To soften: Take the entire carton and put it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. Check and if it hasn’t softened keep going at 5 second intervals. This will make the scooping easier and won’t turn your ice cream into a puddle.
To make birthday party treats ahead of time: Scoop ice cream into muffin pan liners and place in muffin tins. Decorate with sprinkles, nuts or chocolate chips. Keep in the freezer until ready to serve.
To prevent boil over: When cooking pasta, rub or spray the sides of your pot with oil; this will prevent boiling over.
To store: When you have extra cooked pasta, store individual portions in zippered bags and put in the freezer. In a pinch, throw the frozen pasta in the microwave for 1-2 minutes or until heated. The frozen crystals melt and steam the pasta to perfection!
To reduce tears: To reduce the amount of onion oils that make you tear, put your peeled onion in the freezer for about 5 minutes prior to cutting.
To dice: While many of you know how to dice an onion, this tip is safer and easier. Cut an onion in half and peel the outer layers from each half almost to the root. Do not take the outer layers off as this will be your handle. Hold onto the layers in a bunch to hold the onion half then slice vertically and horizontally for perfect dice.
To reduce cooking time: Making caramelized onions takes forever, but you can speed up the process by placing the sliced onions in your microwave.
Onion Leftovers: If you need only 1/2 of an onion, save the root half. It will last longer.