Robin's Kitchen Tips
How to make perfect
Thoroughly rinse rice before cooking, in a mesh strainer in the sink for
at least three minutes in cold water. This washes out the starch and when
the rice is finished cooking it is not sticky.
Place strainer on top of large measuring cup. When water runs clear, (from
milky colored) the starch is removed.
How to cook rice:
For every amount of rice simply double the water.
1/2 cup rice = use 1 cup water
1 cup rice = use 2 cups water
Boil the water. Add salt and/or other spices. Add rice. As soon as rice comes
to a boil, turn burner down to simmer/low. Put lid on. Try not to open during
this time. Set timer for 15 to 20 minutes. (Time depends on your stove. Mine
cooks rice in 20 minutes on low simmer on my electric stove.) Check rice
after timer goes off. Stir. If too dry, add more water. If too wet,
cook for five more minutes. Let sit with heat off to finish.
Store dry rice in a moisture proof, air tight container. It will keep fresher
longer, prevent bacteria, cabinet moths, etc.
How to Make Simple Syrup
Making "Simple Syrup" is so easy.
It's 2 parts sugar to 1 part water.
Example: 1 cup sugar to 1/2 cup of water.
In a small sauce pan, bring water to a boil. Add sugar, stirring, bring to
a boil, turn off heat, let cool, store in a jar in the refrigertor.
Now go press your Staples EASY button.
What to do with simple syrup? Use the sweet syrup for ice tea to eliminate
sugar crystals on the bottom the glass. Great for hot tea, too. And... and
before I forget... Mojitos!
Mojito (Cuban cocktail)
1.25 oz rum
12 mint leaves
1 tbsp sugar
0.5 oz lime juice
2 oz soda
I love using fresh ground Sea Salt. It's sold
in all grocery stores in the spice section and tastes much better than regular
old table salt. Sea Salt has a rather pure salt taste, the regular granulated
kind of salt will taste bitter after you've become accustomed to Sea
Salt and best of all there's no additives. Simply put the salt it in a clean
pepper grinder. Try it, you'll like it!
Put a slightly
damp towel underneath your plastic cutting board to keep it from moving around
when you're cutting veggies or pounding meat.
Grandmother was right.... Cleanliness is next to
I keep Clorox Clean Up and Windex nearby on the sink and use them several
times a day to wipe the sink and counters to prevent food born illnesses.
Use paper towels to clean really grody, germy messes. Use a clean new cloth
kitchen towel every single day as the towel you used yesterday has millions
of germs and bacteria embedded in it. After dinner throw that used
towel in the laundry room.
Important lecture and 100% true!!!
You should never put purses or back packs on a kitchen counter
or a dining room table as you do not know where the bottoms of those
objects has been. There's been scientific testing that conclusively shows
these objects having deadly bacteria on them, such as E Coli and
For instance: A man steps in dog crap, gets in his car and goes to
the local subway or train station. You set your purse or backpack down
where he was standing... but you had no idea... The bottom line is that you
never know what has happened in public areas on the ground. Even a clean
looking public restroom can be dangerous.
Look here at Google: I found
47,000 possible articles. Read an
about "Purse Germs" at SNOPES.
I often wash my
sponge on the top rack of the dish washer and replace it often. Good Buy:
Get a large bag of sponges at Costco.
Also from Costco, for years I've been using the jumbo sized restaurant quality
plastic wrap (3000 feet) and aluminum foil (1000 ft).
They last for at least a year (or more) in my house. Definitely a good value
for the money, approximately $10 dollars each as opposed to $3.00 each for
the smaller version grocery store products per month !
Reynolds®Parchment Paper to line your baking
sheets, as cookie will not stick
to it! Reuse each sheet until they are slightly browned.
(I've been using parchment paper to bake with since 1980!)
To speed up cookie baking, line cookie sheets with
Reynolds®Parchment Paper. Drop dough onto parchment
and bake first batch. Meanwhile, drop dough onto second sheet of
parchment. Slide parchment with baked cookies off cookie sheet. Slide
second sheet onto cookie sheet and bake. Toss parchment paper sheets when
done for easy cleanup!
Roll Out Cookie Dough With No Sticking:
Lightly flour sheets of
Reynolds® Cut-Rite® Wax Paper.
out cookies with cookie cutter. Transfer cut-out cookies to parchment-lined
cookie sheets to bake.