Tips & Tricks

How to Defrost Fish

Commercially frozen fish is one of the great innovations of the culinary world. In the old days, you could never know for sure if the fish you were buying was truly fresh.

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How to Measure Flour Accurately

Improper measuring is probably the number one reason recipes fail. Flour is crucial to the structure of baked goods; if you add too much flour your product will be tough and dry. If you use too little flour, your product will collapse when it comes out of the oven ​and have wet spots and dense layers.

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How to Measure in Cooking and Baking

Measuring accurately is probably the most important cooking skill in the kitchen. Home Economists in test kitchens spend many hours testing recipes with different measurements in a process called 'tolerance testing.'

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How to Store Vegetables

Like most people, you probably shop for several days' worth of groceries at a time, which means you face the issue of making sure your fresh vegetables stay fresh for as long as possible.

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How to Freeze Fresh Cherries

Freezing fresh cherries for later use keeps the sweet taste of summer around. And it's super easy to do—all you need is a freezer. You can eat them straight out of the freezer for a cooling snack on a sweltering summer day. Frozen cherries also work as a natural thickener in smoothies (the same way ice thickens a blended drink). But adding frozen cherries to baked goods might just be the best use of all. For muffins, bread, and pies, frozen cherries provide the same sweetness of fresh and no defrosting is needed. Cherry pie anyone?

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How to Quickly Freeze Ripe Bananas

Bananas may not cost much, but it's a shame to let them go to waste when they're so easy to freeze. Here's how to freeze them so that you can enjoy them later in bread, smoothies, or in other recipes.

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How to Freeze and Store Basil

If you have more basil in your garden than you can use when it's fresh, the answer is to pop it in the freezer and have the pleasure of using fresh basil all year long. Here are three different ways to freeze it for year-round use.

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How to Freeze Peppers

When fresh peppers are in season, they're quite inexpensive, so buying the sweet surplus is a great idea. Also, if you have a garden, pepper plants are quite the producers, with a dozen or more peppers per plant. If you find yourself with too many peppers in your kitchen and not enough recipes to use them in but plenty of space in your freezer, the best course of action is to freeze them for later use.

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