kitchen

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...

Boiling over

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Everyone should know that you don’t leave a pot alone on the stove while it’s boiling. But I’m sure you’ve found yourself madly chopping, dicing or spicing when suddenly you turn around and see your water boiling over. Here’s how to fix that. Next time, take a wooden spoon...

Up and out of the way

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Are you a traditional cook that still uses 3-by-5-inch index cards for your recipes? When you’re getting ready to use it for a recipe, put it between the tines of a fork and place the fork in an empty glass. This makes the recipe easier to read and keeps...