Tried-And-True Household Hints

For fluffy rice:

Add 1 tablespoon lemon juice and

1 teaspoon butter (OR maragine) and 2 teaspoons salt when cooking

2 cups rice with 4 cups water.

To keep whipping cream stiff: Add 1 tablespoon skim milk powder when beating the cream.

For lighter no-fail bread:

Add 1 tablespoon lemon juice OR 1 tablespoon vinegar to dough when mixing.

For fork-tender beef:

Wrap well-seasoned roast in foil. Roast and don’t open foil until ready to eat. The juices inside the package can then be used to make a delicious gravy.

Chewier chocolate chip cookies:

Add 2 tablespoons corn syrup to your cookie recipe.

Time saver:

Package grated carrots in recipe-size

portions and freeze. When baking, just thaw and add to ingredients.

Cleaning counters and cutting boards:

Use full-strength vinegar. Allow to sit a few minutes then wipe down with soap and hot water for a disinfecting treatment.

Replacing salt:

Add 1 teaspoon sugar to corn

or carrots when boiling, for better flavour and less sodium.

Washing fruits and vegetables:

Use a solution of 1 tablespoon vinegar and 1 litre of warm water to wash fruits and veggies. Rinse with cool water.

Fruit fly trap: Punch holes in an empty margarine container lid with a knitting needle. Place a well-ripened piece of banana in the tub. Replace the lid and watch how the flies fly in, but can’t get out. Empty, wash and reuse if necessary. It works beautifully.

Joanne Rawluk writes from Gypsumville, Manitoba

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