Before eating a lemon, lime or orange, grate the peel and let it dry. You can use it later in cookies and cakes. Just store it in an air-tight jar.
If a recipe calls for less evaporated milk than what is in an entire can, use the left over milk in your coffee.
Use up your pickle juice! Use it to make homemade salad dressings in place of vinegar or in stuffed eggs in the place of mustard.
After you crimp the edges of your pie crust, with your fingers, lift it up so it does not touch the rim of the pie plate. This will make slicing much easier.
If you need to decorate your cookies in a pinch, put white sugar in a bowl or small glass jar. Add a few drops of food coloring and stir or shake (if in a jar). Sprinkle over your cookies. If you have small jars, you can make up several batches in different colors and keep them on the pantry.
For left over whipped cream, add 2 tbsp. of cocoa, pumpkin pie spice or instant jello and whip slowly to combine. Use on pies or in your cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate.
Chilled evaporated milk can be whipped and used in desserts.
When cooking vegetables, add a bouillon cube in the water. This will add flavor to your vegetables.
Adding a teaspoon of lemon juice to rice may help it stay fluffy and adding chicken stock to your water when cooking it will add flavor.
Next time you make meatloaf, try adding crumbled corn flakes in place of bread crumbs.
Rinsing raisins and dates before running them through a food processor will help keep them from turning into a clumpy mess.
A wire cheese slicer is also great for slicing refrigerated cookie dough!
Spray a measuring cup with cooking spray before using it to measure syrups or peanut butter. I prevents sticking.
If you have over ripe bananas try: Baking banana bread or peeling them, slicing each in half and freezing. after frozen, dip in melted chocolate and freeze again!
If cutting large marshmallows into small pieces, dip scissors into hot water before cutting. This will prevent marshmallows from sticking to the shears.
If slicing a cheesecake, dip knife or metal cake slicer into hot water before cutting. This will keep the cheesecake smooth and each slice will look neatly cut.
If slicing a pineapple, try slicing it into rings and then remove the core and skin.
Extra mint sprigs? Add some to your iced tea!
Toasting oatmeal before using it to bake cookies will add a nice flavor to them.
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