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Kitchen Crisis Avoided: 9 Simple Secrets To Make Life Easier

Things can — and do — go wrong in the kitchen. Food burns. Fingers get nicked. Pots boil over. Ingredients spoil. Sometimes, things get sticky and smelly. Yes, the kitchen can become a battlefield.

Now, I can’t make perfect gravy (my family complains about the lumps), but I do know a few kitchen tricks to remedy the occasional crisis.

  • Salty Slip: Next time the salt lid slips off while you are seasoning a pot of soup or stew, just drop a chunk of fresh potato into the recipe. The starchy potato absorbs some of the excess salt. When finished cooking, just remove and discard the potato.
  • Burn Relief: Not burns to your skin, sill, burns to your food, of course! Place a slice of bread over the top of a burned pot of rice. Let the bread sit for ten minutes to absorb the burnt taste.
  • Fresh Float: Unsure if your eggs are fit for breakfast or belong on the neighbor’s siding (KIDDING)? Float them in four inches of water. Eggs that sink are the freshest. Eggs that float are past ideal. Discard.
  • Hearty Spuds: Keep potatoes from sprouting in the pantry by placing an apple in the bag. Grannies swear by this trick to prolong the life of potatoes.
  • Sweeter Sugar: Add a piece of terra cotta to brown sugar to keep it fresh and soft.
  • Soft Sweets: Crumpled up tissue paper added to cookie jars keeps the cookies from going stale.
  • Burn Ban: A little mustard applied to a burn eases the pain and keeps out an infection.
  • Knick Fix: A bit of clear nail polish applied to small cuts relieves pain and keeps out an infection.
  • Stink Off: Coffee grounds rubbed into hands ward off the smell of onion. A sprinkle of salt in plastic storage containers hinders odor in storage. Baking soda in the fridge keeps the fish from taking over.

Be prepared for kitchen battle with these few simple tricks. Now, if you excuse me, I am back on the hunt for the perfect gravy recipe!

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12 thoughts on “Kitchen Crisis Avoided: 9 Simple Secrets To Make Life Easier”

  1. jaqueen says:

    For burned rice, my mom would use a piece of a paper bag, roll it up and place it down in the center of the pot of rice.

  2. Felissa says:

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  3. Susan says:

    Nail polish on a cut? No way. Some Neosporin or similar product and a bandage is better.
    I’ve never heard of mustard for a burn. Dr. Oz suggests flour. If you burn a finger cooking, stick it in a bowl of flour. I tried this once and it really did work.

  4. Thriftynin says:

    We make gravy with drippings, water and cornstarch, salt & pepper to taste. Mix cornstarch with just enough water to make it dissolve, then add to pot of warm dripping on stove and heat on medium heat, stirring constantly until comes to a simmer. Once it starts bubbling it wont get any thicker. To thicken, repeat water/cornstarch step until desired consistancey is reached.

  5. leyialenn says:

    Also to remove onion and other odors like garlic from your hands – rub your hands against something made of stainless steel under coldwater. They make an actual stainless bar (made to resemble a soap bar at most Kitchen Gaget places like Bed Bath & Beyond) but anything stainless will do. No more onion hands at all.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Most nail polish, even clear, contain some seriously harsh chemicals. I would hesitate to ever put it on to an open wound except in an emergency situation.

    • Frankie says:

      A small dab on a nick would in fact seal it and cause no more harm than if some of your nail polish got on a hang nail. Of course if it is a wound you would not want to do this trick but use something more heavy duty.

  7. Brandi says:

    I put the end slice of bread in the cookie jar to keep them soft.

  8. Vanessa says:

    As for the gravy, just try sticking it in the blender until all of those lumps are worked out, then add it back to the pan to finish thickening. ;)