Kitchen Tip Tuesdays: Don't burn the top!

Here's an oft-used tip when baking bread (or casseroles or coffeecake or cinnamon rolls...):

When bread (or other food) that's baking is getting dark on top, but isn't fully cooked on the inside yet, make a loose tent from foil and place on top of the item. It'll finish baking without burning! :)

I use this trick almost every time I bake bread, for the final 5-10 minutes of baking. And I always do it for challah (above) which would probably be charred otherwise! ;)

You can also use foil to help celery last longer in the fridge!

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Post a kitchen tip in your blog. Link to this post, and then leave your link here, so we know where to find YOU! :) In order to keep the kitchen tips more easily accessible, we need to be able to easily find/see what your kitchen/cooking tip is. :) Thanks for your participation! :)

Leave your tip links in a comment. I'll manually add them to this post!

1. Easiest way to peel garlic (Adrienne at Whole New Mom)
2. Using vinegar as a rinse agent (Living So Abundantly)
3. Knowing how much food to can or freeze for the year (Gretchen at Extraordinary Ordinary Life)
4. Baked potatoes in the crock pot (April at Angel Foods Kitchen)
5. Cleaning up after kids meals without paper towels (Stacy at Stacy Makes Cents)
6. Pan handle safety (Donna at Moms Frugal)
7. Using apples that are going bad (Gluten-free Food Storage)
8. Decorating icing tip (Alea at Premeditated Leftovers)
9. Corn syrup substitute (Alea at Premeditated Leftovers)
10. Scheduling kitchen chores (Rachel at Trial and Error Home Ec)
11. Pitting cherries with no mess (SnoWhite at Finding Joy In My Kitchen)


Hi Tammy, I need to use the foil trick. I make Challah and it definitely WILL burn without doing this. I'm glad to know its not just me or my oven!

Thanks for hosting Kitchen Tip Tuesdays.

Debbie J.

The bread turns out perfect this way! Great tip!

Great tip that I almost always forget till it's too late! it's one of my many challenges with baking bread! Oh well, maybe one day I'll get the perfect dinner roll figured out!

Good Tip! I'd like to try my hand at challah sometime, too.

thanks for the great group of tips!

Good morning, Tammy!

I am sharing my newly discovered easiest way to peel garlic.

Blessings on your family!

Well, I needed that! I'm making banana bread for a baby shower this weekend, and I was a little concerned about the top. =D Perfect timing for posting this!

My tip is about using vinegar as a rinse agent. I have been doing this for a while now, and it works well.

Wow, I did not know the celery tip - thank you!

My tip is how to know how much to can or freeze for the year.


I use this tip to, even on meats I'm roasting in the oven. Works great.

My tip this week is Making Baked Potatoes in the crock pot.

Thank you, Tammy. I have covered pie crust before, but I would have never thought of doing this with bread. I love the idea of tenting the foil so it can still brown lightly and not get mushy.

I have a tip I would like to share about making oil dipping sauce that is often served at Itallian Restaurants.

Good tip! No one likes burned bread.

I'd like to submit my tip for cleaning kids up after meals without using paper towels. :-)

Thank you Tammy. :-)

~Stacy from Stacy Makes Cents


Shredded Apples

How to use those 'bad' apples....

Hi Tammy,

I like your idea of using a tent to prevent burning!

I have 2 tips this morning:

Keep frosting in the tip of Decorating Tube:

Corn Syrup Substitutes:

Alea @ Premeditated Leftovers

Here's my tip on scheduling kitchen chores.

Dishes in the morning


Thanks for the tip about using aluminum foil to keep celery longer!! I went and read you post about it. My celery always gets so limp and floppy so fast, I'm definitely going to do this!

Sorry I'm linking late -- but I have a tip for pitting cherries. Easiest tip ever.


I love your beautiful pictures of challah bread. How silly of me to think all challah looks as yummy as yours.

I was at a deli a couple of weeks ago and was so excited to see challah as a bread option. I promptly order my sandwich on this special bread thinking of the tasty masterpiece this sandwhich would be on bread that looks a delicous as your does. Let's just say I was sorely disappointed! It was the equivelent of cheap store bought white bread.

Oh no! :) Thanks for the compliment on my challah though! :)

As always love your tips! I didn't get to participate this last week ( i will link up in the AM for this week).

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