These kitchen so­lu­tions help keep it sim­ple

Antelope Valley Press - - VALLEY LIFE - — Greg P., Lan­caster

Dear Heloise: There are so many sim­ple kitchen ideas that peo­ple don’t know about, such as the fol­low­ing:

1. Use a spoon when you want to peel gin­ger. Just scrape the edge along the out­side of the gin­ger, and it’ll come off eas­ily.

2. Got soups and stews you want to freeze? Get freezer bags in in­di­vid­ual por­tion sizes, and place the stews, soups, etc., in the bags, then lay the bags flat in the freezer, stack­ing them on top of each other. This saves space in your freezer.

3. Got ex­tra stock you want to save? Pour it into ice cube trays and freeze. Af­ter it’s frozen solid, pop out the cubes and store in a large freezer bag, and re­move only the por­tion size you’ll need next time.

4. When slic­ing meat to use in a stir-fry, place it in the freezer first for about 15 min­utes. It’ll be much eater to slice.

— San­dra in New York

Se­cret ap­ple sauce

Dear Heloise: In a re­cent col­umn in the An­te­lope Val­ley Press, I noted that your re­sponse about moist cakes did not seem to in­clude my late wife’s “se­cret” that, I be­lieve, she learned from some­one many years ago. Ac­tu­ally, it was no se­cret at all, as I wit­nessed her over the years shar­ing it with many oth­ers who com­pli­mented her very moist cakes and wanted to know her trick. Nu­mer­ous times the in­gre­di­ent was on the shop­ping list when I went out for our gro­ceries.

If I’m not mis­taken, sim­ply sub­sti­tute the oil in a recipe with the same amount of ap­ple­sauce.

My wife would have loved shar­ing this with you.

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