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It's Life tip tuesday

8 Kitchen Tips to get you through any cooking stump

July 12, 2016

We have all been there, trying to get something cooked and BAM you run into a snag. Either you grabbed the wrong ingredient or you forgot that you needed to be making anything at all and have next to nothing in the cabinets. So, you stare and think really hard about what you can do to remedy the situation without having to drive ALL the way to the store. For some of us, it’s really not the that far it’s just the fact of the matter. Below are a few tips to get you through a couple of those kitchen stumps.

1. Use apple sauce in place of eggs. Now, some of us might not have apple sauce just laying around however, if you’re a mom, you more than likely have some somewhere since applesauce is one of those staple items. It’s ¼ cup for 1 egg.
2.Use a can of soda to make a cake. Yep, I’ve definitely bought a cake mix before and got home only to realize I didn’t have any of the other ingredients to make it. No worries, if that’s the case, just pour about 12 oz. of soda into the cake mix and viola, you’ve got a cake.
3.Scoop a hole out of the cupcake. It felt odd typing that. Anyways, see those fancy stuffed cupcakes with the yummy cream in the middle? No need to get a fancy utensil and inject it, just scoop a hole out of the top of the cupcake, fill it, and then frost the top and you look like a pro.
4.Spray plastic bowls with nonstick spray. If you use plastic bowls like we do, some foods can stain them leaving them to look stained and gross. No worries, the next time you eat spaghetti-o’s, spray the bowl or plate with nonstick spray and watch it rinse right off.
5.Run onions under cold water. Onions can be a pain to cut but if you run them under cold water while chopping, you’ll be tear free!
6.Use dry milk, powdered sugar, or cream of tartar to thicken cream. Trying to whip your heavy cream and it just won’t thicken? Use a tablespoon of non-fat dry milk, a couple tablespoons of powdered sugar, or a tablespoon or so of cream of tartar and it should thicken right up.
7.Use citrusy fruits to clean your garbage disposal. Is your garbage disposal making the entire house smell horrible? Drop a couple of ice cubes in it and turn it on to loosen any junk. Then, place slices of orange or lemon in it to finish the job.
8.Use baking soda to clean your dishwasher. We just about died the smell of our dishwasher got so bad. Mold and old food can build up in them so it’s important that they are cleaned from time to time. Take a small cup and fill it with baking soda. Place the cup in your empty dishwasher and run it through one cycle. Your dishwasher should be nice and clean afterwards.

8 Kitchen Tips to get you through any cooking stump

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    Yum Yucky
    July 12, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    All of these are great tips! I will start with the cake idea first, of course.

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    Jason Nail
    July 13, 2016 at 7:13 am

    Running onions under cold water keeps away the tears? Who knew? I also hadn’t heard about using apple sauce in place of eggs. Thanks for the hacks.

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    Bites for Foodies
    July 13, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    #4 and #7 are my favourite kitchen hacks. If I’m making goods I always spray the measuring cups or bowls (or add the oil first, then the sweetener) so it doesn’t stick. Citrus fruits in the garburator work like a charm!

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    Echo
    July 13, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    I love great kitchen tips and hacks. I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so anything that helps, right? I haven’t tried pop in cake yet, but maybe I should!

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    Kristy @ Mommy Hates Cooking
    July 13, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Love these tips! I spend a lot of time in the kitchen and could really use some of these. I knew some of them already, others I didn’t. One of my favorites is using the citrus peels in my disposal. Makes it smell so fresh!

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    Melissa Dixon
    July 13, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    I love little hacks like this that make things easier and better. I always use the applesauce one because I seem to have it on hand quite often. I have never heard of the cold water onion trick before but it sounds like a must try for me!

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    Britni
    July 13, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    These are some really great tips. I have used a few of them like the citrus in the garbage disposer and baking soda in the dishwasher but I had no idea to put an onion under cold water or that you could use apple sauce for eggs. I am going to have to try these things!

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    Krysten (@themomnoms)
    July 14, 2016 at 5:31 am

    These are fantastic tips!
    I have definitely done a few of these at one point or another!
    It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one who has used a soda for a cake! 😛
    Have a great day!

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    Nellie
    July 14, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Love these tips!! I knew some, but some were brand new to me!! I love citrus anything, that hack about the garbage is priceless!

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    Tiffany
    July 14, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    This are awesome!! I had no idea applesauce could sub for eggs.. oooh and the cupcake tip!! I’ll be trying that one for sure!!

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    Alison
    July 14, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Okay a lot of these things I knew and they’re all awesome tips. I must say I had no idea about the applesauce instead of eggs swap! I’m going to have to try that on purpose sometime because now I’m curious!

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    Anosa
    July 15, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Ok I am totally loving all of these tips, they are definitely an ingenius and can not wait to give them a good try especially #5. I never thought of running the onion under cold water to make it easier to cut up.

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