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No More Brown Bananas

I eat ( and buy ) lots of bananas. To avoid having them turn
brown so quickly, simply separate them. It really works!

- Submitted by RAEVENSWING 4/8/2010 in Cooking | 22 Comments

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Make extra food at dinner for lunch tomorrow!

This is one of my best healthy eating and cooking tips. Every time I cook dinner, I want the time and effort put into it to last. So I double my recipes in order to have enough for dinner that night and leftovers for at least the next day's lunches.

- Submitted by COACH_NICOLE 3/24/2010 in Cooking | 31 Comments

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Maximizing your microwave popcorn yield

Fill a mug full of water and microwave it for 1 minute. Then take out the mug and put in your bag of popcorn. Set to desired time. The "pre-heated" microwave will leave fewer unpopped kernels in the bag, and more popcorn for you to enjoy!

- Submitted by DRAMAQUEEN1913 6/13/2010 in Cooking | 9 Comments

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Measuring Cups

Before you pour sticky substances into your measuring cup, fill it with hot water. Dump out the water but don't dry the cup. Next add your ingredient such as peanut butter and watch how easy it comes out.

- Submitted by UMTONDO 4/16/2010 in Cooking | 3 Comments

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Love for the Slow Cooker

Fire and language are nice, but the greatest invention of all time is the slow cooker.

- Submitted by JESPAH 3/25/2010 in Cooking | 25 Comments

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Brown rice

Brown rice takes so long to cook. Well, cook a whole bag at one time. Then using a muffin tin fill each and put the entire thing in the freezer. Once frozen remove each rice "cup" and seal them in a freezer bag. When you want brown rice, just pop one in the microwave for about 2 minutes and it's done!

- Submitted by TERICHAVEZ 6/21/2010 in Cooking | 7 Comments

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easy-peel boiled eggs

When boiling eggs, add baking soda to the water and you will always have easy-peel shells!! The baking soda changes the Ph of the water, causing a chemical reaction in the egg, making the shells slide off easier!!

- Submitted by PICKIE98 3/29/2010 in Cooking | 10 Comments

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One step wonder with foil

Even though I love to cook, sometimes (ok... lots of times) I just don't have the time. I find that if I seal boneless skinless chicken breasts in individual foil packets with ingredients such as garlic, onion, vegetables, and spices and bake it at 425 for 30-35 minutes that the chicken always turns out moist and flavorful with lots of juices. I place the packets on a baking sheet for easy cleanup, and if there are leftovers, they are already wrapped and ready to go into the fridge!

- Submitted by MS_GOLIGHTLY 10/3/2010 in Cooking | 7 Comments

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Keeping Salad Greens Fresh

Buy large boxes of salad greens and keep them fresh by adding a paper towel to the box and refrigerating it upside down. The paper towel will absorb excess moisture so the greens will stay fresher longer.

- Submitted by URHERE 5/7/2010 in Cooking | 10 Comments

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Using food you have on hand...

There is a great website called supercook.com where you put in items from your cupboards and the website pulls up recipes for those items. Gets the creative juice flowing and helps you use up those foods in the back of your cupboards or even in your fridge...

- Submitted by TEDDYTEDDY 6/23/2011 in Cooking | 9 Comments
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