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Baking Powder Stale?
Test baking soda for freshness by pouring 1/2 teaspoon vinegar or lemon juice over the baking soda. If doesn't actively bubble, it's too old to be effective. Pour it down the drain and buy a new box!
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Beet Color
Adding a little lemon juice to beets before cooking will allow them to maintain their color.
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Brown Potatoes
To prevent cut potatoes from turning brown, place in a bowl of cool water until ready to cook.
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Brown Sugar
Keep brown sugar wrapped in another plastic bag in the freezer to make it last longer without hardening. Take it out to thaw about 15 minutes before you need to use it, then return the remaining portion to the freezer.
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Cabbage
Cabbage should be stored at 35 degrees F at very high humidity (90%). 1 pound = 1 1/2 quarts shredded. 1 pound raw yields about 3/4 pound cooked. Those with thyroid problems should avoid eating large amounts of cabbage or cauliflower. They both...
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Carrots
Carrots should be stored at 35 degrees F. Large or older carrots can have a slightly bitter taste. To avoid this, slice lengthwise and remove the core. To store carrots, cut the tops off and place them in a plastic bag in the vegetable crisper in...
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Cherries
Cherries should be stored at 35 degrees F. Keep away from cooler fans so they don?t dry out. Be sure to rinse fresh cherries with plenty of water before eating them. Most cherries are sprayed with insecticides. Cherries taste best if eaten at room...
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Cirtus Fruits
Oranges do not ripen after they are picked, but lemons do.
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Corn Silk
To remove corn silk from corn on the cob, dampen a paper towel or terry cloth and brush downward on the cob. Every bit of corn silk should come off.
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Crisp Celery
Pull to keep celery crisp, stand it up in a pitcher of cold, salted water. Then refrigerate.
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Dash
A 'dash' is a small amount of an ingredient, usually about 1/16 of a teaspoon.
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Dates
When buying dates, avoid ones that are sticky or ones that have crystallized sugar on the surface. Fresh dates should be firm and springy, and should have a fresh smell, not sour. Fresh, soft dates should be kept in plastic bags in the refrigerator,...
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