Monday, February 28, 2011

Tips for around the kitchen

Today's guest blogger is Danika over at "Is it Lupus" her awesome blog shares lots of details, tips, wisdom, and recipes that she has discovered along her path of searching out health and wholeness while living with Lupus. It has tons of helpful information- whether you have Lupus or not- on how to seek out healthy living, physically and spiritually. I encourage you to stop on by.

For now she shares with us her top 10 tips in the kitchen:

1. To keep strawberries fresh for a long time keep them in a sealed container in the frig with a paper towel in it.
2. To keep leafy greens fresh, store a paper towel in the bag they are kept in to absorbs the moisture and only wash them right before using them.
3. Keep onions in the frig and you won’t have much of a problem with tearing or burning eyes while chopping them.
4. Store mushrooms in a brown paper bag in the frig and they stay fresh much longer.
5. When using fresh ginger root, if you have some left, freeze it. When you need if for later use, it’s actually easier to use frozen because it grates really easy (just don’t forget to peel it as you use it).
6. Freeze liquids or soups flat in the freezer, once they are frozen, you can stand them upright so that stack nicely and it saves tons of room.
7. Anytime you’re roasting vegetables, potatoes, ect. lay parchment paper down on the baking sheet and it makes clean up a breeze with no sticking.
8. When making cookies, use a 1 inch scooper and scoop all the cookies onto a plate and freeze (I’m talking the raw dough). Once hardened, about an hour, transfer to a zip lock or container and you always have cookies available. Just take out however many you need and bake, just add an additional 2-3 min because they are frozen. This is my favorite tip because it allows us to only cook what we should eat, not what we want to eat which is the entire batch!
Leave a small bowl of distilled vinegar on the counter to get rid of bad odors
10. Put a penny in the bottom of a vase of tulips and they stand right up!

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