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Tips, Tricks, & Shortcuts

Chowhounds share their best-loved tips, tricks, and shortcuts for cooking, baking, mixology, and more.

You Can Grow Your Own Strawberries Even If You Don't Have a Garden

Even if you don’t have a ton of space, it is possible to cultivate summer strawberries at home. Here’s what you need to know about how to grow strawberries yourself, indoors or out. What tastes more...
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Tips on making croissants?

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by atlantanative 13 years ago

I don't usually bake much, but have a craving for croissants and thought I'd give it a shot (yikes!) Anyone with more expertise have any tips on how to make them come out light and flaky? Also th...

Substitute for apple juice

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by llaera 14 days ago

I was going to make a pork dish that calls for apple juice later on but I don't have any and I don't have any way to get to the store right now. If you're curious, I would like to make apple and sa...

Home-Smoking Meat Without a Smoker – It Can Be Done!

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by OffTheBeatenPlate 7 years ago

I was REALLY in the mood for some Smoked Duck Pastrami yesterday. Problem is, unless you have the room and disposable income for a proper setup, or live out in the sticks somewhere with an outhouse...

Opening a Pomegranate

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by jen kalb 1 month ago

If you are agonizing about how to open a pomegranate easily and without making a mess, here is a good way. I've added pictures which show the method. (1) use a knife point to score the skin aroun...

Hard boiled eggs

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by getthemack 1 month ago

Trying to show my wonderful, hard headed wife I wasn't insane when I stirred my hard boiled eggs, I went to the net to find other insane people to agree with me, (I did) and realized nobody mention...

Taking the heat out of my too spicy chili

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by foodrocks 13 years ago

So last night I decided to make this great sounding chili recipe I got off of the Craigslist message board for Chicken and Chorizo Chili. It sounded great, but the fact that part of the directions...

Creative ways to use for Hamburger Helper that taste better?

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by silverdoves 8 years ago

Somewhere along the way I ended up with several boxes of Hamburger helper in my pantry. When I was younger I used to enjoy them, but now that I'm older and a bit snobbier in my tastes I just can't ...

Sharing a Kitchen with Family

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by majandra22 2 months ago

Hello all, hoping for some ideas and suggestions here... how do foodies, cooks and chefs deal with sharing a kitchen with their loved ones? My boyfriend and I have very different cooking/cleaning/o...

What to do with boiled beet water?

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by CherokeeSmith 2 months ago

Hello everyone I'm new here and I was asking what to do with boiled beet water! I really enjoyed the response about the plants, and I thought about doing it in my hair as well! However my main conc...

Refilling a disposable pepper or salt mill

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by Lgalen 13 years ago

I'd like to try to get the top off of my empty Trader Joe's salt mill. My McCormick pepper mill is also nearly empty. I'd like to try to reuse them with whole spices such as cardamom, cumin, etc....

Why won't my sauce stick to my pasta?

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by thursday 11 years ago

We've used jarred marinara, made slow-cooked homemade sauces with canned tomatoes and tomato paste, and homemade fast-cooked sauces with fresh tomatoes...and my sauce never seems to stick to the no...

How to reduce the acidity in citrus juices?

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by racer x 9 years ago

Is there a way to reduce the acidity of citrus drinks (orange juice, lemonade, grapefruit juice, etc) without sacrificing flavor and aroma? I vaguely recall reading that adding cream of tartar h...

St. Paddy's Day 2015 Corned Beef... What's Your Preferred Cut of Choice...and How Do You Plan to Prepare It? Braised or Baked in the Oven or Steamed/

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by fourunder 5 years ago

It's that time of year again...There's currently another thread posted by (Sir zackly) pondering why, or where's the cheap Corned Beef this year. I admit to fancying a good value purchase and stoc...

Cacio e Pepe shortcut

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by dcallipygean 4 months ago

I'm working my way through classic Italian dishes and Cacio e Pepe is the next one up. Here's the catch: I live in a fairly small town in rural America. I can find great imported olive oil and Peco...

How to give beef stew more punch?

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by ziggystardust 10 years ago

I'm planning on doing a slow cooker beef stew this weekend. Other than the meat itself, it'll be a pretty standard mix; carrots, onions, potatoes and celery. Every recipe I've tried including my mo...

HELP... fingers are burning from cutting jalapenos. Remedies?

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by gtrekker2003 13 years ago

Hi! I just chopped some jalapenos today and now my fingertips are burning quite badly. Anybody know of any remedies? Looked online but found nothing. Maybe I'm not putting in the right searc...

Roasted Pork Belly Help for Crispy Skin

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by day963 5 months ago

In the process of making an HK style roasted pork belly but whenever I have done it in the past I've had some problems. My process usually goes with poking holes on the pork skin, adding a bed of s...

Tips for a stuck cork

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by concordcourtney 13 years ago

So last week I grabbed a bottle of inexpensive Gewürztraminer at the grocery store to go with a week night supper. It's a recent vintage, nothing fancy, in the usual Gewurzt style bottle. The rubbe...

Eating a whole fish...

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by gutreactions 2 years ago

It had been quite a while since I navigated a whole fish for dinner. In this case, it was at a popular Italian restaurant called Mamma Francesca in New Rochelle, N.Y. It was a large Branzino, with ...

Chuck Roast... Roasted Low and Slow @ 220* F...For A Better Pot Roast? (Pictures)

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by fourunder 9 years ago

A recent thread on Pot Roast, coinciding with a Beef Sale at my local Supermarket, inspired me to to do my own Kitchen Test with Five Different pieces of Chuck Roast of different sizes and weights ...