To Grate: If you freeze the cheese slightly before grating, it will be easier to grate and take less time.
To make cleaning easier coat your grater with spray oil; this will prevent the cheese from sticking to your grater.
To store: Store cheese in a sealed container with two lumps of sugar to prevent mold.
To make the opening of clams easier, put them in the freezer for about 10 minutes. This will relax them so that you can insert the clam knife more easily. Note that larger clams may take a little longer. If the juice has turned icy, just let them sit for a few minutes before serving.
When serving clams casino or clams or oysters on the half shell, present them on a platter of rock salt. This will not only look pretty, it will prevent them from slipping.
To ensure that your fresh clams are free of sand, try soaking them in fresh water, sprinkle some pepper flakes on top and wait an hour or two for them to spit out those pesky grains of sand.
Another option: try soaking them in fresh water and add a few sprinkles of cayenne pepper.
To remove juice from a fresh coconut: use a waiter’s style wine cork puller. Simply corkscrew into the nut’s eye an inch or so, hold the bottleneck jack against the nut’s shell and pull out the corkscrew with its plug of coconut meat as if you were pulling out a cork. This will produce a quarter-inch diameter hole for draining out the coconut juice. A little more effective than the traditional screwdriver.
To save for iced coffee, put any leftover coffee in an ice cube tray and freeze. The next time you have iced coffee, use your “coffee” cubes instead of ice and your beverage won’t water down. This also works well for iced tea if you have any leftover tea.
To clean the coffee pot: Put soiled pot on the bottom rack of your dishwasher and run.
Remove corn silk: An easy way to remove corn silk from corn on the cob is to take a damp paper towel and rub it along the cob.
Husking: To make husking corn much easier, lay cob on your cutting board and simply cut off each end. You can roll and remove all the husk easily.
When boiling corn on the cob: Instead of adding salt to the boiling water, add a pinch of sugar to bring out the natural sweetness of the corn.
To take corn off the cob, place the ear of corn on top of the center of a bundt pan. Slice the kernels off the cob and they will fall into the pan. Also a nice option is to invert a smaller bowl into an upright larger bowl. Remove the smaller, inverted bowl when done and voila.
To decorate: To put attractive scalloped edges on cucumber slices, scrape the outside with the tines of a fork lengthwise over the peeled or unpeeled cucumber, then slice.
To remove seeds: Slice the cucumber lengthwise and use a grapefruit spoon to scrape out the seeds. Works like a charm.