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No Mess Pie Crust

When you're making pie, try this trick: Roll out the dough between two pieces of waxed paper. (A little water sprinkled on the counter will help hold the bottom piece in place.) Remove the top…

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No Wasted Sour Cream

To avoid wasting sour cream, I always serve it with a knife rather than a spoon. This way, you can easily scrape the knife off on the edge of the container or serving dish and continue to use…

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No-Stick Molasses

No-stick Molasses. When a recipe calls for molasses and oil, I measure the oil first and pour it out. Then I measure the molasses in the same cup. It flows out without sticking because the inside…

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Oatmeal Cookies

While baking cookies one day, I was short on flour. So I whirred dry oatmeal in the blender until it was a powder consistency to extend my dry ingredients. It saved the day! —Marie Cling,…

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Oil Overspray

When spraying cooking oil onto pans, I hold the pan over the sink. That way, any overspray goes into the sink, not on the countertop or floor. A quick rinse of the sink cleans it up. —Renee…

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Oil Squeeze Bottle

As soon as I buy vegetable oil, I use a pushpin to carefully puncture a hole near the very top of the plastic bottle. I then use it as a squeeze bottle to easily grease pans. It’s also a…

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Organizing Freezer

I came up with a system so I never have to toss out food that’s been in the freezer too long. At the beginning of each month, I move the foods in my side-by-side freezer up one shelf. I use only…

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Oyster Dressing

Oyster dressing has become a tradition with me. I've found that if you put the oysters through the food processor until they're liquefied, the oyster taste is more evenly distributed. Even my…

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Painting with Butter?

To butter many slices of bread quickly and evenly, heat the butter until soft, then “paint” it on with a flat pastry brush. —Shirley Z., Grand Island, New York

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Pancake Pitcher

Mix up pancake or waffle batter in a wide-mouthed pitcher. Then it’s easy to pour the batter onto the griddle. And cleanup’s quicker, too. —Darla Germaux, Saxton, Pennsylvania

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