Reader Tip Roundup: 01.22.2007

Reader Tip Roundup: 01.22.2007

Faith Durand
Jan 22, 2007

We are definitely learners here, and our community often shares great tips and alternate ways of doing things that really strike us. We know that not everyone has the time to read every comment, but there's some gold buried away down there in the threads. So, from time to time we're going to do a roundup of great tips that you all have mentioned.

Here's a few that caught my eye last week:

Anna Phor on the secret of really chewy brownies: The trick for chewyness (1) is to bake them in a shallower pan (9x13 instead of 9x9) and (2) and *definitely* to refrigerate them overnight.

Brad on repurposing kitchen grease: I made faux suet cakes mixing used kitchen grease (mixed with peanut butter)with bird seed. Was this safe for the birds? If so, this is a great way to reuse your waste.

Nisha on rolling thin dumpling wrappers or rotis: Roll out all the dumpling skins and stack them one on top of the other with parchment/wax paper between skins (for easy separation and support). Then roll out the stack to desired thinness. Lift off the skins by pulling up the parchment paper, stuff, pinch closed (again with the help of the supporting paper), gently peel off paper and place in steamer.

Dianna on cleaning a coffee or spice grinder: For coffee, clean it with sugar and use the sugar in your coffee. For savories, clean it with salt and use the flavored salt.

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