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- Use a 1-1/2 inch natural bristle paintbrush dipped in melted margarine
or oil to grease muffin tins, cookie sheets or cake and bread pans.
It's much faster than using a skimpy pastry brush.
- If you put onions in the freezer 15 minutes before you chop them,
you'll reduce the spray of vaporized onion oils - which means your
eyes won't tear when you cut the onions.
- To prevent cream whipped ahead of time from separating, add one
quarter teaspoon of gelatin to each cup of cream during whipping.
- A jar lid or a couple of marbles in the bottom half of a double-boiler
will rattle when the water gets low and warn you to add more before
the pan scorches or burns.
- When mincing garlic, sprinkle on a little salt so the pieces won't
stick to your knife or cutting board.
- If your cake recipe calls for nuts, heat them first in the oven,
then dust with flour before adding to the batter to keep them from
settling to the bottom of the pan.
- Noodles, spaghetti and other starches won't boil over if you rub
the inside of the pot with vegetable oil.
- Brown gravy in a hurry with a bit of instant coffee straight from
the jar... no bitter taste, either.
- To hasten the cooking of foods in a double boiler, add salt to the
water in the outer boiler.
- No "curly" bacon for breakfast when you dip it into cold water