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General Food Tips

Fast Prep Tip for Berry Jam

One day I was in a hurry to make strawberry jam. Instead of mashing the fruit by hand, I put the berries in the blender and gave it a couple of twirls. I had evenly crushed berries in no time.…

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Flattening Chicken Breasts

When flattening chicken breasts, place them inside a heavy-duty resealable plastic bag or between two sheets of heavy plastic wrap to prevent messy splatters. Pound with the flat side of a meat…

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Giant Ice Cube Cools Corn

Last time I put up corn, I was a bit short on time. To quickly cool 20 cups of corn, I dropped a clean plastic jug filled with frozen water into the center. It worked great—like a giant ice cube.…

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Greek Olives

Also known as kalamata olives, they are almond-shaped and range in size from 1/2 to 1 inch long. Dark eggplant in color, the kalamata olive is rich and fruity in flavor and can be found packed in…

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Half-and-Half

A mixture of cream that is half heavy cream and half milk, containing a range of 10-18% butterfat. It is mainly used in beverages, soups and sauces and cannot be whipped.

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Heat Tortillas Before Rolling

To prevent tortillas from tearing while rolling them up, simply warm them slightly in a nonstick skillet before filling. The warm tortillas are more pliable. —Connie Deck, Springfield,…

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Heavy Whipping Cream

A rich cream that ranges from 36-40% butterfat and doubles in volume when whipped. Often labeled as either heavy cream or whipping cream.

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Hoisin Sauce

A common soy-based ingredient in Chinese cuisine that is described as sweet, salty and spicy. Used to flavor sauces for stir-fry dishes or as a condiment for Moo Shoo Pork or Peking Duck, this…

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Hot Pepper Sauce

This ingredient is prepared from red chili peppers, vinegar and salt, and is often aged in wooden casks like wine and specialty vinegars. Hot pepper sauce is used in cooking or as a condiment when…

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Keep Boards & Bowls in Place

Place a damp washcloth under the bowl you’re using to mix ingredients. The cloth keeps the bowl from spinning on the countertop, and you can use it when you’re cleaning up afterward. —Jean…

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