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    Do you have any kitchen tips??? (cooking cleaning, etc)

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    Quilters Friend = Crock Pot

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    freeze extra tea in ice cube trays, so that way your ice tea won't get watered down and will stay cold

    (also great for lemonade, koolaid, punch, tea etc.)

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    Put everything back where you got it when you're done with it. Much less mess when your done.

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    Quilter's friend = maid. I don't have any friends ;-)

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    while you are cooking, clean up the dishes, and tidy up kitchen, good time to unload the dishwasher (multi tasking)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeanniejo
    Put everything back where you got it when you're done with it. Much less mess when your done.
    That is true.

    Try to eliminate (get rid of) things that are useless clutter.

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    if you have extra cooking stuff, containers etc. give away so you can organize your kitchen cabinets better

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    this link has some useful tips

    http://www.hintsandthings.com/kitchen/kitchen.htm

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    Please be careful. I reached to my right, but accidentally got to close to my large soup pot w/lid on it (steam was coming out around the rim) & steamed a too delicate part of my upper female anatomy about 3 months ago. Also, don't use the front eyes of your range top when you have a toddler loose in the kitchen. It's so easy for them to reach up & burn those tiny hands/fingers. Don't place electrical appliance cords where a child can jerk it off the counter or table. My cousin's son did that & pulled a pot of coffee off on him. It burned him pretty badly, but thankfully the scars went away after awhile. I'm sure others of you have warnings. We can never be to careful around heated electrical appliances, be they inside or outside of the house.

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    Sliding shelves in cabinets.... I want them, but don't have them yet.
    Someday.... lol

    http://www.familyhandyman.com/DIY-Pr...ate-more-space

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    that website may be okay but I disagree with the "cleaning the oven" tips. Do NOT line your oven with aluminum foil unless the owner's manual says it won't be a problem. AF will possibly change the cooking temp in your oven....and may cause other problems. A simple tip for cleaning a NON-self-cleaning oven is to take out the racks, put them in a 30 gal garbage bag in your bathtub, put in 1/2 cup ammonia and close with twist tie. Leave it overnight and then carefully remove them, and wash off the racks. Amazing how easily the racks come clean. For the even, line the bottom of the oven with an old wet, dishtowel. Pour 1/2 cup ammonia on the dishtowel, close the oven and leave overnight. The next morning, wipe the oven clean. If you have REALLY badly burned on food, it may take a few attempts to get it all out.

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    Not a compulsion issue, just a time-saver for me...I alphabetize my canned goods and spices. Then I can do a quick check to see what I'm out of or low on when I do my shopping list. Also, I always try to shop with a list if I need more than 5 things. With 5 things I can keep track and I know if I've forgotten anything (I have a finger left!). I also keep a list on the frig. As I use something up, I add it to my list.

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    I also alphabetize my canned goods for vegetables. on my lazy susan, it sure makes it easier to find things

    I try to have a spot for everything so I know exactly where it is

    Quote Originally Posted by bj
    Not a compulsion issue, just a time-saver for me...I alphabetize my canned goods and spices. Then I can do a quick check to see what I'm out of or low on when I do my shopping list. Also, I always try to shop with a list if I need more than 5 things. With 5 things I can keep track and I know if I've forgotten anything (I have a finger left!). I also keep a list on the frig. As I use something up, I add it to my list.

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    If you absolutely HAVE to quit quilting to feed the family then cook LOTS and LOTS. Freeze the leftovers in smaller portions so that they can heat it up themselves the next time they're hungry.
    Seriously though, I do try to make enough for at least two meals. I also purchase the biggest package of 93/7 hamburger that I can at Walmart, bring it home, cook it, drain and cool it, then bag it in quart freezer bags. When I want to make tacos, spagetti, hamburger casserole, chili or anything else needing hamburger I just grab and bag and dump it in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    If you absolutely HAVE to quit quilting to feed the family then cook LOTS and LOTS. Freeze the leftovers in smaller portions so that they can heat it up themselves the next time they're hungry.
    Seriously though, I do try to make enough for at least two meals. I also purchase the biggest package of 93/7 hamburger that I can at Walmart, bring it home, cook it, drain and cool it, then bag it in quart freezer bags. When I want to make tacos, spagetti, hamburger casserole, chili or anything else needing hamburger I just grab and bag and dump it in.
    fully agree.. there are dishes (like homemade ravioli) that i only make 1-2 times a year. but when i do, i make enough to feed the world lol... i used to send family home with a bunch. some things freeze well.

    and frozen precooked hamburger meat is a blessing to have when i completely forget to take something out :D

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    My best kitchen tip. Cook like me. My husband cooks out of self-defense. My mother calls me the "nuke-it queen".

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    When I need to make cookies, like around the holidays, I set aside an entire day just to make cookies. I use the cake mix cookie recipe usually but sometimes I make others too. I put the dough into freezer bags, flatten it to about 1" and freeze it. Then when I bake I can take out several bags of different kinds of cookies, cut off what I need, reseal the rest, and with one large cookie sheet usually bake enough for unexpected company or cookie starved family. I can have a nice assortment of cookies in a matter of minutes and only have one cookie sheet and one knife to clean.

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    Use a piece of bread with butter or oil to grease your casserole baking dishes easily.

    Sprinkle a handful of table salt over a “run over” in your oven. It will stop the burned smell until you are through baking and can clean the oven.

    Use an egg slicer to slice butter into individual pats. This tip also works for fresh button or baby bella mushrooms.

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    Eat out!

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    Eat out!

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    Mine is to clean as you go. I make sure that as soon as I am done with something it goes right back to the proper place. The cans or packages that I empty while cooking imediately goes in the trash. Makes for less clean up when I am done. I can't survive without my slow cooker or my roasting oven, they are must haves for me.

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    Stay out of the kitchen !!! LOL that is why there is carry out :wink: Teach them young the numbers ( well , now computer) for pizza :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by craftybear
    Do you have any kitchen tips??? (cooking cleaning, etc)
    Let DH do most of the cooking!!!! :)

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    No, but my mother always says my kitchen looks like a tip. (a dump for the non australians)

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