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Frugal food Tips!!!

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Here are some "food savers" frugal tips. Hope they help someone. I got it in an e-mail from my SIL. Please add to them if you can!!!

* If you are one egg short when baking a cake, substitute one teaspoon of cornstarch instead.

* Do you want to prevent mold from growing on cheese? Wrap it tightly with a sugar cube and store it in the refrigerator. If your cheese is already moldy, simply wipe it off with a vinegar-soaked paper towel. The cheese will then be edible, and the flavor won't be affected.

* Are you out of oil and need to grease a skillet? Rub it with half a potato. Pans "greased" with potato don't smoke at high temperatures like oiled pans do.

* Does your brown sugar harden like a concrete block? To keep it soft, store it in a glass jar in your refrigerator or in a plastic bag with a piece of bread or apple inside.

* Don't let insects ruin your dry foods! Put a bay leaf into containers of pasta, flour, rice and dry mixes to keep them away.

* If your mayonnaise separates or curdles, mix 1 teaspoon mustard and 1 tablespoon curdled mayonnaise in a bowl. Beat it with a wire whisk until it is creamy. Add the rest of the mayonnaise slowly and blend well.

* To keep a fresh fruit salad from turning brown, sprinkle the sliced fruit with lemon juice.

* Is your granulated sugar lumpy? Place several saltine crackers in the container and cover it tightly.

* If you have a block of cheese that has dried out, don't throw it away? Store it in freezer. When you need to grate it for a recipe, slice it thinly, without thawing. Frozen cheese crumbles easily. It is perfect for making macaroni and cheese.

* Do you need to freshen dried out coconut? Place it in a strainer over a steaming pot of water for a few minutes.

* If you don't want to throw out a stale loaf of bread, sprinkle it with water or milk and wrap it in aluminum foil. Bake it at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes to soften it. Loaves of Italian or French bread need to be baked for 3-5 minutes more, with the foil open for the last few minutes.

* Sticky rice? Rinse it thoroughly with warm water to wash out the excess starch. This will cause the grains to easily separate.

* Sticky pasta? Add salt or oil to noodles while the water is boiling. ( I myself don't reccomend doing the oil, we were taught not to in Italy!!!)

* Did you over-salt a recipe? Add a little vinegar and sugar and then taste. If it is a recipe for stew or soup, add a raw potato to absorb the excess salt.

* Does your recipe have too much sugar? Add a few drops of lemon juice or vinegar.
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Awesome, thanks!
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post #4 of 4
Thanks. I did try the one about the hard brown sugar before and it worked great!!
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