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Money Saving Kitchen Tips

1.  Save the plastic bags that your cereal comes in as it has many excellent uses. It makes a great freezer wrap (put in meats, etc) You can also use it for coating chicken or potatoes
2. Use less meat by adding oatmeal or tsp (textured soy protein) This cooks up like hamburger meat but has no taste. I add it half and half with hamburger meat for taco’s, spaghetti, sloppy Joe’s etc and no one can tell. I have also used 1/4th oatmeal to 3/4’s ground meat with great results.

3. Dice up green peppers, onions, and celery, flash freeze on a cookie sheet, and store in Ziploc bags. If you buy them on sale, then you will have them for when they are too expensive.

4. Recipe call for self rising flour but you just have regular flour? Just add 1tsp baking powder and 1/4th tsp salt per cup of flour.

5. Cut your SOS pads in half or even fourths. You will get the same cleaning power out of them but they will last a lot longer.

6. Do you have a pan that has stuck on food that is hard to get off? Put a half of a dryer sheet (dollar store brand works great) and fill with water.. the next morning the food will wipe right out.

7. Drop an egg? Sprinkle salt on it and it will wipe right up.

8. Clean with baking soda and vinegar and keep a spray bottle with a little bit of bleach and filled with water.

9. For fast cleanup in your microwave nuk a glass bowl of water until it boils and then let sit for 5 minutes. Everything will wipe right out.

10. Store brown sugar in the freezer, it prevents it from getting hard.

11. Instead of throwing out your bread heels save them in a freezer bag and use them late for bread crumbs.

12. Dilute juices with water (kids will never know the difference if you do it when they are young and they will get use to it if they are older)

13. Keep a Tupperware type bowl in your freezer to add leftover veggies to it to use in soups and stews for later.

14. If you like fresh soft cookies put a piece of bread into your cookie tin or jar. This will keep them soft and fresh.

Help in the Kitchen–20 Useful Tips

Here are a few tried-and-true easy ideas for saving time and your energy (and maybe even your sanity!) in the kitchen!

1. When a bottle of corn syrup or pancake syrup is almost empty and that last bit is taking forever to come out– just warm it in the microwave for a few seconds. It will be thinner and it will run right out!

2. When a recipe says to cover with aluminum foil while baking, just turn a cookie sheet upside down over the dish. Saves time and foil!

3. If your bananas begin to turn brown before you can use them, put them in the fridge! The skins will turn really brown, but the inside will stay fresh for several more days.

4. To make uniform sized muffins in a hurry, use an ice cream scoop to fill the cups. It is also lots neater!

5. To get that onion smell out of your hands after you’ve been peeling and chopping onions, sprinkle table salt on your hands and rub them together. Wash with soap and water and the smell will be gone!

6. Did you know that any brand of bottled Italian Salad Dressing makes a good marinade for meat?

7. When browning ground beef, try using a pastry blender to break the meat into smaller pieces. It works much better than a fork.

9. Hate to spend the time it takes to clean that crockpot with the baked-on food? Line your slow-cooker with foil before adding recipe ingredients and clean up is a snap!

10. To make all your pancakes the same size, use your gravy ladle to pour the batter!

11. Your potato masher will mash bananas for banana bread or avocadoes for guacamole in a hurry!

12. Buy several oranges and lemons when they are on sale. Put them in the freezer in zip-top bags. When a recipe calls for juice, just defrost in the microwave. When a recipe calls for grated peel, it’s easy to grate while frozen.

13. Add a dash of vinegar to the water when boiling cabbage. You won’t taste it, but it will cut down on the strong aroma.

14. For easier, faster grating, store fresh ginger in the fridge.

15. Use your bottle brush or a clean old toothbrush to clean the grater after grating onions or cheese. Much faster and no more scraped hands!

16. To easily remove marshmallow crème from the jar, dip your spoon or knife in hot water first.

17. For easy-to-peel baked sweet potatoes, rub the skin with vegetable oil before baking. The skins will come right off.

18. Peel your vegetables over a half sheet of newspaper. When you’re finished, just fold up and throw it all away!

19. To keep your graham cracker pie crust from getting soggy, be sure to use only butter or regular margarine. Don’t use the new low-fat spreads. You can also bake it to keep it crisp. Just let it cool before adding filling.

20. When broiling meat, put 1/2 cup of water in the drip pan. There will be no smoke and cleanup is a snap!

Cyndi Roberts is the editor of the bi-weekly newsletter “1 Frugal Friend 2 Another”, bringing you practical, money-saving tips, recipes and ideas. Visit her online at www.cynroberts.com to subscribe and receive the Free e-course, “Taming the Monster Grocery Bill”.