My grandmother has put together one of the sweetest, most thoughtful and most useful gifts I’ve ever received. She has given this gift to all the granddaughters so far.
Basically it’s a cookbook, but really, it’s so much more! Inside she included family-favorite recipes with coordinating grocery lists, and I use it daily. Over the last two years, I have added recipes of my own. I love that a simple sheet protector allows me to make a completely customized cookbook for our little family.
Anyway, like I said, this book is so much more than a cook book. The entire first section of the book is full of helpful hints and household tricks that make life so much easier.
I’m passing on some of the handiest hints to you! You can thank me later. I promise to pass the praise on to my grandma.
Grandma’s Most Helpful Hints
1. Spray your Tupperware with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato-based sauces and there won’t be any stains sealed in.
2. Spray a bit of perfume on the light bulb in any room to create a lovely, light scent in each room when the light is turned on. Place fabric softeners in dresser drawers and your clothes will smell freshly washed for weeks. You can also do this in garbage cans, towel and linen cabinets.
3. To remove burnt-on food from your skillet, ad a few drops of dish soap and enough water to cover the bottom of the pan and bring to a boil on the stove. The pan will wipe clean with a soft sponge or wooden spoon.
4. Don’t throw out leftover wine. Freeze it into ice cubes for future use in casseroles, sauces and roasts. For meats, it acts as a tenderizer and good flavor.
5. Keep the oven clean by placing a piece of foil on the bottom of the oven to catch spills. Cover the drip pans and underneath the cook top with foil as well. Instead of scrubbing, just switch out the foil!
6. Place all flour-based items in the freezer for 24 hours and you will never have weevils. (Flour, cornmeal, pancake mix, etc.)
7. Make the bed! (My husband hates that I do this. He thinks it’s pointless.) But it really does make the whole room look clean.
8. Don’t let mail pile up. Open, read and sort it as you receive it.
9. List tomorrow’s To-Dos before bed. Write down tasks you want to accomplish the next day. You’ll sleep better.
10. Map out your shopping trips–take a pen and grocery list with you to the store and mark down the aisle number for categories like canned goods, juices, etc. Also make note of any odd balls–like honey being with condiments instead of baking supplies. In the future, organize your shopping trip according to aisle number. That way, you won’t be running back for tuna when you’re in the dairy aisle.
11. Do some preparation. As you unpack your groceries, wash and dry produce such as lettuce and herbs, and store them in the vegetable drawer. This will make cooking nights faster. Don’t do this with berries–moisture may cause them to spoil.
Try just one of these tips (I highly recommend the foil-in-the-oven one) and I promise you’ll be happy you did!