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  • Contact with aluminium or iron will also discolour potatoes, so the best pot to use is stainless steel.

    "Posted by Lea"

  • To warm plates before serving: fill a large washing up bowl with very hot water and put all the plates inside for at least 5 minutes. Dry with a dish towel before serving up. Also suitable for delicate plates which can't be warmed in an oven.

    "Posted by Hettie"

  • Spray your plastic containers with olive oil before storing any tomato-based sauces. This will prevent staining.

    "Posted by kitchengirl"

  • Keep a sink full of hot soapy water as you are cooking/baking, and wash/rinse as you go. This saves loads of time and the dreaded piles of dishes/cooking utensils at the end.

    "Posted by Hettie"

  • Keep an open plastic bag on your counter while you chop/prep for all peelings/compostable things. Clean-up is a snap - simply tie up the bag and put it either in the garbage or your compost bin.

    "Posted by Hettie"

  • When adding Golden Syrup to a mixture - heating the spoon makes the Golden Syrup fall neatly of the spoon. Water and Golden Syrup also helps sore throats and tickly coughs.

    "Posted by AnnaP"

  • To avoid crying when chopping onions always start at the non-root end.
    If you chop towards the roots, you do not cry.

    "Posted by andreac"

  • Add bicarb of soda to a bath to stop itching - works brilliantly for chicken pox but also good for other rashes or bites.

    "Posted by andreac"

  • For small amounts: place some of the herbs you want in a narrow beker (cut of the stems of parsley...) and snip fine with sissors. Voila, perfect cut herbs!

    "Posted by Krakra58"

  • My tip is to hang a teabag in a fridge or freezer that is not being used. I'm not sure how but it seems to stop it from moulding. I keep one hanging in the back of my kitchen fridge all the time and change it about every 6 months. It helps keep it odor free and no mould in site.

    "Posted by Hettie"