1) Line measuring cups with plastic wrap before filling with sticky, gooey ingredients like peanut butter and shortening. The cups will be easier to clean.
2) When making cookie dough, no need to mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients in separate bowls. Combine wet ingredients as directed, then mix in baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices before adding flour.
3) Cut brownies with a plastic knife. I promise it will work like a charm and, once you try this, you'll never cut them any other way.
4) Spread jelly and jam with a spoon instead of a knife.
5) Vegetables and fruits will stay fresh longer if you line produce drawers with newspaper instead of paper towels.
6) Brown sugar remains lump free if you keep it in the refrigerator produce drawer.
7) Recycled Parmesan cheese containers are great for storing/sprinkling powdered sugar.
8) Cream will whip lighter and fluffier if you chill the bowl and beaters in the freezer beforehand.
9) Buy Sharp cheddar cheese. Because of the strong flavor, you can get away with using less in recipes and stretch your dollar.
10) For better flavor, add a little Sweet pickle juice to deviled eggs and homemade potato salad.
11) Always soak wooden skewers before using, to prevent them from burning on the grill.