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 We all can use a little help every once and a while, especially when it comes to creating delacacies in the kitchen. I eat up any tips and tidbits that I can find and as such wanted to share some fabulous tips with you, my darlings!
  • Making perfect cookies is easy when you remember a few things. First of all, the dough is easier to work with after it has been refrigerated for 10- 30 minutes. This will prevent the dough from sticking. 
  • Need to store cookies for a day? Stack in a plastic container and place a piece of wax paper between each cookie. 
  • Out of baking soda? Substitute 1/4 tsp. baking soda plus 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar. 

  • Missing a 1/2 cup of brown sugar? Substitute 2 T. molasses in 1/2 cup granulated sugar.
  • Stinky plasticware? Deodorize with newspaper and then wash before using. Do this and your plasticware will be just like new!

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  • Sticky Crisco? Dip a spoon in hot water to measure shortening or butter, and the fat will slip out more easily.



preppyinnewengland said...

Great tips...I didn't know about the baking soda!

Jane said...

I have another I have just discovered: out of buttermilk (which is used a lot in muffins and pancakes)?

Mix 4 parts milk to one part vinegar. Makes the milk go all curdy and buttermilky!

Krystal said...

I love the tips!

Deanna (Silly Goose Farm) said...

Jane - for buttermilk, you can also use lemon instead of vinegar. And sometimes adding your leavener (baking soda or powder) to milk before adding to cakes, cookies, etc., helps activate the leavener and makes everything rise more evenly in the oven.

Another tip on cookies: If they get dry/hard, put a piece of bread in the jar/bag with them and they will soften up overnight.

The Consummate Hostess said...

Thanks, Jane! What a great tip- I love it!

The Consummate Hostess said...

What a great thing to know, Miss Deanna! I have heard of and use the bread trick- works like a charm!

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