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Kitchen Tips

Added Space in Small Kitchens

Since I live in an apartment, my kitchen isn’t as spacious as I’d like. For extra “counter space”, I sometimes open drawers and put cutting boards across them. —Randy B., Fargo, North Dakota

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Adding in Your Favorite Recipes

When you find a recipe you like better than one in a favorite cookbook, copy it onto a file card and tape it over the recipe in the book. This way, you can use the book’s index to quickly find…

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Bakeware Size

Not sure about your bakeware's size? Using a ruler, measure from one inside top edge to the opposite inside top edge to check the diameter, length and width. To measure the height, place a ruler…

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Baking Pans Versus Baking Dishes

Baking pans are made of metal; baking dishes are made of ovenproof glass or ceramic. We prefer to bake in metal pans with dull finishes; they produce foods with an even, golden surface. Pans with…

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Binder Cookbook

When I get my magazine issue, I literally tear it apart! I carefully tear out each page and place it in a separate plastic page protector, then place them in order in a three-ring binder. Now the…

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Charcoal Reduces Refrigerator Odors

To keep stale odors from building up in my fridge and freezer, I put a plain charcoal briquette or two in a small cup or on a piece of foil in the back corner of each appliance. The charcoal…

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Cleaning Baked-On Pans

Baked-on food slides right off of pans if you let them soak in warm water to which a teaspoon or two of dishwasher detergent has been added. —Karen W., Ellenton, Florida

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Cleaning Bread Machine

Do you have a hard time cleaning the mixing paddle on your bread machine? Soak it in warm soapy water, then scrub out the inside with one of those little brushes designed to clean baby bottles.…

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Cleaning Serrated Knives

A small nail brush is great for removing stuck-on food from serrated knives and other utensils that are hard to clean. It’s easier than trying to work with a soapy pad. —Jeannette B., Baltimore,…

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Cleaning Stained Coffee Cups

To clean a stained coffee cup, wet the cup and sprinkle in some table salt. Scrub the salt around with a cloth, then rinse the cup. Repeat if needed. This works for me every time. —Lois M.,…

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