Light Cooking

Removing Fat from Stock

When removing fat from chilled meat stock, chill your strainer, too. After spooning the solid fat off the top, pour the liquid through the cold strainer to catch even more fat. Sallie N., Cascade,…

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Removing Pear Cores

A melonballer is the perfect tool for removing the core from pear halves. Mary M., Brantford, Ontario

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Rice Flour

I am either allergic to or cannot tolerate wheat, corn, dairy products, soy and mint. So when I’m making gravy or thickening sauces or stews, I use rice flour instead of all-purpose flour. Loraine…

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Rinsing Dried Beans

I used to rinse dried beans in a big colander, but it was a tedious job. I felt like I was wasting water and was never sure if I’d rinsed the beans enough. But my new trick is to simply place the…

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Salmon Bones

Some people like to remove the bones from canned salmon…but they are edible and can add calcium to your diet. If you don’t like the texture, mash the drained salmon in a bowl with the back…

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Salt Substitutes

A bay leaf is a good substitute for salt when cooking pasta. Mace will do the same thing for mashed potatoes. Lois D., Guilford, Connecticut

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Savvy Fat Substitutions

If you’re patient, you’ll find that there are some good alternatives to the traditional fat that’s called for in most recipes. Once you find a suitable substitute, be sure to mark your recipe…

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Scissors-Cut Green Onions

When a recipe calls for green onions, I find it easier and faster to cut them with a kitchen scissors than with a knife. If the recipe calls for quite a few, grab a bunch at one time and snip…

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Scooping Kiwifruit

Kiwifruit are so tasty and nutritious, but they can be messy to peel. When my daughter was 10, she discovered that she could just cut the top off a kiwi and scoop out the fruit with a spoon. Angie…

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Scrambled Egg Whites

When making scrambled eggs, I separate the eggs and beat together only the egg whites. Then I add a drop of yellow food coloring to the beaten whites before cooking. The scrambled eggs have a nice…

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