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Kitchen Tip Tuesdays: Pre-soaked bamboo skewers

Am I the only one who forgets to soak the bamboo skewers in time for kebabs or grilled asparagus? Despite my good intentions, planning ahead is not something that comes easily to me! I work hard, but it's often on last-minute things, or whatever I just felt "inspired" to do that day... :)

So, here is my soaking cheat: next time you're grilling and soaking skewers, soak a whole bunch of skewers. Wrap the extras in plastic wrap, tightly, and put them in the freezer. Now you have pre-soaked skewers, ready at a moment's notice! :)

Soaked and frozen: cedar plank for grilling

This works for soaked grill planks, too. And since I've been using grill planks more than skewers, my picture is of a soaked cedar plank that I froze for later. So blurry! But so convenient! :| :D

Now you can make grilled chicken souvlaki gyros, without planning ahead! Unless you're making homemade pitas, which I do recommend. ;)

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1. "Next meal" meal prep (Laura at The Frugal Kitchen)
2. Use grocery bags while cooking (Nisrine at iSavyMom)
3. Container-free freezer storage (Georgia at Georgia's Cookie Jar)
4. Tips for storing nuts and seeds (Adrienne at Whole New Mom)
5. Foil trick (Living So Abundantly)
6. Brunch for a crowd (Gretchen at Extraordinary Ordinary Life)
7. Easy grated cheese (Finding Joy in My Kitchen)
8. Outdoor food safety tips (Annie's Home)
9. How to use leftover tortilla chip crumbs (Purposely Frugal)
10. Making muffins without paper liners (Cheryl at The Bz House That Love Built)
11. How to boil rice that doesn't stick together (Stacy at Stacy Makes Cents)
12. Freezing fresh ginger to prevent waste (Alea at Premeditated Leftovers)

Comments

Tammy, this is one of your

Tammy, this is one of your most brilliant tips. I ALWAYS forget to soak the skewers and either end up with them on fire or am scrambling to soak at the last minute. FANTASTIC suggestions, as they take up almost no room in the freezer! THANK YOU.

I always forget to soak them

I always forget to soak them too! Love the recipe for the chicken, I need to buy some more propane so I can get grilling this summer!! Here is my post for Tuesdays Tips!

http://georgiascookiejar.blogspot.com/2011/06/freezer-meals-container-free-storage.html

How to Store Nuts and Seeds

Here are my tips and guidelines for storing nuts and seeds:

http://wholenewmom.com/recipes/basics/how-to-store-nuts-and-seeds-2/

Thanks for hosting!

Foil Trick

That is an EXCELLENT tip! We do not have a grill yet, but when we get one I will definitely use that tip.

My tip is a foil trick: http://livingsoabundantly.blogspot.com/2011/06/foil-trick.html

Tip

Using blender batters. Gluten-Free Blender Batter Muffins @ Gluten-Free Food Storage
http://gluten-freefoodstorage.blogspot.com/2011/06/whole-grain-banana-nut-blender-muffins.html

Brunch for a Crowd

This is a great tip. I would have never thought of that. I use metal skewers but may sometime get the bamboo ones.

My tip is how to feed brunch to a crowd:
http://extraordinaryordinarylife.blogspot.com/2011/06/kitchen-tip-tuesday-how-to-make-brunch.html

Tammy, Thank you for

Tammy,

Thank you for stopping by my blog and for linking to the post. I hope you liked the post about Menu Planning.
Your website is great. I can't really thank you enough for all the great recipes and the cooking compliments I got :)

Nisrine
www.isavvymom.com

Great idea, Tammy! We

Great idea, Tammy! We pre-soak our corn ears for the same reason... never thought to also do it with kabobs.

My tip is one for easy grated cheese --

http://joyinmykitchen.blogspot.com/2011/06/kitchen-tip-grating-cheese.html

Thanks!

SnoWhite

kitchen tip

I shared food safety tips for our outside kitchen http://shopannies.blogspot.com/2011/06/grilling-weather.html

How to use leftover tortilla chip crumbs

http://purposelyfrugal.wordpress.com/2011/06/27/problem-solved-a-story-about-crumbs/

Golly gee thanks Tammy o;-p

Tammy, Tammy, Tammy, Like I usually do, I scanned down through all of your postings since the last time I had visited you. I haven't eaten yet this morning, was trying to decide if I was really hungry yet or not....(stomach issues last night)... the more I scanned, the hungrier I became. Goodness girl friend!!! Now I'm not just hungry, I want about a seven course meal.... o;-p

I liked all of your tips about surviving hot weather with out AC. The majority of them I remember doing on many an occasion! Last summer was the only time we had AC - it was SUPER hot and humid, with my vertigo I can't move around a lot without getting sick to my stomach, so the guys got one to help me.... whoa those bills! MERCY!!!

Some of the warm weather desserts you featured look yummy! They also made me quite sure you would enjoy some of the ones I featured last summer. On my blog, scan down through the "Cooking And Baking Directories" label.

The tip I am linking up has to do with baking muffins without using papers. The tip is in this posting --> http://thebzhousethatlovebuilt.blogspot.com/2011/06/strawberry-muffins.html

I'm gonna get off of here and go find something to eat ... o;-p

Cheryl B. - The Bz House That Love Built
http://thebzhousethatlovebuilt.blogspot.com

Stacy Makes Cents's picture

:-)

Tammy, that is a really great idea! SO SMART!

Here's my link:
How to Boil Rice That Doesn't Stick Together - http://www.stacymakescents.com/boiled-rice

Thank you!!!!

~Stacy from Stacy Makes Cents

Freezing ginger to prevent waste

I never would have thought of that Tammy!

My tip is also a freezer tip: Freezing Ginger to prevent waste: http://premeditatedleftovers.com/freezing-ginger-to-reduce-waste/

Alea @ Premeditated Leftovers

roasted red peppers, a simple condiment

My tip this week is how to make roasted red peppers, one of our favorite summer condiments. In fact, we eat this year round, though I make it in the summer when the red peppers are in season and cheap.

Barb @ A Life in Balance

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