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Chopped Strawberries

To crush strawberries for a recipe, and still have some pulp and juice, I remove the stems, place the berries in a big bowl and chop them with a pastry cutter. You can chop them as fine as you…

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Christmas Candy by Color

After the holidays, I buy Christmas candy (red and green M&M’s, foil-wrapped kisses, etc.) at reduced prices. I then separate the candy by color. I store it in an airtight container and use the…

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Christmas Cookie Cleanup

I love making Christmas cookies with my kids but don’t care for the mess our jam thumbprint cookies leave behind. We used to divide the dough into balls, dip them in egg whites and roll them in…

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Cinnamon-Sugar Shaker

My children and husband love cinnamon toast. To save time, I mix together a big batch of cinnamon-sugar and keep it in a large shaker. This way, they can have cinnamon toast whenever they want…

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Clean Baking Sheets

For quick cleanup, spread a sheet of aluminum foil, over your baking sheets before baking cookies or other items. Just peel off the foil, and any grease and crumbs come off with it. Your baking…

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Clean Counters

When frying bacon, chicken or anything that needs to be drained, I first spread a sheet of aluminum foil on the counter and cover with several paper towels. I drain the items on the…

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Clean Cutting Board

Bothered by a wooden cutting board that still smells like onions even after you wash it? Wet the board, rub it with baking soda and let it sit for several minutes. Rinse it off and the odors…

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Cleaning a Grater

A bottle brush works great for cleaning a grater. It cleans out those little holes without ruining a sponge or scraping my hands. Even grated onion comes out nicely. —LuAnn Edele Brewster,…

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Clump-Free Shakers

If you live in an area where humidity cakes the salt and pepper in your shakers, drop a few oyster crackers into the shakers. They’ll absorb moisture and keep your salt and pepper running freely.…

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Cobbler Short-Cut

When short on time, I substitute canned pie filling for fresh fruit in my crisps and cobblers. —Clara Alford, Westfield, New York

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