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Cutting Cake 101: How to Cut Cake the Right Way

Details: But if you’ve ever been the “Office Space” Milton in the room, watching in horror as someone over-estimated the size of cake wedges needed to make sure everyone got one, then you will acknowledge the need for an alternative that maximizes the number of portions available from a single, round cake. Pastry chefs, either in bakeries or in restaurants, have different goals for serving cake.

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How to Slow Cook in the Instant Pot: Tips and

Details: With colder weather on the way, soups, stews, and braises are ready for their time to shine. If you ditched your Crock-Pot but want low-and-slow convenience, here’s how to slow cook in your Instant Pot (and whether you need the glass lid to do it).

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How to Make Fresh Pasta

Details: Add pasta to salted water that’s at a rolling boil—but if you’re using a stainless pan, don’t salt the water until after it boils!. Remember that fresh pasta cooks faster, so keep an eye on it and pull it off before it gets too soft.. You can save uncooked fresh pasta by freezing it: Place it in a single layer on a cookie sheet and pop in the freezer.

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A Beginner Canning Guide: How to Can Fruits and Vegetables

Details: There are two canning methods: hot water bath canning and pressure canning. Hot water canning is used exclusively for high acid food with pH values of 4.6 or lower.The acidity can be natural (as it is in most fruits, jams, and jellies) or added, as in pickled vegetables and most tomatoes (bottled lemon juice is a common acidic ingredient in these recipes).

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How to Clean and Cook Fresh Clams

Details: Getting rid of grit is paramount when making clams, and all you need are a few bowls, cold water, a scrub brush, and a little patience.Learn how to clean your clams, plus how to choose clams, shuck clams, and what to cook with fresh clams too.

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How to Make the Best Homemade Salsa with Recipes and Tips

Details: The best salsa is easy to make as long as you have great raw ingredients. You don’t even need a recipe to make salsa—but we’ll give you plenty, plus basic rules and tips for perfect homemade salsa every time, whether you’re following specific instructions or not. And you can always customize it depending on what produce you have and how hot (or mild) you like things.

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How to Make Limoncello Liqueur with a Recipe

Details: After dinner—which is neither a short, light, nor early affair for Italians—“it is normal to have a limoncello, commonly served chilled in a shot glass,” Bongiovanni says. “It’s often taken after a big meal to both aid digestion and enjoy leisurely,” ideally while …

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How to Eat Canned Sardines

Details: If you’re unsure how to eat canned sardines, we have some intriguing ideas for you.Usually tinned sardines are thought of as a last resort for when you can’t be bothered to cook, if not relegated to apocalypse food, but we urge you to reconsider.The small, oily, silvery fish are inexpensive, easy to prepare, and loaded with things that are good for you, like omega-3 fatty acids and calcium.

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How to Use Liquid Smoke

Details: Wright’s liquid smoke was marketed as a quicker and cheaper alternative to the painstaking process of actually smoking meat—which is both an art and a science—in order to make it last longer. It still serves the same basic purpose as a shortcut ingredient, although it’s the sought-after smoky flavor that people want these days, with little thought to its preservative properties.

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Cassava Flour: What Is It and How to Use It

Details: “Grain-based desserts like cakes, cookies, pies, and doughnuts are the largest source of calories in the American diet. Using an alternative flour in recipes for these desserts can create a ‘health halo’ around these items, and a person may feel it is OK to indulge in larger portions,” Yule warns.

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How to Make the Best PB&J

Details: It doesn’t get much more classic than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich…but just because something is classic doesn’t mean it doesn’t allow for any creativity. In fact, foodies across the board are constantly on the hunt for the best possible version of this all-too-nostalgic dish.

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How to Organize Your Closet

Details: The season of spring cleaning may be over, but it’s never a bad time to tidy up (especially since you’re spending so much time at home). Why not organize your closet? These pics and tips will inspire you…to think about doing it, at least. Confession: I thoroughly enjoy cleaning my closet and do so on a regular basis. A textbook Virgo at heart, there’s something about seeing well-loved

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How to Use Eggshells and Coffee Grounds in the Garden as

Details: If you want your plants to reach their full potential, simply placing seeds into the earth just won’t cut it.“Soil itself doesn’t really help plant growth enough,” says Yasmeen Qursha, Unit Director of the Campus Center for Health and the Environment at the University of California, Davis. “It does need other supplemental sources of nutrients.”

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How to Make Easy Chili Oil or Chili Crisp

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How to reduce the acidity in citrus juices

Details: Read the How to reduce the acidity in citrus juices? discussion from the Chowhound Home Cooking, Grapefruit Juice food community. Join the discussion today.

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How to Grill Sausage: The Best Sausage Grilling Tips

Details: Beer Me. Drinking beer and grilling sausage go hand in hand, so why not take that pairing to the next level? “If you want to add a little flavor, boil your sausages off in beer,” says Denes. “It gets a nice lager flavor into the sausage.”

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How to Make Corn Nuts

Details: Equipment. If using fresh corn, you can either use a dehydrator or your oven to dry it out; in the latter case, you’ll also need to use an oven thermometer to ensure the temperature remains consistent throughout the process. Better yet, skip this step, and just buy your corn already dried. For oven-roasted corn nuts, we recommend using a parchment-lined baking sheet.

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Vietnamese-Style Summer Rolls with Peanut Sauce Recipe

Details: These light and healthy Vietnamese-influenced summer rolls are filled with cooked shrimp, rice noodles, and plenty of fresh herbs and vegetables for flavor and crunch.Once your ingredients are prepped, the rolling fun begins as sheets of rice paper are softened in water and used for the wrappers.

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How to Clean a Waffle Maker

Details: There’s never a bad time for waffles but now that the weather is getting cooler, they’ll probably be in regular rotation (pumpkin spice or otherwise). Here’s how to clean a waffle maker, with or without removable plates, so yours is always ready to go.. Turning to your waffle maker can up the ante on brunch, whether it’s for delicious, golden waffles or hash brown waffle patties—and

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Dinner for 20-25 people

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How to Make a Smashburger Cheeseburger

Details: A grilled hamburger is always great, but you don’t need to take it outside for perfect results. Learn how to make a smashburger, the best indoor burger around, just in time for National Cheeseburger Day on September 18.. There is perhaps no better way to both satiate and de-stress during our current cuckoo bananas timeline than cooking smashburgers. It’s soul-satisfying comfort …

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The Best BBQ Smoked Brisket: Pitmaster Tips and Tricks

Details: Want to try your hand at smoked brisket this Labor Day weekend? Learn everything you need to know about making perfect BBQ brisket, courtesy of Burt Bakman, who would never call himself a pitmaster (but definitely is a pro).. If you’re a home cook seeking advice on how to cook the perfect barbecue brisket, Burt Bakman is the best person to ask–with one important caveat.

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How to Make Sushi at Home

Details: Before cooking your grain of choice, make sure to rinse it a few times by covering with water, giving it a good swirl, and draining. For sushi rice, repeat this process until the water is clear. This rinsing is a must to remove excess starch and prevent mushiness when cooking.

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improving store sauerkraut

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How to Make a Scotch Egg

Details: Most Easter eggs are brightly dyed, made of chocolate, or hollow plastic and filled with jelly beans, but we took the Easter egg idea in a different direction: Scotch eggs—a classic British pub snack of breaded and deep-fried hard-boiled eggs encased in sausage.. The original version of this post actually dates back to 2012, when Amy Wisniewski first wrote about our ingenious (if we may say

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Ground Beef: Pound to Cup Conversion

Details: Read the Ground Beef: Pound to Cup Conversion discussion from the Chowhound Home Cooking, Beef food community. Join the discussion today.

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How to Bake with Frozen Bananas

Details: Freezing bananas is a great way to avoid food waste, as freezing them can maintain their flavor and freshness until you’re ready to eat them.. Because bananas are a versatile ingredient that’s great for baking, you might find it easier to have frozen bananas on hand than getting them to the right stage of ripeness on your counter when you want to bake.

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Guide to Ramps: What They Are, Where to Find Them, and How

Details: Ramps are hard to describe. Ask shoppers about them at a farmer’s market and you’ll get all sorts of answers; yes, ramps look sort of like scallions, but they have these broad flat green leaves; ramps taste a little bit like amped-up garlic; ramps are too expensive…what makes these bewildering greens so dear to professional cooks?For an answer to that, it’s best to ask a chef.

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How Long to Oven Cook a VERY Small Brisket

Details: I have a small piece of brisket - 1.3 pounds. All the recipes I can find assume 5 - 6 pounds, so are suggesting 5 hours or so of cooking time; or …

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Re-heating a cooked pork roast

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Couldn't find frozen sweetened strawberries, how to make

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How to Make the Best Smoothie: Easy Tips and Tricks

Details: If you want make the best smoothie of all time, take these easy tips and tricks to heart.. Too sweet, too watery, not flavorful enough, too chalky…there are a ton of reasons why your smoothie isn’t living up to your expectations.

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Leftover Chili Ideas: How to Use Up Chili

Details: Leftover chili is the perfect excuse to make Reese Witherspoon’s Cornbread and Chili Pie—a recipe that involves baking a layer of cornbread atop a savory meat and bean mixture. With leftover chili at your disposal, you can easily skip several steps. Just place your chili in …

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How do you get the fine cooked ground beef texture

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How to Use Whey Leftover from Making Yogurt

Details: If you make your own yogurt (Instant Pot or otherwise), here’s how to use the whey that will be left behind.. Yogurt whey is a byproduct of the homemade yogurt process. Technically, it’s waste, assuming you’re not making yogurt solely to make whey—but don’t pour it down the drain!Whey can be put to good use as a substitute for other liquids such as milk, buttermilk, and water.

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How to Clean Plastic and Tupperware Containers

Details: Dishwashers can be the hero here but finding space may be an issue. Plastics should be relegated to the top shelf because close contact with the heating element on the bottom of the machine will cause harmful chemicals to leach.

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Canning Tomato Sauce: How to Make Tomato Sauce That's Safe

Details: Van der Steur recommends the following items as the bare essentials to a home canning system:. Glass jars: It may be called canning, but glass jars are the container of choice to store your sauce. “Always inspect jars for chips and cracks before filling and …

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How To Host Afternoon High Tea Service at Home

Details: How to host afternoon high tea at home. If you want to host high tea at home (a perfect Mother’s Day treat for moms who aren’t morning people, breakfast in bed or no—and extra appropriate for any Anglophile mums out there), here’s everything you need to know to pull it off.. There’s no question the Brits and British luxury hotels like Claridge’s and The Goring perfected afternoon

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How to Buy Shrimp at the Store and How to Store, Thaw

Details: Shrimp come in a surprisingly huge range of sizes, varieties, and preparations—fresh and frozen, wild and farmed, jumbo and teeny tiny. It can be hard to know which kind to choose, but this guide on how to buy shrimp, as well as how to store it, thaw it, prepare it, and cook it will make you a Bubba Gump level expert in no time.

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How to Grill for Beginners: The Ultimate BBQ Guide

Details: No one starts out a BBQ master; if you’re new to grilling, this guide will help you grill like a pro the first time you fire up the coals (or crank up the propane).. Even if we can’t end up throwing our usual Labor Day BBQ bash this year, we’re absolutely getting out in the yard (or on the patio) and grilling as much as we can before the weather turns.

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How to Plant, Grow, and Harvest Eggplant Plants

Details: When growing eggplant, also sometimes known as brinjal or aubergine, there are certain steps you can take to up your yield.. From when to plant your eggplants to how best to care for them and when to harvest, we’re about to dive in and teach you all that you need to know about these warm-weather vegetables.

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How to Use Leftover Egg Yolks

Details: The simplest thing to do with either extra egg yolks—or whites, for that matter— is simply add them to your scrambled eggs. (Or frittatas, or quiches, or omelets…) Egg yolks stay good in your fridge for a couple of days, so if you only have a couple to use up, this is as easy as it gets.Egg yolks contain half of the protein of a whole egg, but a majority of the fat, so note that this is

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Pan-Crisped Pancetta Recipe

Details: Bacon actually holds up quite well in the freezer, though its peak flavor quality will only last one to two months. To freeze, you may keep the bacon in its original packaging, but wrap around it with another layer of aluminum foil, plastic wrap, or freezer paper.

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How to keep biscotti fresh

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How to Use Mason Jars for Meal Prep, Storage, Soup, Ice

Details: Mason jars are hot property right now—and not for the first time. Beyond their traditional use for canning (which, like bread baking earlier this year, is seeing a surge in popularity and a resulting scarcity of supplies in some areas), they’re good for lots of other things. People can be surprisingly passionate about those things, but even if you rail against the practice of drinking wine

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How do you reheat corned beef brisket

Details: Hey all. I love making corned beef at home, both from the bag and from scratch, but one thing I can't figure out is how to reheat it properly.

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