and
microwave it for a few seconds.
Potatoes are tricky to store. They like
cool, dry places, at a temperature around 50 degrees. Too hot, or too much
light, and they sprout. If you put them in the refrigerator, the starch turns to
sugar, making them too sweet. To keep them fresh as long as possible, put them
in a brown paper sack with a few holes, in a cool, dry place.
Don't bypass inexpensive large bags of
potato chips because you feel you may not be able to eat them, or want to eat
that many, before they get old. Just put them in smaller, sealable bags and
freeze them. They will come out of the freezer as fresh as when they went in.
You can also crisp old potato chips by putting them in the microwave for 10 or
more seconds on full power.
If you want to keep your radishes as fresh
as possible, for as long as possible, remove them from their leaves when you
bring them home. The greens will get mushy and ruin the radishes. If you remove
them, and place them in a plastic bag, they will stay fresh longer.