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2014/06/16 20:29:38 (permalink)

What are some weird little food tricks you know?

While I was visiting my folks in Iowa, my dad shared with me a way to dramatically improve the already-incredible Sterzing's potato chips (local to Iowa and surrounding states) ...
 
... nuke 'em.
 
That's right.  Just pop them in the microwave for a little bit, allowing the very unhealthy oils locked inside the chips to rise to the surface.  The result tastes like fresh French fries.  Note: this works with Sterzing's chips specifically because they already have French fry-like qualities.  Open a bag and take a whiff, and it smells like fries. Or batter.  Or fries and batter.  I wouldn't dare try this with an inferior chip such as Lay's or Wise.
 

 
If you look closely you can see the shine of the oil, as well as some slightly roasted spots which also tasted great.  My dad claims to have known about this for as long as both Sterzing's and microwaves have been around together.
 
Know any funny but tasty tricks like that?  Share them here!  
 
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    mlm
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    Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/06/16 21:01:03 (permalink)
    This is old hat, probably, to everyone, but me but I roasted some carrots last week. First time, I every tried roasting vegetables. I really liked them and I don't think I even did it properly. Just set the oven on 350 and sprayed them with some Pam. It was baby carrots. I brought home a big bag and found my teeth really up to the challenge. I'm a reluctant, minimal cook but I did like that. Looking forward to doing it again.
    I bet those chips were awfully good. Would even improve an ordinary chip. In my retro, pre-microwave, cookbooks, they talk about freshning chips, crackers, cereal, ect., Interesting how ideas stay the same but technology evolves.
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    Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/06/16 21:02:02 (permalink)
    Long ago, I found that nuking (or baking in the oven) will freshen up any chips as long as they were not stale from being 'old'.  
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    Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/06/16 21:21:28 (permalink)
    You can also rejuvenate stale coffee in the microwave.
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    Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/06/16 21:30:12 (permalink)
    Calling Wise Potato Chips "Inferior" is Blasphemy!
    I grew up with Wise Potato Chips and have recently been able to find them out here on rare occasion. It's also my Brides favorite chip and you DON'T want to mess with her!
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    Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/06/16 21:33:31 (permalink)
    Mosca
    You can also rejuvenate stale coffee in the microwave.

    Also old glazed donuts (10 seconds will do it)
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    Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/06/16 22:35:37 (permalink)
    Who has old glazed donuts?

    I sometimes put one drip of orange extract in coffee. Not everyone likes it.
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    Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/06/16 23:35:44 (permalink)
    This will gross out a lot of people but I often have added instant coffee to instant cocoa for a mocha flavor. Yes, I'm doing very well at 54, despite my gruesome ways. I love the combo of orange and coffee.
     
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    Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/06/17 03:12:31 (permalink)
    I put my cream & sweetener in the cup BEFORE I add the Coffee. Stirs itself. No spoon or stir stick needed.
    If butter is hard, I stick it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds to soften it up so it spreads easier. 
    Also do the same thing with a Gal. of Blue Bell Ice Cream if it's too hard to scoop out of the tub.
    Heat a can of Campbell's Tomato Soup with a can of Swanson Beef or Vegetable Broth in a pan to make a nice warm drink on a cold day.
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    Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/06/17 11:33:58 (permalink)
    Extra sharp cheddar cheese and A-1 steak sauce.
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    Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/06/17 11:51:01 (permalink)
    Add granulated Chicken Bullion to your Mashed Potatoes instead of salt.
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    Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/06/17 11:55:02 (permalink)
    I've posted this before, so risk of repetition....
     
    I like to add sugar and vinegar, the original sweet and sour, to regular baked canned beans.
     
    Learned it from my dad, who grew up on a farm in central Wisconsin during the Depression.  Big Polish family.  His brother started dating a Polish farm girl from down the road, who soon became a fixture at the supper table.
     
    Whenever they would have beans (Dad said a lot!), she would always ask for sugar and vinegar.  He said at first everyone laughed at her, and six months later everyone was doing it.
     
    It's my favorite way, for sure.  In restaurants I'll skip the vinegar, but have gotten some looks when opening and sprinkling a pack of sugar.
     
    I also like, thanks to my sainted mother, a "schmear" of mayo on a fried egg, or maybe a slice of American cheese.  Not both.  
     
    And a fried egg sandwich is always good, but with jam if it's for breakfast, and either ketchup or mayo if for lunch.  But again, not both -- that would just be weird.
     
    Regarding the Depression, Dad said they were poor, but didn't know how poor they were, as on the farm there was always plenty to eat, and for the rest, they just lived through it.
     
    Many were not so lucky as to have the chance to work hard, and eat well, as they did.
     
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    Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/06/17 12:05:20 (permalink)
    chewingthefat

    Add granulated Chicken Bullion to your Mashed Potatoes instead of salt.

    Good idea!  I sometimes will "grow up" a can of tomato soup with the granules, some hot sauce (Frank's), garlic powder, sugar (I do like the sweet side), maybe some ground mustard, and some kind of crunchies -- croutons or whatever (Grape-Nuts are good).
     
    And also some dehydrated onions that have been soaked in water for a while, if I have the time.
     
    This is a real help for when I have a cold, rich, hot, pungent, comforting.
     
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    Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/06/17 12:08:01 (permalink)
    I add no more than 1/4 teaspoon of almond extract (usually J.R. Watkins) to coffee.  I also like to put a teaspoon of vanilla extract in. I can drink coffee without the flavorings, but I'm spoiled by that now since I started using them both last year.
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    Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/06/17 12:20:59 (permalink)
    There are many variations to coleslaw but I always add coffee creamer (dry) generously to the slaw for a much creamier effect.  I also add jalapeno's, onions, celery, diced carrots, pepper, mayo but no salt because it makes the product very watery.  Pimentos makes it pretty but does not add a lot of taste.
     
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    Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/06/17 12:37:39 (permalink)
    Add some cocoa powder (or even better, at least 70% dark chocolate) to a pot of chili for an incredible depth of flavour.
     
    Use half mayo and half sour cream when making dressing for summer salads. Or, depending on the salad, half mayo and half Greek yogurt. Also, if you're making pasta salad, toss the pasta with oil, lemon juice, seasonings...whatever you were going to use for your dressing *except* the mayo/sour cream and leave it overnight to soak into the pasta. Then add the rest of your vegetables or whatever and the mayo/sour cream. It'll prevent the mayo from soaking into the pasta and disappearing, but it also makes the pasta itself taste amazing.
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    Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/06/17 12:41:03 (permalink)
    When cooking white rice, put in a couple beef bullion cubes and some dill.
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    Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/06/17 13:07:56 (permalink)
    My daughter made some incredible burgers using cream cheese, Williams Sonoma burger seasoning and their burger press.  Double outstanding.  I have no idea what the cream cheese did but they were delicious.
     
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    Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/06/17 13:18:59 (permalink)
    Man, we ought to have more topics like this. All these fascinating ideas to try.
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    Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/06/17 17:18:53 (permalink)
    I may have posted this elsewhere
     
    When serving Chicken soup, especially if it's "canned", I add a dollop of Peanut butter.  About 1TBS per serving.  It gives the broth a nice lustrous velvety look and folks can seldom figure out the " Ohhhh.what did you add to this to make it so good?" PB mixed with garlic is also good on a chicken breast before baking.
     
    If I HAVE to eat canned Clam Chowder, I'll add a can of chopped clams with about 1/2 the liquid. And I'm not above adding some diced cooked bacon and/or minced onion to it.
     
    And I do love my beef on he rare side........when I have a piece to reheat, I "almost" boil some beef broth, take it off the heat and let the meat sit in it for 3-4 minutes depending on if it is room temp of from the fridge
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    Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/06/17 17:40:12 (permalink)
    When reheating roast beef or a steak cover with some iceberg lettuce before nuking.
     
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    Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/06/17 17:40:34 (permalink)
    To intensify flavor in a Beef Stew, Stroganoff, etc., add Poupon Mustard and Parmesan Cheese to the broth!
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    Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/06/18 19:05:21 (permalink)
    Thing I learned from A.T.K....the perfect soft boiled egg.
    Bring 1/2 inch of water to boil. Add eggs and cover. Boil for 6 and 1/2 minutes (no more, no less).
    Cool with running water.
    It's worked perfectly every time for me.
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    Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/06/18 19:32:21 (permalink)
    Not a trick, but a tip.
    If you cut open an Avocado, eat the whole thing.
    The other half is gonna rot in your fridge.
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    Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/06/18 19:50:08 (permalink)
    Sundancer7

    My daughter made some incredible burgers using cream cheese, Williams Sonoma burger seasoning and their burger press.  Double outstanding.  I have no idea what the cream cheese did but they were delicious.
    Did she mix the cream cheese with the ground beef or was it more of a filling?  I like experimenting with burgers and this one sounds interesting!
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    Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/06/18 20:36:41 (permalink)
    Love Wise potato chips. Cannot find Wise in Indiana. I get them in WV.
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    Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/06/18 21:56:51 (permalink)
    When I make tuna or egg salad, I use both mayo & whipped cream cheese. It gives body to the salad.
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    Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/06/18 23:15:35 (permalink)
    I add mayonnaise to my quiche filling.

    I also use it to coat eggplant slices for dipping in to crumbs before pan frying it.
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    Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/06/19 09:54:47 (permalink)
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    My daughter made some incredible burgers using cream cheese, Williams Sonoma burger seasoning and their burger press.  Double outstanding.  I have no idea what the cream cheese did but they were delicious.
     
    /quote]Did she mix the cream cheese with the ground beef or was it more of a filling?  I like experimenting with burgers and this one sounds interesting!

     
    She softened the cream cheese and mixed it with the ground beef and William and Sonoma burger spice.  The burgers were double outstanding.
     
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    Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/06/19 10:13:05 (permalink)
    mlm

    This will gross out a lot of people but I often have added instant coffee to instant cocoa for a mocha flavor. Yes, I'm doing very well at 54, despite my gruesome ways. I love the combo of orange and coffee.


     
    I have been doing that for 40 some odd years. Learned it in the Navy. Or just add instant cocoa to a mug of regular coffee.
     
     
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