Quick Tip: Preheat Your Cookie Sheets!

During our recent move, we misjudged where our steps were and landed ourselves out of commission for 5 days. Only being able to lay flat in bed, we spent a good amount of time in front of the TV, catching up on Food Network (although by day 5 we were ready to never hear the word "Yummo" again!). But one idea caught our attention and when we were back on our feet, we gave it a try...

It was suggested that when baking things in the oven that require flipping, to preheat your cookie sheets. Now, we've never been big on flipping our food, we much prefer the "scoot and shuffle" method. It just seems so laborious to flip each individual, fry, tater tot or piece of bacon one by one... by one...

So when we were back on our feet we hit the kitchen full steam ahead and gave this small, off the cuff tip a test run. We placed our cookie sheets in the oven while it was preheating and then placed our hand cut french fries out on freshly warmed sheet.

To our surprise, because the cookie sheet was able to start cooking the bottom side instantly, we didn't have to flip our potatoes at all! It worked like a charm and although we don't suggest this sort of thing for cookies or baking of any kind, it worked wonderfully with starchy foods that always end up soggy on one side!

Give it a try next time you're starting dinner!

Do you have a quick tip that saves you time in the kitchen? Leave us a note in the comments below and let us know!

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