Kitchen Hints and Tips
- Before packing lunches, pour juice into a zip-top plastic bag and
freeze. At lunchtime, the tip of the bag can be opened, a straw inserted,
and the juice sipped. Be sure to pack the straw in the lunchbox.
- Freeze juice cans or boxes before packing them in lunches. This will
keep them cold and will help keep the rest of the lunch cool as well.
- Pour the syrup from canned fruit into ice cube trays and freeze for
later use. They can be added to punch, etc.
- Adding one pinch of salt to the basket of the coffeemaker will remove
some of the acid taste.
- For clear coffee, put egg shells in after perking.
- Always start with cold water.
- Make coffee more exotic by adding a dash of ginger, cardamom or cinnamon
to the grounds.
- Crush a small piece of ginger and add it to the upper container of
the filter while brewing. Ginger coffee has an great taste and can also
help to end a nasty cold.
- Thaw frozen orange juice in the container in the microwave. Remove the
top metal lid. Place the opened container in the microwave and heat
on HIGH power for 30 seconds for 6 ounces and 45 seconds for 12 ounces.
- Before you cap the plastic bottle, squeeze it to force out as much air
as possible (so that the liquid is almost at the top). The bottle may
look odd, but the soda won't lose its carbonation.
- For a nutritious soda pop, prepare frozen concentrate and mix half
and half with club soda.
- Instead of using sugar, dissolve old-fashioned lemon drops, cinnamon
red hots or hard mint candy in your tea. They melt quickly.
- To make inexpensive spiced tea, pour loose tea leaves into a jar
that has a tight lid. Add your favorite spices singly or in combination
and store for a couple of weeks before using. Some flavors you might
try include dried orange or lemon rind, cardamom, pieces of vanilla
bean and cinnamon stick.
- When serving iced tea to guests, dip the rims of the glasses in lemon
juice and then in sugar or packaged lemon-flavor gelatin. Be sure to
pour the tea into the center of the glass so as not to disturb the pretty
(and tasty) edge.
- Whip up fresh-brewed iced tea quickly by putting one large tea bag
into your automatic coffee maker. Pour in some water, let perk, and
- To add a special touch to iced tea, freeze whole berries, fresh mint,
or citrus slices in ice cube trays filled with water.
- You don't have to boil water to make iced tea. To make four servings,
place six tea bags in a pitcher containing four cups of fresh, cold
water. Cover and refrigerate several hours.
- You will need less sugar in iced tea if you add the sugar while the
tea is still hot.
- Freeze leftover tea in an ice cube tray. The next time you serve
iced tea, use tea cubes instead of plain ones and you tea won't
be diluted. You can do the same with other cooling summer drinks such
as lemonade and fruit juices.
- For iced tea, add a small amount of very hot water to instant tea
before adding cold water. The crystals will dissolve completely for
- Improve the flavor of inexpensive tomato juice by pouring a 46-ounce
can of juice into a refrigerator jar and adding one chopped onion and
a cut-up stalk of celery.