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Neri: Practical food tips

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Bacon

*Dip bacon strips in cold water before frying to prevent them from curling.

*To keep bacon slices from sticking together, roll the package into a tube and secure with rubber bands.

*To separate frozen bacon, heat a spatula over the stove burner and then slide it under each slice.

Bananas

*Toss freshly peeled bananas in lemon juice so they will not darken.

*Freeze bananas that are on the verge of going bad. They also make delicious popsicles.

Bread

*Freshen dried bread by wrapping in a damp towel and placing it in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Remove towel and heat in oven for a few minutes.

Brown sugar

*Store in plastic bag. Wrap tightly. Place in coffee can with snap.

Cake

*To prevent cake from drying out and getting stale, put a slice of fresh bread to the cut edge or place half an apple in the cake box.

Cheese

*To keep cheese from drying out, wrap in a cloth dampened with vinegar.

Cookies

*Place crushed tissue paper on the bottom so they will not dry out.

Cottage cheese

*Store carton upside down. It will keep twice as long.

Crackers

*Store crackers in the refrigerator to keep them crisp. Be sure they are wrapped securely.

Fish

*Soak fish in vinegar and water before cooking it for a sweet tender taste.

*Wash hands with salt and water or vinegar and water to remove fishy smell from your hands.

Garlic

*Store garlic in a bottle of cooking oil so it will not dry out. After the garlic is used up, you can use the garlic-flavored oil for salad.

Ice cream

*To prevent wax like film on top of ice cream that has been opened and returned to the freezer after part of the ice cream has been removed, press a piece of waxed paper against the surface and reseal the carton.

Lemons

*Lemons will yield more juice if stored in a tightly sealed jar of water in the refrigerator.

*Wrap and freeze the rind after you’ve squeezed a lemon so that when a recipe calls for lemon rind, you will not have to grate a fresh lemon.

*Submerging a lemon in hot water for 15 minutes before squeezing will yield almost twice the amount of juice.

*Or, warm them in your oven for a few minutes before squeezing.

Lettuce and celery

*Store them in the refrigerator in paper bags instead of plastic to keep them longer. Do not remove the outside leaves of either until ready to use.

*Lettuce will not wilt as quickly if you place a paper towel or napkin in the storage container.

*Line the bottom of the vegetable compartment in the ref with paper toweling. This absorbs the excess moisture and keeps all vegetables and fruits fresher for a longer period of time.

*Or, put a few dry sponges in the vegetable compartment to absorb moisture.

Meat

*When browning any piece of meat, be sure the meat is perfectly dry and the fat is very hot so the browning will be done more efficiently.

Onions

*Once an onion has been cut in half, rub the left over side with butter and it will keep fresh longer.

Parsley

*Keep fresh and crisp by storing in a wide-mouth jar with a tight lid.

*Parsley can also be frozen.

Potatoes

*A leftover baked potato can be rebaked if you dip it in water and bake in a 350-degree oven for about 20 minutes.

*If you have peeled too many potatoes, cover them with cold water to which a few drops of vinegar have been added. Keep refrigerated and they will last for three to four days.

Poultry

*Chill chicken for an hour after coating with flour so the coating adheres better during frying.

*A few drops of yellow food coloring placed in the shortening before it has heated will make for a golden brown chicken.

Salt

*Keep a large shaker filled with a mixture of both salt and pepper (3/4 salt & ¼ pepper) since most recipes call for both salt and pepper

*When to add salt: add early on for soups and stews; for meats, sprinkle just before taking them off the stove; for veggies, cook in salted water.

Soup

*Shake a can of soup well before opening and open at the bottom end instead of the top so the contents will slide out nicely.

Vegetables

*Pour boiling water over frozen vegetables to restore the fresh flavor. Rinse away all traces of the frozen water.

*Cook in broth for a nice flavor.


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