Those of us who are addicted to Pinterest have probably, at one point or another, tried a recipe from a pin or a how-to tip that never quite works. We are all so eager to share and to file the “pins” away for later that we often pin things when we don’t even know if they will work as planned. So, I picked a few “pins” that have been floating around and gave them a try to see if they lived up to their promises.
Cooking Hard-boiled Eggs in the Oven
Maybe it’s a Southern thing. We do love our deviled eggs, but everyone has a tip on how to cook a hard-boiled egg. Cooking eggs in the oven is Pinterest’s latest tip, not only for a supposed perfect peel, but also for a perfect hard-boiled egg consistency. I was skeptical.
1) Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.
2) Place eggs in a muffin tin to prevent them from rolling around.
3) Bake for 25-30 minutes. (I did 30.)
Texture wise, they tasted fine. Maybe a little overdone. I probably needed to reduce the cooking time to 25 minutes. I did notice that there were spots that kind of looked like freckles on the shells after baking, and when I cracked them open there were a few spots on the white part. Not very appealing looking, especially if you are using them for deviled eggs! Play around with how long you bake them and maybe a shorter time will make the spots go away.
Cleaning Tarnished Silver Without Silver Polish
OK, I’m kind of amazed by this one. I recently was given some beautiful pieces of silver that belonged to my grandmother. And they have just sat because, well, who has time to polish silver all day?
So I turned to Pinterest, and found this post on how to clean silver using baking soda, salt and aluminum foil. It’s too easy!
1) Line your sink with aluminum foil.
2) Pour in 1/2 cup of salt and 1/2 cup of baking soda. (It says to use table salt, but all I had was kosher salt and it worked just fine.)
3) Fill sink with hot water and add your silver.
4) Soak for 30 or so minutes.
You have to buff a little bit with a soft cloth, but it gives you pretty good results. Maybe not as sparkly as if you got out your silver polish and cloth but, for little to no elbow grease, it’s pretty amazing!
Freezing Buttermilk or Heavy Cream…
I have heard for years that it is easy to freeze buttermilk and heavy cream for later use. But for some reason, I just kept the half used containers of cream in the fridge and tossed them once they expired. Never again! To freeze, I just poured cream into ice cube trays and popped them into the freezer. When I needed some cream for a tomato sauce I just pulled out a few cubes and put them in the sauce.
Now, as any college student will tell you, alcohol doesn’t freeze. So, I was pretty skeptical about this one. And, it didn’t really turn out. After 24 hours in the freezer, my white wine ice cubes were just kind of slushy. It might be a good idea to add a few of the cubes to a pitcher of sangria, but probably not the best for cooking.
Ice Cream in the Freezer
And, perhaps the most delicious of the Pinterest tips! Putting a container of ice cream in a ziplock bag before placing it in the freezer will help keep the ice cream soft for scooping.
It works! It is definitely a lot easier to scoop out a serving of ice cream if you use a freezer bag!
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