Kitchen tips

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Let gravity do its work

When inverting a cake to remove from a Bundt pan, “the cake doesn’t need to drop out of the pan instantly for it to be a success. If the cake doesn’t pop out right away or after you’ve given it a few thunks, just let it sit inverted on a cooling rack for a bit. …

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Storing Sprouts

Tip: Don’t wash brussels sprouts before storing them; do it only right before use. This will ensure freshness. Tip from Old Farmer’s Almanac Comfort Food 2021 edition.

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How to Cook Yams in the Microwave

“How to Cook Yams in the Microwave If you want the deliciousness of yams but can’t wait an hour to eat, try making them in minutes with this super quick microwave method. Here’s how to use your microwave to get your yams table (or recipe-ready) in minutes. To microwave whole yams: Prick scrubbed yams all over …

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It’s got to be cold!

“Make sure the buttermilk for your biscuits is cold. Buttermilk adds tenderness as well as a tangy flavor. If you do not have buttermilk available, you can make your own by starting with 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar and enough milk to equal 1 cup. Let stand 5 minutes.” This tip is from Land …

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Preparing meatballs

“You want to keep the fat from melting and breaking down before you cook the meatballs, so keep your meat and ingredients as cold as possible. Make the mixture in a chilled bowl, and if you are adding precooked ingredients like onions, let them cool down completely before adding them in.” Tip is from The …

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More than just your stovetop!

“One thing about a cast iron skillet is its versatility. Once you commit, you can do pretty much anything in cast iron. Not only can your skillet stand up to the heat of your stovetop, but it also is great inside the oven, on the grill, and over a campfire!” Tip from Lauren Masur, published on The …

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Light and Fluffy

“If your whoopie pies are flat, it is probably due to an issue with the batter being too thin. The measurements in the batter are critical. If they are off at all, there will be issues with the batter. Measure twice and mix once is always my motto.” Tip from Jillian on Food, Folks, and …

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Shredded cheese tip

To shred cheese neatly and prevent it from sticking to your grater, spray the grater with some cooking spray just before use. The cheese won’t stick and clean up is much quicker.

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Double your recipe

“Soups are easy to make in large batches, and are one of the most freezer-friendly dishes around. So, double up on ingredients, grab a larger pot and make two meals instead of one.” This tip is from Chatelaine, more tips for making the best homemade soup can be found here:

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How to make the best baked french fries

4 basic tips tried and tested from Use Yukon gold potatoes. Soak the potatoes prior to making fries. Don’t skimp on the oil. Season, season, season!