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Old 03-18-2008, 03:14 PM   #41
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I level off with a knife a lot more than just flour -- white sugar, baking soda, baking powder, other ground spices if they don't have the flat edge on the container.
same here, everything
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Old 03-19-2008, 10:48 PM   #42
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I know it sounds obvious, but I never did this until my mother showed me how much better it is:

When peeling/dealing with ingredients of any sort, where you'll remove and discard some of it, have a plastic bag ready to accept the refuse. Toss it in and throw it out/compost/whatever it. It makes cleaning veggies *so much easier*, especially potatoes. :-) I do it all the time now.
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Old 03-20-2008, 03:08 PM   #43
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same here, everything
I don't level anything off.
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Old 03-21-2008, 03:19 AM   #44
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Peeling hard boiled eggs can be a real chore sometimes. To make it easier, as soon as the eggs finish cooking, drain them and then shake them around in the pan to crack the shells. Cover them with ice cold water and let them sit for a few minutes. Drain and then peel. The ice water will shrink the egg away from the peel and the peel will come right off!
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Old 03-25-2008, 12:12 PM   #45
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Before grating lemons/oranges for zest,wrap cling film around the grater,it' a lot quicker to clean after .
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Before grating lemons/oranges for zest,wrap cling film around the grater,it' a lot quicker to clean after .
I'll have to question this one After one swipe you have broken the cling wrap and you still have grating to do, hence, you will still have to get your grater dirty.

I don't know if I agree with this hint/tip. JMHO though
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Old 03-25-2008, 03:27 PM   #47
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I use an ice tray to freeze separated egg yolks for later use
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Old 03-25-2008, 03:32 PM   #48
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I'll have to question this one After one swipe you have broken the cling wrap and you still have grating to do, hence, you will still have to get your grater dirty.

I don't know if I agree with this hint/tip. JMHO though
After you have finished zesting ,unwrap the cling wrap and all zest comes a away with it, saving the hassle of trying to clean in between the small sharp bits. Our pasty chefs use it all the time,try it and see.
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Instead of using so much lighter fluid to get my grill lit, I save old cardboard egg containers and put charcoal in the egg cups. Works great to get the flame going.

I like the celery leaves in the dehydrator tip - thats very useful, thanks!
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Old 03-25-2008, 05:19 PM   #50
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Before grating lemons/oranges for zest,wrap cling film around the grater,it' a lot quicker to clean after .
I have not used this trick myself, but I have seen it in action. It does work.

When measuring something sticky like peanut butter or honey, first wipe a light film of vegi oil in the measuring cup. The peanut butter or honey or whatever will now slide right out.
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