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Quick Gravy

To make a quick gravy, mix 3 tablespoons of cornstarch with a can of evaporated milk and a can of chicken broth; bring the mixture to a boil to thicken it. —Fran Magill, Geneva, New York

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Quick Meat Loaf with Less Mess

To make meat loaf quickly and with little mess, I put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix them with a potato masher. —Gail W. Landfall, Minnesota

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Quick Microwave Cleaning

To remove food that is stuck to the inside of your microwave, put some water in a microwave-safe bowl and bring it to a boil. Stop the microwave but don’t open the door…you don’t want the…

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Quick Mushroom Slicing

My husband and I love fresh mushrooms with our steaks, but slicing them took a lot of time. Then I discovered how quick and easy the task is when I use an egg slicer.—Jennifer I., Brookhaven,…

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Quick Oatmeal

For a quick, economical breakfast, I make up a big batch of oatmeal. I thin it a bit with water and cool it, then pour it into ice cube trays. Once the cubes are frozen, I pop them out and store…

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Quick Shredded Cheese

I purchase a 2-pound block of cheese and like to shred it all at once so I can store it in the freezer. I found that the fastest way to do this is to shred the cheese with my Salad Shooter.…

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Quick Sliced Olives

To quickly slice whole pitted ripe olives, use an egg slicer. Place olives, end to end, across the slots on the base of the slicer, then press the top down. You’ll end up with neat, uniform…

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Quick Substitute for Potatoes

If you don't have time to make mashed potatoes, serve the patties and gravy on toast. Simply toast the bread while the meat is cooking in the microwave.

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Quick Uses for Persimomons

The pulp from the Hachiya persimmon can be added to your favorite smoothie recipe or fresh fruit sauces. Slice Fuyu persimmons and add to tossed salads or cube and add to fruit salads or…

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Quick Way to Dot with Butter

To dot a casserole or pie with butter, use a coarse grater to shred cold butter over the dish. It’s quick and effective. —Lois F., Nelson, Wisconsin

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