Cooking Tips To Make Life Easier In The Kitchen – Part Three

1)Prevent apples from turning brown: It’s annoying to see the apple slices in your fruit salad looking tired and rusty. You can prevent this by simply squeezing a little lemon juice on the apple pieces. They will stay fresh and snowy-white. You can also just drop them into slightly salted, cold water. The same can be done for pears and potatoes.

2)Keep blueberries frozen for cakes and muffins: Blueberries contain heaps of antioxidants which excellent for your body. Do not thaw frozen blueberries for cakes, muffins, pies etc.. Thawing them will make the blueberry juice run all over your creation.

3)Test your cake with a spaghetti: Can’t find your bamboo/metal skewer to test if your cake is done? Simply grab an uncooked spaghetti and gently poke the center of the cake. If you find batter sticking to the pasta, then it needs to bake a little longer. If the spaghetti stick comes out clean, the cake is cooked.

4)Drizzle melted chocolate like a pastry chef: Want your cake to look like it’s professionally decorated? Place some plain chocolate bar in a small microwaveable plastic bag. Heat till the chocolate melts. Then snip a tiny bit off a corner of the bag and squeeze as you drizzle a design or message on your creation.

5)Perfect omelet and scramble eggs: Ever wonder why the omelet and scramble eggs served in the restaurant look so appetizing and fluffy? What are their secret recipes? Well, just add 1/4 teaspoon of cornstarch for each egg and beat well.

Jacqueline M. Faulkner

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