Timesavers

Pizza Dough

Pressing pizza dough on greased pans can be a challenge. My dough usually shrinks during baking, forming some unusual shapes. I’ve discovered that if I make sure there’s no grease on the outer…

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Plump Fruit

To plump raisins or other dried fruit in a hurry, place 2 cups of the fruit in a glass dish. Pour 1/4 cup water over the fruit and cover the dish with microwave-safe plastic wrap. Heat on high for…

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Polished Silverware

In a science class, I learned a great trick for polishing silverware. Line a pan with aluminum foil. Add water and bring to a boil. Add some baking soda and stir. When the water comes to a boil…

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Potato Salad Pronto

When making potato salad, I peel and cube the potatoes before boiling to reduce the cooking time. I also put the eggs in the pan along with the boiling potatoes. In minutes, the potatoes and…

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Potato Salad Time-Saver

To save minutes when preparing potato salad, put the peeled cooked potatoes and peeled hard-cooked eggs into a bowl and use a pastry blender to chop them. It works great. —Marilyn L., Kerman,…

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Potatoes and Apples

Storing potatoes with a couple of apples will keep them from sprouting. —Brenda Soverns, Vinton, Virginia

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Potatoes at the Ready

Before eating supper, I often put a big pot of potatoes on to boil. After supper when they’ve cooled, I refrigerate them to use later. With cooked potatoes on hand, I’m one step closer to…

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Potluck Timesaver

As a time-saver when our children were small, I would cook an extra dinner portion each night and freeze it in an ovenproof dish. When we had six dinners accumulated, we’d have "potluck" on a busy…

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Pre-Seasoned Frozen Chicken

When I buy chickens, I immediately cut them up and coat them with my family’s favorite seasoning mix. I freeze the individual pieces on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. When the pieces are frozen,…

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Premeasuring Tomato Paste

For handy premeasured tomato paste, freeze a 6-ounce can, open both ends and push the frozen paste out onto a cutting board. Cut the roll into six slices (approximately 1 tablespoon each). Quickly…

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