Cooking & Baking Tips – A Collection Of Timeless Wisdom
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Cooking & Baking Tips – A Collection Of Timeless Wisdom
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Re: Cooking & Baking Tips – A Collection Of Timeless Wisdom

posted at 12/20/2011 12:26 PM EST
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Great tips from both of you thanks for sharing.

Re: Cooking & Baking Tips – A Collection Of Timeless Wisdom

posted at 12/20/2011 5:08 PM EST
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Gale, getting the heavier duty vinyl that can be found at fabric stores will do an even better job than the vinyl shower curtain liner.  I need to get some more vinyl, I cut a few pieces for my Grandson to make window clings with.  I just may give him the rest and he can make more.  I will go get some of the heavier duty vinyl.  I just happen to have a coupon for Joann's that I could use. Thanks for the idea to use the heavier duty stuff. I do toss mine in the washer so I would guess the heavier duty stuff would do just as well.  (No dryer, just air dry.)
Posted by nikki p


Yes that is what I'm going to get.I have to find a nearby fabric shop our area Joann's closed,That was so convenient to just go around the corner.I want to make it circular like the table and sew elastic around the border.My friend did this and it looks so nice and the table cloth stays clean..;

Re: Cooking & Baking Tips – A Collection Of Timeless Wisdom

posted at 12/21/2011 1:06 PM EST
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I'm not sure if this tip has been mentioned,when I need a few nuts to sprinkle on something,I put the nuts (walnuts) in a zip lock bag ,get the air out lay flat on your work suface and hit the nuts with the side of my tenderizing hammer,done nothing to clean up.I bet rolling over with a rolling pin would work too.

Re: Cooking & Baking Tips – A Collection Of Timeless Wisdom

posted at 12/21/2011 1:40 PM EST
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Good grief Gale --- why didn't you tell me this sooner??!!!!!!!!
I chop nuts like macadamia and walnuts ONE AT A TIME.  
(I'm brave enough to chop a handful of pecans on a paper plate with my big chopping knife)
Just last night I was chopping macadamias.
I could have used your tip then... I will be using it soon.
Thanks ;-)

Re: Cooking & Baking Tips – A Collection Of Timeless Wisdom

posted at 12/21/2011 2:26 PM EST
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GRANA  here;
Thanks fora a great group f helpfull tips
Here's one good for all phases of life: appropriate or education, career changes; cooking, hobbies:
FEAR IS THE DARKROOM WHERE NEGATIVES ARE DEVElLOPED



don't let fear keep you from improving/advancing, making ( reasonable)changes.

Re: Cooking & Baking Tips – A Collection Of Timeless Wisdom

posted at 12/21/2011 4:25 PM EST
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nancy
even better i buy my walnuts already chopped ----ready to go and cheaper too--------------if you like to have large halves too---------just buy those also-------------

Re: Cooking & Baking Tips – A Collection Of Timeless Wisdom

posted at 12/21/2011 6:53 PM EST
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Hi Nellie -- I buy whatever walnuts my local Walmart has on hand .... that's usually the Fisher's bag of walnut halves & pieces.

Re: Cooking & Baking Tips – A Collection Of Timeless Wisdom

posted at 12/21/2011 10:40 PM EST
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This little "hint" will garner a few odd looks for you but it works. I carry a bottle of water with me, a refillable metal bottle.  It gets sort of sweaty in the summer when there is ice water in it.  I take one of my husbands worn out tube socks and I slide it around the bottle. This worked well in the summer so I thought I would try it in the winter when I had to carry hot tea in the same bottle.  I was burning my fingers so I slid the sock over the bottle.  It worked, it kept the tea warm until I finished it and I didn't burn my fingers. The nice thing about the sock is it absorbs much of the moisture and can easily be washed.  
Posted by nikki p

This is a good use for the stray sock (you know the one that lost it's mate in the wash).

Re: Cooking & Baking Tips – A Collection Of Timeless Wisdom

posted at 12/21/2011 10:57 PM EST
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Good grief Gale --- why didn't you tell me this sooner??!!!!!!!! I chop nuts like macadamia and walnuts ONE AT A TIME.   (I'm brave enough to chop a handful of pecans on a paper plate with my big chopping knife) Just last night I was chopping macadamias. I could have used your tip then... I will be using it soon. Thanks ;-)
Posted by Nancy G


Before zip bags I use to put nuts(and candy canes) between waxed paper & tap with my wooden rolling pin, then I switched to plastic wrap. I am so glad someone invented the plastic bags.
Hate to post this, but one year I forgot to break up the walnuts & it was after midnight so I put the bag of nuts in between a folded beach towel & stepped on it (so I would not make noise & wake the family) Embarassed.

Re: Cooking & Baking Tips – A Collection Of Timeless Wisdom

posted at 12/22/2011 12:00 AM EST
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Fran, I needed a chuckle this evening, and you gave it to me. Thanks!

Re: Cooking & Baking Tips – A Collection Of Timeless Wisdom

posted at 12/22/2011 1:24 PM EST
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In Response to Re: Cooking & Baking Tips – A Collection Of Timeless Wisdom : Before zip bags I use to put nuts(and candy canes) between waxed paper & tap with my wooden rolling pin, then I switched to plastic wrap. I am so glad someone invented the plastic bags. Hate to post this, but one year I forgot to break up the walnuts & it was after midnight so I put the bag of nuts in between a folded beach towel & stepped on it (so I would not make noise & wake the family) .
Posted by FRAN M


If I have a lot of nuts to chop I use the food processor.  Pieces are not all the same size, but it sure is quick

Re: Cooking & Baking Tips – A Collection Of Timeless Wisdom

posted at 12/22/2011 7:57 PM EST
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Judy - no matter how careful I am with my food processor, I can't use it for nuts.  I end up with almost liquid nuts.
Now I do you that huge machine to chop cabbage for cole slaw.  I can do that.

Re: Cooking & Baking Tips – A Collection Of Timeless Wisdom

posted at 2/27/2012 1:13 AM EST
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I save containers that foods come in some are great for storage.I recentley bought several big plastic jars that pretzels came in I'm saving them for storing oatmeal,rice,flour or what ever I need a large jar for.I just emptied another soy sauce bottle and I'm keeping these for flavored oils,they have those nice little plastic spouts for sprinkling and also a cap to close the bottle.I found a nice large clear glass jar with a lid at our discount store.It holds 10# of flour and has a great wide mouth to reach my hand inside to scoop out the flour.

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 LUV 'N  This !   Altho ~ I use this Idea ~ While work 'n  with  Fondant !!!  Cook Book Cover ~  A Seasoned Cook Book ~ means  lots of Great Food ! (no more "Sticky Pages")  Thanks 4 Share 'n & Keep 'em Com'n !!!

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posted at 3/23/2013 12:47 PM EDT
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thanks for the tips some are very interesting

Re: Cooking & Baking Tips – A Collection Of Timeless Wisdom

posted at 5/8/2013 12:01 PM EDT
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I see you have a tip for sweet pickle juice...what about regular baby dills? we go through them like water...so we always have leftover pickle juice....

Re: Cooking & Baking Tips – A Collection Of Timeless Wisdom

posted at 5/8/2013 5:26 PM EDT
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Tried several these - they're great!

Re: Cooking & Baking Tips – A Collection Of Timeless Wisdom

posted at 5/8/2013 11:22 PM EDT
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I see you have a tip for sweet pickle juice...what about regular baby dills? we go through them like water...so we always have leftover pickle juice....
Posted by Laura A


My mother had Revere ware with the copper bottoms.  To clean then, she would put pickle juice and salt on and it did the job

Re: Cooking & Baking Tips – A Collection Of Timeless Wisdom

posted at 5/9/2013 8:48 AM EDT
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thanks for the tips

Re: Cooking & Baking Tips – A Collection Of Timeless Wisdom

posted at 5/9/2013 9:22 AM EDT
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Thanks for the tips
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