Easy and Quick Kitchen Tips (I)

There are many times when you face a problem in the kitchen while cooking. I present before you some very common tips that will make your work easier in the kitchen. More quick kitchen tips coming in my forthcoming posts.

Too Much Salt: If you've added too much salt to a recipe, there are two solutions, (1) add a little sugar. (2) Add a raw potato slice. This will absorb the salt, especially in soups or stews, and (3) a second batch of small quantity can be made, without the salt, and added to the first batch. Combine the two mixtures and freeze half for later.
Too Sweet : Add some salt, or, if the recipe is a vegetable or main dish, a teaspoon of vinegar.
Gravy Too Thick: If your gravy is too thick then add a little more liquid.
Gravy Too Thin: Potato flakes may be added instead of flour to gravy, sauces and stews taht are too thin.
Overdone Vegetables: Put the pot in an pan of cold water. Let it stand from 15 minutes to half an hour without scraping pan.
Fresh Garlic: Peel garlic and store in a covered jar of vegetable oil. The garlic will stay fresh and the oil canl be nicely flavored for salad dressings.
Lemon Juice Tip: When a small amount of lemon juice is needed, insert a skewer into the lemon rind and squeeze juice out. The lemon will stay fresher longer than if it were cut.
Crisp Vegetables:To make your vegetables to remain crisp, cover the crisper section of your refrigerator with newspaper and then use the paper to wrap vegetables. Moisture will be absorbed and your vegetables will stay fresher longer.
Fluffy Rice: Rice will be fluffier and whiter if you add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to each quart of water.
Easily Peeled Tomatoes: Place tomatoes in a bowl, add boiling water and let them stand for one minute. Tomatoes will peel easily with a sharp knife.
Perfect Noodles: When cooking noodles, bring required amount of water to a boil, add noodles, turn heat off and allow to stand for 30 minutes. This prevents over boiling. You do not need to stir the noodles and the noodles won't stick to the pan with this method.
Nutritious Rice: Cook rice in liquid saved from cooking vegetables to add flavor and nutrition.