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Portland is working on a community kitchen tool library. What a great idea!

Borrow, Don't Buy: Portland's Kitchen Tool Library

thekitchn.com

why chefs use a torch for creme brulee and why home cooks don't need to

Homemade wheat bread is just flour, water, and yeast - everything else is a dough conditioner. A discussion/explanation on dough conditioners like sugar, eggs, fats, gluten, lecithin, etc.

Natural Dough Conditioners | Tammy's Recipes

tammysrecipes.com

Use boiling water instead of tap water to make clear ice. Great for putting fruit, herbs, flowers or surprises in.

cookie variations - what happens with different flour, sugar, fat, chilling methods

Mini spring-form pans using mason jar lids: Genius! Perfect for mini cheesecakes, tarts and pies. Easy to store and way more affordable than specialty pans!

Herb Scissors Review - a scissors with multiple blades that snips herbs quickly

  • Ann Metzler

    Margo, have you looked into herb storage containers at all? I think Pampered Chef and/or Tupperware makes one. Do you think it would work?

  • Margo :Thrift at Home

    Hi Ann! I haven't gone that route. I usually just keep herbs in plastic bags and squeeze the air out as much as possible. If you try a specialized container, let me know how it works!

How to transport cupcakes: make a grid with masking tape on a cookie sheet. It will keep the cupcakes separate and still give your hands enough room to take them out. A cheap-o way to get around buying a bunch of cupcake boxes.

difference between parchment and wax papers; elsewhere, I also read that parchment is coated with silicone and waxed paper is coated with (yes) wax

  • Leila Marie

    My grocery store put parchment paper rolls on clearance. I got about 6 packages for half price! Good thing I have a place to put my lifetime supply of parchment paper :)

  • Margo :Thrift at Home

    oooh, clever! I'm going to check at a restaurant supply store to see if I can get a better price.

nap-jail cooking: when the baby's asleep and you can't leave the house to get an ingredient. . .how to cook, what to do for substitutions; see also "no-car jail, called-in-sick-and-can't-get-caught jail"

How I Cook When Stuck in Nap Jail

thekitchn.com

How Much Food Fits in a 5 Gallon Bucket

How Much Food Fits in a 5 Gallon Bucket? (Five Gallon Ideas)

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What Are Your Favorite Meals to Make Ahead and Freeze? read the comments for ideas and suggestions

three ways to skin a tomato (I'm definitely going to try the freezer method)

Root Crop Storage Bin- root veggies like carrots and beets will stay fresh all winter, just fill with layers of damp sand or sawdust, alternating with layers of carrots or beets, and put in a cool, dark place. Potatoes, turnips and squash can go right in the bin without sand.

Did you know you can freeze unbaked muffin batter? Great way to speed up busy mornings when needed!

Using utensils to make graphic patterns on cookies