Kitchen Tips


Grocery stores often have special sprinkler systems over their produce bins that periodically mist the vegetables to keep them crisp and fresh looking. Our refrigerators tend to dry things out, which leaves us with veggies that appear to have given up the ghost.

To revive your wilted produce, add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to a pan of cold water. Soak the veggies for about one hour and they should be good to go. (You can substitute lemon juice for the vinegar.)

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N. Rene West
Fembellish Journal – Beauty thru fiber art

Washing your blender after use can be time consuming and risky considering the sharpness of those little blades.

Here’s a tip on how to clean your blender safely and efficiently. Fill the blender with hot water until it is half full. Add a generous amount of dishwashing liquid, cover, and push the on button. The blender will clean itself in no time.

If there are food particles stuck to the sides, add a few ice cubes to the mix before turning on the blender. (Make sure the cover is attached securely.)

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N. Rene West
Fembellish Journal – Beauty thru fiber art

Life happens. We put something in the oven or on top of the stove and forget about it. Removal of baked and burnt-on foods can be a time consuming task if we turn to scrubbies or sponges.

Instead, relax and let baking soda come to the rescue. Sprinkle a generous amount on the pot, pan, or casserole dish (but not aluminum) and add hot water to a level that covers the burnt food residue. Let the mixture soak for about 15 minutes and check to see if the food has softened. Finish cleaning as usual.

If the food is really stuck, let it soak overnight. This method has worked for me every time and made cleanup super easy.

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N. Rene West
Fembellish Journal – Beauty thru fiber art

Since most American homes have some degree of hard water, mineral deposits build up in coffee makers over time. Here is a safe and effective way to remove deposits. Fill your coffee maker with equal parts white vinegar and water. Run this solution through one brew cycle and then run plain water through one cycle.

Do this every few months to keep your coffee maker working efficiently.

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N. Rene West
Fembellish Journal – Beauty thru fiber art

Spices should be stored away from light and heat. An easy and space saving method for spice storage is to purchase a hanging shoe organizer (a child’s size works well) and place your spices in the individual compartments. You can hang the organizer from the door or anywhere within your pantry.

As an added benefit, the clear plastic will make each spice easily identifiable, which will also save you time in the kitchen.

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N. Rene West
Fembellish Journal – Beauty thru fiber art

In a previous post I stated that Jet Dry can also be used for hand washed dishes, providing the same spot-free results for your dishes as it does in the dishwasher.

There is another common household product that renders the same results plus has the added benefit of cutting through grease – white vinegar. Simply add a little to your rinse water and enjoy spotless, grease-free dishes the natural way.

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N. Rene West
Fembellish Journal
– Beauty thru fiber art

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Here’s a quick tip that will save you a little extra time in the kitchen. When loading your dishwasher or washing dishes by hand, stack like flatware together. Then when dishes are clean and dry, you can grab all like flatware items with one hand and put them away quickly rather than having to sort them one by one.
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N. Rene West
Fembellish Journal – Beauty thru fiber art

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