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Vegetables

Roasted Peppers

Here’s an easy way to roast fresh peppers. Place them on aluminum foil, then broil for about 10 minutes on each side or until blackened. Gather the foil around each pepper until cooled. The…

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Roasting Veggies

When roasting several different types of vegetables at the same time, be sure to cut them in uniform pieces so they cook evenly. Cut denser vegetables such as carrots and potatoes into smaller…

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Rutabaga and Turnip Tips

When shopping for rutabagas and turnips, select those that are smooth-skinned, unblemished, heavy, firm and not spongy. Look for rutabagas no larger than 4 inches in diameter and turnips no larger…

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Salting Vegetables

When cooking vegetables in boiling or simmering water, you can sprinkle a little salt into the cooking water before adding the vegetables if desired. However, if the vegetables are to be served in…

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Seeding and Slicing Avocados

The easiest avocados to peel and slice are those that are ripe yet firm. (Very ripe, soft avocados are best used for mashing.) Cut the avocado in half lengthwise. Twist the halves in opposite…

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Shred & Freeze Carrots

I shred carrots and freeze them in plastic bags in 1-cup portions. When a recipe calls for shredded carrots, I just pull a bag out of the freezer. —Candace Z., Eagar, Arizona

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Speedy Seeded Cucumber

To easily remove seeds from a cucumber, I cut it in half lengthwise, then run my melon baller down the length of both halves to scoop out the seeds. This is much faster than using a knife and…

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Stock Up on Asparagus

When fresh asparagus is plentiful and inexpensive, stock up. Blanch, cool and store it covered with water in containers in the freezer. When thawed, it tastes just like fresh-picked. —Estelle M.,…

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Store Vegetables Unwashed

As a general rule, wash vegetables (in water, no soaps or detergents) just before using, not before storing. If they're washed and then stored, the residual water can hasten spoilage.

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Storing Celery

Remove celery from the store bag it comes in and wrap it in paper towel, then in aluminum foil. Store in the refrigerator. When you need some, break off what your recipe calls for, re-wrap the…

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