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Canned Diced Tomatoes vs Canned Whole Tomatoes

You’re making a tomato sauce, should you use canned diced tomatoes or canned whole tomatoes? Besides the obvious, what’s the difference? Answer: Calcium Chloride (CaCl2) What is calcium chloride?  It’s a type of salt, a mineral additive.  And it’s used ...

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Frying Too Quickly?

Helpful Hint: If the ingredients in your frying pan start to cook too quickly, don’t be afraid to slide your pan off the heat for a second. Frying Too Quickly? is published on 2013-07-23T21:08:42-04:00 and last modified: 2014-02-13T17:12:00-05:00 by Kary ...

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How to dry produce quickly

How To Dry Potatoes Quickly

  Washed potatoes need to be dried before being tossed in oil and placed in a hot oven to cook and crisp.  If the potatoes are wet when they go in the oven, they’ll steam instead of roast. Also, oil ...

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Balance the acidity in tomato sauce

Balance the Acidity in Your Tomato Sauce

To improve a slightly acidic tasting tomato sauce, add a pinch of sugar. It’s amazing how a pinch of sugar will balance out the acidity in the sauce and boost the flavour. Balance the Acidity in Your Tomato Sauce is ...

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Beef Cuts

Tender Beef Stew in a Slow Cooker

The other day, I received a great question from an old skating friend. I feel it’s a question and answer worth sharing. “I like making beef stew for my family in the slow cooker (Crock-Pot). However, I find that even ...

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Lumpy Gravy fix

How to Fix a Lumpy Gravy

If you end up with lumpy gravy, don’t panic!  Just give it a quick blitz in the blender to smooth it out. Also, here’s a quick way to separate the turkey juice from the fat. Happy Thanksgiving to all my American ...

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When to use which lentil?

Which Type of Lentil Should I Use?

Brown and green lentils hold their shape well after being cooked.  Red lentils, sometimes golden in colour, turn mushy when fully cooked, use them as a nutritious thickener for soups, sauces, and curries. Which Type of Lentil Should I Use? ...

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Peeling Cauliflower

Rescuing Cauliflower

Just because a head of cauliflower has a few brown spots on it, doesn’t mean it has to be thrown out. Just cut off the imperfections.  Using a vegetable peeler to do this works best. Rescuing Cauliflower is published on ...

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Instant Meat Cutting Board

Instant Meat Cutting Board

If you don’t have a large enough meat cutting board, place a smaller cutting board on top of a baking sheet. The baking sheet will catch all the yummy juices. Instant Meat Cutting Board is published on 2012-11-18T20:48:49-05:00 and last ...

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