Helpful Hints In The Kitchen: Soups and Salads

By Sarah Hunt, AZFB Communications Intern



Have you ever cooked a meal with one of your parents or grandparents and they showed you a cool trick or shortcut you didn’t know before? Well today we have a whole page full of them for you, courtesy of Southwest Family Citrus!


  1. Fresh lemon juice will remove onion scent from hands.
  2. To save money, pour all leftover vegetables and water in which they are cooked into a freezer container. When full, add tomato juice (or broth) and seasoning to create a “free” soup.
  3. Instant potatoes are a good stew thickener.
  4. Three large stalks of celery, chopped and added to about two cups of beans (navy, brown, pinto, etc.) will make them easier to digest.
  5. When cooking vegetables that grow above ground, the rule of thumb is to boil them without a cover.
  6. A lump of sugar added to water when cooking greens helps vegetables retain their fresh color.
  7. Never soak vegetables after slicing; they will lose much of their nutritional value.
  8. Fresh vegetables require little seasoning or cooking. If the vegetable is old, dress it up with sauces or seasoning.
  9. To cut down on odors when cooking cabbage, cauliflower, etc., add a little vinegar to the cooking water.
  10. To avoid tears when cutting onions, try cutting them under cold running water or briefly placing them in the freezer before cutting.
  11. Perk up soggy lettuce by soaking it in a mixture of lemon juice and cold water.
  12. Vinegar can remove spots caused by tomatoes. Soak up the spot with vinegar and wash as usual.
  13. Egg shells can be easily removed from hard-boiled eggs if they are quickly rinsed in cold water after they are boiled. Also, add a drop of food coloring to help tell the cooked eggs apart from the raw ones in your refrigerator.
  14. Keep bean sprouts and jicama fresh and crisp up to five days by submerging them in a container of water, then refrigerating them.
  15. Your fruit salads will look perfect when you use an egg slicer to make perfect slices of strawberries, kiwis, or bananas.


Find more cooking tips on Fill Your Plate’s blog!

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