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Measuring Sticky Ingredients

I like to wipe a bit of vegetable oil inside my measuring cup when I’m making peanut butter or molasses cookies. This keeps the sticky ingredients from clinging to the cup, making cleanup a snap.…

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Meatballs in a Snap

Making meatballs is a snap if you shape the seasoned meat into a 1-inch-thick block in a skillet first. Cook the meat over medium heat, then gently flip the entire block. Continue cooking until…

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Meatloaf with Less Mess

To keep my hands clean when mixing meat loaf, I keep inexpensive plastic gloves on hand. They’re lightweight and disposable. —Michele S., Green Bay, Wisconsin

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Menu Planning

When I cut out recipes that I want to try, I paper-clip them to the grocery list kept on my refrigerator. When it’s time to plan the week’s menu, I have my new meal ideas handy and just transfer…

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Mess-Free Bread Dough

I like to knead bread dough in a large resealable bag. My hands—and the countertops—stay nice and clean. —Rosalind N., Forsyth, Illinois

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Mess-Free Corn on the Cob

When my four children were small, one of the “mess-saving” things I did was to butter corn on the cob using a slice of bread. I’d spread butter on a piece of bread—sometimes the heel of the…

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Mess-Free Grease

Use a paper muffin cup to cover your hand when greasing a pan. It's the perfect size and shape to cover a few fingers and will keep them grease-free. —Maureen Dufraimont, Guelph, Ontario

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Microwave Breakfast

Time doesn’t always allow me to make a proper breakfast for my kids. A friend offered this idea. When fixing French toast, cook several extra slices. Place a layer of waxed paper between each…

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Microwave Chicken

When recipes call for cooked chicken, I use an easy microwave method instead of cooking the chicken on the stove. I simply place a pound of skinless boneless chicken breasts around the sides of an…

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Microwave Filter

When warming individual items in the microwave, try placing them in a paper coffee filter. It’s great for doughnuts, rolls and pastries. You can eat the treat right out of the filter, too, with no…

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