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    Chicagoland Chef du Jour
    Mon Jan 28, 2013 5:43 pm
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    Sometimes I even impress myself icon_wink.gif

    I'm so clever. I discovered that if I use my silspat matt under my cutting board. No more slipping!

    A damp dishtowel doesn't work all that well for me. ONe less thing to make me CrAzAy during meal prep.

    Your turn!
    Iron Bloomers
    Mon Jan 28, 2013 5:51 pm
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    I use my teaball for spices & herbs when making soups, stews...any where I want to remove them before serving.
    Chicagoland Chef du Jour
    Mon Jan 28, 2013 6:45 pm
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    That is a great idea. I've hear this before but I NEVER think to use my tea ball for anything but tea.

    Most spices stay in the soup. Hmmm?
    Madame Blueberry
    Mon Jan 28, 2013 6:53 pm
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    Chicagoland Chef du Jour wrote:
    Sometimes I even impress myself icon_wink.gif

    I'm so clever. I discovered that if I use my silspat matt under my cutting board. No more slipping!

    A damp dishtowel doesn't work all that well for me. ONe less thing to make me CrAzAy during meal prep.

    Your turn!


    I do the same thing, but I use my silicone pot holders. It also works great if you put one under your mixing bowl so it doesn't slide around.
    racrgal
    Mon Jan 28, 2013 6:57 pm
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    Silicone pot holders are great to put under hot pizza pans. The pan won't slip when you cut the pizza.
    Chicagoland Chef du Jour
    Mon Jan 28, 2013 7:08 pm
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    Y'all are too smart! I don't have silicone pot holders but how clever!

    Even though out counter & table top can withstand heat, I always put a pot holder under the dish to keep the dish warmer. I think that Corian & other materials suck the heat out of a dish.
    Madame Blueberry
    Mon Jan 28, 2013 7:27 pm
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    I forgot that I put them under the pizza pan, too! I also put one on the console in my car to keep things from sliding while I'm driving. I tried using non-slip shelf liner, but I live in FL and the heat disintegrated it pretty quickly. The pot holder is meant to withstand the heat, so it holds up.
    MaMere
    Mon Jan 28, 2013 7:30 pm
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    a separate microplane, to shred my soap for laundry soap making icon_smile.gif
    mums the word
    Mon Jan 28, 2013 7:36 pm
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    I use a metal grater to make bread crumbs because I am too lazy to clean out the blender. I use frozen bread and decide how fine I want the crumbs, then I choose whichever side of the grater will give me the result I want. Good ideas come out of my laziness every now and then! icon_wink.gif Besides being a pain in the butt to clean, my blender tends to "stick" alot and I have to keep stirring and poking the ingredients around the blade. Makes me whacky!
    Chicagoland Chef du Jour
    Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:44 am
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    MaMere wrote:
    a separate microplane, to shred my soap for laundry soap making icon_smile.gif


    I just bought a microplane yesterday. I have a zesting microplane but this will be better for other stuff.

    Does anyone have a Sur la Table near you? They have GREAT buys on gadgets!
    I bought a spice mill, oil sprayer, microplane, batter whip better than using a whisk for thicker batters, collapsible colander and some of their EVOO.
    All for under $50.

    I want to cull thru some of my gadgets that take up too much room and replace some of them with more streamline versions. thsi way I can make room for more! icon_biggrin.gif icon_biggrin.gif icon_biggrin.gif
    MaMere
    Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:55 am
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    Chicagoland Chef du Jour wrote:
    MaMere wrote:
    a separate microplane, to shred my soap for laundry soap making icon_smile.gif


    I just bought a microplane yesterday. I have a zesting microplane but this will be better for other stuff.

    Does anyone have a Sur la Table near you? They have GREAT buys on gadgets!
    I bought a spice mill, oil sprayer, microplane, batter whip better than using a whisk for thicker batters, collapsible colander and some of their EVOO.
    All for under $50.

    I want to cull thru some of my gadgets that take up too much room and replace some of them with more streamline versions. thsi way I can make room for more! icon_biggrin.gif icon_biggrin.gif icon_biggrin.gif


    wow, what great prices they must have.
    I had to look it up after you asked if one was near, approx 50 mins away so I will have to check it out.
    I NEED a collapsible colandar!
    racrgal
    Tue Jan 29, 2013 11:20 am
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    Chicagoland Chef du Jour wrote:
    Y'all are too smart! I don't have silicone pot holders but how clever!

    Even though out counter & table top can withstand heat, I always put a pot holder under the dish to keep the dish warmer. I think that Corian & other materials suck the heat out of a dish.


    I agree about counter tops sucking the heat out of dishes. Placing hot dishes on any counter tops is risky. When I built my house I was given the following info on counter tops. Corian/solid surface can melt so it's best not to place hot pots directly on the surface. Formica/laminate will bubble and burn if exposed to too much heat. Granite/marble/any stone top creates a situation all their own. Not only can the stone crack under heat, a hot dish could explode if placed on the stone counter top. I had never thought about a hot dish breaking but it makes sense because the stone stays cool. Ceramic tile can crack when exposed to high temps. The sealant on concrete counter tops will turn colors if exposed to high heats. I guess one thing in my kitchen that gets used for it's intended purpose would be counter shielding trivets. icon_lol.gif
    Zeldaz
    Tue Jan 29, 2013 1:29 pm
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    Try using your manual can opener on those items sealed in the hard plastic that's nearly impossible to open. Doesn't work on all of them, but it does work on some!
    Karen From Colorado
    Tue Jan 29, 2013 1:42 pm
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    I use my hand held potato masher to to crumble ground beef while browning. It doesn't have any sharp edges so it won't scratch your cookware.

    A pizza cutter is great for cutting up food for small children and babies. None of my grandchildren have ever eaten jarred baby food. They have always eaten the same thing the rest of us eat. I just cut it up into tiny bites with my pizza cutter by rolling it over and over the food on the cutting board. It's great for bite size pieces for the 4 and 5 year old too.
    Becky in Wisconsin
    Tue Jan 29, 2013 2:53 pm
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    Silicon pot holders make good jar openers, too.
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