Sometimes when I'm working around the house (especially the kitchen), I think about how and where I learned certain homemaking skills. It is interesting to me that in some tasks, I do things the way my mother always did. And for many other jobs, I've adopted someone else's habit or come up with my own method.
Here are a few examples of what I'm talking about:
*My mom always had one of those cool nut grinders with a hand crank, and I decided I wanted one, too. My mom often buys us whole pecans/walnuts for Christmas, so I keep the bags in the freezer and chop the nuts fresh.
*I don't really remember cooking chicken until I lived on my own, though perhaps I did. So I figured out my own method: I always set out the meat to thaw overnight in the fridge, then dice it up raw and cook it piecemeal over the stove. Until last year when my sister came to visit, I didn't realize that she and my mom have a completely different approach of cooking chicken by steaming it in a skillet with water!
*My mom told me the best way to cook rice is from the More with Less cookbook, a gem she gave me a few years ago.
*I had never heard of this little tool until I saw one at my mother-in-law's house. I now own one and think it's a handy invention.
*I've mentioned this before, but following my mom's example, I use crushed garlic from a jar. I do love the flavor of fresh, but this is one area that convenience is a real plus!
*I learned from my mom that carrots absolutely must be peeled to be eaten. I remember being at a family gathering a long time ago, and my mom was not a fan of the carrot sticks that still had the peel on them!
What about you--who/what have been some of your domestic influences? What skills and methods have you learned from someone else, and what have you figured out on your own?