Our Favorite Cooking Tips

This spring is all about tips, and in this week's blog, we've compiled our favorite cooking tips, secrets and cost saving ideas. Whether it's buying pre peeled garlic or freezing your own tomato sauce over the summer to use all year long, the home cook has her secrets. We asked the Red Rabbit staff to share their favorite tips.  Read on to save time and money when cooking for your family.

ripe avocado.jpg"If you ever need to ripen an avocado in a hurry, do this. Put the unripe avocado in a brown paper bag with a piece of ripe fruit, like a banana or apple. In a couple of hours, the avocado will be ripe."

The easiest salad dressing you will ever make: Combine 1/2 an avocado, olive oil, a splash of vinegar or lemon juice, salt & pepper and throw in a blender."- Elizabeth Nicholson, Customer Service Associate

"To save time for future recipes, peel your garlic right when you buy it and keep it in the freezer."  Jackie Park, Chief Operating Officer

veggie stock.jpg"I hate wasting food and I love eating soup and have finally found a way to bridge these two passions. I keep a scrap bag in my freezer of vegetable odds and ends, onion skins, garlic, celery tops, dill, etc. When I want to make an easy stock, I just pop all my frozen discarded veggies into a pot of water and boil them."- Dina Magaril, Head of Communications


"Whenever I have leftover vegetables from dinner, I keep them for the next day and puree them for my kids' baby food." - Jonathan Vargas, Logistics Coordinator



"When cooking leafy greens or  broccollini, I don't dry them after rinsing but put them straight into a pan and cover it for a minute so they blanch a little. Then I add olive oil and remove the lid to saute them." - Emile Abrams, Operations Associate


saucepan.jpg"Use a saucepan to boil pasta in half the time of a large pot and with less wasted water." - Naeema Arrastia- Rateau 

"If you add a little club soda in pancake batter instead of some of the milk, it makes for much lighter and fluffier pancakes." - Nikali Jones, Director of Operations

Do you have any useful tips for saving time or money when you cook?  Share them in the comments section below.

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