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What do you do when in a Pinch? Cooking Shortcuts

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What do you do when in a Pinch? Cooking Shortcuts

Mermazon | Jan 27, 2007 12:27 PM

Want to share somehow you cut corners cooking or in the kitchen? Perhaps you have a great idea to share that will save hassles and/or messes? Really, anything provided would be great. Please share, we'd love to hear! O=:)

A couple came to mind today while I was making a simple soup...here they are:

Cheescloth Stretch Wraps (approx. 2 doz.) -
I use these when I am squeezing lemons, key limes or any citrus that fits. It keeps the seeds from falling into whatever I am making. I can clean & reuse them several times. I find these are better than regular cheesecloth, plus they're very sturdy & have elastic on them so they fit snugly. They sell in a little bag for a few dollars. (I found mine at Cost Plus World Market)

Frozen Herbs (in a cube) -
If I have no fresh herbs on hand, in a pinch, I use these. They're really quite convenient and have come in handy several times when I forgot to buy a certain herb. They are these neat little frozen cubes, all ready to use. You just pop in the amount you want and "presto! all done!" So far, I've only tried the basil and parsley-but I like the simplicity of them-how they are proportioned and easy to use. ** I know I can make some like these in ice cube trays, but we don't have a lot of room in our freezer and these are so compact! IMO, they're reasonably priced too. (I discovered these at Trader Joe's)

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