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Can You Reuse Cooking Oil?

Since posting the breaded cauliflower recipe, I had a friend ask “Can you reuse cooking oil?” The answer is YES, but it needs to be filtered first to remove the brown bits of food – if you reuse the oil without removing the browned bits, they’ll burn the next time ...

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Bunch of bananas

Store Ripe Bananas in the Fridge

My 89 year old Nana has a problem: she says she can never seem to eat all the bananas she buys before they turn soft.  This means she has way too many bananas going into her freezer on a weekly basis to keep up with for baking. The obvious answer to ...

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Are the Bits of Food on the Bottom of the Pan Browning Too Quickly? Deglaze the Pan!

Don’t panic if the browned bits of food on the bottom of the pan (a.k.a. fond) are browning too quickly (seconds away from burning). Just turn the heat down a little and deglaze the bottom of the pan! Add a splash of water and then scrape up the browned bits ...

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How Much Juice is in a Lime?

1 fully squeezed juicy lime will give you approximately 2 tablespoons of lime juice. How Much Juice is in a Lime? is published on 2012-05-01T21:53:59-04:00 and last modified: 2014-02-13T17:50:29-05:00 by Kary Osmond

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What do you do with leftover tomato paste

What Do You Do With Leftover Tomato Paste?

Some recipes call for 1 tablespoon of tomato paste, and unless you have tomato paste in a tube, opening up a new can seems pointless.  Especially when you’ll have 9 tablespoons of leftover paste to deal with. There are a few different ways to handle leftover tomato paste, but this ...

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can you soften brown sugar?

How Do You Soften Brown Sugar?

It’s easy, all you need is bread and patience. Just stick a piece of bread in the bag of hard sugar and close it tightly.  The brown sugar will absorb the moisture from the bread leaving it soft after 24 hours.  You can also use a terracotta coin, but you ...

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Can You Reuse Cooking Oil?

Since posting the breaded cauliflower recipe, I had a friend ask “Can you reuse cooking oil?” The answer is YES, but it needs to be filtered first to remove the brown bits of food – if you reuse the oil without removing the browned bits, they’ll burn the next time ...

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Must have herbs and spices

What are Your Must-Have Herbs and Spices?

Herbs and spices are a pantry necessity, they add fragrance and flavour to so many dishes! I am regularly asked what my must have herbs and spices are. Here they are: Bay leaves: use in stews, chillis and curries. Black pepper: salt’s partner. Cayenne powder: hot, hot, hot. Chilli powder: a blend ...

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scooper dooper

Scooper-Dooper – It Can Scoop, Chop and Scrape

A question I get asked all the time is, “What is that thing you use to transfer ingredients on the show?” and “Where can I find one?“ It’s official name on Best Recipes Ever is “my scooper-cooper,” but technically it’s called a dough scraper, dough cutter, dough knife, pastry cutter, pastry ...

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