Holidays are always a special but stressful time of year. In addition to knowing how to keep your dinner rolls warm
, there are some more tips that will help you through the preparation of a holiday meal.
- To warm bread before serving, place in a paper bag, seal it, and moisten a portion of the outside of the bag. Place it in a 350 degree F. oven for 5 or 6 minutes. Bread will be warmed and ready to serve.
- Before carving meat, allow it to stand for 15 minutes after removing from the heat source to allow the juices to redistribute through the meat. The standing period will result in firmer, juicier meat and will make carving easier.
- To remove fat from pan drippings before reducing the liquid, deglaze the pan and pour the liquid into a small metal mixing bowl. Place the bowl in an ice water bath and wait a couple of minutes for the fat to solidify on the surface; then scrape the fat off.
- When boiling potatoes, add a tablespoon of butter or margarine to avoid having the water boil over while they are cooking.
- To make fluffier mashed potatoes, add a pinch of baking soda with the milk and butter before mashing.
- When baking cookies, place them on the top rack of the oven. If baking two sheets of cookies at one time, place them on different racks at different angles to allow proper air circulation. Switch racks about half way through the cooking time.
- If the outer edges of the cookies are getting browned and the center is not completely cooked, reduce the temperature 15 to 25 degrees; then increase your cooking time slightly.
- When making candy that is cooked to a high temperature, be sure you have a surface that can take the heat without causing damage when it is poured out of the pan. A large cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil works well. Once the candy has cooled, the foil can be removed.