AIBU? Butternut squash, sweetcorn.. whats next?! Educate us!

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CocacolaMum Tue 05-Nov-13 14:06:55

I am 31 and mum to 2 school aged children. I have got to this point in my life without killing anyone off with my cooking but in the last week I have learnt 2 things..

1) You can bake a butternut squash whole. No peeling, deseeding or anything

2) You can microwave a corn on the cob in its husk (is that what that's called? the leaves?) and then just chop off the ends and it slides out ready to munch

So AIBU to wonder what else I never knew I never knew?

Cling film?

frogwatcher42 Tue 05-Nov-13 14:18:07

You can use food past its best before date. It really bugs me that people throw so much food away because of dates!!!! Food that has gone off generally has mould or stinks or is slimy.

Eggs that are bad float! If they sink in water they are ok to use.

frogwatcher42 Tue 05-Nov-13 14:18:44

Can't think of anything else !

Fakebook Tue 05-Nov-13 14:22:27

You can smash out pomegranate seeds with a wooden spoon into a big bowl.

jacks365 Tue 05-Nov-13 14:26:38

Skins just rub off once beetroot is cooked. I would advise rubber gloves though.

BanjoPlayingTiger Tue 05-Nov-13 14:28:04

You can microwave corn on the cob?? shock you may have just revolutionised my cooking!

CogitoErgoSometimes Tue 05-Nov-13 14:28:05

Do you know how to cook bacon between two sheets of kitchen roll in the microwave?

gaggiagirl Tue 05-Nov-13 14:32:15

cogito spill!

CocacolaMum Tue 05-Nov-13 14:35:38

Banjo, that was my reaction too. I seriously love corn on the cob but don't like the faff - it really has improved my life.. grin

I did not know about the bacon!!

You can chop an unpeeled spud into chunks and shake it about in a plastic bag with teaspoon oil and pinch of herbs and paprika and then bung in oven to bake into wedges, serve with ketchup and plain yog dip. Also works with other veg like carrots, squash, peppers, onions, broccoli etc.

Birnamwood Tue 05-Nov-13 14:36:36

Yes cogito, spill, or I'll sit on you

grin

^ sorry that one was a bit obvious, am sure everyone knows it.

ppeatfruit Tue 05-Nov-13 14:48:13

If you have a large steamer you can put in whole washed (*unpeeled!!!*) thick end down carrots, parsnips, swedes etc. or any ingredients for a soup or stew. Steam for half an hour till a sharp knife goes in almost easily.Take them out let them cool and then remove the skins, they come away much more easily and the vitamins are not removed.

Then gently fry some chopped onions and garlic and add your chopped veg. and some stock and you have a soup or stew in much less time than usual.

wibblyjelly Tue 05-Nov-13 14:52:59

You can make a one person sized chocolate cake using a my and a microwave (and some cake ingredients as well grin )

StephenKatz Tue 05-Nov-13 15:08:08

I was brought up on microwaved bacon on kitchen roll. DH was horrified and showed me the delights of pan fried grilled bacon

ppeatfruit Tue 05-Nov-13 15:08:15

Sorry what's a my??? grin Recipe please grin

SpottyDottie Tue 05-Nov-13 15:15:02

I know it's a cheat but.....

Mix one cake mix with two dollops of buttercream icing (chocolate is best) in a microwave rice cooker. Put lid on. Cook on high for 9 minutes. Voila! Sponge pudding with chocolate sauce!

sashh Tue 05-Nov-13 15:23:30

You can microwave most (possibly all) in a microwave, add a couple of teaspoons of water.

You can cook whole joints/chickens in a SC.

You can cook meat/fish wrapped in foil with veg in a steamer.

If you put eggs in a ramekin and prick the yolk you can 'poach' them in a microwave.
Bacon in a microwave with paper - uhg, just don't bother.

BlackbeltinBS Tue 05-Nov-13 15:27:43

You don't need to peel spuds to make mashed potato. Maybe I'm thick but this had never occurred to me until I saw a friend of DD's mum do it. Changed. My. Life. to an extent, anyway

wibblyjelly Tue 05-Nov-13 15:55:06
JollyStoutGiant Tue 05-Nov-13 15:58:24

Butternut squash? Whole? Genius!

Paprika chips are yummy. Even better with balsamic vinegar. Mmm.

I was wondering the other day whether I could make mash without peeling the tatties. Peeling tatties is my absolute pet hate.

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Tue 05-Nov-13 16:02:42

does the squash then peel easily ready for soup?

BanjoPlayingTiger Tue 05-Nov-13 16:07:16

You can blend the skin along with the flesh, you don't need to peel it at all.

volestair Tue 05-Nov-13 16:10:50

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