Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Never throw away a bone....

Boil all the goodness out of bones, no matter what they are. Bone marrow and all the tiny bits of meat clinging to the bone make excellent soup starter. Boil them, cool the broth and pick through it to remove gristle and most of the fat. Break up the marrow. Package it for the freezer or make a soup right away.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Powdered sugar

Make powdered sugar in your blender by whirling granulated sugar with a tiny bit of corn starch added to keep it smooth. That's what commercial powdered sugar is.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Quick and Frugal Gift for Kids

Gather several cardboard boxes of different sizes and shapes and paint or cover them with paper or cloth. Kids love these. They can build things or use them for imaginary cars or houses or whatever.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

No canned beans

Do you buy canned beans for recipes? Don't. Instead, buy dry beans, cook them in your slow cooker or on the stove, then package them in two cup portions or whatever your recipes call for, then freeze them. Thaw them in the refrigerator or microwave when you need them.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Cleaning a microwave

You don't need anything special. No lemon juice or vinegar or anything but water. Put your wet dishcloth or sponge in the microwave and turn it on long enough to sanitize it, then use a rag to wipe the microwave clean while it's still moist.