Herbs can easily be stored for later use by placing them with olive oil in ice cube trays and freezing. You can chop the herbs first or add them in larger sprigs. Hard herbs like rosemary, thyme and oregano work best. When you’re ready to cook, just pop the cubes out and melt the oil in your pan.
Food Stuck On Pans
An easy fix to remove stubborn burnt-on foods is to dribble a bit of dishwashing liquid into the pan, add hot water and then bring to a boil on the stovetop. This also works great with cast iron pots and pans but just make sure to leave out the dishwashing liquid for these and use plain water instead.
Trim The Fat
To remove the layer of fat that rises to the top in stews and sauces wrap an ice cube in a paper towel and skim it along the top. The fat will solidify from the ice making it easier to scoop out with a spoon.
Testing Eggs For Freshness
Place the whole egg in a shallow glass of water. Fresh eggs will sink to the bottom and lie flat. An egg that’s about a week old will bob slightly in the water. A three week old egg will stand on its end and a rotten egg will float right at the top.