When to wash your fruit

Written by Shauna Hanus

Washing your fruit is recommended for many reasons. Dirt or bugs may be onrepparttar outside or in commercially produced fruit pesticide residue may be present. There are times when you should wait until immediately before you serverepparttar 142646 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 inrepparttar 142647 refrigerator until you are ready to use them. When you are ready to cook with or serverepparttar 142648 fruit placerepparttar 142649 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 fromrepparttar 142650 market. This way they will be ready for your family to enjoy at a moments notice.

Substitutions for commonly used ingredients

Written by Shauna Hanus

What should you do if you are inrepparttar middle of a recipe and realize you are out of an ingredient? You could send your child torepparttar 142645 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 offrepparttar 142646 kids, or launching into a panic attack and reaching forrepparttar 142647 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.

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