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Old 01-22-2009, 04:15 PM
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Wash your hands thoroughly with hot water and soap after handling raw meat or eggs.
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Cook by the appearance of the meal over what the cooking time is. Look for it to be "golden brown" before "done in 30 minutes". This is known as "common sense" cooking.
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Old 01-22-2009, 08:18 PM
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Cook healthier foods by using a little less salt, a little less sugar, and a little less butter. Bake instead of fry when possible and use whole grains and fat-free milks.
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Old 01-22-2009, 08:19 PM
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Leftovers - Hot foods should be refrigerated within 2 hours after cooking. Be careful with leftovers. Remember; when in doubt, throw it out! Do not "taste test" something that you think might be bad. Even just a small taste can make you ill if the food is bad.
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Old 01-22-2009, 08:19 PM
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Be extremely careful not to drag your sleeves over the burner. Wear tight fitting clothes while cooking. Also, put your hair up so that it doesn't catch fire while leaning over the stove.
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Are you planning an outdoor camping trip? Plan your meals at home before you go. This way you'll have everything you need ahead of time for cooking and there won't be any surprises.
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Make sure your knives are sharp. A dull knife not only does not cut well but it can be dangerous to work with. Keep in mind however that although a sharp knife is preferrable, you must handle it with extreme caution.
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Old 01-22-2009, 08:20 PM
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Cooking outdoors: For outdoor barbequing, add hickory or mesquite wood chips to the coals. It will add much more flavor to the meat.
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Safety Tips: Keep the handles of your pots facing inward so they aren't grabbed by children. Teach your children to stay far away from the stove while you're cooking.
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Old 01-22-2009, 08:20 PM
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Try sea salt instead of regular table salt. It tends to have more flavor.
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Old 01-22-2009, 08:21 PM
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Be aware of what type of stove top you are using. Gas stoves heat instantly, but electric stoves take time to warm up. When using an electric stove allow about a minute for the range to heat up before cooking. When using gas, be aware that things will cook faster. Also, for safety purposes remember that electric stove tops will remain hot for a while after you turn them off, so don't touch them or place anything that can melt on them until they are cool.
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Be careful not to ruin your non-stick cookware. Do not use metal utensils or anything sharp on non-stick cookware. Be careful not to use overly abrasive cleaning tools as well. The non-stick coating on is fragile and can easily be scratched off by harsh treatment. Once a scratch occurs the non-stick coating will quickly chip away and you'll end up with specks of it in everything you cook. And worst of all your food will stick to the bottom of the cookware because the coating is gone.
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As a general rule do not leave plastic containers, aerosol cans, or anything that is not oven proof on top of the stove. When the oven is turned on the stove top can become hot as well and cause plastic items to warp or even melt and aerosol cans to expand and explode.
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Old 01-22-2009, 08:21 PM
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Potato peelers aren't just for potatoes. You can use them to peel just about any fruit or vegetable. Try using them on apples, carrots, cucumbers and even zucchinis.
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Old 01-22-2009, 08:22 PM
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The way you store your raw potatoes can affect how they taste. Never store potatoes in the refrigerator, as they will become sweet and their texture will change. Never store potatoes in a hot place or a place where they are exposed to direct sunlight. These conditions cause the potatoes to rot faster and develop a green film under their skin which is toxic if consumed too often. Store potatoes in a cool and dry place away from direct sunlight, such as a bin or a cupboard.
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Always poke whole raw potatoes with a fork several times before microwaving, otherwise they might explode.
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Never place foil, silverware or any metallic object in the microwave. Heating metal in the microwave will cause sparks and eventually a fire.
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Never run a microwave with nothing in it. The microwave will catch on fire.
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When baking cookies, leave plenty of room between each cookie because they will spread.
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Old 01-22-2009, 08:24 PM
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Steaming and stir-frying are two of the healthiest ways to cook vegetables. Boiling vegetables and cooking them in the microwave reduces vitamin content. Steaming and stir-frying allow vegetable to retain more of their vitamins. However, stir-frying ads more fat because it requires oil. But fat is not always bad. A little fat is needed in everyone's diet to maintain healthy skin, hair, and nails. Try using olive oil, which is very flavorful and is a non-saturated fat.
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