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Often a recipe calls for less tomato paste than is in the can you bought. Not to worry - freeze the remainder in ice cube trays, using 1 Tbsp per "cube". Once frozen, put in a freezer bag and label. Keeps 2 to 3 months.
Rather than cutting grapes, cherries or cherry tomatoes one by one, try this. Arrange the fruit close together on a cutting board. Take a flat object (such as the flat part of a plate bottom), and place on top of the fruit. Press firmly, but gently. Run a sharp knife through the fruit, halfway between the flat object and the cutting board. Voila! Several fruit cut at once.
Instead of croutons on your salad, try crumbling a rice cake over it. Rice cakes come in many flavors these days, including my personal favorite, white cheddar - which weighs in at a mere 40 calories for a regular sized rice cake.
When you bring your cilantro home, trim a small amount off the bottom of the stems, remove any leaves near the bottom, and place the cilantro in a jar of water. Make sure no leaves get into the water. Place the jar in the refrigerator. Your cilantro will stay fresh up to 2 weeks!
Keep a binder with blank paper in an easily accessed place in your kitchen, such as a cupboard. Pull it out any time you prepare anything and jot down what it is and how much of it you're using. Pull out the page and set it by your computer or phone so you remember to enter it later.
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