I'm always looking for and making lists of the kitchen hints I discover.  Here's 12 clever ideas to save you time, to make your food last longer, quick and easy leftover reheats and some ways to make your meals healthier.   Enjoy!

Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store.
If you leave them  connected at the stem, they ripen faster..


Store your opened  chunks of cheese in aluminum foil.
It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!

Peppers with 3 bumps on  the bottom are sweeter and better for eating.
Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are  firmer and better for cooking.


Add  a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef.
It  will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.


To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of
Spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up. (Caution: Be sure that you like this consistency in your scrambled eggs.)


For a cool brownie treat, make brownies as directed.  Melt Andes mints in double broiler and pour over warm brownies.  Let set for a wonderful minty frosting.


Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic, and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of  garlic.


 Snickers bars  make a delicious dessert.  Simply chop them up with the food chopper. Peel, core  and slice a few apples. Place them in a baking dish  and sprinkle the chopped candy bars over the apples.  Bake at  350 for 15 minutes!!!  Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream.  Yummm!

 Reheat Pizza
Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet  on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy—no soggy micro pizza.  I saw this on a cooking channel and it really works.


Easy Deviled Eggs
Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up.
Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up  mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done, easy clean  up.


 Expanding  Frosting
When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size.
You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same  amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.

Reheating Refrigerated Bread
To warm biscuits,  pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them  in
A microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food
Moist and help it reheat faster.

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