Kitchen Tips

Scented Dishwater

Put a few drops of peppermint oil in your hot dishwater to make your kitchen and surrounding rooms smell wonderful. —Dora B., Woodruff, South Carolina

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Serving in a Slow Cooker

You can bake the beef for Marinated Beef Sandwiches the day before your party. Transfer the sliced beef and cooking juices to a slow cooker and refrigerate. The next day, reheat on low before your…

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Sparkling Sink

To save time and to keep your sink sparkling clean, put the stoppers from your sink in the dishwasher each time you run it. It’s easy and you’ll love the results. —Jean Keiser, West Chester,…

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Stacking Nonstick Skillets

When stacking non-stick skillets on cupboard shelves, place a paper plate between each to prevent scratches. This prolongs the life of the skillets. —Joyce P., Wellsville, Ohio

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Storing Small Appliances

When putting away electric frying pans, pressure cookers and other appliances, I store the cord, pressure gauges and other accessories right inside the appliance. This way, I don’t waste minutes…

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Table Decorations

If you're concerned about people spilling on your tablecloths during mealtime, consider using coordinating washable linens and placemats and pretty votive candles.

Use bright flowering…

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Tips for Using Blenders and Food Processors

Use a blender or food processor to make salad dressings and sauces and to puree soups.

A food processor is best to mix and puree very thick mixtures such as cheese spreads, sandwich fillings…

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Toothbrush Cleans Small Spaces

I keep a new toothbrush near the kitchen sink for cleaning graters, choppers, blenders, rotary beaters, etc. —Inez K., Raymond, Nebraska

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Treatment for Minor Burns

I used to work in a restaurant where minor burns from hot oil and hot soup were common. I’d run cold water over the burn for a moment, then apply a bit of toothpaste (not the gel variety). Once…

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Using Proper Measuring Tools for Baking

Using correct measuring tools can help prevent baking flops. Choose glass liquid measuring cups for all liquids. When measuring, place the cup on a level surface so you can view it at eye level.…

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