Kitchen Tip: Grated Cheese Lids Fit Regular Canning Jars

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Money Saving Maine-iac

I first saw this tip on pinterest and knew I had to try it for myself.  When you have finished a jar of grated parmesan or romano cheese save the lid and wash it thoroughly.  (I washed mine in the basket in the top rack of my dishwasher).  These lids fit the mouths of regular pint or quart canning jars.

Money Saving Maine-iac

Money Saving Maine-iac

I had already stored salt in one pint jar and today I transferred cornstarch to another.  No more storing baking supplies in plastic bags or boxes.  I really like using glass for storage because I can now see through it.  I love that the lid has 2 options, a shaker side and a wide opening for measuring spoons to fit in and level off.   I think these lids will keep the contents fresher for a longer period of time too.

Now I just need to break out my P-Touch and label the jars with the content’s name and expiration date.  An organized pantry is such a ‘good thing’ don’t you think?!  🙂

Kitchen Tip: How to Soften Peaches

Money Saving Maine-iac

Every market has fresh peaches on sale right now for under $1.00.  That’s the good news.  The bad news is that they’re rock hard. When they’re rock hard, no one in my home will eat them because they taste like, well, rocks!

When I was a young mom I was told, by the produce manager, to set them in a bowl on the counter and in a few days they will soften up.  Then place them in the fridge to slow the ripening process down. This was good advice, and it does work.  I’ve discovered that it’s hard to be patient for that long.  🙂

Then I read in a magazine that placing them in a paper bag traps ethylene gases, thus speeding up the ripening process. This works fast but I’ve found that the paper bag also traps moisture and the fruit will begin to rot. This process works too fast! (I’ve never been able to convince my boys that they could just ‘eat around’ the brown spots!)

Here’s a tip I learned last summer, from a wise neighbor. Place your peaches in a bowl on the counter and cover them with a kitchen towel. This traps enough of the ethylene gases to ripen the fruit and wick away the moisture. In just a day or two there will be the unmistakable smell of ripe peaches. That’s when you know to check on them. They will be ready to be eaten and enjoyed or placed in the fridge to slow down the ripening process.

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