Tips & Tricks

If a recipe calls for Oil! In sweets use Apple Sauce as a replacement. In all others use Apple Juice. It makes the recipes lower in fat.

If you are making a casserole or something that calls for you to use a 9 x 13 pan , instead of putting it in a 9 x 13 pan, use muffin tins, it cuts the cooking time.

Does your recipe call for 1 tablespoon cornstarch for thickening and you have none? Well, just use 2 tablespoons of plain flour, it will do the job.

If you need 1 whole egg for cookies, you can use 2 egg yolks plus 1 tablespoon of water.

If all you have is fresh whole milk and you need buttermilk, just add 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar to 1 teaspoon milk.

If you need sweet milk and all you have is buttermilk...add ½ teaspoon of baking soda to your cup of milk. If you are adding this to a recipe that calls for baking powder, reduce the baking powder by 2 teaspoons.

Need 1 square of unsweetened chocolate? Add ½ teaspoon of shortening to 3 tablespoons of cocoa.

If you find your recipe tastes too salty, add a pinch or two of brown sugar. The sugar will overcome the salt without making your food taste sweet.

Still use your oven? Want to reheat a baked potato? Dip it in cold water, wrap in foil and stick it in the oven at 350 for about 10 minutes. If you boil a potato, whole, for about 5 minutes before you bake them, it will take 20 minutes off the baking time.

Old baking soda can ruin a recipe. How do you test to see if it is still good? Put 1 teaspoon into a cup of hot water. If there are a lot of bubbles it is still good. If there are no bubbles throw it away.

Sprinkle a few drops of vinegar in the water and your poached eggs will stay together better.