• 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…

  • Grind Your Own Meat In Minutes: Use A Food Processor!

    Grind Your Own Meat In Minutes: Use A Food Processor! If you want to have more control over the quality of product and the amount of fat your ground meats contain, grinding your own fits the bill and it’s not as difficult or time consuming to do as one might…

  • 10 Tips For Chopping Onions Without Shedding A Tear

    10 Tips For Chopping Onions Without Shedding A Tear Have a big batch to chop and not looking forward to the crying session ahead? Here are a few little tricks that just may help you avoid those tears. First, why do they make us cry? Science Focus shares this…

  • Great Success! Delicious Coffee In A French Press

    Great Success! Delicious Coffee In A French Press Some time ago I began experimenting with grinding my own coffee beans and brewing them in a french press. Results? Fantastic! I much prefer this to what I used to make using an automatic machine. French presses (also known as…

  • Blanching Vegetables 101: {Kitchen Q & A}

    Blanching Vegetables 101: {Kitchen Q & A} Many times you’ll find instructions to blanch vegetables first before freezing them. If you’re wondering why this is required and how it’s done, here’s a tip sheet with information to get you started. First, here’s an introduction: Vegetables are blanched…

  • Should Raw Meat Be Washed First?

    Should Raw Meat Be Washed First? I’ve always rinsed raw meat and poultry before cooking (especially chicken or turkey…inside & out) and I know more than one person who crumbles apart ground beef, ground turkey and even separates bacon slices to rinse before frying. Why? We’re…

  • Red, White & Blue Food Ideas: {July 4th}

    Red, White & Blue Food Ideas: {July 4th} Here’s a big batch of desserts and sweets treats to help celebrate the 4th of July, Memorial Day or whenever you’re in the mood for some fun Americana-style party food. Many of these recipes are quick and easy to whip…

  • 4 Tasty Solutions To Use Up All Those Lemons

    4 Tasty Solutions To Use Up All Those Lemons I use lemons regularly and most days have at least one or two in the refrigerator for cooking or to add flavor to ice water, but there are times I need to use them quickly before they go bad. Here’s…

  • 45+ St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: Food, Crafts & Printables

    45+ St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: Food, Crafts & Printables Looking for a bit of crafty Irish fun? Here are my top picks for free goodies that help celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, I’ve separated them into three groups: Recipes, Printables and Crafts. There’s a nice mix of freebies for both…

  • 50+ Super Bowl Recipes & Party Food Ideas

    50+ Super Bowl Recipes & Party Food Ideas [Updated for 2012] Time to prepare your menu and pick up food supplies for Sunday’s big game! Here are ideas galore to help make your party a big success, some are even healthy (!) while others are definite diet-busters. If…

  • Gravy Tips & Fixes: Darken, Add Flavor & More

    Gravy Tips & Fixes: Darken, Add Flavor & More Here are a bunch of tips and tricks for jazzing up this oh-most-flavorful sauce that I’ve collected from my notes and cookbook collection… Last minute “in a pinch” fixes to darken gravy… Instant Coffee Granules Soy Sauce Dark Molasses Cocoa…

  • 3 Easy Ways To Zest A Lemon: {Plus Tips}

    3 Easy Ways To Zest A Lemon: {Plus Tips} Zest is the outer peel of the fruit (without the white pith underneath) and is often used in baking and cooking because of the strong flavored oils it contains. Here are three different ways you can zest a lemon plus…

  • Steeping Tea Outdoors In The Sun? Yes & It’s Delightful!

    Steeping Tea Outdoors In The Sun? Yes & It’s Delightful! The packaged or bottled iced tea that is available to buy is typically filled with loads of sugar and artificial colors, did you know you can make your own home brew that skips all that junk without turning on the…

  • Working With Pomegranates In The Kitchen

    Working With Pomegranates In The Kitchen How do you eat pomegranates? Once you cut one open, you’ll see loads of plump, juicy red arils (this is the fruity flesh that covers and protects hard tiny seeds). These arils/seeds are the fruit that you eat. Do you…

  • 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…

  • Common Causes Of Poor Quality Pickles

    Common Causes Of Poor Quality Pickles If you plan on doing any cucumber pickling this year, here’s a handy troubleshooting info sheet listing common problems and why they happen along with some information I found in an old cookbook. I’ve also included a homemade spice blend…

  • How To Skin Tomatoes – Works For Peaches Too!

    How To Skin Tomatoes – Works For Peaches Too! Some dishes require removing the skin from tomatoes before adding them to the rest of the ingredients. Sounds a bit messy and may be intimidating for the less experienced cook, but the process is really quite simple! Here’s how you…

  • Green Tea Info Page: Benefits, Varieties, Storage & More

    Green Tea Info Page: Benefits, Varieties, Storage & More Did you know that when tea was first discovered, it was mainly used for medicinal purposes? Over time it became better known as a daily beverage (it’s second only to water), but we’re now rediscovering its health benefits. I’m a…

  • How To Freeze Strawberries: {Info Sheet}

    How To Freeze Strawberries: {Info Sheet} Strawberries can be frozen for up to 12 months making it easy to take advantage of this season’s bounty to enjoy all year until next year’s harvest! Here’s a tip sheet giving step-by-step instructions, to get started you’ll need: Lots…

  • How Butter Should Be Stored & More Helpful Info

    How Butter Should Be Stored & More Helpful Info This is a key ingredient for both cooking and baking and you’ll find it well stocked in nearly every homemaker’s kitchen. Today’s Kitchen Questions and Answers is all about butter: Did you know you can stock up on sales and…

  • Getting To Know Olive Oil: Shelf Life; Rancid Check & More

    Getting To Know Olive Oil: Shelf Life; Rancid Check & More This week’s Kitchen Questions & Answers is all about olive oil — Do you know what its shelf life is? Or how to tell if it’s rancid? Can you use it in baking or do you know what the different…

  • Sweet & Salty Chocolate Covered Pretzels

    Sweet & Salty Chocolate Covered Pretzels These are a great idea for a homemade Valentine’s Day treat or Christmas package and they’re so quick and easy to make. Prepare them ahead of time and package right before gift giving for best results. Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups…

  • How To Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries

    How To Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries Here’s a handy guide showing different types of chocolate covered strawberries. These are not only an impressive (and romantic) treat, they are so easy to make. Don’t miss the big list of tips shared at the bottom (underneath the recipes).…

  • Is Soft Butter Possible Even If Hard or Frozen Solid? Yes!

    Is Soft Butter Possible Even If Hard or Frozen Solid? Yes! You decide to squeeze in some baking when you realize: uh-oh, the butter is rock hard and you don’t have enough time to wait for it to come down to room temperature so you can work with it. Here are…

  • Is It Possible To Freeze Milk? Yes!

    Is It Possible To Freeze Milk? Yes! One way to save money on groceries is by stocking up on deals which is easy enough to do for dry goods and meat, but what about fresh dairy products like milk? The shelf life is not very long and…

  • Preparing Lots Of Hard-Cooked Eggs At Once

    Preparing Lots Of Hard-Cooked Eggs At Once Here’s a tip sent in by Barb for making big batches of boiled eggs at once. Actually, they’re not heated in water at all so maybe “baked” is a more appropriate title ;). Here’s a way to prepare lots of…

  • 10 Ways To Soften Hard Brown Sugar

    10 Ways To Soften Hard Brown Sugar It happens to the best of us: rock hard brown sugar. How to soften it? You’ll find ten easy tips below. *If you need it for immediate use, the last 4 quick tips will help you. Keep it stored in…

  • How To Freeze Vegetables

    How To Freeze Vegetables Garden-good vegetables all year round–so wonderfully tasty, and so easy to freeze! Save money on groceries by stocking up now on fresh produce–the quality and prices can’t be beat when vegetables are in season (better yet if you grow your…

  • Home Canning: Definitions Guide & Signs Of Spoilage

    Home Canning: Definitions Guide & Signs Of Spoilage Acid Foods: Fruits, tomatoes, rhubarb and pimientos are acid foods. Botulinus: Bacteria found in the soil have been known to cause toxin to form in carelessly canned foods. No danger when clean, sound, unblemished fresh produce is selected, prepared and…

  • Fancy & Garnished Ice Cubes That Add Something Special

    Fancy & Garnished Ice Cubes That Add Something Special Garnished & Colored: Maraschino cherries, one to each cube, are very appropriate for garnishing. They can be frozen in plain or appropriately tinted cubes. Lemon juice and lemon slices are also desirable additions. When fruits are to be frozen in…

  • How To Freeze Fruit

    How To Freeze Fruit Buying fruits in bulk when they are in season and then freezing them is a great way to save money on groceries (when they’re at their lowest price), this also lets you enjoy your favorite fruits year round. Freezing is…

  • Troubleshooting Tips For Jelly Making

    Troubleshooting Tips For Jelly Making Here’s a handy sheet for troubleshooting problems when making homemade jelly…if a batch doesn’t turn out the way you hoped, you may find the reason why here so you can avoid the problem next time. I’ve also added several vintage…

  • Can Eggs Be Frozen? You Betcha!

    Can Eggs Be Frozen? You Betcha! Here is an old article from the 1950’s loaded with some great information and tips. Homemakers back in the day took pride in being thrifty and practical. This almost always translated into having a well stocked, organized home that didn’t…

  • Cookbook Techniques: Recipe Terms For Handling Eggs

    Cookbook Techniques: Recipe Terms For Handling Eggs There are times when you come across a new recipe that instructs you to treat eggs in a special way rather than just crack them open and toss them in. There’s a good reason for that, sometimes a batter will…

  • 25 Food Prep Helpers From Yesterday’s Homemakers

    25 Food Prep Helpers From Yesterday’s Homemakers This collection of vintage tips was gathered from books and magazines that were published in the 1940’s, most are still quite useful for today’s kitchen. The Timeless Wisdom Collection has evolved into a regular weekly feature here on Tipnut, I’m…

  • Herb Cookery: Vintage Tip Sheet

    Herb Cookery: Vintage Tip Sheet Balm The leaves have a delightful lemon flavor, but when used fresh should be subjected to a little simmering in boiling water to bring out their true flavor. Some herb leaves used fresh do not require this, but balm leaves…

  • Interested In Brewing Green Tea? Here’s How It’s Done

    Interested In Brewing Green Tea? Here’s How It’s Done Since I began enjoying green teas, I learned there’s an art to making it and the process is a bit different than brewing a regular batch using bags. Once you start dabbling with good quality loose teas, you become very…

  • Everything You Want To Know About Herbs & Spices

    Everything You Want To Know About Herbs & Spices Here are a few notes to help figure out whether or not your herbs and spices are stale or still good to use. I also added some DIY spice rack projects to the page and a few recipes for making…

  • Things To Know When Working With Poultry

    Things To Know When Working With Poultry Estimating Quantity To Buy Chicken Wings: Two to Three servings per pound. Number of wings will vary according to size. Breasts & Legs (thighs and drumsticks): 1/2 to 3/4 pound depending upon how prepared and what else is served with…

  • 18 Dainty Party Sandwiches

    18 Dainty Party Sandwiches Fancy Shaped Simple Sandwiches: (1) Make ordinary sandwiches using thinly sliced bread, butter and fillings. Cut into small triangles, diamonds, squares and fingers. (2) Cut thin bread slices with small, shaped cutters to make circles,flowers, stars, hearts, crescents, etc. Spread…

  • Easy Homemade Produce Wash For Fruits & Veggies

    Easy Homemade Produce Wash For Fruits & Veggies There’s a misconception by some that vegetables and fruits that are about to be cooked don’t really need more than a quick rinse to wash off dirt before being added to the pot. The theory is that since it’s about…

  • Quick Tips For Freezing A Variety Of Items

    Quick Tips For Freezing A Variety Of Items Here’s a reference sheet loaded with information for freezing a variety of food items (butter, cheese, bananas and more). You’ll also find a tip at the bottom of the page for using an empty can as a funnel (for packing…

  • How To Wrap Meat Like A Pro

    How To Wrap Meat Like A Pro This tutorial is perfect timing if you’re bulk buying and stocking up the freezer this fall, here’s how to wrap meat nice & air tight for freezing. It’s important to wrap properly to preserve the quality of the meat and…

  • Old-Timers Practical Advice for Home Preserving

    Old-Timers Practical Advice for Home Preserving These tips have been collected from the 1940s and 1950s, most are quite practical but one is truly a piece of old-timer wisdom that I couldn’t resist including (you’ll know which one when you see it!). I’ve also included a…

  • Cookbook Insert: Common Measures & Their Equivalents

    Cookbook Insert: Common Measures & Their Equivalents Do you find yourself occasionally scrambling to find out how much one stick of butter is? Or how many eggs you need to make a cup? Do you know how much 1 cup of uncooked rice makes when it’s cooked…

  • Tips For Stretching & Using Those Last Bits of Food

    Tips For Stretching & Using Those Last Bits of Food Here are several quick tricks for stretching out and using the last little bit of a food item instead of tossing the extras/scraps out. This is not only less wasteful–it saves cash and many times adds flavor or enhances the…

  • Easy & Sweet Garnish: Chocolate Leaves

    Easy & Sweet Garnish: Chocolate Leaves Chocolate leaves are so easy to make! Use them for decorating cakes, cupcakes, cheesecakes, add them to ice cream or make desserts more special with some chocolate leaves as tasty garnishes. Items Needed: Fresh herb leaves (washed & patted dry)…

  • Fun Treats For Young & Old: Chocolate Spoons

    Fun Treats For Young & Old: Chocolate Spoons These are so easy to put together and are a nice treat for your coffee, great gifts for coffee lovers! Here’s how to make them: Ingredients: Milk Chocolate (use a bag of chips if you like) Both Dark & White…

  • How To Choose A Good Watermelon: {Plus Carvings & Ideas}

    How To Choose A Good Watermelon: {Plus Carvings & Ideas} Picking a perfect watermelon to buy can be a little tricky. It may look fine to the untrained eye, but get it home and it’s tasteless or worse yet–has a rancid bite to it. Here are a few things to…

  • Fancy Sandwiches & Garnish Ideas

    Fancy Sandwiches & Garnish Ideas Garnishes to Add Color to Fancy Sandwiches Red: Beets, cherries, cranberries, jelly, pimento, radishes, strawberries, tomatoes Green: Asparagus, celery, gherkins, green peppers, lettuce, olives, parsley, pepper grass, pickles, watercress. Yellow: Cheese, egg yolk, grated lemon rind, pears. Orange: Apricot, grated…

  • How To Tell If An Egg Is Fresh

    How To Tell If An Egg Is Fresh If you have an egg or two sitting in the refrigerator for awhile and you’re not too sure if they’re expired or fine to eat, here are a few easy ways to help you determine the quality… Hold it in…

  • 35+ Camping Tips, Tricks & Treats

    35+ Camping Tips, Tricks & Treats Summer holidays are just around the corner and if you have a camping trip or two on your agenda, you might just find a new trick or two in this bunch! I’ve put together a list of projects and ideas…

  • Make Ahead Flavored Compound Butters

    Make Ahead Flavored Compound Butters Here’s a tip for leftover fresh herbs: Make flavored butter and freeze for use later. I’ve also added a recipe using garlic and a few for edible flowers. This spread is lovely on breads, pastas, potatoes, vegetables, you name it!…

  • Don’t Throw It Out! Turn Stale Bread Into Zesty Croutons

    Don’t Throw It Out! Turn Stale Bread Into Zesty Croutons Croutons not only add some flavor to your favorite soups and salads, they also add just the right texture (or filler) to complete the dish. I don’t know if you’ll be happy to learn this (because boy can this be…

  • How To Make Homemade Vanilla Extract

    How To Make Homemade Vanilla Extract This brew is very easy to make and can be stored away in the pantry for your own use (and never run out again!) but also keep a batch on hand for gift-giving, they’ll be very appreciated! All that’s needed…