1. Pull out your mom’s egg beater rather than your big electric mixer for most batters. (I found this one at Williams-Sonoma… I love it!)
2. Another old fashioned kitchen utensil that can’t be replaced is a cast iron skillet. You can sear meat in a cast iron skillet hotter and more evenly. You can use your skillet for baking frittatas (crust-less quiche), chicken pot pie and cornbread in your oven. And of course, you must bake your Pineapple Upside Down cake in it! Be sure to use a very light soap rinse to clean your cast iron skillet, dry and then keep it “cured” and ready to use again by rubbing in a teaspoon of vegetable oil before storing. Then your grandkids will still enjoy using your skillet! Jenny picked up this cast iron skillet at a thrift store, and she says it actually adds iron to your diet!
3. Clean your blender by partially filling with hot water and add a little dish-washing soap. Turn on the blender for a couple of minutes, empty and rinse well.
4. Replace heavy cream for savory recipes, like soups and stews, with pureed vegetables or rice.
5. Freeze overripe bananas in their skins. When you are ready to bake with them, microwave on high for one minute and the skins easily slide off!
6. Line your brownie pan with aluminum foil so that clean up and serving is easy.
7. Substitute flour with powdered sugar when rolling sugar cookies, or place between two layers of wax paper.
8. When measuring honey or corn syrup, lightly spray the inside of your measuring cup with cooking spray. No mess to clean up!