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Helpful Cooking Hints

Bananas that have darkened can be peeled and frozen in a plastic container until it’s time to bake bread or cake.

When cutting pie crust strips, the fastest way is to use a pizza cutter.

Bread Helpful Hints

When bread is baking, a small dish of water in the oven will help to keep the crust from getting hard or too brown.

Helpful cooking hints using shortening, not oleo or oil to grease pans as oleo and oil will absorb more rapidly into the dough or batter and do not help to release baked goods from pan easily (especially bread).

Use a metal ice tray divider to cut biscuits in a hurry. Press onto dough and biscuits will separate at dividing lines when baked.

Self rising flour; 4 cups flour, 2 tablespoons salt and 2 tablespoons baking powder. Mix well and store in tightly covered container.

Helpful cooking hints using hot water and yeast. One way to tell the correct temperature is to pour the water over your forearm and if you cannot feel either hot or cold, the temperature is just right.

When in doubt, always sift flour before measuring.

When cooking in glass pans, reduce oven temperature by 25 degrees.

When milk is used in making bread, you get a finer texture. Water makes a courser bread.

Helpful cooking hints when cooking with milk.
To prevent scorching when scalding milk, first rinse pan in hot water.

If your biscuits are dry, it could be from too much handling, or the oven temperature may not have been hot enough.

Nut breads are better if store 24 hour before using.

To make bread crumbs, toast the heels of bread and put in a blender of food processor.

Helpful Hints (Eggs)

If you want to use cracked eggs,
the cracked eggs should only be used in dishes that are thoroughly cooked; they may contain bacteria.

The freshness of eggs can be tested by placing them in a large bowl of cold water. If they float, do not use them.

When you’re grilling your main dish, try grilling your vegetables too, for an easy no-mess side dish.

To dress up buttered, cooked vegetables, sprinkle them with toasted sesame seed, toasted chopped nuts, crumbled cooked bacon, canned french-fried onions, or slightly crushed seasoned croutons.

To avoid toughening beans or corn, add salt when cooking is halfway through.

Helpful cooking hints to make bright white mashed potatoes.
A little vinegar or lemon juice added to potatoes before draining will make them extra white when mashed.

To avoid tears when cutting onions try cutting them under running cold water or placing them in the freezer briefly before cutting.

To cut down on odors when cooking cabbage, cauliflower, etc., add a little vinegar to the cooking water.

To bake potatoes quickly, place them in boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes. Pierce skin with a fork and then bake in a preheated oven.

Fresh vegetables require little seasoning or cooking. If the vegetable is old, dress it up with sauces or seasonings.

Never soak vegetables after slicing; you will loose much of their nutritional value.

A lump of sugar added to water when cooking greens helps vegetables retain their fresh color.

Helpful cooking hints to hasten your water to boil and add some flavor.
Allow 1/4 teaspoon salt to each cup of water for cooking vegetables.

When cooking vegetables that grow above ground, remember to boil them without a cover.

Three large stalks of cut-up celery added to about 2 cups of beans (navy, pinto, brown, etc.) will make them more easily digestible, as will a bit of soda.

To save money and vitamins: Pour all leftover vegetables and the water they are cooked in into a freezer container. When full, add tomato juice and seasoning and make into a soup for lunch.

Helpful Hints (Smells)

Helpful cooking hint to remove the smell of onion from your hands.
Fresh lemon juice will remove onion scent from hands.

Graham Flour

Graham flour is a form of whole wheat flour. It is named for Sylvester Graham, a forerunner of the health food movement. Graham developed this form of flour in the 1830s in hopes of diverting people away from the less healthy refined white flour. His Graham hotels promoted vegetarian meals and unseasoned foods, being of the belief that condiments would encourage the imbibing of alcohol.

To make graham flour, the endosperm of winter wheat is finely ground. The bran and germ layers are returned and mixed in, resulting in a coarse, brown flour with a nutty and slightly sweet flavor. Today, some commercial granaries remove much of the wheat germ to prolong the shelf life of the flour. The germ contains oil that accelerates rancidity. Graham flour is unrefined and unbleached.

Although the terms graham flour and whole wheat flour are often used interchangeably, there is a difference. Graham flour is a slightly coarser grind than whole wheat flour.

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Substitute, substitute, substitute. Recipes were made to be messed with. Use alternative ingredients to make your recipes healthier. Cook with broth (low-sodium vegetable, low-fat chicken or beef) instead of with oils. Use vinaigrettes or citrus-juice-based dressings instead of creamy ones, which are often full of saturated fat. Try olive oil, skim milk, or yogurt instead of butter or cream. Re-work dessert recipes that require heavy cream with evaporated skim milk or yogurt. For cakes and other desserts, substitute fresh-fruit puree as a topping instead of frosting. And one of my favorites: pancakes with applesauce, not maple syrup. These changes will give your favorite recipes great new flavor, and your food will be healthier!

Recipe For Happiness

2 Heaping cups of Patience
1 Heart full of Love
2 Hands full of Generosity
1 Head full of Understanding
and a Dash of Laughter

Sprinkle generously with kindness, add plenty of faith and mix well. Spread over a period of a lifetime and serve to everyone you meet.

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