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Don’t Waste Extra Bagels?

posted by lwhite

If you haven’t eaten all the bagels on Saturday or Sunday, don’t let them get stale or hard. Instead transform them into a crunchy treat. Here’s how: 1. Cut the bagels into 1/8th-inch slices. 2. Put them on a baking […]

Avocados Not Ripe?

posted by lwhite

If you’ve bought avocados at the supermarket and they haven’t softened enough to eat, here’s what you can do to hasten the process: 1. Place the avocados into a brown paper bag and add a banana or an apple in […]

Family Loves Peanut Butter?

posted by lwhite

If you make lots of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, you may have noticed that peanut butter can be expensive. You can save money by making your own. Here’s how: 1. Chop dry roasted peanut in a blender. 2. When […]

Tenderizing Meat

posted by lwhite

Some meats are more tender than others, but they are usually more expensive too! If you purchase slightly tough meat, you can still tenderize it. Here’s what to do: 1. Marinate the meat in lemon juice, wine, vinegar or even […]

Difficulty Frosting a Cake?

posted by lwhite

If you are having trouble getting the icing smooth around a crumbly cake because it’s lumping up or sticking to the spatula, here’s how to solve this problem: Place the cake into the freezer and leave it until the cake […]

Storing Cheese

posted by lwhite

When you bring cheeses home from the supermarket, it’s important to store them properly, so they last longer and you don’t end up tossing them out! Here’s what you should do: 1. Place cheese in the refrigerator in a sealable […]

Storing Chocolate for Cooking

posted by lwhite

When you buy this kind of chocolate, you should wrap it well and store in a cool spot that’s also dry. Here’s what else you should do. READ MORE * You do not need to put chocolate in the refrigerator, […]

Bored with Pancake or French Toast Toppings?

posted by lwhite

Even though maple syrup is wonderful drizzled on top of these favorite breakfast eats, sometimes it might be nice to have a change. Here are some suggestions. READ MORE * Heat up chunky-style applesauce and mix 1 or 2 teaspoons […]

Peeling Garlic Cloves

posted by lwhite

If you have to peel and mince a lot of garlic cloves for a dish, it can be time-consuming, here’s hint used by chefs that will make it faster. READ MORE Place the garlic clove on a cutting board, then […]

Banana Bonanza?

posted by lwhite

If you have extra bananas on hand, you can make them last longer by putting them in the refrigerator. The skin might blacken, but they should be good for around 2 weeks. Here are more hints. READ MORE * If […]

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Orange-Colored Stains
Spaghetti sauce or French salad dressing always seem to drip onto clothing and leave such awful orange stains on our garments, which can be so hard to get out. Here’s how to remove them: 1. Use a clean, cotton cloth and dampen it with water and moisten with a squeeze of lemon juice or a bit of

posted 8:00:31am Apr. 15, 2014 | read full post »

Making Better Popcorn
Popcorn is such a wonderful snack for the family. Ever think about how it pops? The dried corn pop opens when heated because the moisture inside the hull vaporizes, causing pressure. When it reaches 400 degrees, the hull bursts open 35 times its size. Here’s how to make it fluffier and better:

posted 8:00:19am Apr. 14, 2014 | read full post »

Knives for Your Kitchen
As most of us know, one of a cook’s best friends in the kitchen is a quality, sharp knife. In fact, you really can do most everything—cutting, dicing and chopping—with just three knives. Here’s the cutting edge info on the three: 1. A long chef’s knife will be the best for slicing and

posted 8:00:54am Apr. 11, 2014 | read full post »

Baking Soda as Fire Extinguisher
When baking soda is on sale, buy extra boxes to keep in your kitchen. You can use it to contain small grease or oil cooking fires. Here’s how-to use it most effectively in an emergency: 1. If you see small flames, try to turn off the stove. 2. Then move back away from it and toss a handful of

posted 8:00:47am Apr. 10, 2014 | read full post »

Flower Vase Has Ugly Water Ring
If you notice a crusty calcium-type ring inside the vase, it was probably caused by using tap water that contains minerals. However, you can remove the unsightly ring. Here’s how to do it: 1. Warm enough full-strength household vinegar to cover the deposits and then pour inside the vase. 2. Co

posted 8:00:42am Apr. 09, 2014 | read full post »


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