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Why Didn't I Think of That
published by The Wimmer Companies, Inc
ISBN 1-882232-15-1

: Sausage patties rolled in flour before frying won't crack : open during cooking.

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: Hardened brown sugar may be softened quickly if you add a : slice of apple to the sugar and microwave it for 20 seconds.

: Keep a slice of apple in the bag of brown sugar and it won't : harden. If your sugar is already brick-hard, put your cheese : grater to work and quickly grate the amount you need.

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: Put peelings from Irish or sweet potatoes in your deep fryer : until and cook until done; drain, then use with dips or add : salt and eat them like chips.

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: Serving punch, lemonade etc. from a large punch bowl. Freeze : the ice to be used in muffin tins. The large rounds of ice : won't melt so quickly. Or, to prevent any watering down at : all, freeze the juices along with a cherry of mint leaf in : the tins, or in ice cube trays. They'll chill the mixture : and look pretty at the same time.

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: You'll get far more juice from a lemon if you first warm it : slightly in the oven or microwave.

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: If your recipe calls for buttermilk, you can substitute one : tablespoon or strained lemon juice or cider vinegar to one : cup of sweet milk.

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: A fresh bay leaf inside your flour canister will keep the : bugs away.

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: A few bay leaves scattered near your spices will help keep : bugs away.

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: Two drops of yellow food coloring added to boiling noodles : will make them look homemade.

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: If your drop cookies spread into a big blob, next time chill : the dough first.

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: Wax paper won't slip and slide when you're rolling out : pastry if you first dampen the counter top and press the : paper firmly to it.

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: To remove pecan meats whole, pour boiling water over the : nuts and let them stand until cold. Then use a nut cracker : or hammer on the small end of the nut.

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: Dates, candied cherries and other sticky dried fruits used : in holiday baking will be much easier to cut or chop if you : put them in the freezer for an hour or two. It also helps to : dip your knife or scissors into hot water now and then : while you're cutting.

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: When separating eggs, break them into a funnel. The whites : will go through leaving the yellow intact in the funnel.

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: To make a grease encrusted aluminum skillet shine like new, : cover the skillet with a heavy cloth very well soaked : (really wet) with ammonia (the kind with detergent added).

: Place the covered skillet in a heavy plastic bag and fasten : securely. Let stand overnight, then wash as usual.

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: A few drops of lemon juice added to simmering rice will keep : the grains separate.

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: Lemon juice squeezed on peeled bananas or apples prevents : them from turning dark.

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: Lemon juice or vinegar added to the boiling water will make : your cauliflower snowy white.

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: Roll out pie dough between two sheets of waxed paper and the : dough won't stick to the roller or the counter.

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Submitted By DIANE LAZARUS On 12-05-94

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