Heloise Hints

Heloise Hints

When Making Homemade Bread

posted by lwhite

11-14-rollsAfter you put the bread in the oven, there’s one other step you can take to make it look even better.

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Check the oven just before you think the bread is done, and brush the top of the loaf with white or cider vinegar and then put it back into the oven for the last several minutes. This added touch will give your homemade bread a lustrous sheen.

 

Caring for Microfiber Cloths

posted by lwhite

microfiberMicrofiber cloths are the most versatile and effective cleaning tools we have in our homes. But they do get dirty and need to be cleaned. Here’s how.

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* Machine wash in soapy warm water, but not with towels or anything that “gives off lint.”
* Never use chlorine bleach or fabric softener because they damage the cloths.
* Dry on low heat or air-dry.
* Do not iron because microfiber melts at high heat.

Quickie French Onion Soup

posted by lwhite

frenchonionBought a lot more onions than you have been able to use up before they go bad? Well, don’t throw them out. Instead can make this easy and delicious soup, perfect during winter months.

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Take out as many onions as you want for a family meal. Then you can peel, slice, and sauté the onions with a little oil in a large pan for a couple of minutes—until they start to brown. Add a package or two of onion soup mix. Pour in water according to the soup package (maybe a little more) and simmer until nice and hot. You can top off with a toasted piece of bread and grated cheese.

Need a Plan to Control Clutter?

posted by lwhite

ClutterMost of us can use some help in getting everything in our households organized. We tend to accumulate too much stuff and dealing with it can just be overwhelming. Here’s my 5-Point Control Plan, which can make it easier.

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1. FILE IT: Deal with bills, paper work or coupons that should be sorted and then filed.
2. FORWARD IT: Put items and stuff that are not in the right place, back into the correct spot.
3. FIX IT: Collect everything that needs to be repaired or fixed and do it.
4. FILL IT IN: Gather all the forms you have, such as bills, insurance and complete them.
5. FORGET ABOUT IT: If certain items or objects are not being used or aren’t important, toss them out or donate to a charity.

Want a Tastier Turkey Recipe?

posted by lwhite

turkey1Try this easy Mayonnaise Method, which will keep the whole turkey moist and create a lovely golden-color skin. Here’s how.

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1. Rub the turkey completely with REAL mayonnaise before cooking.
2. Put an aluminum foil tent over it and bake at 325F for the appropriate time for the size of the turkey.
3. Remove the tent during the last 20 to 30 minutes, so the skin will roast to a golden brown. You can also “cheat” a little by sprinkling a little paprika over the turkey and rubbing it around!

Cleaning Glass Cookware

posted by lwhite

glassYou may love baking using glass cookware, but you do have to be careful when you clean these types of dishes. Here’s how to clean and make them last longer.

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* Never scrub glass cookware with an abrasive cleaner or steel wool pad because it can weaken the glass, causing it to crack. This can happen especially if you use glass cookware at extremely high temperatures and use it a lot. So, do be careful and keep this in mind if you buy bake ware at garage sales.

How to Crack Brazil Nuts

posted by lwhite

nutsIf you are going to use Brazil nuts in cooking, you are going to have to crack the shell. And it’s one tough nut to crack, but here are several ways to make it easier.

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* Put the nuts into the freezer for several hours.
* Or place the nuts into boiling water and let boil for a minute or two. Then plunge into cold water.
* After trying either method, then get out the nutcracker for a less difficult cracking!

Storing Nuts

posted by sballou

nutsNuts are indispensable to cooking and baking. They add such crunch and flavor to practically any dish. Some nuts are expensive and you don’t want them to spoil before using. Here are the step take to keep them fresh.

1. Try to keep nuts in their shells in a cool, dark place. They won’t be exposed to air, light or moisture, which causes them to spoil.
2. Shelled nuts last longer, up to a year, if you keep them stored in the freezer in a freezer-safe container or bag.

Storing Canned Goods

posted by sballou

cannedgoodsIf you are setting up your first pantry, here are some hints on how to make the canned goods last longer and stay fresher.

* Don’t store canned goods in the basement close to a furnace or steam pipes.
* Never place canned goods in the garage or on a porch where the temperatures will be too cold or too hot.
* Fluctuating temperatures negatively affect sthe quality of canned goods, so store them in your house in a pantry and away from the kitchen stove.

Halloween Dessert Decoration

posted by sballou

halloweengoodiesIf you are making a variety of desserts for Halloween likes cupcakes, cakes, cookies or even ice cream, to save time, try these easy ideas for decorating them.

* To create a pumpkin or scary faces like skulls, use mini chocolate chips, candies, chopped nuts, prepared frostings, colored sugar or even crushed potato chips or cookies.

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posted 8:00:43am Aug. 26, 2014 | read full post »


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