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Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer – Cooking Tips

Check out these cooking tips from the pros to help make you even more of a cooking ninja in the kitchen than you already are.

If you’re reading this then you’re a foodie and you want nothing more than to be a rock star in the kitchen. Hey we all do.  We have blogs we all love and follow to learn either new tips & tricks or get great recipes. Yes, even the pros want to learn.  The only way you can become better is by learning, reading; formal education or the hard knocks in life. It doesn’t matter what you choose to do for a living you should never stop learning.

So on this week’s edition of Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer I’m sharing with you some even more cooking tips.

→ Adding a few drops of white vinegar to water when you boil potatoes will help keep your potatoes nice and white
→ When working with fresh herbs for soup, don’t add them all in the beginning or let them cook in the soup for a long period of time. They will lose their flavor.  Instead add more fresh herbs right before serving to boost the flavor

→ If you want to roast meat but you find that you don’t have roasting rack you can improvise with 2 items.  You can take a long piece of foil and roll it up to form a 1″ ring, place it on the bottom of the roasting pan and place the meat on top of that. If you don’t want to do that you can layer the bottom of the roasting pan with carrots, celery and onions. And what’s awesome about that method is as the meat roasts the vegetables get all of the flavors and drippings from the meat!

Cook like the pros with some of these tips!

Weekly Meal Prep Made Simple with Rubbermaid® BRILLIANCE™

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Your weekly meal prep just got a whole lot easier with the Rubbermaid® BRILLIANCE™ 10 pc set! Prep your lunches for the week, store it in these containers and stack it up neatly in the fridge!  Easy peasy!

Okay TKW Family if you haven’t heard of these Rubbermaid® BRILLIANCE™ food storage container have I got a treat for you! As you know I cook a lot, no like A LOT.  We live a healthy lifestyle that, at times, can go astray but we always find our way back.  So one of the ways to help keep us, and by us I mean me as that man could eat everything in the fridge and not gain an ounce <hate him lol>, on that healthy path is by doing weekly meal preps.

What I love about these Rubbermaid® BRILLIANCE™ food storage systems is they are so truly universal from fridge organization, to meal planning & prepping as well as entertaining and grilling (perfect for marinades). And let’s dish for a bit.  These are NOTHING like your old time plastic storage containers.  These are crystal clear which means no longer do you have to play that fridge game “Oh what’s in this bowl??”. And probably one of my biggest loves is they are completely odor and stain resistant.  So yes you can put your pasta sauce in one container and fish in another and when you clean the containers they won’t smell or have that oh-so-lovely stained orange hue to them.  AND AND AND what is HUGE for me is they are 100% Leak-Proof.  And it’s GUARANTEED!!!  Dude, that’s HUGE!

You SERIOUSLY need to get in your car and go get these!

Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer – Keeping Bananas Fresher Longer

You’ll go bananas over this tip to help keep your bananas fresher, longer! A seriously easy trick that actually works!

“Go Bananas! B-A-N-A-N-A-S!” First, you’re welcome for that cheer stuck in your brain all day. Trust me it’s been playing over and over in my head for the past few hours as I was typing this. It’s like a bad cheer at a football game and that’s the only cheer they know so it’s repeated a hundred bajillion times. Second, I never thought of doing this trick until I kept noticing it on the type of bananas I bought and then I finally researched it.  Once I read why it worked I was like “DUH!  You should have paid more attention in science class in high school because every 9th grader knows this!”

So let’s face it, one can only eat so much banana bread/muffins/pancakes/cupcakes/cakes, puddings/custards/cookies/smoothies that involve ripened bananas. I seriously love bananas – a little tinge of green at the tips with a vibrant yellow body is positively perfect for me. When I was training and working out like it was my job I was cramping up pretty bad.  An increase in my potassium helped with that.  And ever since them I’m at least a one-banana-a-day kind of girl.  So I was easily buying 2-3 bunches a week. However when I got hurt with my shoulder I was still buying that many bananas however I couldn’t eat them fast enough.  Oh trust me I’d bake like a fiend but again you can only have so much banana-based foods before it starts to wear thin.

So I stopped buying bananas… for like a week.  I love bananas and I cut back but then I realized that if I only bought one bunch (about 5 bananas per a bunch) that it wasn’t enough for Mr. Fantabulous and I for the week. It was a struggle when we’d get down the last banana – do I eat it and make him have his cereal without one or do I show him that I love him more by leaving it for him.  Yes, these real things in my house.

Anyway, the one day I’m at the grocery store buying bananas and the normal ones I bought were pretty crappy looking while the ones labeled organic looked positively gorgeous.  So even though they were slightly a bit more expensive you could just tell by looking at them they were going to be good.  When I got home I put the groceries away and peeled one. OMG seriously.. this was unlike any banana I had ever had.  I mean it was so amazing.  It tasted fresh and the banana taste was just intense.  It was so good that I called Mr. Fantabulous out to the kitchen just to try one.  Even though I got the side eye look as I was forcing him to take a bite as soon as he tasted it he totally agreed how awesome they were.  Since that I was hooked and back up to 2 bunches a day.

Go Bananas! B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer – Seriously Cool Kitchen Hacks

Whether you’re out of buttermilk or want the crispiest of fries, check out today’s Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer for some Seriously Cool Kitchen Hacks and Tips!

We’ve all been there in the kitchen whether we’re out of some ingredient or cupcake liners (fyi cupcakes without a liner just are just wrong). Or what about you go to make fries with you perfect burger only to have to flip them half way through annnnnnnnnnnd you end up burning yourself annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd your fries are only really crispy on one side. Yeah it sucks and it can be painful.  I’ve been writing these tips for years now and just when I think I’ve seen or done it all, there’s always something new that makes me stop and go “WOW!  That’s genius!!!”

Today I’m not going to tell you how to make buttermilk (I’ve shared that a bajillion times on here) or how to prevent your brown sugar from forming lumps.  Nope, not gonna share that again. No, today I’m going deep into the archives of either my mind (which is a scary place) or good ol’ google. Also what I want to see are some of your kitchen tips and tricks in the comments too!

Okay let’s go!

So you really want cupcakes but you’re out of liners. Now you technically can just grease/flour the wells and make cupcakes that way but let’s face it, it’s just a small cake and not a cupcake. Cupcakes should legally require a cupcake liner.  So when you’re out simply cut 5″ squares of parchment paper.  Lightly spray the cupcake well and press the paper into the well.  VOILA!  Instant cupcake liner!
What’s your genius kitchen tip and trick?

Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer – Washes

These simple little tips are the secrets behind giving your breads shine and color. Find out more on today’s Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer!

Making bread dough can be a little scary to the novice.  All that proofing, mixing, kneading, punching, rolling, shaping, forming, lamenting and washing.  Washing?  Yeah, washing. Have you ever gone into a bakery and see those gorgeous golden loaves of breads?  They shine like glass. They have deep colors of golden brown. Want to know how that happens?  It’s honestly all about that wash.

So a wash in baking terms is something that is brushed on something prior to baking or immediately after it’s done baking to produce a specific desired outcome.  Typically this is an egg wash, milk wash, bun syrup or butter baste wash. They all are applied to the dough before baking and depending on what you use, the outcome differs.

Egg wash – An egg wash consists of either the whole egg beaten with a trace amount of water or just the egg white with some water. It’s beaten until frothy and then brushed on the dough prior to baking.  While it bakes it starts to produce a glorious shine. Now if you only use the egg whites you’ll get a clear shine.  If the yolks are used too you’ll get a more golden shine.

Give your dough a good wash for a beautiful result!

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