Easy Carrier for Deviled Eggs

Living in the South, potluck gatherings are a way of life.  And, one of my favorite dishes to make is deviled eggs.

However, cooking 1-2 dozen eggs for big gatherings means a regular carrier is not large enough–you can’t run out before everyone makes the first trip through the food line!  I have discovered the best portable carrier to transport this crowd pleaser.

Place each deviled egg in a cupcake liner and serve them on a tray.  The tray can be covered with plastic wrap and the cupcake liner prevents the film from touching and sticking to the top of the egg.  Eggs can be served by hungry folks without the use of utensils or touching food, this keeps the line moving quickly.

One note, do not place these in the refrigerator overnight as the moisture will destroy the liner.  For extra savings, use the paper dividers from the foil cupcake liners.  The liners are also good for dessert trays to plate small cookies, candies, lemon bars, fudge, nuts, etc.

Getting the Most out of Foodsaver Bags

I reuse my foodsaver bags when possible and appropriate.

I use old-school twist tie storage bags as liners. You can buy them in gallon size, 100 count for $2. I place my food in one first  and then into the foodsaver bag. Do not twist tie the baggie, just tuck in down close to the food item. The vacuum will remove all the air. I use fold-over sandwich bags for smaller uses.

By doing this, I save time and energy not having to wash the foodsaver bags and money by getting to re-use them. It also gives the item a bit more cushioning when getting banged up in the freezer.

This is great for bread, veggies, frozen cubes of cream, juices and broths. I’ve successfully done it with cooked as well as fresh meats too; just freeze the meat first in the inner bag and then place and vacuum in the foodsaver bag.  When  defrosting, remove from outer bag before letting it defrost in the fridge.

 

 

Pizza Cutter Magic

Here’s how to have a little breakfast fun. I cut my kids’ pancakes into triangles, squares and other fun shapes with a pizza cutter.

I do this before the syrup goes on. It’s fast and easy and it doesn’t tear the pancakes. Caroline

 

 

 

 

Inexpensive Banana Hanger

There’s no need to buy an expensive “banana hanger.”

Use a large cup hook installed under an upper cabinet to hang your bananas.

It sure is cheaper and it does the job quite well! Yvonne

 

 

Easy Burned-On Food Removal

When you burn anything in your pan while cooking, just put about a cup of water in it, return it to the burner and let it boil about five minutes.

The burnt food should come off the pan quite easily with a little bit of scrubbing. Gabby

 

 

Sneaky Bread Tip

I trick my picky children into eating the bread “heels” by turning them inside out in a sandwich.

My girls are none the wiser. It’s worked like a charm. Shayna

 

 

 

How to Keep your Veggies Fresh

My grandmother taught me a long time ago to always put a piece of paper towel or a napkin in my zip-type bags of vegetables.

This absorbs the condensation from the vegetables to keep the environment dry. That effectively extends the vegetables’ refrigerator life.

I change the paper when I notice it getting too damp. Patti

 

 

Homemade Coffee Creamer for ALL

I absolutely LOVE Mary’s homemade coffee creamer, but in my house, everyone likes a different kind, and making all the different bases just got to be a real pain and made the fridge overrun with all the different creamers.

To combat this, and the fact that I often like different flavors on different days, I took her recipe (I LOVE the heavy whipping cream, but it will work with half and half or milk) and I added the vanilla AND the sweet almond oil (it only takes a little of the almond).  Then, instead of adding the sweetened condensed milk to the cream, I put it in a squeeze bottle, and WA LA, I can make my coffee as sweet as I want it and my husband can put as little in as he likes.

I also often add a flavor with it….maple syrup, chocolate sauce, or ice cream Carmel topping in each cup…..all to taste yet not all the chemicals and yuck in the store-bought creamer!!  TRY IT….it will uncomplicate things immensely!