Thursday, October 25, 2007

A to Z of Kitchen Tips: C is for...

C is for...

  • Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce. Added to chili, stews, or anything you want to give a spicy, smoky flavor, they are an indispensible kitchen product when putting together quick meals. Because I don't use a whole can at one time, I spoon leftovers onto a wax paper-lined cookie sheet and put in the freezer until hard, then transfer to a freezer bag for easy use as needed, and no waste. Alternatively, you could freeze in ice cube trays.

  • Cornmeal. Sprinkled under bread or pizza crust, cornmeal keeps dough from sticking to your pan during baking.

  • Cleaning Copper Pots. To clean rust, soap scum or hard water stains on your copper pots, dip half a lemon in kosher salt and rub well. If that doesn't do the trick, steel wool is your next defense against more agressive stains and rust.

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