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Make Perfect Poached Eggs

Poached egg - Breakfast

Add two teaspoons of white vinegar to the simmering water before adding the eggs. This helps keep the whites together but does not affect the flavor.

Keep Spices Fresh

Spice - Indian cuisine

Store spices at room temperature but away from the heat and steam of the stove. They will keep their flavor and potency longer.

Store Foods At The Right Temperatures

Refrigerator - Thermometer

To ensure food safety, your refrigerator temperature should be 36-39 degrees Fahrenheit (approx. 4º C), and the freezer should be 0-6 degrees Fahrenheit (-18 to -14º C).

Extra Broth?

Ice cube - Stock photography

If you have leftover broth, freeze it in ice cube trays, then transfer the cubes to a baggie and store in the freezer. Use the cubes at a later date to add extra flavor to soups, stews and gravies.

Grease-Free Cookies

Bread - Rye Bread

Place hot cookies on a brown paper bag. The paper will absorb the grease from the cookies.

Use Your Slow Cooker as a Warmer

Slow Cooker - Cooker

Cooks know that on Thanksgiving Day, oven space is limited. So rather than take up space trying to keep your mashed potatoes warm, transfer them to your slow cooker and keep it on Low. You can even bring the ceramic insert right to the table when it’s time to eat!

Freeze Ground Beef The Right Way!

Beef - Mettwurst

Buy ground beef in bulk when it’s on sale and freeze in half-pound packages in one-quart freezer bags. Roll the meat as flat as possible in the bag, removing all the air, and freeze flat. Then when the packages are frozen, you can stack them. Not only do they take up less space in the freezer, but

Easy Homemade Tater Tots!

It’s easy to make everyone’s favorite side dish! Just mix 2 cups leftover mashed potatoes with 1 egg and 1/4 cup flour. Shape into tot shapes, roll in panko breadcrumbs, and fry in vegetable oil until deep golden brown. For extra deliciousness, add 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese to the potato mixture!

For Tender, Flaky Biscuits and Scones

Biscuit Mix - Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit Mix

To bake tender, flaky biscuits, pie crusts, and scones (or any recipe that calls for cold butter to be cut into the flour), simply freeze a stick of butter and grate it using the largest holes of a box cheese grater.  Then add to the flour mixture.

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