Kitchen Tips

Cleaning the Microwave

To clean the inside of your microwave in a jiffy, place a bowl of water inside and microwave it on high for 2 minutes. This steams up the inside and makes any splatters easy to clean up with a…

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Cleaning Up Spilled Oil

While managing a restaurant, I learned an easy way to clean up spilled cooking oil—by sprinkling flour thickly over the spill. Wait a moment, then just sweep the flour into a dustpan. —Carlie P.,…

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Creating Napkin Roses

Guests will shower you with compliments when they see this fresh idea for Napkin Roses. To start, lay a square napkin flat with the right side down.

Fold napkin in half diagonally. Fold…

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Different Uses for Muffin Pans

The next time you make baked apples or stuffed peppers, use jumbo muffin pans to prevent them from tipping over. - Karen Ann Bland, Gove, Kansas

Put drinks in muffin pans to serve them. They…

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Dishwasher Storage

My dishwasher is next to my sink. So I store my dish brush and plastic scrubbing pads on the dishwasher’s top rack. After I’m done using them, I don’t have to worry about them dripping onto…

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Early Easter Eggs

In 3,000 B.C., Persians began using colored eggs to herald the arrival of spring. Thirteenth-century Macedonians were the first Christians on record to use colored eggs in Easter celebrations.

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Filling Storage Bags

Storage bags can be messy and hard to hold when filling. So line a tall drinking glass with a storage bag. Fold the top of the bag over the rim of the glass. Now your hands are free to fill. The…

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Garbage Disposal Alternative

I don’t have a garbage disposal, so I came up with this trick. When I rinse the supper dishes, I always place a colander in the sink first. This catches all the food scraps so I don’t have to dig…

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Getting Rid of Cooking Odors

To get cooking odors out of the kitchen, boil some red-hot candies and a few cinnamon sticks in water for several minutes. Soon a delicious aroma will fill your kitchen and the rest of your home.…

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Grocery Shopping Hint

When your groceries are being packed at the checkout line, be sure frozen items are bagged together to help keep them cold. Put them in the freezer as soon as you get home.

Pick your day.…

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