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Cutting Board Cleanup

Here’s how I make the most of those plastic bags I bring home from the grocery store. When I’m cutting or peeling fruits and vegetables, I hang a bag by its handles over the corners of the…

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Cutting Fresh Basil

To quickly chop a lot of basil, stack several leaves and roll them into a tight tube. Slice the leaves widthwise into narrow pieces to create long thin strips. If you’d like smaller pieces, chop…

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Cutting Kitchen Time

"If you're fixing a dish that can be frozen, prepare two. It takes very little extra time to double the dish." - Anita Beachy, Bealeton, Virginia.

"Organization is key. I like to be sure…

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Cutting Meringue Pies

When cutting meringue-topped pies or puddings, oil the knife or spoon. Then the meringue won’t tear or pull. —Dovie O., Fulton, Mississippi

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Decorative Holiday Cookies

When making big batches of cookies for the holidays, I chill the cookie dough in the refrigerator so it’s easy to roll into balls and place on cookie sheets. I use a meat tenderizer, dipped in…

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Deviled Easter Eggs

I once hosted a birthday brunch buffet for my 90-year-old uncle. Since the event took place near Easter, I wanted to prepare colored eggs but worried about the mess all of those broken egg shells…

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Diced Bacon

To dice bacon with ease, I cut the uncooked bacon with my kitchen shears and brown as usual.—Sue S., Valatie, New York

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Dicing Bacon

When making bacon bits (for sprinkling over a salad, etc.), use your kitchen scissors to cut uncooked bacon into small pieces. Fry in a skillet, stirring often as the bacon cooks. Drain and pat…

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Dilled Beets

I save the juice from dill pickles and place sliced or whole beets in the dill juice. I refrigerate the dilled beets to use in salads. —Betty Kassteen, Morris Plains, New Jersey

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Dishwasher Tips

Washing small items like blender parts, baby bottle rings and caps, and the lids to kids’ sippy cups can be tedious. To clean them in the dishwasher, I put them in an open weave lingerie bag I…

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