Handy Hints For The KITCHEN

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Here's some handy hints to make life in the kitchen easier!

1. Put your left over biscuits, chips etc. straight into the freezer, they'll stay fresh and the ants can't get in. Give it a couple of minutes and it'll be room temperature.

2. A mix of warm milk and golden syrup will serve the same as 3 eggs. Use 1 tablespoon golden syrup to every half pint milk (284ml approximately).

3. Always place container for melted fat in the sink when pouring out hot fat. It is then not possible for a small child to pull the container onto themselves.

4. Place a piece of paper towel in the bottom of the plastic bag with lettuce, carrots, broccoli, etc., before storing away in the fridge. This soaks up any moisture and condensation and the vegetables last for much longer.

5. If you boil an aluminium saucepan dry, while it is still hot cover the bottom of the saucepan with black vinegar and top up with water and let it soak all night. It should then clean without haing to scrub too much.

6. The yolks of eggs will stay fresh for several days if kept unbroken and covered with water in the refrigerator.

7. Any pastry shell which is to be filled with a wet mixture, should be brushed with melted butter to prevent sogginess.

8. Brown sugar which has hardened in the packet can be softened quickly by placing it in the microwave for a few minutes. Brown sugar left in the fridge will stay soft.

9. One teaspoon of vinegar takes the place of 1 egg when making a cake.

10. To keep brown sugar soft, place a piece of bread in the container with the sugar.

11. When making scones or pastry, sprinkle the pastry sheet or kneading board with self-raising flour instead of plain flour. I find pastry does not go so hard and crusty especially when it is being kneaded a second time and scones have a much softer outer shell.

12. To freshen stale bread: Brush the loaf all over with milk. Bake in moderate oven for about 15 minutes. The crust will be crisp and the bread will be nicer than when it came from the baker.

13. To remove sticky patches from labels, etc. on school or work bags, or jars and bottles, use smooth peanut paste!

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