Here are some “secrets” from Grandma to make life easier in the kitchen!

1. If you plan to frost your cake, sprinkle it lightly with flour as soon as it comes out of the oven. The frosting will spread more easily and is more likely to stay on the cake, rather than sliding off and ending up on the serving plate.

2.  Microwave popcorn may be convenient, but nothing beats the flavor of corn popped the old fashioned way, on the stovetop or in an air popper. For fewer “old maids” (kernels that don’t pop), soak the kernels in water for 10 minutes first. The added moisture helps them pop with quicker and more even results.

3.  Dip cooking shears or a clean pair of scissors into water before using them to cut through dried fruit or marshmallows. The wetness of the blades will keep these sticky items from adhering to the shears, making them easier to cut through.