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Cut the Fat from Broth

Pour cooled broth from meat or poultry into a glass jar with a secure lid; refrigerate upside down. The fat will harden and remain in the jar when you pour out the liquid to use in recipes. —Val…

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Cutting Chicken with Scissors

To save time and effort when cutting chicken breasts, I use my kitchen scissors rather than a knife. Sarah T., Mouth of Wilson, Virginia

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Cutting Cholesterol in Egg Recipes

My mother shared an idea for cutting cholesterol in our favorite egg recipes. It works well when preparing egg salad. If an egg salad recipe calls for eight hard-cooked eggs, use four whole…

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Diabetic Dessert

My husband and I both have diabetes, so I’m always trying to find delicious desserts that don’t have a lot of sugar and fat. For a sweet treat, I simply spoon a can of light apricot halves…

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Draining Canned Beans

The reason for draining canned beans is to remove the excess salt used in the canning process. You may use the liquid, but be sure to adjust the salt level in your recipe.

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Easy Corn Cobs

When my family is in a rush for dinner and we are having corn, I put the corn cobs (husk and all) in the microwave for about 2-1/2 minutes per cob. The husks seal in the freshness and steam the…

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Easy Pudding Snack

To make sure my kids got plenty of calcium, I used to keep a quart jar filled with 2 cups of milk in the refrigerator. When my teens needed a snack, they selected their favorite instant pudding,…

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Egg Slicer

One of my favorite kitchen tools is an egg slicer. I leave one on the counter so I can quickly slice a banana in the morning to top my cereal. It’s so easy that kids can even slice their own…

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Eggplant Lasagna

When preparing lasagna, substitute eggplant slices for the lasagna noodles. (I slice the eggplant lengthwise.) If it’s tender, there’s no need to peel it. You can also use cubed eggplant instead…

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Eliminating Fat from Ground Beef

To help eliminate fat from ground beef, cook it in a microwave-safe strainer or colander in a microwave-safe bowl. Break up the ground beef with a fork and stir it frequently as it’s cooking until…

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