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Food Preparation Tips (Part 1)

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  • When a recipe calls for adding oil, garlic, and onions to a pan, always add garlic last. This keeps it from burning and tasting bitter.
  • Use a meat baster to make perfect pancakes every time.
  • To make the best and prettiest chocolate shavings, use white or milk chocolate; they are softer in texture and curl better.
  • To help gelatin hold its shape when unmolded, add a teaspoon of white vinegar to the recipe.
  • Place a piece of plastic wrap on the surface of cooked pudding or pie filling immediately after pouring to prevent a skin from forming.
  • Before chopping nuts in a food processor, dust them with flour. This keeps the nuts from sticking to the processor.
  • Cut a meringue pie cleanly by coating both sides of the knife lightly with butter.
  • To make mashed potatoes fluffier, add a pinch of baking soda along with the butter and milk.
  • Use flour tortillas for easy dumplings! Cut into strips and add to boiling broth, a few at a time so they do not stick together. Delicious!
  • If you add a pinch of baking powder to powdered sugar when making frosting, it will stay creamy and not harden or crack.
  • Substituting applesauce for half of the amount of vegetable oil called for in your baking recipes will reduce the fat content. (Or use all applesauce, which produces a low-cal, moist product!)
  • Use a piece of plastic wrap the length of your pan for ease in pressing down those crispy rice treats, no more messy hands! (Try this with any bottom crumb layer to be pressed in a recipe.)
  • When cooking oatmeal, coat the pan with non-stick cooking spray. It keeps the oatmeal from boiling over and sticking to the pan.
  • You'll find honey, corn syrup and molasses much easier to measure if you remove their lids and microwave for 30 to 45 seconds at 100% power. That's for a 12-ounce bottle. Smaller amounts need even less time.
  • If you're out of brown sugar, try substituting an equal amount of granulated sugar plus 1/4 cup molasses (light or dark) for every cup of white sugar.
  • When shrimp curl into a semicircle they're done. When tightly coiled, they're overdone.
  • To slice mushrooms quickly and uniformly, use an egg slicer.

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September 24, 2017

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