Thursday, June 5, 2014

Helpful Hints~Vegetables & Side Dishes

  • When preparing a casserole, make and additional batch to freeze. Your back-up meal is always secure.
  • A sprinkle of salt or flour in the pan before frying will keep hot oil from splattering.
  • A drop or two of lemon juice added to simmering rice will keep the grains separated.
  • Clove, garlic, and pepper flavors get stronger when they are frozen.
  • Sage, onion, and salt get milder when frozen.
  • Cooked egg whites get tough when frozen.
  • Grill veggies along with your meat for an quick and easy side dish.
  • Store dried pasta, rice(except brown rice)and whole grains in tightly covered containers in a cool dry place.
  • Refrigerate or freeze grains if they will not be used within five months.
  • Play-up those buttered, cooked veggies with a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds, chopped nuts, canned french-fried onions, or slightly crushed croutons.
  • A little vinegar or lemon juice added to potatoes before draining will make them extra white when mashed.
  • To bake potatoes in a hurry place them in boiling water for 10-15 minutes. Pierce their skin with a for before baking in a preheated oven.
  • Avoid those tough beans or corn by adding salt about half way through cooking.