Browsing category: How To’s & General Information

When the One Cup Measure Doesn’t Measure One Cup

It didn’t take long for me to realize that my new measuring cups for dry ingredients weren’t giving me accurate measurements.


Easy To Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

If you’ve ever struggled to peel a hard boiled egg or ended up with a greenish yolk, try this… Start with eggs that have been refrigerated for several days (more than a week is best). NEW EGGS WILL NOT PEEL EASILY.


How Many Servings of Fruit and Vegetables Should Your Family Eat?

I was opening a bag of frozen organic broccoli last night when I noticed that the serving size listed on the bag was four florets… and that the two-pound bag supposedly contained twelve servings.


Crockpots, Slow Cooking Dried Beans & Phytohaemagglutinin

Reader question… “A neighbor told me this morning that I shouldn’t be using my crockpot to cook dried beans.”


How To Season Cast Iron Cookware

Reader question… “Last month I inherited a cast iron skillet from a great-aunt. My problem is, I don’t know what to do with it.”


Freezing Batter for Quick & Easy Muffins Anytime

Having ready-to-bake homemade muffins in your freezer is so convenient. The process is simple. Use any muffin recipe, mixing the batter as usual. Portion the batter into individual paper or foil baking cups in a muffin tin… but freeze the muffins instead of baking them.


How Much Does It Cost to Feed YOUR Family? — Updated for 2016

How much does it cost to feed YOUR family compared to these 2016 government guidelines? The guidelines are given for four levels of spending… thrifty, low-cost, moderate, and liberal.


An Easier Way To Clean Oven Racks

Cleaning oven racks can be a lengthy, miserable job… messy, too, if you use oven cleaners, ammonia, or even steel wool pads. However, there is another EASY way to get oven racks sparkling clean that takes almost no effort at all.


When Did the Correct Method of Measuring Flour Become So Controversial?

It’s a good question. When DID measuring flour become such an issue? It seems that there are three methods of measuring flour in common use… the spoon, sprinkle and sweep… the scoop and sweep… and measuring by weight.


Freezing Raw Tomatoes?

Reader question… “Is it really possible to freeze whole raw tomatoes for winter salads and have them be almost like fresh? I keep seeing instructions for doing this but the tomatoes I froze raw and whole last year were a watery mess after they were defrosted…”