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25 Creative Uses for Soy Sauce (Fish, Fruit, Meat & More)

Do you save soy sauce for Chinese food? Some folks only try it while enjoying takeout, but there’s no reason to stop there. It’s actually quite a versatile condiment, good with fish, fruit, meat and more. Here are 25 creative ways to use soy sauce:

1. All purpose marinade – Soy sauce, scallions, lemon juice, and red pepper flakes.

2. Sweet and savory marinade – Soy sauce and brown sugar. A similar version is soy sauce and molasses.

3. Mustard marinade – Soy sauce, grainy mustard, garlic, and rosemary. Excellent for lamb chops.

4. Dipping batter – Add a few drops of soy sauce to liquid batter, then bread. it really enhances the flavor of fried chicken or fish.

5. Meatballs or meatloaf – Use soy sauce instead of salt.

6. Beef jerky – Marinate in soy sauce for a tasty treat.

7. Potato Salad – One teaspoon will make a huge difference.

8. Salsa or Pico De Gallo – Add a spoonful to balance acidity. 

9. Burgers – Mix soy sauce, minced garlic, and minced onion into ground beef or turkey.

10. Pasta – Add soy sauce to cooking water before it boils.  

11. Vegetarian – Add soy sauce to cooked lentils, black beans or tofu. Think you hate tofu? Try this honey soy version.

12. Grilled onions – Coat whole onion with soy sauce, wrap in foil and grill.

13. Soup – Try it in Chicken soup, French Onion, Tomato, or Mushroom.

14. Scrambled Eggs – Use soy sauce instead of Tabasco.

15. Baked potatoes – Rub it on the skin before baking or use as topping.

16. Rice patties – Mix soy sauce and leftover cooked rice, then fry into patties.

17. Raw veggie dip – Mix soy sauce and mayo to make a flavorful dip. This also works for French fries.

18. Macaroni and cheese – It may sound unusual, but it works great. 

19. Gravy – Jazz up a bottle of jarred gravy or add to homemade.

20. Fruit salad – Mix soy sauce, honey, fresh ginger, and pineapple juice, then pour over fruit. Works wonderfully with peaches.

21. Salad dressings – Use in place of vinegar or lemon when making a homemade version.

22. Popcorn – Soy sauce can replace salt as a topping.

23. Wood chips – If you use these for grilling, try soaking first in soy sauce before cooking.

24. Poaching – Add soy sauce to the liquid before poaching fish. Very nice with salmon.

25. Fish sauce – Soy sauce, butter, and cream makes a lovely topping for white fish.

 

Do you like soy sauce?

10 Grilling Safety Tips That Will Prevent Accidents

There is nothing like eating a juicy burger fresh off the grill on a summer evening. This time of year, my family loves to grill whenever we get the chance. Not only is the food delicious, but we get to enjoy the outdoors while being social. 

Unfortunately, what should be a fun activity can result in tragedy—think burns, upset stomachs, house fires, etc. Here are 10 grilling safety tips that will help you avoid unnecessary accidents:

1. Clean your grill and trays often 

I don’t know anyone who would re-use a pan without washing it first, yet so many people don’t wash their grill with each use! Very unsanitary. 

2. Don’t use indoors

Another tip that would seem like common sense, but it’s surprising how many actually try grilling inside their home—usually with bad results. This also includes grilling inside the garage.

3. A stable surface is a must

Ever see someone try to grill on a step or raised platform? Yeah, not pretty… Only grill on flat areas.

4. Keep your grill separate

A grill’s flame can quickly spread to the house itself, a deck, shrubs, a hanging branch, etc. Try to maintain a 5-10 foot radius as a precaution.

5. Safely ignite

Light barbecues with a long match or mechanical lighter. Don’t wear loose clothing, either. Cooking on a very windy day can also contribute to disaster, so be mindful of weather conditions.

6. Keep decorations away from grill

I actually know someone who was cooking on 4th of July and had a flag accidently set on fire by a grill. Dish cloths are another one that’s often overlooked.  

7. Avoid food poisoning 

Cross-contamination is a serious problem. Use separate plates and utensils for cooked and uncooked meat. I never re-use a marinade after cooking, but if you insist, it must be boiled before serving.

8. Starter fluid needs to be properly stored

If used, do it carefully and always keep away from children and heat sources. Don’t leave it beside the grill indefinitely. It’s a chemical, after all.

9. Don’t leave unattended

Sad but true: A hot surface with potentially shooting flames is a magnet for tiny fingers and wagging tails. Keep a watchful eye when in use. 

10. Check for leaks with Propane 

Turn grill off immediately if you smell gas. If the smell continues, move all people and pets away from the grill and call 911. This is nothing to play around with. Having a fire extinguisher on hand is always smart, just in case.

 

Do you have any more tips for safe grilling?

Does Anyone Drink Cold Brew Coffee?

After hearing about cold brew coffee for the millionth time, I’m ready to take the plunge and try it. The only problem is that I don’t know where to start. If anyone drinks cold brew coffee, I’d love some advice—which brand, how to prepare, etc. 

I have a regular drip machine and a Keurig, which I find equally good. Because cold brew is supposed to make better iced coffee and be less acidic, I’m curious. But maybe it’s just hype? Either way, dear folks, please chime in. 

10 Creative Ways to Use Fresh Mint

The fragrance, the color, the taste—mint is one of my favorite things to plant in a garden. Like zucchini, a tiny bit seems to multiple like magic, producing an abundance of epic proportions. Convinced you can’t use it all up? Try these 10 creative ways to enjoy fresh mint, ensuring the bounty won’t be wasted:

1. Drinks 

Water (cold is very refreshing, hot is good for indigestion), lemonade, tea, seltzer, smoothies. 

2. Salads 

Green salad, fruit salad, or cucumber/tomato. For a fancy version, try sliced strawberries, mint & basil with balsamic dressing. 

3. Desserts 

Homemade ice cream (every kid’s favorite!), brownies, chocolate pudding, candy, cupcakes, and  the infamous Grasshopper Pie.

4. Sauce 

Finely chop, then combine with 1 tsp. of vinegar and 1 tsp. of sugar. Great with beef and lamb.

5. Ice cubes

Pretty and delicious way to make a cold drink nicer. My sister loves it with Diet Coke.

6. Yogurt 

Mint, berries and yogurt make a lovely light breakfast. Add chocolate chips for a decadent version.

7. Decoration 

I use it as cut greenery, both on its own and mixed into a bouquet.

8. Decongestant 

If you have a stuffy nose, make a small bunch of mint and eucalyptus, then tie it upside down in the shower. The steam combined with the scent works so well.

9. Cleaning

Mix with white vinegar for an all-purpose spray. Dry, crush and add to baking soda, then sprinkle on carpets before vacuuming.

10. Sunburn Relief

According to Martha Stewart, an infusion of black tea and fresh mint is super soothing when applied to the skin.

 

Do you like mint?