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Handy Cooking Tips

8 Simple Common sense Cooking Tips 1. Do you get lumps in your white sauce? When making white sauce (béchamel) or any sauce that requires slow cooking to thicken use an egg whisk and you can increase the temperature (not too much though) to speed the process up, and you wont get ... more

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Tips to cleanse your diet

Ceileigh McKersie: Tips to cleanse your diet. When all the festivities of Christmas and New Year are over it is time to come back to the real world and get your diet back on track. With all the late nights out and copious amount of food consumed over the festive ... more

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Keeping a Healthy Heart

Ceileigh McKersie: Tips to keeping your heart healthy. Myocardial infarction (MI), the medical term for a heart attack, occurs when there is a lack of blood supply to the heart muscle. The heart muscle becomes ‘starved’ of oxygen, resulting in tissue death and permanent heart damage. How to Decrease your ... more

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Tips on beating Stress

Do you find yourself feeling exhausted every day and always under pressure? Feeling like this often results in very disorganized eating habits, eating on the go, and often forgetting to eat and grabbing an easy, unhealthy meal. Stress often results in shortness of temper and feeling grumpy. Eating certain foods ... more

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Simple Cooking Tips 101

Learn some tips from our foodie experts To slice meat into thin strips, as for Chinese dishes – partially freeze and it will slice easily. A roast with the bone in will cook faster than a boneless roast – 
the bone carries the heat to the inside of the roast ... more

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Skewer Tricks

Tricks for Using Skewers Soak wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes before using them so they won’t burn during cooking. If you prefer metal skewers, which have a long life, use square or twisted types, which will hold the food better than round ones. To keep food from slipping ... more

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Shelf Life: Groceries

General shelf lives for common items: Flour unopened: up to 12 months. Opened: 6-8 months. Sugar unopened: 2 years. Sugars do not spoil but eventually may change flavour. Icing sugar unopened: 18 months. Solid shortening unopened: 8 months. Opened: 3 months. Cocoa unopened: indefinitely. opened: 1 year. Whole spices: 2-4 ... more

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Tips on Low Fat Cooking

Keep Cuisine and Cooking low fat • Get into the habit of measuring the oil you use while you cook, rather than just pouring it out of the bottle. It will be much easier to moderate the amount you use. • Use non-stick cookware so that you don’t have to ... more

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Grilling Secrets: Steak

Grilling Secrets for the Perfectly Grilled Steak There is nothing quite like a good, juicy steak cooked on a grill. But, many people don’t know grilling secrets such as the best cuts to use, what size they should be, how long to cook the steaks, and marinades to use. Choosing ... more

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Perfect Scrambled Eggs

The truth is that scrambled eggs are easy to make. Unfortunately, they are also easy to make wrong. At a root level, scrambled eggs are simply beaten eggs which are fried and – for lack of a better word – scrambled. But like most things that are simple, people have ... more

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