Welcome To Tipnut's Food Library: Recipes / Tutorials

The home kitchen in today's world is on a whole 'nother level. Only until recently has the average person had easy access to thousands of different ingredients (assorted spices, herbs, seafood, fresh produce)...even if it's impossible to grow locally, you'll find it at your corner grocery store or have it delivered within days from online shopping. That's not something previous generations enjoyed, this is something new.

Our grandmothers passed down wonderful, traditional family recipes that we definitely want to keep and continue serving to our families (especially the dishes for big holidays)...but we're also now expanding our collective food knowledge and cookery methods. We're inventing new appliances and tools, exposing ourselves to new flavors, using different seasoning blends, experimenting with new techniques...we're delivering on flavor like never before.

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This section on Tipnut is currently archiving general cooking, baking, recipes, tutorials and tips. We may be advancing in our skills, but the basics will never go out of style and it's important to master them before moving on to more advanced culinary adventures.

You'll find neat-to-know information passed on by busy homemakers in the 1930's, 40's, 50's and on as well as plenty of good stuff applicable to today's current food interests too. Lots here from my own notes but I've also compiled many, many good ideas from other bloggers and websites found around the net. I hope you enjoy spending time browsing through all the information, plenty here to keep you busy!

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  • Baking
  • Cooking
  • General Tips
  • Preserving
  • Recipes

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The best kitchen gadget purchase I have made in several years, really! With so many Instant Pot models & sizes it's hard to know which one to buy. I researched like crazy & determined this was the one to get.

This is the cookbook I use the most for my Instant Pot. If you enjoy Indian food, you definitely want this book...the butter chicken dish is restaurant quality!


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Recipes

100+ Recipes For Homemade Mixes & Seasonings

100+ Recipes For Homemade Mixes & Seasonings Looking for a few ways to save money on your next grocery bill? Making your own pantry supplies is one way to shave those dollars! You can whip up batches of homemade cake mix, Bisquick, Hamburger Helper, dry soups plus…

Fun With Jello & Unflavored Gelatin: 25+ Creative Dishes

Fun With Jello & Unflavored Gelatin: 25+ Creative Dishes For something so inexpensive and simple to make, Jello sure can be a crowd pleaser (for both kids and adults). It’s so versatile you can make festive salads, creamy desserts, baked goodies and even candies with it. With so many…

14 Mouth Watering Ways To Make Pulled Pork

14 Mouth Watering Ways To Make Pulled Pork This is such a tasty meal and ingredients can vary from just a few simple items to over ten (mainly spices) depending on the recipe. Whether you cook the pork slowly in the oven or in the crockpot, it’s pretty…

15 Sweet & Sour Recipes For Assorted Meats & Poultry

15 Sweet & Sour Recipes For Assorted Meats & Poultry Here’s a simple recipe for sweet and sour sauce that my family enjoys but if you’re looking for something different, I’ve also added over a dozen different dishes you can try (for chicken, pork and meatballs…including a couple interesting slow…

How To Cook Lentils: {Plus 20 Dishes To Try}

How To Cook Lentils: {Plus 20 Dishes To Try} Here’s a versatile food item that can be used in a variety of ways and they’re a great budget saver too. Lentils are a staple pantry item for both frugalites and survivalists alike since they are so inexpensive to buy…

Homemade Munchies That Are Tasty: Baked Veggie Chips

Homemade Munchies That Are Tasty: Baked Veggie Chips If you love potato chips but dislike their high fat and salt content, here’s a way to enjoy a crispy snack that’s just as tasty and satisfying…make your own varieties of chips by baking them in the oven! You can…

18 Trifle Desserts: Oh So Many To Try!

18 Trifle Desserts: Oh So Many To Try! Whether you’re wanting something gooey and chocolaty or fruity and creamy, trifle fits the bill perfectly. This is a popular year-round dessert that’s both refreshing on hot summer days and impressive during the winter holiday festivities. The best part is,…

Cooking Help

How To Make Quesadillas: {Quick & Easy Meal Idea}

How To Make Quesadillas: {Quick & Easy Meal Idea} Looking for a quick dish to whip up for dinner tonight? Quesadillas are not only a satisfying meal, they’re also a great way to use up leftovers…and so easy to put together too! I’ve listed two different ways you can…

Vintage Cookery Tips & Tricks {1940s – 1950s}

Vintage Cookery Tips & Tricks {1940s – 1950s} We haven’t had a vintage list for quite awhile here on Tipnut and I figured it’s about time! Here’s a bunch of snippets I’ve collected from old magazines and cookbooks, there might be a new trick or two in the…

20 Kitchen Secrets For Those That Love ‘Em

20 Kitchen Secrets For Those That Love ‘Em I haven’t posted a kitchen tips list in ages and thought it was about time we had one! This collection’s a little different, it’s a mix of vintage notes I’ve collected from old cookbooks, several from readers who sent them…

Making Bruschetta Is Easy-Peasy & So Delicious Too!

Making Bruschetta Is Easy-Peasy & So Delicious Too! Looking for an easy appetizer that’s sure to please or maybe looking for light lunch ideas? Bruschetta is just the ticket! Made with a few basic ingredients and served on slices of lightly toasted bread or crackers, even a beginner…

How To Prepare, Serve & Eat Crab Legs

How To Prepare, Serve & Eat Crab Legs These are quite the treat and they’re so easy to make too! You’ll likely be purchasing them frozen (and pre-cooked) so keep in mind that all you need to do is thaw then heat in your preferred method. I have…

Success With Bamboo Steamers: Use & Care

Success With Bamboo Steamers: Use & Care Bamboo steamers are inexpensive to buy and they can turn out a delicious meal in minutes. If veggies aren’t your thing, try steaming them and you might just find yourself converted. Not only are they delicious (while retaining more of…

How To Cook Mustard, Collard & Beet Greens

How To Cook Mustard, Collard & Beet Greens Like most vegetables, leafy greens are loaded with vitamins and can make a welcome addition to any meal, but how to prepare them so they are flavorful and not bitter? Here are a few tips along with recipes for how…
Vintage Illustration

Start your pork roast in a very small amount of apple juice instead of water; it improves the flavor greatly and gives it a sweet taste.

Save the cooking water, which contains minerals and vitamins, and use to flavor soups, gravies or for part of the liquid to mash potatoes.

Meringue will always stand up high and perfect if you use a generous pinch of baking soda while beating whites.

Preserving

80+ Recipes For Home Canning: {Fruits & Vegetables}

80+ Recipes For Home Canning: {Fruits & Vegetables} This collection highlights garden fresh produce that is pickled, packed in syrups or just in water and I’ve sorted them alphabetically (by vegetable or fruit item) so it will be easy to find what you’re looking for. This handy reference…

35+ Canning Jar Labels

35+ Canning Jar Labels Lots of goodies here for you to check out, the collection now features snapshots of the free printables plus I’ve also found a few new labels to add to the list. I’ll be adding more to the collection below as…

10 Homemade Pie Fillings

10 Homemade Pie Fillings This week’s Recipe Hit List is a collection of canned pie fillings that I’ve handpicked from around the net. Stock up the pantry with these goodies and you can make it easy to enjoy favorite fruit pies all year long.…

Thick & Delicious: An Assortment Of Apple Butter Recipes

Thick & Delicious: An Assortment Of Apple Butter Recipes If you’ve ever had apple butter before, you know what a nice sauce or condiment this is. It’s a delicious reduction of apples and spices that is put up in jars and stored away in the pantry to be enjoyed…

15 Ways To Make Homemade Relish

15 Ways To Make Homemade Relish Homemade relish is an excellent way to use produce from the garden and there are so many different ways to make it. This week’s Recipe Hit List is a collection of recipes that I’ve collected from around the ‘net, most…

More Homemade Preserves Please: Recipes For Pear Butter

More Homemade Preserves Please: Recipes For Pear Butter If you have a bounty of fresh pears on hand, what to do with them all? You can preserve them for year round use by making this lovely spreadable fruit. If you’re unfamiliar with what this type of preserve is,…

Traditional Method For Making Sauerkraut: {& More}

Traditional Method For Making Sauerkraut: {& More} The making of sauerkraut is a method of preserving good cabbage and the resulting “fermented” vegetable is not only a good source of some important food values, but has a fine distinctive flavor. Certain varieties of cabbages, such as the…

Baking Tips

How To Make Cookie Cutters + More

How To Make Cookie Cutters + More Here are a few vintage cookie cutter shapes to print out for the holidays and a fun poinsettia cookie design how-to. Then I’ve listed a bunch of resources listing instructions for making your own cookie cutters as well as a…

Creative Cake Cutting Ideas: {How-To}

Creative Cake Cutting Ideas: {How-To} Here’s a fun collection of ideas I’ve gathered for showing how to cut cakes in creative ways, these have been snipped from my vast collection of vintage cookbooks. The intention of the illustrations was to show how to economize by…

14 Nifty Ways To Shape Rolls

14 Nifty Ways To Shape Rolls Here are instructions and illustrations for a variety of ways to shape all kinds of different rolls, this comes from one of my favorite vintage cookbooks (credit below). Butterfly Rolls: Roll dough only 1/8″ thick into an oblong 6″ wide.…

40+ Cake Baking Tips & Tricks

40+ Cake Baking Tips & Tricks Here is a large assortment of notes I’ve accumulated over the years. Keep in mind different recipes will provide different results, but overall I’ve found these do noticeably improve most or make things easier. Enhancers: Add 1 to 2 tablespoons…

Holiday Helper: Managing A Cookie Assembly Line

Holiday Helper: Managing A Cookie Assembly Line It’s that time of year again when kitchen activity is at its peak, filling dainty trays and gift boxes with fresh homemade goods to give as gifts. Here are a few tips I have for making the most of your…

Kitchen Q&A: {Holiday Edition}

Kitchen Q&A: {Holiday Edition} What’s the best icing to use for decorating gingerbread? Use royal icing since it will set hard to hold its shape and won’t smear when stacked together on plates. Dragees pressed into the icing before it hardens makes a nice…

How To Test Baking Powder For Freshness

How To Test Baking Powder For Freshness You found a can of baking powder tucked away in the back corner of the pantry and you aren’t sure how old it is or whether it’s still good to use. Now you’re wondering if it’s possible to skip altogether,…


Save time chopping herbs & green onions by using a small pair of scissors set aside just for kitchen use (not for meat or poultry)...simply snip off amount needed.

Onions, held under water while being peeled, will not make you weep because the fumes are thus prevented from rising.

New cake tins should be greased and put in a moderate oven for fifteen minutes to prevent burned cake bottoms.

If boiling vegetables that are slightly over mature, add a little sugar to the water to improve the flavor.

Open canned asparagus at the bottom so that they can be removed by the ends without breaking the soft tips.

Cabbage odor can be avoided by dropping two English walnuts (uncracked) into the kettle while boiling.

Cauliflower will remain white & give off no odor while cooking in half milk and half water. Use liquid to enhance flavor in soup or cream sauce.

Celery: To ensure crispness, place in a pan of water with half a lemon for an hour or two before serving.

Head lettuce leaves may be removed without breaking by first cutting around the core with a knife and then holding the head under running water.

Improve the flavor of old potatoes: add a little sugar to the pot of water.

To keep frosting from sticking to waxed paper, rub a small amount of butter over part of paper that covers the frosting.

Clean a coffee grinder by grinding up a handful of uncooked white rice.

Keep expired store reward cards handy, they make excellent pot scrapers and dried splatter removers.

Food - General

11 Meat Tenderizers & Why They Work

11 Meat Tenderizers & Why They Work Do you ever wonder why certain ingredients are regularly called for in marinades? Or are you forever on the hunt for a clever way to improve the texture of that cheap cut of meat? Here are several different ingredients to…

Sunday Afternoon Simmering Stock: {Budget Friendly}

Sunday Afternoon Simmering Stock: {Budget Friendly} Do you find yourself cooped up in the house during the long winter months on cold Sunday afternoons? Bring a bit of warmth and comfort to your home by simmering a batch of homemade stock on the stove using bits…

25+ Snack Mixes & Munchies For Casual Entertaining

25+ Snack Mixes & Munchies For Casual Entertaining Are you always on the lookout for new ideas for munchie treats? For something simple, simply toss together your choice of nuts, dried fruit pieces, small chocolates, raisins…you can’t go wrong with your favorites and no need to worry about…

Easy-To-Make Infused Vinegars

Easy-To-Make Infused Vinegars Infused vinegars can be made with so many different items and have a variety of uses. Depending on the ingredients, try them as a salad dressing, meat or vegetable marinade, laundry rinse, household cleaner and even beauty care (hair rinse,…

Tart, Tangy or Sweet: {Flavored Sugar Instructions}

Tart, Tangy or Sweet: {Flavored Sugar Instructions} These are lovely when added to tea and coffee, sprinkled over freshly baked cookies and used in baking in place of regular granulated. You can also package in decorative glass jars to give as gifts (include a tag with suggested…

Syrups & Extracts Made With Lavender Buds & Citrus

Syrups & Extracts Made With Lavender Buds & Citrus Here are several ways for making flavored extracts and syrups (using oranges, lemons, lavender and vanilla). These can be used in baking or to flavor items such as ice cream. I also tucked in a garlic syrup (found at the…

Crystallized Honey: Why It Happens & Reviving It

Crystallized Honey: Why It Happens & Reviving It We don’t consume a lot of honey in our home so it’s not uncommon to find crystals develop in the jar before we get a chance to use it all. Is it still safe to eat? You bet! Here’s a…

Extra Cherry Tomatoes? Wash, pat dry, remove stems & leaves then spread out on a cookie tray & place in freezer. When frozen solid, pack them into bags. These can be popped into soups and sauces as desired.



Never plan to bake moist, steamy foods with roasting meat; they take the crispness out of your roast.

Stale cookies can be crushed with a rolling pin (put them in a plastic bag and you won't have a mess) then used in graham cracker crusts.

Place a quarter of an apple in a tight container with sugar that has become hard. It will soften the hardest lumps.

Kitchen greens are made quickly available by planting an onion or two in a small pot & parsley in another pot then placing in the kitchen window. These plants will add a pretty touch to the kitchen & are at hand when making salads & other dishes.

Onions, Turnips or Carrots should never be split, but sliced in rings. Cut across the fiber and they will cook more quickly and be more tender.

Swift chocolate frosting can be made by melting chocolate candy (or chips) on the cupcake. Put in a warm oven. When chocolate is soft, spread with a knife.

First coat potatoes with olive oil or butter before placing in the oven to bake (skins on). This will help prevent them from becoming hard and crusty.

To help rid the house of cooking odors, put a little vinegar in an open saucepan on the stove.

Add a few drops of vinegar to your icing while beating and you will find it will stay soft and not grainy.

Sweet potatoes and apples will not turn black if placed in salt water immediately after peeling.

Keep an old Ketchup squeeze bottle, fill with pancake batter & use as a dispenser. Seal cap tight & leftover batter can be kept in fridge for a few days.


Different Egg Sizes: Peewee: Less than 42g; Small: at least 42g; Medium: Minimum 49g; Large: Min. 56g; Extra Large: Min. 63g; Jumbo: 70g or more. Unless instructions indicate otherwise, always use Large eggs in recipes.


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    Homemade Eggnog + A Few Flavor Tweaks To Try My husband is happy to drink purchased eggnog by the carton…me? I’m a little more fussy and only homemade will do, yum! Here’s the recipe we tried last year and it was a big hit with everyone, it’s one from…

  • Making Liqueurs: {Cranberry, Lavender & More}

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  • 15+ Holiday Beverages For Festive Flavors

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  • 16 Festive Candy Cane Treats For The Holidays

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  • 12+ Gingerbread House Designs: {Great Ideas}

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  • 45+ Squares, Slices & Tarts For Holiday Baking

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