Keep Sliced Fruit From Browing

Keep your apple and pear slices looking fresh on a cheese platter with a 10 minute dip in cold salty water (1 tsp salt to 1 cup water). After the slices have soaked, rinse them in cold water to eliminate any salty flavor, pat dry, and improve the look of just sliced fruit for hours. This method is ideal when prepping apples and pears for anything from cheese boards to school lunches.

Taking Car of Cast Iron

We love to cook with cast iron! To take proper care of your cast iron, here are 4 easy steps: 1. Wait for the cast iron to fully cool before cleaning. Then, scrape off any hard bits of food and wash with warm water, a small amount of dish soap and a sponge. 2. Dry thoroughly (this step is very important because water left on cast iron can lead to rust!) 3. Re-season (if it is looking dull) by using a paper towel to wipe the inside of the pan with a thin layer of oil, place in a preheated oven at 375 degrees F for 1 hour. 4. Store in a cool, dry place.

A Tasty Rice Tip

Before cooking rice - toast it for an extra nutty flavor! Heat it on the stovetop in a cast iron or non-stick pan with a little butter and salt until it browns slightly and begins to smell nutty. Then, cook as usual and enjoy the benefits of the extra flavor! Add even more savoriness by using chicken stock instead of water

Reserve Your Pasta Water

Don't throw out that pasta water! Reserve it in a bowl, let it cool for a bit, then add it to an ice cube tray. Once frozen, you can store those starchy pasta water cubes in a freezer safe container to give yourself the gift of pasta water for future pasta sauces, or to add flavor and substance to other sauces and soups when cooking.

Tomato Soup Secret Ingredient

The next time you cook a batch of tomato soup try swapping out cream for cooked and drained white beans before pureeing the soup. The beans will bring a similar creaminess, increase the savory flavor, and add protein to the soup. We love this trick for tomato soup but it actually works great for most creamy soups!

A Perfect Parchment Paper Fit

Try our pre-folding parchment paper method for a perfect fit in any pan! Tear off the amount of parchment paper needed to line the pan, flip the pan upside down, lay the parchment paper down over the base of the pan and fold the parchment around the bottom of the pan. Sharply fold each corner, remove the parchment, flip over the pan, and pop the pre-folded parchment inside the pan to line it. You should have a perfect fit!

The Perfect Portion of Pasta

You know that hole in the middle of spaghetti spoons? While its main intention is drainage, it can also be used to measure a single serving of pasta! The amount of dry pasta that can fit through that hole is considered to be a perfect portion for one person on many spaghetti spoons.

Keep your garbage disposal clean!

Regular maintenance is important for a garbage disposal’s function and longevity. To keep things fresh, sprinkle 1/4 cup baking soda in the drain, and place 2-3 cups of ice and