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Sugar Solution

Soup or vegetables too salty? Just add a teaspoon of sugar to remedy the situation. —Ruby Williams, Bogalusa, Louisiana

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Sun Tea

I brew sun tea indoors all year long. I have a 1-gallon glass jar that I fill with hot water. I put in six individual tea bags and let it sit on the counter for 3-4 hours. Then I remove the tea…

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Super Quick Pilaf

It's easy to add a bit of interest to plain rice. For each cup of uncooked jasmine, long grain white rice, brown rice or 1-1/2 cups instant rice, saute 1/2 cup each sliced celery and thinly sliced…

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Sweet Potato Biscuits

I love sweet potato biscuits. When I have the time, I make large batches of mashed sweet potatoes and measure 2-cup amounts into heavy-duty freezer bags. Then, when I want to whip up the biscuits…

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Table Setting Tip

Here’s a simple but time-saving tip. When I set the table for a meal, I take the clean dishes right out of the dishwasher instead of taking the clean ones out of the cupboard. It saves me the step…

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Taco Roll-Ups

My daughter loves the taco roll-up frozen dinners for kids. I decided I could make those roll-ups myself for a lot less (especially since she wasn't touching the rest of the dinner). I brown a…

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Tart Tin Press

I’ve found it’s a nuisance to arrange dough evenly in small tart tins. So I use an empty aspirin bottle (with the lid on for easy gripping) as a press, wrapping the bottom of the bottle in two…

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Thawing Frozen Peas

I discovered this trick when making recipes that call for thawing frozen peas before using them. To save time, I place the frozen peas in the colander before I drain the pasta. When I drain it,…

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The Right Cut

Use a biscuit cutter to chop up bananas for banana bread. It makes the job a snap. —Janeen T., Astoria, Oregon

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Thickening Trick

“When I don’t have much time, I use instant potato flakes to thicken gravy, soups or stews,” says Regina D. of Angleton, Texas. “They dissolve completely and leave no lumps.”

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