Take bananas apart when you get home from the store. They ripen faster when connected at the stem.

Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!

Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.
A bad egg will float in water ?    True
If you've ever cracked open a bad egg, you know what a hard way that is to find out your farm-fresh staple is no good. Want to avoid the stomach turning ordeal? See if you have a floater. Fill up a fairly deep bowl with water, gently ease the egg into it, and watch if it sinks or swims. If it sinks to the bottom, you get the green light on that egg. If it quickly rises to the top — it's time to count your losses. Eggs begin to lose their freshness when more air enters the egg, causing it to be buoyant, hence why a floater indicates an egg that isn't up to par.

Honey will last forever ?    True
The truth is, your jar of honey will outlast you. A favorite staple in many households, honey is one of the few “forever foods” you can depend on. Though honey may crystalize, it is never unsafe to eat and doesn't loose its taste. Reportedly, archaeologists found 2,000-year-old jars of honey in Egyptian tombs that still tasted “delicious.” It is the antibiotic qualities in honey that keep it from spoiling. Find it crystalized in the cupboard in 10 years? Don't sweat it. Just simply place the jar in warm water, let it loosen, and stir to have your honey back to good as new!

Coffee beans will absorb nasty smells ?    True
Some people cannot fathom starting their day without a hot cup of joe. But those ground up coffee beans are good for more than a pick-me-up. They effectively remove foul odors from areas ranging from your refrigerator to your handbag. Ground beans will effectively absorb the odors emanating from the “infected” area and will emit an overpowering aroma of their own. Use dried grounds on hands to take out strong scents left by foods like garlic, sniff them to clear your noses' palate, and even stick them in rooms where smokers convene to rid your home of the smell.

Tidbits

How to peel cooked Potatoes: Bring a pot of water to a boil, Score potatoes around the center (put a slice in about an eighth of an inch deep); drop the potato(s) in the boiling water. Cook for 15 minutes and then take the potatoes out and immediately drop into a pan of ice water (with ice cubes);  wait until the potato has cooled enough to handle it; remove the potato and the skin will easily slide off pulling from the center.

Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.

For richer scrambled eggs or omelets add a couple spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat.

Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic and at the end of the recipe if you want a stronger taste of garlic.

Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, to keep the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza.

​Easy Deviled Eggs  Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, mix thoroughly, cut tip of bag & squeeze mixture into egg. Toss Bag for easy clean-up.

When you buy frosting from the store, you can double it’s size by whipping it with your mixer.

To warm bread, biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in the microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.

​ Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, Rinse with hot water, but don't dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes out.

Keep Strawberries fresh over 10 days

Citrulline

Ascorbic Acid

Alkaline

Wash strawberries. Using the tip of a carrot peeler remove the green tops & stem by plucking it out rather than cutting. Let the berries air dry for about 10 minutes then store in a zip-close bag in your refrigerator. Instead of spoiling in two days, strawberries will last for a week or more. When the tops are left on the strawberry, they continue to take on more oxygen through the green leaves and ripen more quickly, which leads to spoiling more quickly.

essentially just vitamin C powder -- can help save money by preserving apples, bananas, avocados, eggplant and any other produce that browns. Sprinkle on fruits or guacamole. Both will last days in the fridge if covered tightly with plastic wrap. Ascorbic acid does have a tangy, lemony taste. In some cases, you can dilute ascorbic acid, such as storing apples in a mix of ½ teaspoon in 1 cup of water. With other produce such as bananas or guacamole, either sprinkle lightly or mix it well. You'd have to use about six lemons to get the same amount of ascorbic acid as about 1 teaspoon of the powder. Here at Molly's we grind up Vitamin C pills & use on apples & in potato pancake mix.


 

Perk up wilted green vegetables such as broccoli, green beans and snow peas by adding one or two teaspoons of baking soda to simmering water, The greens will brighten up as the baking soda's alkaline content intensifies the plant's natural green chlorophyll. Unfortunately, baking soda can only restore color, It doesn't revive nutrients. One of the things that happens as produce ages is a loss of vitamins, Nothing improves that.


Chemicals & Cooking

Fun Food Facts

Latest News Stories 07/03/08 Scientists: Watermelon yields Viagra-like effects. Watermelons contain an ingredient called citrulline that can trigger production of a compound that helps relax the body's blood vessels, similar to what happens when a man takes Viagra, said scientists in Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)


Tips  &  Tricks

Tater  Topper

Baked Potatoes at Home just like restaurants

Wash your spuds & before they're dry roll the tops in our tater topper. Let dry then poke with a fork & pop in the oven. Guaranteed the best baked potato ever! 

Pepper  Mill

Nothing beats a little fresh ground pepper

We bottle & sell these 2 Oz Peppercorn grinders. It's no secret what a little fresh ground pepper can do for a steak, eggs or salad. The nice thing about our grinder is that it is refillable. Many of the ones available at the grocery stores work well but you can't re-fill them & they only come with about an ounce of product. with ours you can buy the peppercorns in bulk & re-fill it over & over. 

Herbs & Spices  we bottle & sell - partial listing

Molly's  own  Season-it

Seasoned salt that's great on everything

Here in the restaurant we bottle over 100 different herbs & spices. We have several of our own seasoning blends that we sell but the one that stands out is our Season-it. We use it in our Tater-tot hot dish, Spam & egg scramble and our grilled pork chops. "Better than the chops at the fair" many have said.

I like to make chip dip with it: 1 TBSP, 1/2 pint Sour Cream & some dried onion or chopped chives. It's very good sprinkled on french fries too.

Pulled  Pork  Rub

Great flavor with just a little heat

Many people rave about our pulled pork. Although we braise it for 14 hours, the real secret is the rub. We actually brine the pork shoulders for 48 hours prior to rubbing down very generously with the seasoning.

Then we cook it. This seasoning can also be sprinkled on a finished sandwich to give it a little more kick.

We bottle over 100 herbs & spices

a couple pages from our cook book

Gluten Free

Arrow Root Powder

Arrow Root Powder is a gluten free starch used as a thickener in many foods like pie fillings, pudding, sauces, gravy, cookies & other baked goods. It works at lower temperatures and doesn't turn sauces cloudy. It has no flavor, freezes well & tolerates acidic ingredients. Do not use with cream sauces or at very high temps. However it is excellent for making smooth homemade Ice Cream. Use as you would corn starch or flour.