Here are some more random kitchen tips:
- Salt your pasta water generously when cooking whole wheat pasta. It significantly improves the taste.
- Use whole wheat pastry flour instead of all purpose flour. You’ll increase the fiber content without affecting the flavor or consistency.
- Invest in a good nonstick pan. (I know this is obvious, but I have some pans that are just okay nonstick and some that are quality nonstick, and the difference is clear. Not only do I need less oil, cleanup is so much easier, and that’s actually more important to me!)
- Hard boil eggs in an electric steamer. I freely admit that I cannot boil an egg properly. I don’t know what my problem is, but I think I’ve managed to do it correctly on the stovetop only once. So now I “boil” them in my electric steamer and they come out perfectly every time.
- Sterilize bottles, nipples, pacifiers, pumping parts, and even teething toys in the dishwasher. You’ll find dishwasher baskets made to hold the small parts of baby paraphernalia in the baby department of stores like Target and Babies R Us. Certain things will hold water at the end of the cycle if they’re facing the wrong way (like bottle covers), so just shake the entire basket out over the sink when the dishwasher’s done, and put it back in the dishwasher or in your drying rack to dry.
- This is an energy-saving tip that goes with #5 – if I’m near the kitchen when the dishwasher enters the drying cycle, I turn the whole thing off and open the door to let everything air dry. Even if the dishwasher is set to “no heat” for the drying cycle, opening the door gives me a chance to see if anything is holding extra water that I need to dump out.