Pantry Pointers

Citrus-Flavored Extracts

Keep lemon and orange extracts on your pantry shelf to use when you don’t have fresh citrus peel. If your recipe calls for 1 teaspoon grated orange or lemon peel, substitute 1/2 teaspoon extract.…

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Cleaner Ketchup Bottles

Ketchup bottle squeeze tops get messy so fast. I save tops from used bottles and run them through the dishwasher so I have clean ones on hand. When the top currently on the ketchup gets messy, I…

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Dated Dry Goods

I write the date on all of my dry goods, including cake mixes, spices and baking powder, before adding them to the pantry. It helps remind me how long I’ve had ingredients on hand. Of course, I…

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Different Types of Cornmeal

Cornmeal can be either white, yellow or blue depending on which strain of corn is used. Traditionally, white cornmeal is more popular in the South and yellow is preferred in the North. Blue…

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Great Toothpick Dispenser

Store toothpicks in an empty spice bottle with a shaker top and screw-on lid. It’s easy to remove the lid and gently shake out a toothpick through the holes when you need one. They’re always clean…

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Homemade Nonstick Coating

“I created my own nonstick coating to grease cake pans,” says Fran Curl. “I combine 1/4 cup each of flour, vegetable oil and shortening. I stir the mixture well and keep it in my refrigerator,”…

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Keep Marshmallows Fresh

To keep marshmallows from turning hard, store them in the freezer. When thawed, they’re like fresh. —Lyn C., Provo, Utah

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Lemon Juice Alternatives

When a recipe calls for juice from a fresh lemon, you can use either fresh, frozen or bottled lemon juice in equal amounts. When lemons are in season or you have excess lemons on hand, juice them…

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Lemon or Lime?

Lemon and lime juice or zest can be used interchangeably in equal amounts in most recipes. Add a little of both for a refreshing lemon/lime flavor.

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No-Fuss Container for Olive Oil

I keep my olive or vegetable oil in a plastic squeeze bottle like the kind used for ketchup in restaurants. This way I don’t have to stop and unscrew the cap in the middle of making a recipe.…

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