5 handy food & drink tips…

I like anything that makes my life easier (better). Check out these five simple tips that will most definitely make life better…

Make champagne (or cava) extra fizzy…


I know it’s a real oxymoron to say “left over champagne” (who has that right?) but this is such a great little tip if you’ve a bottle that’s going flat. To bring the bubbles back, drop a raisin into the bottle. Any carbon dioxide that’s left in the wine will stick to the raisin’s ridges and release as tiny bubbles.

Like Pineapple?

Before cutting your pineapple, place it upside down in the fridge for 30 minutes. Why? Because all the sugar sinks to the bottom, so by doing this you’re sending it back through. The result – sweeter pineapple chunks!

Make perfect hard boiled eggs

If I’m in a rush then hard boiled eggs are perfect. However, the fuss of making them puts me off (I know it’s just boiling water but still) however, I tried doing them in the oven and they worked perfectly!! So much easier to peel too.

Just preheat the oven to 325 degrees (about gas mark 3), and arrange your eggs in a muffin tin.  Bake the eggs for 30 minutes. Remove them from the oven and immediately submerse them in ice water for about 10 minutes.

Don’t waste tins of tomato puree

If you’re like me and prefer to buy the small tins of tomato puree instead of the tubes then the best way to avoid any wastage is to freeze the tomato paste.

Tip from Martha Stewart: Remove one metal end, and discard it. Leave the other in place. Wrap the entire can in plastic wrap, and freeze overnight. The next day, use the metal end to push the frozen paste out the open end. Discard can, tightly rewrap unused portion, and store in freezer up to 3 months, slicing off just as much as you need each time you cook.

Revive crystallised honey

You know that jar or bottle of honey that’s hardened and crystallised on your shelf? It can easily be brought back to life by letting it sit for 15 minutes in boiling water that has cooled for five minutes.

Extra tip: Freeze Bananas. I started freezing bananas a while ago. They’re great for throwing in to smoothies (especially since I only like to use 1/2 a banana) as they make them really thick and sweet. PLUS look at this > easy banana ice-cream.

Author: Rachael

I'm a journalist and creative consultant. I write about how busy women (just like you) can live, work and eat - better.

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