Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Household Hints

We love kitchen and household hints. These are a few that we use often, but would love to hear from you if you have more. Please share your favorites!

Household Hints

Rub oil into your measuring cup before measuring honey, the honey will pour right out. This also works well for molasses.

To remove the smell of onions and garlic from your hands, make a paste of vinegar and salt and rub all over your hands. Rinse well with warm water.

Add some salt to boiling water before poaching eggs, it will help set the egg whites.

Chew on citrus peel after eating a garlic-y meal, it will freshen the breath. Cinnamon and whole cloves work as well.

Apple cider makes a nice change from water for steaming vegetables.

Add a pinch or two of salt to the water when boiling hard boiled eggs, they will peel better.

Club soda will remove chocolate stains from clothes, salt will remove wine.

Use beer instead of water or stock to make a great tasting beef stew.

A potato ricer works great for mashing an avocado.

When making a cheese sauce, don't cook at a high temperature, this will make the cheese tough and stringy.

Onions that are too strong to use raw in a salad can be soaked in cold water for an hour or so.

Once a week pour a gallon of boiling water down the kitchen drain to help break up grease and prevent clogs.

It is best to hand wash kitchen knives, even if they can stand the dishwasher, the detergents can pit the blades.

Wiping the shower down with a towel after each use will help keep soap scum from building up.

Add ½ teaspoon of baking soda to every 3 eggs to make a fluffy omelet.

Add a pinch of baking soda to milk when boiling to prevent curdling.

For garlic flavored potato chips, put a peeled clove of garlic in a bag of chips and let sit a few hours.

Add apple cider to a stew for great flavor.

When buying oranges for juice, look for the heaviest ones, normally they contain the most juice.

Orange juice can take the place of wine for cooking fish.

One pound of potatoes will make about 2 cups of mashed potatoes.

Empty wine bottles work well for drying plastic bags.

Use kitchen shears to cut canned tomatoes without removing them from the can; easy and no mess.

4 or 5 medium tomatoes equal one pound.

Remove yeast from the refrigerator about an hour before using, it is less active when cold.

If you let doughnuts stand for about 15 minutes before frying they will absorb less fat.

Shake raisins or other dried fruits in flour before adding them to dough, they won't sink to the bottom of the pan during baking.

You can keep the yokes from crumbing while slicing hard boiled eggs if you keep dipping your knife in clod water.

If possible, keep tomatoes at room temperature, the taste will be much better.

Boiled turnips are sweeter if you don't peel them before boiling.


  1. Awesome, i love it. I will totally be trying the oil/honey thing!
    Here's one hint: the more you abuse garlic, the zestier it gets. ie: if you bash it real hard in order to peel it, or run it through a garlic press, the taste will be 'hotter' than if you only tap it to release the skin and then mince it finely.

  2. Miranda, thanks for the info on the garlic, I didn't know that. I will give that a try!
    ~ Nancy

  3. Hi Nancy, What a great list. Thanks. One of the things you have listed that I do is using a bottle (wine or other) to dry plastic bags. I am going to consciously have to think about things I do to see if I can add anything to your great list. Emily in So. TX

  4. Thanks, Emily. Would love to hear some other tips!
    ~ Nancy

  5. Nancy,

    I like to use vinegar with newspapers to wash windows and also I use the newspapers to clean my cast iron sink.
    Thanks for several new ideas.

  6. Hi Judy, Newspaper works great in the cast iron sink, doesn't it! I find it keeps mine looking nice. I love my cast iron sink. How do you like yours?