1. If you need more space in your kitchen, pull out two drawers and lay a cookie sheet , tray or cutting board across them.
2. Peel and cook a whole bag of potatoes and mash them with equal parts of sour cream and cream cheese. Place in containers in the serving size for your family. Reheat in micro as needed.
(Tim — Peel a whole bag of potatoes? You’ve got to be kidding. That’s nearly as bad as de-veining and peeling 10 pounds of shrimp!)
3. Buy a large can or jar of hot peppers and freeze in ice cube trays. When frozen, put into a plastic bag.
4. Cook a whole box of spaghetti and divide into portions for later use. If you stir a little olive oil over it in the drainer, it comes apart much easier. Freeze till needed.
5. Buy oranges, limes and lemons on sale. Freeze whole in baggies and warm in the micro when you need some juice or zest.
6. After using, clean your grater with a bottle brush or toothbrush. Gets it all clean without scraped knuckles.
7. Save on foil by placing a cookie sheet upside down on your casserole while baking.
8. Use club soda instead of milk or water for lighter fluffier pancakes.
9. Run ice cubes in your disposal to keep the blades sharp.
10. Use newspaper to peel a lot of veggies on. Makes cleanup a breeze.
–submitted by Lou in Florida
Tim says: some very fine tips here. I’ve used the pre-cooking spaghetti tip for years. If you do this, you may want to remove the portion you plan to freeze a bit earlier from the boiling water. Extra-Al dente pasta nukes well without over cooking.
Speaking of pasta, here is an interesting “The History of Pasta” site.