I decided to put a new category on my blog. Over the years I accumulated tips without even thinking about them. Recently some friends were over and asked me why I had masking tape on a lot of my bottles and containers. When I explained why, they were like, “Oh, I wish I knew that a long time ago”. So I started to write down kitchen tips that might be of interest to others. Now, a lot of what I do is automatic. However, I am trying to remember to write them down. Maybe you will want to start incorporating them into your everyday kitchen life.
My first one is masking tape. It is a money and food saver.
Question: Do you remember when you opened that bottle of olive oil? When was the last time you used that opened box of spaghetti? You froze some of that leftover chicken to make enchiladas; when was that?
Almost everything has an expiration date. Some expire more quickly than others.
I store my olive oil in the pantry. I usually use it faster than when I think it will go rancid (about 2 years), but I put my piece of masking tape on the bottle to remind me when I opened it.
I love to make my own pasta dough. However, there are times when I just don’t feel like making it. Yes, even I have those days. That is why I have masking tape on my dried pasta jars, so I will know when they will expire.
Now that it is just John and I (sorry, John that I said just) I still tend to cook as if for a large group of people. I try not to, but it is just like me to get carried away while creating and make a large volume of food. Hence, if I haven’t fed my neighbors, my masking tape comes out and I put the date when I made the dish and when it will expire.
If you are consistent with putting on the open dates, then you will find you don’t throw out a lot of food. You know by reading, “okay, I need to use this in the next couple of weeks or I just threw my money down the drain”.
I hope you find this new section – Kitchen Tips – useful in your kitchen as I have in mine.
Until next time, happy creating.