favor- “ette” friday: one of my favorite kitchen tips

February 17th, 2012

I can’t believe I haven’t shared this with you yet.

What do you do when you come across a recipe for a sauce/stew/soup that includes this: “Simmer till reduced by half”?

Now maybe I’m a little neurotic/anal/clueless, but I used to stress over this. How do you know when it’s half? It’s not like there are markers on your stockpot or saucepan (ooh! invention!).

And then, years ago, I came across this great tip. All you need is a wooden spoon (which you probably have out anyway), and some kitchen twine.

how to know when liquid is reduced by half

Immerse the handle end into your pot till it hits the bottom. Tie a bit of twine around the edge between the wet and dry sections. Now you can periodically dip the handle back in and see when the liquid is down by half.

how to know when liquid is reduced by half

how to know when liquid is reduced by half

Simple, right? A wooden chopstick works just as well too.

I would LOVE to know what your favorite little-yet-big kitchen tips are; I’ll share them here!

Happy Friday!

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