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Dec 10, 2011 01:31 PM

Tricks of the Trade

When using a splatter screen, I lay a dry paper towel on top of it. The paper towel absorbs the splattering fat but is porous enough to let through steam.

Granted, when you need to flip your food you need to remove the screen, but I find that after pan searing a piece of fish I have very little mess to clean up.

Just thought I'd share that.

What tricks do you use in the kitchen?

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  1. Thanks for sharing. I had never thought of the paper towel over the splatter shield. Will use this neat trick often.

    1. When cooking foods that splatter on an induction burner, I sometimes place a paper towel between the bottom of the pan and the burner. It picks up most of the splatters and makes for easy clean up.

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      1. re: Mangobob

        Yup, I use old newspapers. Gives me something to read while stirring the pot. Afterwords, crumpled up newspapers are great for polishing the glass cooktop surface.

      2. When I run out of room on my countertop for my cutting board, I open a drawer and wedge it on top, using the drawer as the counter.