How to Remove Baking Spray Overspray

Dear Home Ec 101, I've noticed that when I use non-stick spray (like Pam) on things that are subsequently baked, I end up with a sticky, brown residue that is really hard to remove from my pans.  This is a particular problem with my muffin tin! Two questions: 1) Should I stop using non-stick spray on things that are going to be baked … [Read more...]

Microwave Rice: Quick Tip

Heather says: Last night all four of my burners were full. There was gumbo and etouffee, collard greens and oil to fry beignets, but I forgot the plain rice. My stepfather commented something along the lines of just microwave it. I must have given him a funny look in between turning beignets. I figured what the heck, it was worth a shot. … [Read more...]

Hot Dishes, Cold Food, Microwave Perplexity

Dear Home Ec 101, Why is it sometimes when I heat foods in the microwave the bowl is screaming hot and the food is still a block of ice? Signed, Scalded in Scranton* Heather says: Here on Home Ec 101 I've written previously about how microwaves work, if you missed it the first time, here's the short version. Think of your … [Read more...]

How to Keep a Cake from Sticking to the Cooling Rack

Dear Home Ec 101, I really need help. I found an awesome chocolate cake recipe and can keep the cake from sticking to the pan with the parchment paper/oiled/flour method. However, once the cake is on the wire rack, that's another story. It sinks into the wires and sticks to the rack. When I try to remove it, it rips and breaks apart. Mama didn't … [Read more...]

Freezer How To

Dear Home-Ec 101, I'm completely lost when it comes to freezing food. I know this is a great way to have meals on hand, but once it's in the freezer I don't know what to do with it. Just last night I made too much enchilada filling. So I made an extra pan, covered it in foil and dated it. But now what? Do I need to defrost them once I take … [Read more...]