1. Prevent Boiling Water Overflows
When boiling pasta or similar foods on the stove, the water has a tendency to boil over and make a mess. Prevent water from boiling over by laying a wooden spoon over the top of the pot. The water-repelling surface of the spoon causes the water to recede back down into the pot. Stay in there, water!
2. Egg Whites for Burns
Burns while dealing with hot surfaces, such as cookie sheets, in the kitchen are common. If you burn yourself in the kitchen, coat the burn with egg white. Egg whites are a natural treatment that not only prevent pain from burns, but also start the healing process and prevent scars from forming on the affected area.
*For extreme or third degree burns, seek medical attention immediately! Do not treat with home remedies.
3. Prevent Pesky Weevils
Many people in Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana experience weevil infestations of their pantries and/or kitchen cabinets. Prevent these pesky weevils from invading in the first place by placing bay leaves in the corners of your pantry and cabinets, as well as in your flour containers, rice containers, and other dry goods. The aroma of your bay leaves will have these little guys heading for the hills!
4. Prevent Bacon Shrinkage
Bacon has a tendency to shrink while cooking. Prevent this by running your bacon under cold water prior to cooking. This can reduce shrinkage by as much as 50%! Who wouldn’t want bigger strips of bacon?
5. Sunny-Side Up Eggs with a Microwave
If you’re in a hotel, dorm room, or other living situation that doesn’t have access to a stove but still want sunny-side up eggs, don’t worry! All you need is a microwave.
- Pre-heat your plate.
- Crack an egg onto the plate.
- Position the yolk at the top.
- Heat for 45 seconds on high.
- Continue to heat in 15 second intervals if egg has not finished cooking.
More Tips and Tricks
For more kitchen and cooking tips and tricks, check out our other article!