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Lemon Juice

Don’t cut open a whole lemon for just a little juice. Simply insert the tines of a fork through the skin and squeeze out the amount you need. Wrap the lemon in plastic wrap and refrigerate…

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Less-Mess Kneaded Biscuits

When making kneaded biscuits, I prepare and bake them on a round pizza pan. I’m able to knead, pat out the dough, cut the biscuits and bake them all on the same pan. This really helps keep the…

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Light Cake Secret

When I'm making a cake from a boxed mix and want it to be extra tall and light, I whip the eggs first until they're fluffy, about 3 minutes on high. Then I add the cake mix and stir just until…

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Lunch Label

Many people at my office bring packaged frozen meals, yogurt, etc. to work for lunch. To help distinguish my items in the refrigerator, I apply a personalized address label to them.…

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Make Quick Breads Quicker!

I make zucchini bread and other quick breads every week for snacks and lunches. To save time, I pre-measure four batches of salt, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon and store them in small…

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Marshmallow Creme

To easily remove marshmallow creme from a jar, place the jar in a pan of very hot water. Repeat this once or twice, and then spoon out the creme with a wooden spoon. —Mary French, Port…

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Mashed Ground Meat

If a recipe calls for browned ground meat, I get out my potato masher. I mash the meat as it cooks, twisting the potato masher around the frying pan. The meat crumbles perfectly, without any…

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Measure Ingredients with an Ice Cream Scoop

I use my spring-release ice cream scoop for shortening and peanut butter. It eliminates the need to scrape a spoon since the sticky contents pop right out. —Stella S., Fulda, Minnesota

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Measuring Butter

When I take a stick of butter out of its carton, I cut slits completely through the butter and its wrapping at each tablespoon mark. When a recipe calls for butter, I just break off the number of…

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Measuring Honey

When I need to measure honey for baking, I first oil the measuring cup. The honey comes out easily, and I get the full measure without the messy process of scraping the cup. —Barbara R., Portland,…

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