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Keep Your Punch Cool
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To keep your punch cool, float an ice ring made from the punch rather than using ice cubes. Not only is this more decorative, but it also limits melting and diluting. Use a jello mold to make your ice ring, or a muffin tin to make large round shaped punch cubes, or use whatever shaped mold you have available, to match your event theme. Let your creative ideas flow!

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Keep Bananas Fresh Longer
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Next time you buy bananas, pull the bananas apart at the stem to keep them fresh longer.  If you leave them together at the stem, they will ripen faster.

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Freezing Homemade Baby Food
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Freeze your homemade baby food in regular or large size muffin tins or ice cube trays, depending on the quantity you want per serving. Once frozen, place in freezer bags, label and use as you need. Next time you have a banana or two that are over ripe, peel and mash into a couple of ice cube tray sections and freeze. Any leftover cooked vegetables could be mashed and frozen in ice cube tray sections. Use a blender to puree foods to the consistency you want for freezing homemade baby food!

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Freezing Leftovers
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Freeze leftover mashed potatoes, gravy, chili, spaghetti sauce, meatloaf or a casserole in regular or large size muffin tins.  Once frozen, remove from the tins and place in a freezer bag, label and use as needed.  Spray your muffin tin with Pam, if you want or line with aluminum foil for easy removal.  This works great for bringing lunch to work or a thrifty after school snack for the kids.  Great Food Tips and Money Saving Ideas for Freezing Leftovers in muffin tins!

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Raspberry Tips
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When buying fresh raspberries look for berries that are plump, dark red with no stains on the bottom of the packaging.  Fresh raspberries deteriorate rapidly so if you can't use them right away, freeze them.  Freeze in a single layer on a cookie sheet, then pour them into a plastic freezer bag or container, label and they'll be ready to measure out the quantity needed for your next cooking adventure.  Or make jars of jam to enjoy yourself or to share as great thrifty gift ideas.

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Pizza Cutter Uses
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Use a pizza cutter for a quick and easy way to cut up children's pancakes, grilled cheese sandwiches or french toast.  
Can't find your pastry cutter?  Your pizza cutter will cut your pie lattice strips or steam slits if you are making a solid pastry pie top. Remember to cut fun shapes with your leftover pastry, sprinkle them with cinnamon and sugar, then bake.  Yum!
Dice fresh parsley, chives or cilantro with a few rolls of your pizza cutter, to add great flavor to your favorite recipes!

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Chicken Breast Cooking Tips
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Keep frozen chicken breasts on hand to give weight to a quick pasta meal. They are easy to defrost in the microwave. Take care to barely thaw the breasts; if they are allowed to cook in the microwave, the fast change of temperature will toughen the meat. To ensure the breasts will stay tender, cut them into strips while they are still lightly frozen.

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Cranberry Cooking Tip
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When making a whole-berry cranberry sauce, it is a good idea to add the sugar after the cranberries have been cooked, letting it dissolve in the juice.  Adding sugar earlier tends to toughen the skins.  Happy Cooking Tips!

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Keep a Grease Can Handy
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Store your empty cans from nuts, coffee or those yummy Fried Onions you put on Green Bean Casserole - under your kitchen sink. When you have leftover used cooking oil or grease, fill one of these containers.  Cool and dispose of after each use or if there is still space in the container - find an available spot in your freezer; mark the outside "Grease".  Reuse until filled and then dispose of in your garbage.  Great way to reuse non-recyclable containers.

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