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Just about everyone has at one time or another had that moment of panic when we froze and wondered, “Did I turn the stove (or oven) off before we left?” We could be just running up to the nearby store or on our way out of town. No matter how hard you try to retrace your steps, you cannot be totally sure that you shut off your stove or oven. You don’t ever want to…

Jackfruit is one of the largest fruits that grows on trees, and it has been popular in Southeast Asia for many centuries. The trees can grow to 80 feet tall, and each fruit can grow up to 100 pounds. It is becoming more and more popular in the United States, where many people are using it as a substitute for meat. When you cook with jackfruit, it soaks flavors and has a texture similar to…

Horseradish is a condiment that many people like to add to their food. It is hot and spicy, and it adds flavor to most dishes. It can be used with meats or shellfish, and often people use it in sauces. You can also add it to salad dressings, relishes, gravies, and more. Some people use a lot of it to make food spicy, and others use a little bit just for flavor. Either way, horseradish…

It’s happened to most of us: we’re cooking some food and we get distracted, only to find that there is a lingering smell of burned food in the air minutes later. The problem is that the smoke will not only set off the fire alarms, but it can get into the carpets, curtains, furniture, and other surfaces. If there’s enough smoke, it’s a smell that can last for weeks or even months afterwards. The Problem…

Applesauce is a popular substitute for oil or eggs in various recipes. If a person is vegan and wants to bake a cake, applesauce works well in place of eggs because it provides the same moisture and consistency to the cake. In fact, it can be used in most baked goods. In addition, people often use applesauce in place of oil because it adds fiber and reduces calories. However, what happens when you want to…

It can generally go without saying that most people don’t really want smoke in their house. Smoke smells bad, and it can leave stains on your walls and ceiling, depending on just how much smoke there is. Thankfully, there usually isn’t any reason for there to be smoke in your house. That is, unless you have been having issues with the oven lately. One of the many complaints that people occasionally have with their ovens…

It has been documented that there are more than 350 different kinds of pasta. Each one has its own unique shape, texture, and cooking instructions. In many cases, pasta may be known by several different names even though they represent the same kind. One easy example is the fact that angel hair, a very thin type of spaghetti, is also referred to in restaurants as capellini. That being said, even though pasta is pretty much…

While some fruits do best out on the counter, others are best refrigerated. Where do bananas do best? Will they keep longer in the fridge?  What is the best way to store bananas? The best way to store bananas is to keep them at room temperature and hang them from a banana tree or hanger to maximize airflow to the fruit until they ripen. This assumes that you are waiting for your bananas to ripen…

There is nothing like the smell of bacon cooking to make you want breakfast…or just bacon, really! You can use bacon in a number of foods all day long. From bacon and eggs for breakfast to a bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich for lunch, to bacon-wrapped scallops for dinner. Yum, yum, yum! Many people do wonder if there is anything they can do with bacon grease other than carefully throw it out so it doesn’t…

The way we cook and heat our food isn’t always as straightforward as it might first seem. For example, many people would expect paper to catch fire in a microwave, but due to the way a microwave works, that’s unlikely to happen. However, just because paper towel can go in the microwave doesn’t necessarily mean it’s safe in the oven. An oven heats your food in a completely different way, and as expected, leads to…

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