Mom's Kitchen Tips & Tricks
I was making cookies today and after they cooled I loaded them up in my Charles Chips tin where my mother always stored her holiday sand tarts and other cookies. It then dawned on me that I needed a piece of soft sandwich bread to put in the tin as well. Mom always did this to keep the cookies soft and fresh. Anyone else do this?
What other tricks did Mom (or Dad, or Grandma) teach you in the kitchen?
1. A potato peeler is not a hatchet; use it like a draw knife.
2. Adding more food coloring than the recipe calls for does not make for a brighter colored cake; it makes for a much heavier cake.
3. If you develop a habit of using a pot holder when handling all your pots and pans on the stove, even those with "heat proof" handles, you'll avoid experiencing the nasty burns that come from picking up a cast iron skillet without one.
4. Never use "cream of ..." in a recipe. If you really want to become a good cook, learn to prepare your own basic sauces.
5. Peparing dough is a process that should never be rushed.
always stir your meat (ground meat for meat balls or Chinese dumplings) in ONE direction. It locks the moisture and wouldn't leak - from grandma
resting the dough between forming and kneading the dough. "no poking!"
still not sure why- but i get yelled at all the time! from either grandma/mother/aunties.
My mother always rubbed the salad bowl with a cut piece of garlic. I do it too -- it adds a slight tinge of garlic flavor without overwhelming the delicate greens.
re: chef chicklet
Yup! ...except that I think it makes the gravy tastier not thick.
But if you set a handful of stuffing aside when you stuff the bird, you can whirl that into the gravy as a thickener and a flavor booster. That's from Shirley O. Corriher's mother. I heard her relate that tip on a radio broadcast at Thanksgiving 2 years ago.