Tips & Tricks: Bacon, Peanut Butter, and Prosecco

by Andrea Cooley

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared any tips or tricks on the blog. Remember when we did 31 days of tips and tricks? That was fun!

I’m always looking for ways to make life easier and for tricks that really work. I just saw something on Buzzfeed about 20 Pinterest tricks that don’t work. Well, I can promise you that any tips or tricks you find here have been tested and approved!

Well today’s you’re lucky day. I have not 1, not 2, but 3 super easy tricks to share! Are you ready?

baconThe first will revolutionize the way you make bacon. I know it’s not prime BLT season anymore, but breakfast for dinner makes a regular appearance on our menu and everyone knows eggs and toast are 10 times better when they’re served with bacon. That said, cooking bacon is kind of a mess. If you do it on the stove the grease splatters everywhere and then you have to clean all that fat.

Instead of frying bacon on the stove, bake it in the oven! Line a cookie sheet or 9×13 pan with foil (I try to use two overlapping pieces to catch all the grease). Then put the bacon on a cookie cooling rack or right on the foil. Put the pan in a cold oven, then heat it to 400 degrees. (no need to preheat) In 15 minutes you’ll have crispy bacon and all the fat stays on the foil. After you’re done eating the bacon, you can wrap up the foil with the grease and throw it away. Easy!

natural peanut butter trickI always buy natural peanut butter, but I hate stirring the oil when I first open the jar. It’s just messy! Now before I open it, I let the jar sit upside down for a few hours to distribute the oil. When I’m ready to open it I barely have to stir!

proseccoI bought a bottle of prosecco when I was still pregnant to look forward to drinking when Foster was born. Adam and I broke it out to celebrate him turning 1 month old. Since I have a low tolerance from not drinking for 9 months and am nursing, we didn’t drink the whole bottle. I didn’t wait to let it go to waste though! A friend told me that if you put a spoon in the bottle and leave it on the counter, it will stay bubbly. I know it sounds crazy, but it really works! I enjoyed a bubbly glass for several more nights.

So there you have it! Three easy tips and tricks.

Now it’s your turn. What tricks do you have up your sleeve?

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Andrea Cooley

  1. I’ve never heard of that spoon trick! I just opened a bottle of cava last night. I will have to give this a try!

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