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Scooped Shortening

Measuring shortening with a spoon can be a mess, so I use an ice cream scoop. The scoop releases the shortening with ease into the measuring cup and eliminates the fuss! —Marjorie Dungan,…

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Scrubbing Baking Potatoes

I roll a piece of aluminum foil into a ball and use it to scrub potatoes for baking. Then I simply throw the foil away; there’s no vegetable brush to clean. —A.N. Wessels, Gilman,…

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Seasoned Corned Beef

When we cook corned beef, we empty the seasoning packet into a round loose tea ball. The meat gets the flavor of the spices without the seasonings getting in the water or on the meat. —Al…

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Serve Melon Fast

My aunt recently suggested I use an ice cream scoop to remove the fleshy fruit from a melon. I cut the melon in half lengthwise and started scooping. In minutes, I was finished! —Dawn M.,…

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Serving-Size Ice Cream

Here’s a trick I used when my grandchildren were little and visited me often. When I bought ice cream, I’d let it sit in the refrigerator until soft, then I scooped servings into several 6-ounce…

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Shaker for Two

Since I often add salt and pepper to foods I'm cooking, I combined the two in one shaker and keep it next to the stove. All my seasoning is done with a few shakes from one shaker. —Mattie…

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Shaping Croquettes

When making salmon or tuna croquettes, I use a metal ice cream scoop for shaping them. I pack the scoop, turn the croquettes out into the hot cooking oil and press each one down with the scoop. It…

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Shaping Yeast Dough

Try this technique for shaping the yeast dough. It eliminates air bubbles, which results in evenly textured loaves without holes. After the dough has doubled in size and been punched down, divide…

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Shelf Liners

When we were living full-time in our motor home, I found many uses for the rubberized shelf liner designed to keep items in the cabinets from drifting while the vehicle is on the road. For…

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Short Spaghetti

We have children who love spaghetti. To save time when serving it, I rely on this trick before cooking the pasta. I break the long strands into quarters before adding them to the boiling water.…

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