20 Nearly Forgotten Kitchen Secrets from the Past
Grandma knows all the best kitchen tips and tricks to save you time, money and effort. You’ll want to stock up on ketchup and molasses.
Clean Up With Condiments
Reader S.N. Downs says, “Ketchup does a great job of polishing copper cookware. Just rub a small amount on the bottom of discolored pots or pans, let stand for a few minutes, rub again and rinse.” Here are more unexpected ways to clean up with ketchup.
Stretch Pricey Maple Syrup
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Reader Edna Hoffman advises stretching maple syrup by adding 1 cup applesauce to 1 cup syrup. “Heated, it makes a delicious topping for pancakes and waffles.” Love genius kitchen hacks? Grab a copy of Taste of Home Kitchen Hacks ($12). It includes 100 hints, tricks, and timesavers—plus recipes to go with them.
Use Your Common Cents
Is your kitchen scale accurate? Reader Karen Ann Bland says there’s an easy way to tell. “Place nine pennies on the scale. They should weigh exactly one ounce.” Never thought of this hack before? You probably haven’t considered these 25 brilliant kitchen shortcuts either.
Stop Drips in Their Tracks
Add milk to your coffee without making a mess. Reader Bertha Mueller says, “Rub a small amount of butter on the lip of your creamer, and you’ll have no more drips on the tablecloth.”
Give Fabric a Second Chance
Don’t throw away your worn tablecloths. Instead, reader Helen LaMance says you can make a variety of dish towels and napkins from them. In addition to wasting worn tablecloths that could easily be repurposed, there are at least 50 other kitchen mistakes it’s time to stop making.
Make a Money-Saving Swap
Save money without sacrificing flavor. Reader Mary Jane Swanner says, “For an economical substitute to chopped nuts in cookie recipes, use quick-cooking oats browned in a bit of butter.”
Keep Apples Looking Fresh
To prevent browning when working with peeled apples, Bernetta Rokusek recommends slicing them into water with 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice added.
Ripen Tomatoes in a Rush
Tired of waiting for your green tomatoes to turn red? Reader Anne Schofield says, “Place unripened tomatoes with other fruit, especially pears, to speed up ripening.” Pro tip: Tomatoes are just one of the 11 foods you’re likely storing incorrectly.
Bake Perfectly Portioned Muffins
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Reader Teresa Graham has a smart breakfast tip. She says, “Use a turkey baster to fill muffin cups all the same size—and to make no-drip hotcakes.”
Give Brownies a Flavor Boost
Take your brownies from simple to scrumptious. Reader Marcy Wright says, “Substitute brown sugar for granulated sugar for a rich caramel flavor in brownies.” Do you know the difference between light and dark brown sugar?