Popular Food Recipes - Desserts

  • Core apples easily by cutting them in half, then scooping out the core with a melon baller.
  • Remove cooking odors by simmering a solution of vinegar and water on the stove. The vinegar will absorb the odor.
  • Make giant ice cubes for the punch bowl by filling muffin tins instead of conventional ice trays. Run hot water on the bottom to loosen when frozen.
  • A batter made with baking soda should be put into the oven as soon as possible after baking as the leavening actioning starts to take effect immediately upon contact with liquids.
  • Test baking soda for freshness by pouring 1/2 teaspoon vinegar or lemon juice over the baking soda. If it doesn't actively bubble, it's too old to be effective.
  • If you have a recipe that uses just egg whites, you can refrigerate the yolks for later use by storing them, unbroken, in a small bowl, covered with cold water for up to two days.
  • To tame the heat in hot peppers, remove the seeds (which carry a lot of heat). You can also soak the peppers in sugar water for about an hour to put out even more of the fire (especially helpful when making stuffed peppers). Use 2 cups water to 2 tablespoons sugar.
  • Save money on chocolate! Shop the after holiday sales (Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, Halloween, etc.) when