While the modern kitchen has gadgets galore compared to the 1940s, this collection of vintage time savers works in the barest of kitchens, and for nearly any culinary level. Over at the tips and tricks blog TipNut, time-saving cooking tips continue to be culled from vintage cook books. All of them are simple to execute and require no fancy kitchen utensils—apparently nobody got the Williams-Sonoma catalog back in the 40s. Among the the tips:
- To peel an orange easily and to get the skin off in one piece, heat the orange slightly for three or four minutes before peeling.
- Before scraping new potatoes, soak them for half an hour in cold water which has been salted. Not only do the skins peel off easily, but the hands are not stained.
- Keep pared fruit looking bright by pouring a little lemon juice over it.
That last one, like a few of the other tips, isn't exactly new or revolutionary, but good mental reinforcement if you're prone to last-minute mess-ups. If you have quick and easy tips of your own, vintage or otherwise, throw them on the table o' comments below. Photo by fdecomite.