Cooking Tips

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How to Make Pastry Flour

If you've ever come across a recipe calling for pastry flour, but cannot find it locally, pastry flour can be attained by mixing equal parts cake flour and all-purpose flour.

How to Neatly slice Hard Boiled Eggs

To neatley slice hard boiled eggs put your knife in a tall glass of really cold water.
Slices perfectly.

Thanks Debie A. :)

No More Moldy Berries


We can learn something everyday. I love berries of all kinds. I've never tried this myself, but it is supposed to work. I will try it when I get berries again. We have had them mold plenty times. Thought I should share this one before the strawberries come in.

The key to preventing moldy berries...


Try mixing and matching herbs with a variety of foods to determine which combo that you prefer.

Here are some suggestions:

BASIL Tomato dishes, beef stew, pizza, lamb chops, shrimp creole, potato salad, eggplant, squash and peas.

BAY LEAF Pot roasts, game, fish stews, poultry stuffings, tomatoes, artichokes, beets, carrots and potato salad.

CHIVES Cottage cheese, egg dishes, meatballs, scalloped potatoes, tossed salads, tuna fish and poultry.

DILL Cheese dips, cottage cheese, lamb, drawn butter for shellfish, sauce for chicken or fish, carrots and peas.

Muffin Baking Tips

Avoid over mixing the batter or your muffins will be tough and chewy.
Make sure to use paper baking cups to line your muffin pan for quick removal and cleanup.
For fast measuring, fill baking cups with batter using a spring loaded ice cream scoop.
Freeze cooled muffins in a zip top freezer bag or plastic container for up to 2 weeks...

Grilling Steaks

Tinting Coconut

Dilute a few drops of food coloring with ½ teaspoon water in a large plastic food storage bag.
Add 1 to 1 1/3 cups flaked coconut.
Close the bag and shake well until the coconut is evenly coated.

If a deeper color is desired add more diluted food color and shake again.

Food SafetyTip

Food Safety Note: "Microorganisms live on the surfaces of all cut meats. When the meat is ground, the microorganisms spread throughout the ground mixture. That's why it's important to thoroughly cook all ground meat until it is no longer pink in the center.

*Yeast Test

1 cup measure
1/2 cup warm water (110-115 degrees),
1 tsp sugar
1½ tsp yeast

To the 1 cup measure add warm water, sugar and yeast. Stir, then wait 10 minutes and check the level.

It should be up to the 1cup level. If it doesn't go up that high, then probably the yeast shouldn't be used, or else use considerably more than the recipe calls for.
If it goes too high, don't use as much sugar as is called for in your recipe.

This is for making sure the yeast in your recipe is going to work right.