• The best way to cook leafy, green veggies such as spinach and kale is to stir fry them in just the water left over from rinsing. It works very well to steam them, and adds no fat!
• Keep track of the capacity and dimensions of your cookware by using a permanent marker to notate the specifications on the bottom of each of your baking containers. This way, when a recipe calls for a 13-by-9 baking dish or a two-quart casserole dish, you can easily tell which one you need. This is especially important if you don’t spend a lot of time cooking.
• “When you need to crush nuts or a cracker for crumbs and don’t have a rolling pin, put them in a plastic bag and use a small can of soup to crush them.” — J.R. in Virginia
• To avoid a dirty-smelling hamper, place a single sheet of fabric softener in the bottom of your laundry closet or in the hamper itself.
• “To keep sauces from splattering and dirtying the inside of your microwave, cover the food with a damp paper towel or a coffee filter.” — E.C. in Utah
• “Unload the bottom rack of the dishwasher first. This way, you won’t wet the dishes on the bottom if any pooled water on the top shelf spills. I thought everyone did it this way, but then my boyfriend thought I was such a genius that I figured I would share this hint with others!” — A Reader, via email
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