Kitchen Hints and Tips
- Popcorn will pop better if you store it in the freezer and pop while frozen.
- Buy the inexpensive brand and keep the kernels in the refrigerator. Put
them into hot oil to pop.
- Make sure all your popcorn kernels pop by rinsing them in cold water
- Make gourmet popcorn by melting 1 tablespoon each of peanut butter,
grape jelly and butter and pour over 6 cups of popped corn.
- "Old maids" can be eliminated by running ice cold water
over the kernels before throwing into the popper.
- Form popcorn balls around lollipops.
- Before you serve it, put fresh popcorn in a large plastic bag with a small
hole cut in a bottom corner, then shake. The unpopped kernels will spill out
from the hole.
- Popcorn should always be kept in the freezer. Not only will it stay fresh,
but freezing helps eliminate "old maids."
- If potato chips lose their freshness, place under the broiler for a few
moments. Take care not to brown them.
- For garlic-flavored potato chips, put a peeled garlic clove in a container
with chips for several hours. Discard garlic clove before serving chips.
- Freshen soggy potato chips quickly by placing in a 375 degree F oven and
baking for a few minutes. Watch them carefully and remove before they brown.
- Potato Peel Snacks: When peeling potatoes for mashed potatoes, save the
peelings, toss them in a bowl, season with salt, pepper and a little Italian dressing
and bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes, or until they are crispy. It makes a
quick and healthy snack.
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