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List of Tips

Tip 1: Baking with Eggs

Tip 2: Skimming Fat

Tip 3: Thawing Frozen Poultry

Tip 4: Stuffing Chicken or Turkey

Tip 5: Making the Perfect Cake

Tip 6: Baking With Fruit or Nuts

Tip 7: Frosting Cut-Out Cookies
 
Tip 8: Keeping Brown Sugar Fresh
 
Tip 9: Keep Plastic Containers from Staining
 
Tip 10: Keep Food from Sticking to Grill

On this page I have listed some of the tips and tricks I have learned to make cooking easier and your food taste better.

Please feel free to contribute your own cooking tips -- I'll post the best ones so everyone can see them.

Tip 1: Baking with Eggs

When baking, always bring eggs to room temperature first. Cold eggs may cause the batter to curdle, which could affect the cake's texture. To quickly bring eggs to room temperature, let them soak in a bowl of warm water for about a half hour.

Tip 2: Skimming Fat

Cool soup or stew to lukewarm and add ice cubes. The fat will solidify around the ice cubes. Remove ice cubes and fat with slotted spoon and discard.

Tip 3: Thawing Frozen Poultry

The safest way to thaw poultry is in the regrigerator. Poultry can also be thawed in cold water. In a large bowl cover poultry with cold water. Water should be changed frequently to keep cold.

Tip 4: Stuffing Chicken or Turkey

When stuffing chicken or turkey be sure stuffing mixture is cool. The bird should be stuffed just before baking. Stuffing the bird the night before should not be done to reduce the risk of bacterial growth.

Tip 5: Making The Perfect Cake

When frosting a cake anchor the bottom cake layer to the serving plate with a dab of frosting. That way, the cake won't slide about as you frost. This also helps keep the cake from sliding on the plate during transit.

For best results in cake baking, let eggs, butter and milk reach room temperature before mixing.

Tip 6: Baking With Fruit or Nuts

When baking with fruit or nuts you should warm them in the oven and toss with flour. Shake off excess flour before mixing into batter. This will prevent them from sinking to the bottom of a cake during baking.

Tip 7: Frosting Cut-out Cookies

Take an empty squeeze bottle, like the ones used for ketchup or mustard, and fill with frosting. Then squeeze the frosting onto the cookies. Make sure your bottles are clear so you can see what color the frosting is.

Tip 8: Keeping Brown Sugar Fresh

Once you open Brown Sugar it should be kept in an air tight container. Sometimes Brown Sugar will get hard and clump up. An easy way to keep it from hardening is to add a piece of bread or an apple slice and let it sit overnight.

Tip 9: Keep Your Plastic Containers From Staining:
 
Before putting tomato based products into plastic containers, spray container and lid with cooking spray. This will not affect the taste of the food.
 
Tip 10: Keep Food From Sticking to your Grill:
 
Spray grill rack with cooking spray to keep food from sticking to grill. Also makes for easy clean up.