Protect Your Cast Iron

What’s the big deal with cast iron? They can be scary pans until you figure them out. What kind of pan can’t be cleaned with soap? And some people don’t even clean then with water! Once you figure them out you will love them and never go back! I love mine because it gets hot so quickly (perfect for searing), distributes heat evenly, can and go from stovetop to oven. Cast iron pans also have a natural nonstick surface as long as cared for properly. No BPA, PFOA, or other harmful carcinogens are present!

These pans are wonderful, but sadly they don’t always stay wonderful. Don’t worry if you mess yours up! You can recondition it or re-season it. It takes some canola oil and a hot oven. A few hours at 250 degrees and it will be as good as new.

If you’re worried about protecting your other pots and pans, The Kitchn is always a good source of information!

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cut onions without crying

Cooking is a labor of love. I’ve poured sweat and tears into my dishes and after a lot of work they have come out masterful works of edible art. A lot of the crying has probably been from onions. Pesky veggies! Thanks to this tip from Jack Scalfani there won’t be any more tears in my casseroles. The part of the onion that causes tears is the root; the bulb and gas that gather inside it. Crazy! He shows us how to get rid of that part of the onion without any fuss or mess.

I’ve cut onions under water, while chewing gum, and while wearing goggles. They all work but I’m curious to try this method. (I’m always looking for bigger and better!) My contacts seem to shield my eyes pretty well right now but I don’t always wear them. I’ve heard you can bite on a match or paper towel and that the onion fumes will go there instead of your eyes. Interesting! Here are some other hacks from Distractify that you need to check out…

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kitchen storage ideas

Find inspirational kitchen storage ideas with this roundup from Stylish Eve. Get creative while getting organized and creating kitchen space that is elegant and efficient. Wooow! Really great ideas guys! I need to ‘remodel’ my cabinets. There is so much space there that I’m not using and some lazy susans and pull-outs would be great. They are all terrific ideas, but just those two alone would give me so much more room. What do you think? Which ones have you drooling?

Prepare to be amazed…see them all here:

Stylish Eve – Terrific Kitchen Storage Ideas

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kitchen makeover

Wow, what a pretty kitchen! Does yours need a little help? Find all the fresh ideas and inspiration you have been looking for here. Thanks hometalk! I am so happy to have run across this beautiful room. The color white scares me but it does open the room up and the end result is gorgeous.

See the beautiful kitchen here…

HomeTalk – A Bright DIY Kitchen Under $500

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33 Kitchen Shortcuts You Should Be Taking

Check out these tips from Best Plants! They are sure to make your life easier. We all have a weak area in the kitchen and these are going to help. Cooking doesn’t need to be complicated and this roundup proves that. It is filled with common sense tips, simple reminders, and easy tricks to make your journey to becoming a gourmet chef easier.

See all 33 shortcuts here…

Best Plants – 33 Kitchen Shortcuts You Could Take But Don’t

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There are many things that you have to do in the kitchen. Nobody really enjoys any of these chores, that’s why these kitchen shortcuts can make your life easier.

Some great time saving kitchen hacks:

– Make it easier to work with plastic wrap
– Ripen peaches and bananas on command
– Peeling Ginger Easily
– Making it easier to peel eggs
– Making it easier to slice meat
– Protect Knives
– Foaming Milk

Make it Easier to Work with Plastic Wrap

Plastic wrap can be very difficult to work with because it always sticks to itself. To make this easier try keeping it in the fridge. You should find that chilled plastic wrap will be much easier to handle.

Ripen Peaches and Bananas on command

If peaches and bananas are still unripe, then you can speed up the process by using nothing more than a paper bag. The paper bag traps ethylene gas inside which speeds up the ripening process.

Peeling Ginger Easily

The skin on ginger is very thin, pealing with a peeler or a knife can be difficult because the ginger is not smooth. Use a spoon so that you can get into all the uneven areas of the ginger.

Make it Easier to Peel Eggs

Removing egg shells from hard boiled eggs can be very frustrating. To make this easier add a mixture of vinegar and baking soda to your eggs. These will pass through the egg shell which should make it much easier for you to remove.

Make it Easier to Slice Meat

Slicing meat thinly can be almost impossible. However, a quick freeze can make the meat harder and easier to cut. Pop it in the freezer for around half an hour to firm up.

Protect Knives

If you don’t have a knife block then you can protect the tips of knives by using old wine corks. Simply push the cork onto the end of the knife.

Foaming Milk

If you want to foam milk without a frother then you might think you’re out of luck. But there is an easy solution. Fill a jar half full with milk and put the lid on. Then shake until the volume of the milk has doubled. Take the lid off and microwave so you can enjoy warm frothy milk.