Fruit and vegetable Tips and Tricks

To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.

To get the most juice out of fresh lemons, bring them to room temperature and roll them under your palm against the kitchen counter before squeezing.

To ripen avocados and bananas, enclose them in a brown paper bag with an apple for 2-3 days.

Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator it will keep for weeks.

When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corn’s natural sweetness.

Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.

Potatoes will take food stains off your fingers. Just slice and rub raw potato on the stains and rinse with water.

If you accidentally over-salt a dish while it’s still cooking, drop in a peeled potato – it absorbs the excess salt for an instant “fix me up”. (Note from Linda & Rich: We saw on a forum somewhere that this is an old wives’ tale – that the potato doesn’t work and only dilution will work.)

Storing potatoes in the refrigerator will turn the starches in the potato to sugar. Store potatoes in a cool, dark and well-ventilated place.

Wrapping potatoes in foil when baking will trap steam and can cause the potato to become soggy and mealy.

Next time you need a quick ice pack, grab a bag of frozen vegetables out of your freezer — no watery leaks from a plastic baggie.
When making bread, substitute nondairy creamer for the dry milk–it works just as well.
Mash and freeze ripe bananas, in one-cup portions, for use in later baking. No wasted bananas (or you can freeze them whole, peeled, in plastic baggies.
To get the most juice out of fresh lemons, bring them to room temperature & roll them under your palm against the kitchen counter before squeezing!
Zap garlic cloves in the microwave for 15 seconds and the skins slip right off.
Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator–it will keep for weeks!

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