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Benefits Of Having A KitchenAid Stand Mixer In Your Kitchen

Whenever you are cooking, especially baking, it is easy to wear your arm out by beating dough or eggs or even just mixing a cake, which is exactly what a KitchenAid stand mixer can relieve! Baking is hard work, however whenever you throw a stand mixer into the mix, especially when it is a KitchenAid, you know that you are getting a great deal and that it is quite the investment. This machine is a hands free product and can certainly make all of the difference in the kitchen.

Firstly, the most important thing that you should know is that every single KitchenAid mixer actually has three different speeds, which is a great way to control exactly what you might be mixing. This is also a great way to ensure that you do not over mix anything. For example, mash potatoes do not have to be on a high mix; you can start out low and move up to high.

This stand mixer is also great because it eliminates a whole lot of mess. You will not suffer from nearly as many spills. Spills are something that every chef hates to clean up and even if you are not exactly a chef, you probably still hate cleaning up messed. When you buy a KitchenAid mixer, you can also purchase a spill guard, which is a great invention that will assist you with limiting the messes that you make.

The hands free mixing also allows you to truly get the dough or the mixture right. You can honestly mix anything you want in the KitchenAid mixer. You can start with throwing in the dry ingredients and then slowly add in the wet ones or you can do the reverse, whichever the recipe calls for. The one I use has a six quart capacity.

There is something to be said for name brands as well. Cooks all over the world know KitchenAid. Not only do they produce some of the most durable mixers and items in the world, but they are certainly known for producing investments.

As briefly mentioned, these mixers are also extremely versatile. When you buy one, you get lots of attachments. You also always have the option of buying whatever you need, from pasta maker attachments to splash guards. You can even get an attachment that allows you to make your own sausage and hamburgers!

It almost goes without saying that there are a lot of reasons to buy a KitchenAid. These mixers are definitely a very worthy investment. However, where can you find one for a reasonable price? That is what we are going to talk about next.

For one, you want to make sure that whenever you are purchasing a KitchenAid stand mixer, you are doing your research. Getting a stand mixer online can be a good idea, but make sure that the shipping is going to be free, as these mixers are definitely heavy and can cost a lot.

Gardening Tools To Get You Started

When you first start out you will probably think that gardening should only be done with your hands. Before too long you will probably start to realize just how much more work you can get done using gardening tools. It is easy to be tempted into buying a whole bunch of tools after you've been working with your hands for a long time. Try not to give in to this urge. It's too easy to spend too much money on tools that end up not being useful to you at all. Begin with a small store of tools you will use often and then add others as you need them. You might discover that you don't need to have a bunch of tools, especially if you have a small garden. Start your tool collection with these gardening tools.
For the more delicate flowers and plants, a garden space can be incredibly useful to have on hand. Spades can help you uproot pesky weeds. If you are worried about damaging the bases of your plants when you garden you can use the spade to help you avoid problems. You can also use them to help you plant seeds. You probably won't use your spade every single day, but you will be glad you have it on hand when you have delicate earth work to get done. Your spade will save you lots of time and effort with a bunch of different gardening tasks and projects.
Kneelers are also a good idea. Most gardening tasks will require you to spend time on your hands and knees or crouched down. Garden kneelers can easily be made from big pieces of Styrofoam or similar materials that you can use to lean your knees on. You can also buy mats made especially for gardeners. Mats and kneelers are used to help ease the wear and tear on your knees that comes from gardening. Many gardeners choose to use mats and kneelers because they help keep their clothing from getting to worn while they garden.
If you plan on doing ground gardening, you are going to want to have a shovel on hand. A shovel with a long handle is a very important tool to have on hand, especially if your garden is going to be large. A shovel is perfect for scooping up and moving dirt short distances. Shovels produce better results than you would get if you tried to move that dirt by hand. Transporting large quantities of earth, dirt and other things is much harder to do without a shovel. Your long handled shovel will save you a lot of time and strain as you work in your garden. Gardening is something that most people dream of doing at least once or twice during their lives. As a beginner you will probably find yourself tempted to buy all of the gardening tools that you come across. All of the tools will seem necessary. The best thing to do is to start out with a few tools that will be useful no matter what your garden's size will be. After your first tool purchase you can buy the tools you need as you need them. This is how you get all of the tools you need without wasting any money!

A Fistful of Cousins

Every year my dad's cousin celebrates family with her Cousins Party. She invites everyone even distantly related to her. There are certain people I can recollect meeting there every single year, and I know they must be related to me, but I still haven't the faintest idea how. The date of the party changes every year, and isn't even always in the same season. Last Christmas, Barbara had the greatest crowd yet and the sink broke halfway through the night. It was a disaster and dishes were piled in mountains. Then the men stepped in. It was hilarious to see my Dad's cousin Ronald, uncle Ted and my cousin Patrick all standing around the sink with flashlights and wrenches, arguing over exactly what needed to be done, as Barbara kept tugging at her hair and pacing in and out of the room.

Barbara is unbelievably generous with her time, money and energy. She cooks all of the food for what is usually a crowd of fifty, plus purchases enough beer, wine and hard liquor for an army (and when the family is 3/4 Irish, that's useful!). On top of that, she buys a gift for each and every attendee. Sometimes the gifts are each completely unique and different. On other occasions they're themed. This year's party, which we just attended, was a themed event. Barbara's best friend just started a company that sells hats online. Barbara bought each and every one of us a different chapeau. Her husband Bill, her personal hero, got an Indiana Jones fedora hat. Her son, who owns a landscaping business, got one of those Tilley hats. Both are gorgeous and perfect for the giftee. Mine, on the other hand, was one of these. Alas. I abhor pink and am anything but a country girl.

My lack of exuberance and gratitude left me feeling rather guilty. By the end of the night, I discovered I'd volunteered to help complete an online family genealogy. Well, at least now I'll finally get a handle on how I'm related to all of those people at the party. I've started some of the research, and am surprised at how much fun it is. There's something very satisfying in digging up historical details about one's ancestors that everyone living has forgotten. By the next Cousins Party, I hope to have found something really interesting in our past to astonish everyone!

Oh How I Love a Great Scone!

Scones - Ummmmmm!

Ummmm, I just thought I'd pop in for a minute and pass on a recipe for British Scones. For anyone who misses the taste of homemade scones here is a recipe so you can have a taste now and again. Nicky at Delicious Days, has shared her recipe for "Very British Scones" if you'd like to drop by and have a look. These are melt in your mouth good.

Don't be afraid to change the dried fruit to some other type and enjoy the different flavors. Serve with butter and jam and your favorite cup of tea and you're all set. Yum!

Cooking Tips For The Brand New Cook

Actually, the idea for this post came from a question from a young man, out on his own for the first time who had discovered he actually enjoyed puttering about the kitchen and wanted some cooking tips. He had some specific questions about grilling meats but generally wanted to know about cooking.

My first thought was to tell him to get a really good cook book such as The Joy of Cooking and simply start by standing in front of the stove.   But then I thought he does need that book (every kitchen needs that book) but I need to give him a couple of tips to get him started.

So I started with just a couple of little tips and just as I thought I was through I thought of a couple more and before I knew it the list had become quite long.   There are so many little gems you just can't narrow it down to just a few.

So here is a longer than short little list of tips for the kitchen.   I'm sure you have a few yourself you would have added had you been the one making the list.   Feel free to add them at the bottom.    You probably have some I've never heard.

  • If you over salt your soup, gravy or sauce put a peeled potato in it and cook for 15 min and it will absorb some of the salt.
  • When you're measuring honey, molasses or corn syrup, spray your measuring glass or spoon with nonstick spray first
  • How to tell if an egg is still good: Fill a pan with water and put the whole egg in (still in shell). If it floats, it’s bad. If it stays on the bottom it’s still good.
  • Use parchment paper for baking. It'll save a lot of burnt cookies.
  • To boil eggs, place eggs in cold, salted water and bring to a full rolling boil. Remove pan from heat, cover and let stand for 9 minutes. Rinse the eggs in cold water. The salt will make your eggs easier to peel the eggs.
  • Mix a quarter teaspoon of sugar in a cup full of water, then pour over your frozen vegetables just before steaming and it’ll make them taste fresh.
  • Always use tongs to turn the meat when barbecuing. A fork will punch holes in the flesh and allow the natural juices to escape along with the flavor, leaving the meat dry and chewy.
  • To marinate meat, put sauce and meat in a plastic bag and leave overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Add cold water to hamburger meat before grilling for a juicer hamburger (1/2 cup to 1 pound of meat).
  • Let raw potatoes sit in cold water for at least half an hour before frying to improve the crispness of your french-fried potatoes.
  • Do not use metal bowls, forks or spoons when mixing salads. Only use wood, glass or china.
  • When cooking any kind of strawberry dessert, add a splash of aged Balsamic vinegar to the recipe to enhance the flavor of the strawberries.
  • Wet your knife before cutting a boiled egg to make a clean slice.
  • Microwave a lemon for 15 seconds and double the juice you get before squeezing.
  • Microwave garlic cloves for 15 seconds and the skins slip right off.
  • The best way to store fresh celery is to wrap it in aluminum foil and put it in the refrigerator--it will keep for weeks.
  • A dampened paper towel or terry cloth brushed downward on a cob of corn to remove corn silk.
  • Dip your bacon in cold water just before frying and it won't curl up.
  • Before cooking noodles, spaghetti and other starches rub the inside of the pan with vegetable oil and they won't boil over.
  • To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.
  • When separating eggs, break them into a funnel. The whites will go through leaving the yolk intact in the funnel.
  • Make your own celery flakes. Just cut and wash the leaves off your celery stalks then dry them in the oven at about 150 ° until thoroughly dry. Crumble and store in an old spice container.
  • Here's a link with grilling times for your meat.
  • Have 2 separate cutting boards. One for meats and one for vegetables.
  • This one is not really about cooking, but it has to do with the kitchen - when the disposal starts to smell, toss some lemon rinds.
  • To slice meat into thin strips - partially freeze and it will slice nicely.
  • To cut up onions, place in the freezer for 15 minutes before you begin and there will be no tears.
  • A jar lid in the bottom half of a double-boiler will rattle when the water gets low and warn you to add more before the pan scorches.
  • Add a little lemon and lime to tuna to add zest and flavor to tuna sandwiches.
  • Never brown just one pound of hamburger, always brown two, and put half in a freezer bag an freeze to use at a later date when you're in a rush.
  • Marshmallows won't dry out when frozen.
  • Poke a hole in the middle of the hamburger patties while shaping them. The burgers will cook faster and the holes will disappear when done.
  • For fluffier, whiter rice, add one teaspoon of lemon juice per quart of water. To add extra flavor and nutrition, cook it in liquid from cooking vegetables.
  • When picking a melon, smell it for freshness and ripeness. (It should smell like the fruit it is) Check to see that the fruit is heavy in weight and that the spot on the end where it has been plucked from the vine is soft.
  • If a recipe calls for 1 cup sour cream, you may substitute 2/3 cup cottage cheese blended until smooth with 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1/3 cup buttermilk.
  • To remove egg shells from batter (I hate when this happens), use the remaining shell to attract the piece.
  • Keep your popcorn fresh by storing it in the freezer.
  • Now this one is devious. If you're passing off take-out as your own cooking or are warming prepared food for guest, throw some onions on to saute and your kitchen will smell wonderful and homey. (Put on a pot of coffee as well and you'll have them drooling.)
  • When using rice, keep in mind that 1 cup of uncooked long-grain white rice makes 3 cups cooked.
  • Marinate red meats in wine to tenderize and chicken in buttermilk.
  • A simple way to sharpen kitchen shears: cut a piece of steel wool.

Food Dehydrator



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Tips for a Great Thanksgiving

Here is a list of great tips to make your Thanksgiving day run smoothly from April Carman at The Nuclear Family:

  • Plan your menu: Make a list of all the different dishes you plan to make for the occasion.
  • Find all the recipes: OK, at my house my favorite recipes are scattered all over - some are on the computer, some are in a family cookbook and some are in my little ole recipe book I've had forever. Get them all together and print them out.
  • Make your grocery list: Using your recipes, make a grocery list. Don't try to remember what you'll be needing . . . not even for that recipe you make every year and you think you remember so well. It will save time in the long run if you actually look at the recipe when you make your list.
  • Tape the recipes on your cabinets or cupboards: Now this one sounds sort of strange until you think about it. It really will save you time.
  • Check each recipe for things you can prepare early: Anything in the recipe you can chop, cut, or dice the day before and put in baggies will be helpful. And of course the pies can be made a day or two be for the 'big day'.
  • If possible, cook your turkey on the grill: This will free up the oven for other important items such as rolls and such.

These are all great ideas that will work not only for Thanksgiving but on other busy cooking days. Maybe this year, you'll be the hostess with the most and still be able to enjoy your day.

Until next time,
Bee

What You Need In Your Kitchen

You may not need all the latest tools and gadgets in your kitchen to be a great cook, but it helps. Big Smile

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