Gifts from the Kitchen, Show and Tell #2

Back in January I shared my favorite tricks and tips from the kitchen, Show and Tell here

Many of you were kind enough to share your secrets and I have rounded up a few others to go with them

Michael Lee West from Rattlebridge Farm shared a tip she learned from her chef son~


Cut tomatoes with a bread knife, it helps keep the juices in,  handy when making salsa.  I have found it’s a great way to get thin slices too.  Once you’ve mastered slicing,  learn how to Paint Tomatoes here 🙂

Marigene from In the Middle of Nowhere shared several tips:

When cooking root vegetables, start them in cold water because they are so dense they need time to heat all the way through.  This also helps to make them more palatable because it dissolves most of the starch


She also adds a dash of vinegar to the water when boiling potatoes so they don’t turn to mush if left to cook too long

Marigene also says to keep celery wrapped in foil to lengthen it’s life and add milk to the water if you’re boiling cauliflower to keep it snow white

Johanne from French Gardener Dishes said she always zests her lemons before squeezing and saves the zest for future use.  She also freezes juiced lemons and uses them to stuff poultry before roasting

lemon pitcher 2

I freeze lemons too, a kitchen just can’t function without lemon.  For more about freezing lemons and other handy ways to use them go to Holiday Fragrance and Lemons here

lemon slices

You can also roll lemons on your counter top, pushing down gently, and they will yield more juice or microwave them for 30 seconds

or use lemon slices as a bed to cook fish on when you grill like this photo and technique by the Mother Huddle

Johanne also suggests cleaning up as you go, which is definitely a motto to cook by


I like to keep 1 side of my sink full of hot soapy water to toss things in as I use them

Kim from Curtain Queen Creates shared a tip about bacon.  She cooks a whole batch and then freezes the strips in ziplock bags.  That way she always has some at the ready.  She said frozen bacon crumbles easily and you can do it right in the freezer bag~

bacon jam 2,

Another way to keep cooked bacon on hand is in Bacon Jam here.  You cook it in a slow cooker and store in a a jar in your refrigerator for 1 month

BLT with bacon jam,

A spoonful is great in your scrambled eggs, on your toast or in your sandwich or burger

eggs with bacon jam

Do a quick touch up/clean out of the refrigerator and pantry right before your weekly grocery run.   This way everything stays organized and what you have on hand will be fresh in your mind.  Take 10-15 minutes to do this and make this a habit, and you will ultimately save yourself time and lots of money.   Who doesn’t need more time and money!   🙂

You can see some tips on using freezer paper and Refrigerator Organization here

To see the tips from January’s Show and Tell click here

Keep the tips coming and we can have a regular Show and Tell every month! Share something fabulous or a guarded secret, shhhh…


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22 Responses to “Gifts from the Kitchen, Show and Tell #2”
  1. Mary says:

    Great tips from everyone Jenna! I some how missed your lemon post and am glad to know I can freeze the whole lemon 🙂

  2. Lorraine says:

    These are all great tips. I’m a clean as you go person. In fact I can’t start cooking anything unless the dishes in the sink are all washed and put away.

  3. Carole says:

    Great tips and wonderful links, thanks for sharing these!

  4. Why have I never thought to cook fish over lemon slices? Love that!

  5. Emily says:

    Jenna, So many great tips, love the one for milk in the water while cooking cauliflower. I love using leftover lemon halves after juicing them in the dishwater as I clean-up. It keeps the water fresh.
    Thanks for such an interesting post.

  6. Tips I can use Jenna! I always have trouble cooking my potatoes too long. Vinegar will be my bestie from now on!

  7. Lynn says:

    All great tips! And I’m lovin’ your parsley holder:@)

  8. Jodee says:

    Love these tips…especially the one about the cauliflower and the bacon jam! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Kitty says:

    What great tips, Jenna! I often freeze lemons (and limes), too.

  10. Kim says:

    Thanks for sharing my bacon post, Jenna. You have some great lemon tricks here, too. I’ve pinned this post…will be back when I need a refresher. Memory issues stink. 🙂

  11. Gentle Joy says:

    Great tips! Good variety of them. 🙂

  12. Great tips here. I put juiced lemon rinds in the freezer then toss one in the garbage disposal to freshen it up.

    found this on Talented Tuesdays

    • Oh, that’s another good one! I’m going to make this a monthly feature so let me know if you think of anything else and I’ll link it back to you on my next show and tell post! thanks Audrey~

  13. Miz Helen says:

    A great post Jenna, lots of ideas. Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Real Soon!
    Miz Helen

  14. sgarrison05 says:

    What great tips! I love using lemon to cook seafood on. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Talented Tuesdays. I hope you can join us again this week.

  15. These are some great tips and tricks, thanks for sharing. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!! Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

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