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Pantry Pointers

Pan Substitution

In most recipes, an 11-in. x 7-in. x 2-in. pan can be substituted for a 9-in. square pan, since both hold 2 quarts. The baking time should not change.

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Powdered Buttermilk Blend

Keeping powdered buttermilk blend in your pantry is a convenient way to always have buttermilk on hand. You can reconstitute the amount needed for your recipe in just seconds. SACO Cultured…

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Rice in Recipes

Instant rice (which is precooked before packaging) and long grain rice require different amounts of liquid during cooking, so they cannot be substituted measure for measure. Once prepared, you can…

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Separating Coffee Filters

To make basket-type coffee filters simple to separate, turn the stack of filters inside out, then back. This gets them to pull away from one another. —Arleen S., Long Beach, California

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Soft Vs. Dry Bread Crumbs

Soft bread crumbs are made from fresh or slightly stale bread. Tear the bread apart with a fork or use a blender or food processor to break it into fluffy crumbs. Pile gently into a measuring cup…

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Softening Brown Sugar

To soften brown sugar, place a slice of bread or an apple wedge with the brown sugar in a covered container for a few days. If you’re in a hurry, microwave on high for 20-30 seconds. Repeat if…

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Store Onions and Potatoes Separately

I've learned never to store onions and potatoes together. The onions make the potatoes spoil more quickly. —Vickie Hullihen Phillips, Helsinki, Finland

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Storing Cooking Sprays

The manufacturers of various nonstick cooking sprays suggest their products be used within 2 years from the date of purchase for best flavor. Take a child’s crayon and mark the purchase date on…

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Storing Leftover Evaporated Milk

Leftover evaporated milk should be transferred from the can to another container for storage. If stored in a covered container in the refrigerator, it can be used safely within 3 days.

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Storing Olive Oil

Olive oil can be stored tightly capped at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 1 year. When chilled, the oil turns cloudy and thick. Chilled olive oil will return to its original…

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