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Tips and tricks - simple cost saving methods and devices
Thu 17-Jan-13
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eileen54
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sooliz  I went on amazon and bought some round trays especially made for the halogen, they came in a pack and were not very expensive.   I use like silicon muffin cases if baking small cakes, as i find even the 6 hole muffin tins don't fit.

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Thu 17-Jan-13
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Thanks again for the tip, I will check out halogen friendly cookware!

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Sun 20-Jan-13
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Bought a selection of halogen-friendly cookware in the charity shops the other day ok.  I'm getting on really well with it - cooked muffins, potato wedges, parkin, bacon, roasted veggies in it so far.  How did I manage without it? surprisedbig_laugh

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Sun 20-Jan-13
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Did some lovely potato wedges in mine yesterday. Like you am wondering how I managed without it. Will use it to cook a lemon pudding tonight as oven full with roast dinner!

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Sun 20-Jan-13
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I too have acquired a halogen oven and am experimenting with it.  Have tried a  1 pound mixed seed loaf which turned out well. I did turn it out to finish browning the bottom of the loaf. I cooked frozen crumbed fish on the lower rack and oven chips on the top rack with the extension piece - chips lovely and crisped up the fish by reversing the tins for the last 5 minutes.  Today I roasted a gammon joint (pre cooked in the pressure cooker) and this afternoon I tried a Victoria sponge.  The latter was a disappointment - each sponge only rose to about 1 cm depth.  Has anyone else tried this recipe with more success?  If so I would appreciate any tips.  I did forget to put the extension ring on and the upper sponge browned too quickly and the lower one hardly cooked at all.  I ended up taking the top one out and finished cooking the lower one alone without the extension. 

Sun 20-Jan-13
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wave Glad you both have got the hang of it, it is just so useful plus it saves money.  That & my slow-cooker have saved me a lot of money since I bought them & the meals have been delicious. smile

 

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from Les Miserables

Sun 20-Jan-13
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irist said:

 I tried a Victoria sponge.  The latter was a disappointment – each sponge only rose to about 1 cm depth.  Has anyone else tried this recipe with more success?  If so I would appreciate any tips.  

did you preheat the oven, although it says that you do not need to preheat the halogen it does help when cooking cakes, also i always just cook one  sponge at a time on the lower rack as they don't take that long to cook. if they are browning to quickly cook on a lower heat for longer, hope this helps

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Mon 21-Jan-13
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Thanks, Eileen.  Yes I did preheat the oven but I'll use your tip and cook only one sponge layer at a time next time.  I don't have any recipe books specifically for the HO.  I did call in at the library and browse through one of the ones that has been recommended here.  I have so many conventional recipe books already I don't think I can justify more!  It seems as though I just need to get the hang of adjusting conventional recipes to suit the HO.

Mon 21-Jan-13
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irist i have a few halogen recipe books, but must i tend to use my bero book more than any other one

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Tue 13-Aug-13
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Danny said:

I think that your idea of using the shells as fertilizer is spot on, Betsy.

Fiona crushes them up roughly and pops them into the composter. Same effect.

not only do eggshells make good fertilizer, I use them to deter slugs in my veggie patch. The sharp edges shred the slugs before they can get to the veggies. (this is my first post, hope I did it ok)smug

Wed 14-Aug-13
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Welcome Jacqui - you did okay - well done!

Any deterrent for slugs will be good!  ok

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Wed 14-Aug-13
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I read a tip saying to wash and dry your eggshells all through the winter and store them , then you have loads to use around your plants

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Wed 22-Jan-14
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   A cycling site I know, but a good blog or thread whatever they're called, of money saving tips 

 

http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/any-money-.....eplies=180

 

PS I am sd-235 

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