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General Food Tips

Slow Cooking Roasts

Cut roasts over 3 pounds in half to ensure proper and even cooking. Trim as much fat from meat before placing in the slow cooker to avoid greasy gravy. Add more flavor to gravy by first…

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Soft and Stiff Peaks Secrets

Recipes often call for beating whipping cream or egg whites until soft or stiff peaks form. To ensure the cream or egg whites reach full volume, make sure the bowl and beaters are free from oil…

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Soften Butter Quickly

To soften butter quickly, microwave the sticks at 70 percent power in 10-second intervals from two to four times. The butter should be ready to use. —Patricia Winn, Freeville, New York

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Soften Shredded Coconut

To soften shredded coconut that’s turned hard, soak it in milk 30 minutes to soften it. Drain it and pat it dry on paper towels before using. The leftover coconut-flavored milk can be used within…

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Sour Cream Snowflake

For a special touch, garnish individual servings of Cold Plum Soup with a sour cream snowflake.
Spoon sour cream into a resealable plastic bag; cut off a small piece of one corner. Gently…

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Spreading Softened Butter

To spread softened butter evenly in a jiffy, I put the butter in a resealable sandwich-size plastic bag. I seal it shut and cut off one corner to create a pastry-style bag. This way, I can squeeze…

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Stirring Pudding or Grits

A pancake turner works great for stirring puddings or grits because it fits the sides and bottom of the pot well. —Philamena P., Gainesville, Florida

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Stuffing Secrets

To save time on Thanksgiving morning, begin some stuffing preparation the night before. For example, chop and saute vegetables. Cut bread into cubes or measure out store-bought stuffing croutons.…

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Stuffing Tips

How much stuffing will fit into a bird? Prepare about 3/4 cup stuffing for every 1 pound of poultry.

You can prepare stuffing ahead of time and refrigerate it. But never stuff the poultry…

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Sweetened Condensed Milk

Made with cow’s milk from which water has been removed and to which sugar has been added yielding a very thick, sweet canned product. Sweetened condensed milk is used most often in candy-making…

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