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Old 02-04-2014, 04:24 PM   #26
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The tip I have is actually from Julia Child. If you're making rice, don't use a spoon to stir it. Use a fork. It gets fluffier and the kernels don't break.
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Old 02-04-2014, 07:15 PM   #27
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Speaking of rice, if you like it as much as I do, I'd recommend getting a rice cooker! My in-laws gave us one as a wedding gift, and it's been used at least once a week for thirty years. You put in the rice and water or broth, plug it in, and you don't have to check it, stir it, or, generally speaking, worry about it until it announces, with a soft 'pop,' the arrival of perfectly cooked rice. This lets you concentrate on preparing the curry or whatever else you're planning to put on the rice.
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Old 02-04-2014, 08:49 PM   #28
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My favorite tip is also from Julia Child. With baking, when you can smell it, it's done. I've followed this rule for years. Keeps you from overcooking chocolate baked goods (brownies) and from burning breads
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Ditto on the rice cooker. Life simplified.
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I put the rice cooker on the list, and I found a kitchenaid stand mixer at a kitchen outlet for a really, really good price!

Tip: Put smaller or lightweight cutting boards on a kitchen towel, pot holder or paper towel to keep the from slipping while chopping.
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couple of hints from my kitchen

i use one of those wire egg slicers to do hubs mushrooms. those things are crazy hard to hold on to once you wash them...plus i get even slices

i tend to buy cheese in a block as i find it lasts longer than cheese that comes pre-sliced. when i want to shred some for my salad i use a peeler to whittle away at 1 end. it takes up less room in the dishwasher than a grater.

i use parchment under pretty much everything i put in the oven, not just cookies. i find it keeps my pans from getting that baked on grease, allows more even cooking without burning and makes it easier to get things off the trays.

my in laws eat out alot and save the small kfc side containers for us. they are microwave/dishwasher safe and re-usable. they are awesome for taking snacks for my daughter, using to freeze leftovers or to send messy stuff for lunch with hub.

i save/buy tin foil pans to use on the grill. i put veg and a bit of water in a pan and set on one side of the grill. then i set another tin pan on top to form the lid. i let them cook on the grill while i do the chicken and they steam while i cook.
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i use parchment under pretty much everything i put in the oven, not just cookies. i find it keeps my pans from getting that baked on grease, allows more even cooking without burning and makes it easier to get things off the trays.
I use a silicone-covered baking mat to do the same thing. It lets your baked goods cook evenly, plus you can knead dough on it: everything rinses right off under the tap. You can find out more about it here.
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Old 05-16-2014, 06:31 PM   #33
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thanks for the link! i had a silicone mat, but it got lost in one of my moves. will check this one out.
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Old 05-19-2014, 08:13 PM   #34
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I use a silicone-covered baking mat to do the same thing. It lets your baked goods cook evenly, plus you can knead dough on it: everything rinses right off under the tap. You can find out more about it here.
I love mine, and I didn't know you could knead dough on it. Good tip!
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