kitchen

Easy eggs with a waffle iron

Make easy eggs in a waffle iron

For a fun, easy way to make eggs, use your waffle iron! Figure a little more than one egg per side; three eggs will easily fill a double waffle iron. Close the top (but don’t latch it). The eggs will cook up nice and fluffy.

Use up that last bit of butter

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When baking something that requires a stick of butter, save the wrapper and wipe down the pan before you bake.

A stylish soap dispenser with a Mason jar

Mason jar soap dispenser

Have you seen those blue Mason jars in local home improvement and craft stores? Pick up a package for some stylish projects around the house. One of them is this nifty soap dispenser. Just poke a hole in the top of a jar’s top with a hammer and nail...

EZ Off Jar Opener

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I don’t get paid for my product reviews, so when I like something, you know it’s because I simply found it to be a good product. I feel that way about the EZ Off Jar Opener. There are a lot of mediocre tips on how to open a stuck...

A better way to peel garlic

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There is a neat tip going around about the best way to peel garlic, but I have an improvement on it. Basically, the tip goes like this: Crush a head of garlic with your hand and separate the cloves. Put them in a bowl, cover it with an inverted...

Great for baking: Silicone trays, mats

Use silicone muffin trays to keep them from sticking

When I recommend a product it’s because I’ve tested it and it WORKS, not because someone is paying me to talk about it. If you’re in the market for some new bakeware, pick up a silicone muffin tray and a baking mat. They can take extreme heat and they...

Use utility hooks to organize your foil

Use utility hooks to organize your foil

I was sick of my plastic wrap and aluminum foil taking up space in my pantry, and always falling on top of itself whenever I needed one of the boxes. So I found this way to keep it up, organized and out of the way — plus easy to...

Use car wax on your kitchen stove

Use wax on your stove

Wipe on a layer of car wax on your stove after cleaning it. This will make it easier to wipe up spills and baked-on food. Plus, it will get super shiny. (Note: This is a tip for the serious cleaners. The wax won’t keep spills from happening, it will...

Use gum to keep from crying over onions

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Do you cry when you slice onions? There are many solutions, but the one I’ve been using recently is the gum method. Simply chew a piece of gum while you’re slicing and you won’t get all teared up.

What’s for dinner?

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If you don’t know what you can make for dinner — and don’t have time to go grocery shopping — go to www.supercook.com and enter in what you have. The website will give you a list of what you can make with what you have on hand.  

Forks and other tools

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A fork is one of those tools that tons of uses in the kitchen besides on the kitchen table. Try using a fork as a recipe card holder–it takes less space and makes cooking easier. Do you put your recipes on 3-by-5-inch index cards? When you’re getting ready to use...

Get organized

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If you have a task to do that you don’t want to do, try the 10-minute trick. Just work on it for 10 minutes in a day; the task doesn’t seem so daunting if you only have to work on it for 10 minutes. Odds are you’ll keep working...