When to wash your fruitWritten by Shauna Hanus
Washing your fruit is recommended for many reasons. Dirt or bugs may be on outside or in commercially produced fruit pesticide residue may be present. There are times when you should wait until immediately before you serve fruit to wash.
Cherries, both Bing and Rainier, blackberries, raspberries both red and black, cranberries, strawberries, blueberries and huckleberries should all be stored in a clean container in refrigerator until you are ready to use them. When you are ready to cook with or serve fruit place cherries or berries in a colander and gently run them under cool water.
For fruit such as apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, and plums wash these up as soon as you bring them home from market. This way they will be ready for your family to enjoy at a moments notice.
Substitutions for commonly used ingredientsWritten by Shauna Hanus
What should you do if you are in middle of a recipe and realize you are out of an ingredient? You could send your child to local convenience store for cream cheese and end up having to serve your caviar with Velveeta because to a 13 year old they are both soft cheeses. This really happened when my Mother sent me for cream cheese.
Instead of sending off kids, or launching into a panic attack and reaching for Zoloft try substituting.
Here are a few quick and simple substitutions.
•When using fresh herbs instead of dried, use 1 Tablespoon fresh for 1 teaspoon dry.
•Vinegar for lemon juice. Use ½ teaspoon white vinegar for 1 teaspoon lemon juice.
•When your recipe calls for buttermilk add 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar to your regular milk. Some old banana bread recipes even call for this substitution.