Thursday, October 6, 2011

Kitchen Chew

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Have you ever started a dish, and find that you have run out of an ingredient? I have. It's alright. Here is a list of substitutions and food tips.

I am out of self rising flour:
1 cup flour, 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Mix well. There's you self rising flour.

I have no sour cream:
Use plain yogurt.

I have no yogurt:
Use sour cream

I have no confectioner's or powder sugar:
1 cup granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, process in a blender until powdery.

I have no light brown sugar:
Mix together, 1 cup granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon molasses.

I have no molasses:
Mix together, 3/4 cup dark brown suger and 1/4 cup water.

Chocolate chips, nuts, dried fruit settling to the bottom of your pan during baking:
If you have ever had this problem it was probably because your batter was not thick enough to suspend the ingredients during baking. For thin batters, toss these ingredients in a little flour, it may help to prevent them from sinking to the bottom of the pan during baking.

Baking muffins:
For easy clean up, line muffin cups with paper muffin liners. Use ice cream scoop to place muffin batter into muffin cups.

My brown sugar is hard:
Brown sugar should be store in a thick plastic bag in a cool, dry place. From time to time, brown sugar does become hard. If this happens, place a slice of apple in the plastic bag with brown sugar. Seal bag and leave for 2 days, brown sugar softens. Remove apple.

My burgers are dry:
When cooking burger, don't flatten the patties with a spatula. Pressing the patties squeezes out the flavor.

Chicken safety:
Safety first in the kitchen. Always wash your hands with hot soapy water after handling raw chicken.

What is the best way to cool cookies:
Unless a recipe otherwise directs, cool cookies briefly on the cookie sheet, to firm slightly, then transfer to wire racks and cool completely.

My celery looks bad:
Your celery is starting to look droopy, cut off the root end, and stand celery in a large glass of water. Celery will absorbed some of the water and will be good and crunchy again.

Potatoes and onions:
Never store potatoes and onions together, they will spoil faster.

Salad greens:
Salad greens should not be stored near fruits that produce ethylene gases (like apples) as this will increase brown spots on the lettuce leaves and increase spoilage.

I saw this article on freezer basics. Great article. I thought I would pass it along,

Source: Google

Now you have some tips, be sure to try out some of Christine's recipes:


  1. These are great tips! Thanks Christine!

  2. Thanks for the great tips and substitutions! Have a lovely weekend!

  3. When cooking becomes passion you start innovating in the kitchen.thanks for sharing.

  4. Printing this one out laminating and pinning on my fridge.In fact can I blog this on my blog?

  5. Hi Dzoli,

    Yes, you can blog about this, please give me credit and link back to my blog, Thank you for asking. :-)

  6. These tips are really helpful, thanks Christine!

  7. Fabbydozy tips, Christine. Bon weekend J xo

  8. Thanks for the tips, great kitchen life savers!

  9. Very informative-we all get in a pinch with ingredients sometimes. I just saw a post the other day about other family members sneaking and eating ingredients, so an extra trip to the grocers is required to start baking. This is a great post Christine-have a wonderful weekend.

  10. Thanks for these handy tips! I too dabble around to substitute ingredients :-)

  11. Awesome info! I'm the worst about bad planning...

  12. GREAT tips, Christine. I especially love the confectioner's sugar one because I always seem to run out of it!

  13. Great info! Thanks for sharing Christine, have a great weekend! =]

  14. Great tips Christine, thanks :)

  15. I just made your pizza bread for lunch, still just as good as the first time I made it. I was going through your recipes and your Enchiladas look DELICIOUS!

  16. Great tips! I hate making last minute trips to the store and this is sure to help.

  17. Dottie Sauchelli BalinOctober 7, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    Christine, great tips and substitutions. You learn something everyday. Have a great weekend. Thanks :)

  18. Christine, great tips and substitutions. You learn something everyday. Have a great weekend. Thanks.. Dottie Sauchelli Balin :)

  19. I appreciate your comments. Have a good weekend!

  20. GREAT information! Thanks!

  21. What a helpful post! I had no idea about the potatoes and onions.

  22. This is some awesome info Christine! I love getting good kitchen tips. We all can use them from time to time. :)

  23. Just a heads up, Christine, but did you realize that your links are not going directly to the specific posts but to the blog in general?


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