To store fresh-cut basil, place
in a glass with stems immersed in water. Change the water
occasionally. The basil will keep for weeks. Do not refrigerate.
Basil hates the cold.
To keep nuts from
settling to the bottom of the pan in baking, heat them first in
the oven and dust them with flour before adding them to the
Add an apple to stored potatoes to keep them
Improve the freshness of orange juice by
adding the juice of one lemon.
Microwave garlic cloves for 15 seconds; the
skin will slip off easily
Microwave a lemon for 15 seconds and you will
get double the juice.
Celery will keep for weeks in the refrigerator
if wrapped in aluminum foil.
To remove the silk from corn on the cob, brush
downward with a damp paper towel.
To test an egg's freshness, feel the shell.
Fresh eggs are rough and chalky; old eggs are smooth and shiny
* To keep sweet corn fresh, leave the ear in
the husk and soak it in ice water for one hour before storing in
the refrigerator. Quick cooking slows the sugar-to-starch
process and preserves sweetness.
* To keep tomatoes fresh longer, store with
stems pointed down.
* Spread butter on the edge of cheese before
storing to keep it from hardening.
* For a fresher flavor, place frozen fish in
milk to thaw.