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Victoria BC kitchen tips



Victoria BC kitchen tips

Kitchen Tips


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Victoria BC kitchen tips


Kitchen Tips in beautiful Victoria BC


Removing Red Wine Stains. This is an absolutely foolproof way of getting rid of red wine stains on any laundered items! Mix 1/3 dishwashing liquid soap with 2/3 hydrogen peroxide (approximately) ...then pour on the stain and let sit as a presoak. Spot wash the item, or throw it in the washing machine. Neither of these ingredients works by itself. You must use BOTH. You'll actually see the red wine disappear as you drizzle the mixture on a stain! Works on ALL clothing and table cloths, also carpets, regardless of the color of the item, even on old dried stains and stains that were laundered, bleached and subsequently turned "yellow". OLD, old stains have been successfully removed. Just make sure the soap/peroxide mixture is relatively fresh. I used some the other day that was a few months old (I keep a bottle on my washing machine and pre-treat clothes as I see them coming through on wash day) and it did not remove a particularly large stain completely until I 'refreshed' the hydrogen peroxide.
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Cleaning Oven Racks. If you have the dreaded job of cleaning your oven racks, place them in your bathtub, cover them with hot water and add one box of baking soda. Soak for several hours. Grease and grime just come right off. Very little scrubbing needed.
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Cleaning Oven Racks. Or, put your dirty oven racks in a heavy-duty garbage bag. Add enough ammonia until there is about 2 inches at the bottom of the garbage bag. Close the bag with a twist tie and leave it overnight. The fumes from the ammonia will loosen all dirt and grease from the oven racks and they just rinse clean in the morning.
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Removing Tea Stains. If you have despaired over ever getting rid of tea stains in cups, mugs or glasses, just fill a suitable bucket with enough water to cover your mugs or glasses, add 1 table spoon of baking soda and 1 table spoon of dish detergent, immerse your mugs, cups or glasses, let soak overnight, and you'll have brilliantly sparkling glasses or wonderfully clean cups in the morning. Rinse well.
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Sun Bleaching Red Tupperware Stains. If you have stored a red sauce based item in Tupperware and cannot remove the stain, let it sit in the windowsill and the sun will bleach out the red.
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Keeping Flower Bug Free. To keep flour free from bugs, when you buy a new bag of flour, place it in the freezer for 24 hours before putting it in the cannister. This kills all the bug eggs in the flour and your flour will remain bug-free.
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Catching Splatter. To avoid splatters while mixing a cake (or anything else), I sit the mixing bowl down into my CLEAN sink while mixing. If there is splatter, I can just wash the sink out when done.
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Keeping Bananas. To keep bananas from ripening too fast on the kitchen counter, store them in a plastic Ziploc bag, and they'll stay yellow all week without going dark and over ripe.
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Peeling Hard Boiled Eggs. To peel hard-boiled eggs easily and very quickly: After boiling, pour off the hot water, shake pan back and forth to crack the shells. Cover eggs in cold water and let set for a couple of minutes. Leave water and eggs in pan and peel, using water to rinse away excess shells. Works perfectly every time.
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Quick Peel Hard Boiled Eggs. Another way of peeling hard boiled eggs very quickly and very cleanly is to crack and peel off a bit of shell at the top and bottom of the egg, and clear a 'path' between top and bottom. You can then lift off the rest of the egg shell in one piece. I am still surprised how fast it goes.
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No Cabbage Odor. The heel of a loaf of white bread, placed on top of cabbage during cooking, will keep the house free of cabbage odors.
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Storing Ginger. I wash and dry ginger root when I buy it, then store it in a zip-lock bag in the freezer. When the recipe calls for freshly grated ginger, I grate the exact amount on the larger "shred" size blade of my grater, peel and all! Less waste, too, because there's no more shrivelled up ginger lurking in the corner of the crisper section!
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No Tears Chopping Onions. To keep onions from making you cry, put them in the freezer for 10 minutes before you handle them.
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Keeping Cheese Mold Free. A great way to keep cheese from molding is to wrap the open cheese in a piece of cheesecloth that has been dipped in vinegar and the excess squeezed out. Then place in a plastic bag. To mail cheese successfully follow the above instructions and pour melted wax over cheesecloth wrapped cheese. It will arrive safely.
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Firming Soupy Salads. Soupy salads such as egg, tuna or potato can easily be fixed by adding a little instant potato flakes. This will not alter the taste or the texture.
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Banishing Smells. If you have a smelly plastic container, thermos, fridge, or almost anything that you can't get the smell out of, what you need to do is to get a piece of newspaper wet then wring it out and place it in the fridge, container or what ever you need to remove the smell from, and leave it for a day or two and the smell will be absorbed by the paper. I have used it many of times for Tupperware and it works like a charm.
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Keeping Ice Cream Crystal Free. To keep an open ice cream container from getting ice crystals, cover with a piece of plastic wrap before putting the lid back on. It works, and then you don't have to eat the whole thing in one sitting to keep from wasting money!
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Unsticking Plastic Wrap. I store plastic wrap in my freezer. It unwraps without sticking to itself yet it clings to foods and surfaces beautifully. It never fails!
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Keeping Fresh Veggies. This is a tip learned from working in a restaurant. If you have any leftover salad or fresh veggies, just put them in a bowl of water in the fridge, covered of course, and they will remain crisp for the next few days.
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Telling Boiled or Fresh Eggs. An easy, quick way to determine if your eggs are hard-boiled or fresh: Lay the egg sideways on a flat surface. Spin the egg like a top. As it's quickly spinning, grab or touch it with your thumb and first two fingers (split-second grasp) and let go. A hard-boiled egg will stop spinning after you've briefly grabbed it and let go. A fresh egg will continue to spin slowly.
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Keeping Ginger Fresh. If you use fresh ginger root in your cooking, I discovered this wonderful tip that will keep it fresh almost indefinitely. Store your fresh ginger root in a jar with white wine in the refrigerator and when ready to use just cut off the portion you need and store the rest! I can't believe how fresh it keeps and long it last! For marinades - it's the best!
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Keeping Brown Sugar Soft. Living in Denver's dry climate, my brown sugar always turned hard as a rock before I could use it all - and I bake frequently. Now I store it in a Ziploc bag in the refrigerator and it stays fresh and moist. Wish I'd thought of this years ago.
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Victoria BC kitchen tips

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