Wednesday, May 5, 2010

My Little Secret

OK, maybe this isn't really a big secret, but this is a little trick that I use all the time in the kitchen. As a mom of four children it seems that portioning out the plates and drinks and setting the table is always the craziest time of my day. I rely on the help of one of my very best friends to help me get dinner on the table and sit myself down while my food is still hot... or at least lukewarm. :)So by now, you're ready for my little kitchen tip, right? Well, here it is:

I use kitchen shears ALL OF THE TIME. They make cutting food for the kiddos go by in a flash. Forget the old fork and knife routine. Slap chop, step aside. I cut up my kiddo's burrito in about 4 seconds this afternoon (something messy like that would ?NEVER work in the ol' slap-chop). I can dice steak or pork chops for the kids in about 30 seconds, make short work of dicing green beans into bite-sized pieces and snip open freeze pops all with the same versatile tool. Need diced tomatoes and you've only got a can of whole, stewed babies? Pop the lid off that can, stick the shears in and with just a few quick snips in the can you've got diced tomatoes ready for action. Same with sliced peaches or pears, etc. My kitchen shears get lots of use around here so I keep two pair on hand so when one's in the dishwasher we've got one waiting in the wings.
I know that there's nothing super revolutionary here but it's a great tip that I picked up along the way and thought was worth sharing. :)