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Old 01-22-2009, 08:25 PM
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When cutting up and cooking with jalapenos and other spicy peppers, wear gloves, and avoid coming in direct contact with the seeds or seed bulbs. Depending on the degree of exposure, direct contact can cause anything from tingling to a severely painful burning sensation that lasts for several days. Particularly avoid any contact with your eyes.
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Always clean out your blender well. Take the bottom section apart and wash each component separately. Washing the blender without taking it apart allows food to get trapped in the seals and causes bacteria to grow. Over time the built up bacteria can cause food poisoning.
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Old 01-22-2009, 08:25 PM
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Use a serrated knife to cut tomatoes. Using a knife with a flat edge will squish the tomato before it breaks the skin.
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Old 01-22-2009, 08:26 PM
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If you want your bananas to ripen faster wrap them up in a brown paper bag.
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Old 01-22-2009, 08:26 PM
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Toss sliced apples in lemon juice to prevent them from turning brown.
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Try stir-frying vegetables and meats in your favorite oil-based salad dressing. The oil keeps stuff from sticking and the seasonings in the dressing help spice up your food.
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Old 01-22-2009, 08:27 PM
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When preparing food for other people, use salt sparingly. Different people have different preferences. They can always add more salt to their food if there's not enough for their taste, but they can't take it out if there's too much.
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Be careful what part of the refrigerator you store your fresh fruits and vegetables. Items placed near the back of the fridge can often freeze a little. Being frozen changes the texture of the fresh produce and when it thaws back out it will no longer be crunchy and fresh but mushy. Many refrigerators have special bins just for produce.
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Old 01-22-2009, 08:28 PM
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If you buy a bunch of celery and don't plan to eat it all at once but want it to remain fresh, cut the celery up in smaller pieces and place in a container filled with water. Place the container in the refrigerator. The celery will remain fresh and crisp for at least a week. If not stored in water the celery will become limp and rubbery.
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Sometimes screw top jar lids can be tough to get off. A great way to loosen up these lids so that you can turn them is to hit the side of the lid (the part where the ridges are) with the handle end of a sturdy piece of silverware. Several well aimed hits will often loosen up the lid. If the jar contains something sticky, such as honey, syrup, vanilla extract, jelly, etc. run hot water over the place where the lid meets the jar. The heat will help melt anything sticky that is keeping the lid from turning.
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Don't leave a plastic spatula sitting in a hot pan. The heat will quickly melt the spatula.
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Old 01-22-2009, 08:29 PM
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When following a recipe in a cookbook, don't feel like you have to stick to it exactly. You can adapt the recipe to your own preferences. You can eliminate ingredients you don't like, add some you do, add more of a particular ingredient, or less, whatever you want. Remember, you're the one who has to eat the dish when it's finished.
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Old 01-26-2009, 06:34 AM
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If you end up with too many bananas that are going ripe too fast, you CAN and SHOULD put them in the refrigerator. Despite what Chiquita Banana used to say in the old radio commercials, you can slow the ripening process by storing them in the fridge. The skins may turn black, but the fruit inside will still be good for cooking and baking.
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Old 01-26-2009, 06:37 AM
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NEVER use the same cutting board for preparing meats and preparing vegetables. Juices from the meat board can spread bacteria to other foods prepared on that same board. This "cross contamination" can be dangerous, particularly if the veggies are to be served raw.

Keep one cutting board for carving and cutting meat, and one for veggies.

For the same reason, never use the same plate for preparing raw meat and serving cooked meat...
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Old 01-29-2009, 05:10 AM
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If you clip recipes from magazines and newspapers, you know they accumulate fast and are hard to organize--

UNLESS you purchase three-ring binders and "magnetic" adhesive photo album pages at your favorite store. Just divide recipes by categories (appetizers, breads, cakes, and so on), put them on the pages as you would photos, and put them into the binders. Voila! Organized recipes!
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Old 02-02-2009, 02:33 PM
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A tip for when you serve dinner rolls: Line the basket of rolls with tin foil first before you cover it with the linen napkin. It will help keep the rolls warm longer.
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Old 02-11-2009, 07:14 AM
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Keep your kitchen knives sharp at all times. It takes more effort for a dull knife to cut through food, increasing the risk of cuts if the knife slips. Invest in a good sharpening stone (whetstone) and/or a sharpening steel to keep your knives sharp between uses.

Do NOT try to sharpen serrated knives at home. Most serrated knives can only be sharpened by a professional, if at all!
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Old 03-11-2009, 06:52 PM
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If you are baking, know the difference between baking soda and baking powder - what they're used for individually, what they do to what you're baking, and why you need one (or both) of them.
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Old 03-17-2009, 04:29 PM
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When traveling on business or going on vacation, the trick is booking a condo or hotel room with a kitchen. It may cost slightly more, but you'll save a bundle by making your meals, and save your diet as well.
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Old 07-31-2009, 05:08 PM
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When baking cookies – once they have come out of the oven you can place them on a paper bag that you get from the grocery store to cool. To get the most use out of the bag, cut it along the folds so that it will open up and place it on the counter-top with the stores name down. Not only is this a good way to cool the cookies, but the paper bag will also absorb the grease that is on the cookies from baking them.
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