General Food Tips

Measuring Seldom-Used Flour

If you've suddenly been inspired to bake, your flour has likely been left alone awhile. When seldom used, flour can settle and compact, so it's easy to measure more than you need. To keep it…

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Measuring Shortening, Sugar

After using a measuring cup for shortening, use it to measure sugar, too. Once the sugar is poured out, use a spatula to easily scoop out the remaining sugar and shortening at the same time.…

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Mess-Free Peeling

Peel your vegetables and fruit over a paper towel. When you’re finished, just fold up the towel and toss it and the peelings away. No more mess on the counter! —Priscilla S., Rochester, New…

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Microwave Cooking Times

A higher-wattage microwave cooks faster than a lower-wattage one, so adjust the time that’s needed to prepare dishes in your microwave. As a general guide, start with a time about two-thirds of…

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Mixing Bread or Pie Crust

Use a plastic bowl rather than a glass one when mixing bread dough or pie crust. The dough won’t stick to the bowl and is much easier to handle.—Gill M., Methuen, Massachusetts

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More Cabbage Grater Uses

Whenever I need fresh minced onion in a recipe, I use my cabbage grater. It also works great on hard-boiled eggs for egg salad or potato salad. —Jane Y., Toledo, Ohio

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More Uses for Kitchen Shears

I use kitchen shears to make quick work of many projects. They are great for easily cutting foods like canned fruit and cooked meat for our young children, and they also work well for cutting…

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No-Mess Way to Melt Chocolate Chips

When melting chocolate chips for decorating, seal them in a zipper sandwich bag and put it in a pan of hot water. After a few minutes, knead the bag to smooth the chocolate, then cut a small hole…

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Nutella

Nutella is a chocolate hazelnut spread. Look for it in the peanut butter section.

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Phyllo Facts

PHYLLO (pronounced FEE-lo) is a tissue-thin pastry that's made by gently stretching the dough into thin fragile sheets. It can be layered, shaped and baked in a variety of sweet and savory ways.…

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