Oh, who am I kidding? I’m a busy twin mama. I have no time to compose odes!
But I do want to share something I’ve discovered over the past year or so that’s made my life as a busy twin mama infinitely easier…parchment paper!
Admittedly, I feel a little silly, having just discovered parchment paper. I grew up with a mama who loved to cook and bake, AND I worked in a bakery during high school. But…I had never bought any parchment paper until last holiday season.
It only took a time or two, and I am a complete convert.
For any cookies…biscuits…breads…rolls I bake, I line my baking sheet with parchment paper. (It is found by the aluminum foil in the grocery store.) I used to have an almost superstitious attachment to my favorite cookie sheet, one that is nearing 20 years old, one for which I have not been able to find a duplicate ANYWHERE. Now, though, any of my baking sheets work perfectly ever single time. AND my clean-up time has been reduced exponentially. Now most of my pans just get a “courtesy wash”. I haven’t had to soak a baking pan in over a year!
Over the weekend, I made meatballs for the first time in over a year. (We all love meatballs, but this busy twin mama doesn’t much love the squish of ground beef between her fingers…shudder!) I broke out my trusty parchment paper to line my baking pans.
Suffice it to say, I may be making meatballs more often. I still had the squish of ground beef to deal with (shudder!), but with my parchment paper in place, I wasn’t left to soak my pans for hours, then to still have to scrub them clean.
Dear parchment paper,
Where have you been all my life?
I am deep in love.
OK…I couldn’t pull off an ode, but I think this qualifies for a really bad haiku.
What’s your easiest time-saving trick in the kitchen?
MandyE is mom to five-year old fraternal twin girls. She blogs about their adventures, and her journey through motherhood, at Twin Trials and Triumphs.