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End Leaky Ice Cream Cones!

Woman holding delicious ice cream in wafer cone on white background, closeup

Drop a mini marshmallow inside the bottom of your waffle cone before scooping in the ice cream to avoid leaks as it melts. The marshmallow will absorb the ice cream and you’ll have a tasty treat at the end!

Selecting the Perfect Eggplant

Aubergine - Vegetable

Bigger is not better when selecting eggplant from the supermarket or farmers’ market. Choose fruit that are smaller in size, and look for shiny, smooth, blemish-free skin. Squeeze it gently: the flesh should spring back. To prevent brown spots and bitterness, do not store them in the refrigerator.

Ripen Avocados Faster

Avocado banana smoothie - Banana

Speed up the ripening process of hard avocados by placing them in a paper bag with bananas. The gases emitted from the bananas will get those avocados soft and ready to use in no time!

Keep Cilantro Fresher Longer

If you purchase cilantro from the supermarket or farmers’ market, try this trick to keep it fresher longer: Untie the bunch and spread the leaves and stems out on a few dry paper towels. Allow to air dry for 10 minutes, then roll them up in the paper towel and store in a sealable plastic bag. They’ll

Zest Citrus Fruits First!

Vegetarian cuisine - Lemon peel

Before juicing lemons, oranges, or limes, zest the peels first for use in cakes, muffins, frostings, etc.  Scrub or soak the fruit first to remove any residue. Zest can be stored in airtight baggies in the freezer until ready to use.

Crispier French Fries

French fries - 50 Taters

To make the crispiest, most delicious homemade French Fries, allow the sliced potatoes to stand in cold water for half an hour (and dry thoroughly) before frying.

Perfect Bacon Every Time

Apple pizza - Whole wheat pizza dough

To make perfect, hassle-free crispy bacon, turn on your oven! Simply lay bacon strips evenly in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 400º F. on the middle rack for 15-20 minutes (give it a quick check at the 10-minute mark). No flipping required. Drain and serve. And don’t forget to save the

Kitchen Space Saver

Flask - Stock photography

Use a thermos or insulated coffee carafe to keep Thanksgiving gravy warm while you put the final touches on the meal. This frees up much-needed space on the stove. Then simply pour it into a gravy boat and serve.

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