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Fresh Frozen Broccoli

After cooking fresh broccoli, I drain it and store some in the freezer for later use. Once thawed, it is always soggy. What can I do to prevent this? —G.S., Jersey City, New…

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Fresh Homemade Bread

Do you know a way to help homemade bread stay soft and moist for several days like commercial bakers do? Do they add an ingredient to keep it that way? —A.B., Niagara,…

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Fresh Rosemary

I love the fresh flavor of rosemary and grow it in my garden each summer. It's great to use fresh, but I find the sharp texture of dried rosemary unappealing. Is there any other way to buy or…

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Frozen Berries

A friend gave me some fruit from her garden that she froze. How long can I store these frozen strawberries and raspberries in my freezer? —S.F., St. Charles, Illinois

Strawberries and…

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Frozen Blueberries

I freeze a lot of blueberries, but it seems that most recipes call for fresh. What can I do with all those frozen berries? —S.G., Lucedale, Mississippi

Frozen blueberries are perfect…

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Frozen Cream Puffs

My family loves cream puffs. Can they be frozen for use later? —J.B., Kettle River, Minnesota

Unfilled cream puffs can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 2 months. To thaw,…

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Frozen Shrimp

I love shrimp and always have frozen cooked shrimp on hand. However, many recipes list uncooked shrimp as the main ingredient. Can thawed or frozen shrimp be added instead if I adjust the cooking…

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Fruit Pectin

Some jam recipes call for liquid pectin and others call for powdered pectin. What is the difference and can they be interchanged? —D.D., Mapleton, Maine

Both powdered and liquid pectin…

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Fudge Flavors

I love making fudge for gifts and family gatherings. Can I substitute different flavors of baking chips for chocolate chips in my fudge recipe? —J.B., Kettle River, Minnesota


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Garlic Infused Olive Oil

I love to infuse my olive oil with fresh chunks of garlic. How long can I keep it on my countertop? —T.B., Delray Beach, Florida

According to the Food and Drug Administration, you…

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