Hints And Tips

Oats Go Further 1981

I stir in two tablespoons of porridge oats into my mince. This thickens it and makes it go further. Mrs Catherine Inkster, Kalliness Weisdale, Shetland. Read more......

How To Freshen Stale Bread and Buns 1932

We cannot afford to waste food these days, so when you come on stale buns or bread in the cupboard here is a way of making them as good as new. Brush the buns with milk and heat in the oven. Dip a loaf of stale bread in water and place on a baking tray and warm in the oven. This should be done just before serving. Read more......

Quick Sauce 1982

If a white sauces is needed quickly, warm a small carton of natural yoghurt in a pan over a low heat. Beat in two egg yolks and cook, stirring all the time for three minutes. Season to taste just before serving. This is ideal for freshly cooked vegetables. Read more......

Bright Tips 1982


Cut a banana into slices. Melt a bar of chocolate, coat the slices, then roll them in coconut. Children love these. - Miss Mabel Mustard, Cullen. Read more......

Economy Tip 1982

A tin of salmon will go further if you mix in a packet of crushed plain crisps.

Baked Potato Tip 1982

Soak potatoes in cold salted water for 15 minutes and they will bake in half the usual time. Mrs E. Hawthorne. Read more......

Housewives Voice 1960

When making tomato sandwiches for carrying, slip a piece of greaseproof paper under the sliced tomato and also a piece on top. Sandwich will be as fresh as when it was made. Miss W. Martin, Fife.

Bright Tips 1960

Easy Cleaned Pot

To make the scrambled egg pan easier to clean, grease it beforehand with a margarine paper. After use, fill it with cold water to which has been added a dessertspoonful of salt and allow it to sit for 20 minutes before cleaning. Mrs M.B., Dundee. Read more......

Bright Tips 1985

Unpleasant Smell

To prevent an unpleasant smell while cooking cauliflower, cover with slices of bread. The bread can then be given to the birds when cold. Mrs I McIntosh, Ellon. Read more......

Top Ten Barbecue Tips

  • To avoid food sticking to the grill, rub a little fat or oil on the bars before cooking.
  • To avoid fat dripping on to the charcoal and causing the fire to flare, cut off excess fat from steaks and use low fat sausages and burgers.
  • When cooking kebabs, thread cubes of meat loosely on skewer for well done results, or push closer together for under-done kebabs.
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