More Uses for Vinegar
E-Z Clean the Oven
When something ‘runs over’ in the oven, pour plain salt on it to absorb the liquid. When done using the oven, use a spatula to pick up as much of the salt/liquids solids as you can. Then, put a cloth soaked in vinegar in the shut off oven and let it finish cooling. The combination of salt and vinegar makes wiping up that nasty spill easy and no harsh oven cleaner is needed.
Get The Cleanest Windows!
A lady who cleans houses for a living writes:
When we wash the windows, we first vacuum the window sills and use stiff paintbrushes to get the dirt and dust and dead critters out of the tracks and cracks. Sometimes I have to use toothpicks to dig out the littlest corners. Then the casements are washed with terry cloth rags and dried well. Then windows are washed with homemade window cleaner and dried with crumpled up old newspapers, which leaves the windows nice and shiny clean.–SD, IL
To keep cheese such as Parmesan longer, rub the chunks with a little butter before you wrap them for the refrigerator.
Did you know that you can freeze Swiss cheese mozzarella cheese and also cheddar cheese? Be sure to wrap it tightly and then put in a freezer bag and stash in the freezer for up to 6 months. I found some fresh mozzarella on sale a couple of months ago. The ‘sell by’ date was close, and it was about 1/4 the price of the other cheese in the bin. So, I brought it home, froze it and will use it for pasta dishes this fall and winter.–JE, NH
Late summer is the time when gardens really start to produce and soon summer squash, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, etc. threaten to overwhelm the most frugal of gardeners. This is when they start ‘blessing the neighbors’ with their excess. A few years back, an elderly couple came to visit (she had called ahead and asked if I had raised any zucchini that year. I should have known this was coming, but I had to tell her "no, I hadn’t").
They showed up for tea and cookies late that afternoon and ‘blessed us’ with a whole car trunk full of baseball bat sized zucchini! We dug out the hashed brown potato shredder and set to work. It took the kids and I two days to shred, bag and freezer all that zucchini, but we sure did enjoy it in bars, cakes, cookies and even hashed brown casserole.
I found I could sneak a bag of shredded zucchini in among the shredded potatoes and the kids never knew the difference.
Cooking Quick Tip:
By piercing link sausage before you cook them, the skins won’t burst. A skewer, bamboo or metal or a plain table fork will work nicely.
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As always, if you have tips or ideas to share, send them to me at Pennywise, Box 518, Kadoka, SD 57543 or better yet, email me at [email protected].
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It’s much easier to get a meal on the table without making a huge mess if you follow these few rules Grandma used.
Line up all the ingredients you need before you start to mix something. If you need to measure out tablespoons or teaspoons of dry ingredients, do so ahead of time. I found some little tiny glass bowls at a yard sale and use those. I also sift the flour ahead of time and have it in a bowl. As you mix the cakes or cookies, put the container of soda or what ever back in the cupboard as soon as you use it. That way, you don’t have to wonder if you added it or not and the counter is ‘cleaned as you go’.
Use as few dishes as you can get away with. I break the eggs into a measuring cup, add them to what I’m making and then use the same measuring cup for oil, water, etc. If I’m making a dish that calls for grated cheese as a topping (pizza for example) I’ll grate it onto the plate that held the chopped ripe olives, green peppers, onions, etc.
Put a piece of newspaper or waxed paper on the counter and then put the cutting board on that. You can chop onions, slice tomatoes or mix up salad dressings. The paper catches all the dribbles, drips and slobbers (I’m a messy cook) and then you just toss the paper in the trash can that you’ve pulled up close to where you are working.
Change the rules. I love biscuits! (Probably more than I should because it’s hard to stop with just one!) But, it’s a mess rolling, cutting and re-rolling when there are a zillion other things going on at the same time. I finally figured it out: Roll out the dough, cut into squares, put in the pan and bake. There is no law that says biscuits have to be round!