Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Kitchen tip -- avoiding the crumbs

I don't consider myself a great chef or baker by any stretch of the imagination, but now and then I do come across a little idea that makes my life a bit easier when it comes to feeding my family.

Last night as one of my kids was having a bowl of cereal for a bedtime snack (for the record, I am quite capable of preparing cereal) we got to the bottom of the bag. You know, the bottom where it becomes difficult to distinguish between the full cereal, the crushed cereal, and the crumbs that turn to a coating of mush on the bottom of the bowl when you add milk. I begin to pick out the distinguishable whole pieces and think, "There must be a better way."

And I thought of it! I pulled out my sieve. Then, over an open garbage can I dumped the cereal into the sieve and poured the remaining whole cereal into my daughter's bowl. Voila!

I can now prepare an even better bowl of cereal.

I'm sure someone somewhere has already thought of this, but it was an epiphany to me and maybe will help someone else as well.

I learned three things in this process:

- 1. This is very simple and could have other practical applications as well (pretzels, crackers, etc)

- 2. I get way more excited about these little discoveries than my kids do (or possibly any other sane person should for that matter)

- 3. Sieve follows the "i before e" rule although for some reason I thought it was spelled seive, which my spell check keeps telling me is wrong.

As always, for more great kitchen tips head on over to Tammy's Recipes.


Mrs. Mordecai said...

Great tip! Our chips are usually pulverized by the time we get home from the store due to my son trying to eat them in the bag.

Minda said...

Great idea!

Amy said...

I hope I remember that the next time we get to the bottom of the box!

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The Happy Housewife said...

This is a great tip. We rarely eat cereal, but when we do I hate the crumbs left in the bottom of the bag. I will be using this tip for sure!

Lisa said...

What a great idea! My kids always complain about the "dust" in their cereal by the time we get to the bottom of the box.