Bettijo Since I live alone, I hesitate to buy things like heavy cream because it spoils before I can use it up. Now that I know I can freeze it, I will be less hesitant to buy it. I already keep butter in freezer. I found this on Rachael Ray’s web site. bj
Can you freeze cream?
Heavy cream (at least 40% fat ) freezes well - lighter creams and half and half do not hold up in the freezer. You can freeze the entire unopened carton, just double wrap in freezer bags. Thaw cream in the fridge, and shake the carton prior to opening - do not refreeze!
Here are some tips on freezing other dairy products - all items should be thawed in fridge and should not be refrozen:
Butter - Freeze only high-quality butter made from pasteurized cream. Double wrap store container in freezer bags.
Cheese - Hard or semi-hard cheeses can be frozen. Frozen cheese will be crumbly and a little dry and will not slice as well, but the flavor will be just as good as fresh cheese. Freeze cheese in small pieces - no more than ½ pound per chunk. Seal it in foil, freezer wrap, plastic wrap or a zip lock.
Cottage cheese - Cream style and dry cottage cheese and ricotta cheese can be frozen for a month. Cream style may separate when thawed.
Cream cheese - Block-style can be frozen for later use in cooking, dips or as icing.
Cheese food products, such as sauces, dips, or processed cheese usually freeze fine. If in real doubt, freeze a small quantity and check after 24 hours by thawing it. If pleased with the results, freeze the rest. Otherwise, do not freeze.
Ice cream - A plastic wrap laid tightly on the surface of partially used containers of ice cream helps prevent surface changes. Homemade ice cream is difficult to store for any length of time because it becomes grainy. Commercial products have added milk solids and gelatin to prevent this.
Milk - Pasteurized homogenized milk may be frozen, including low and non-fat. Some quality change may be noted upon thawing. Stirring or shaking may help restore smoothness.
Sour cream, yogurt and buttermilk - All of the cultured, soured dairy products lose their smooth texture when frozen. They become grainy and sometimes separate out their water. They can still be used for cooking. Flavored yogurts may be more stable because of the fruit and sugar.
Eggs can be stored for at least one month, covered in the refrigerator. Freezing is often unnecessary.
Whole Eggs - Thoroughly mix yolks and whites - do not whip in air. To prevent graininess, add 1 tablespoon sugar or 1/2 teaspoon salt per cup whole eggs, depending on intended use. You can strain through a sieve or colander to improve uniformity. Freeze in a freezer zip lock, with some room for expansion in the freezer.
Another method of freezing whole egg mixture is to use ice cube trays. Measure 3 tablespoons of egg mixture into each compartment of an ice tray. Freeze until
September 10 at 15:56 EST .
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MeiDei I freeze butter all the time, have had no problems using putting the box in as is. Also milk and cheese. Never tried heavy cream but will as I'm always discarding it after a family get together. Maybe someone can tell me how to make cheese or butter out of what is leftover.
Coca-Cola (or Coke ) is the most recognized brand in the world. The dark, carbonated, sugary beverage has become the most widely consumed drink in the world since WWII. There are many studies and documentaries showing the ill effects of Coke on the human body, but this addictive drink has other, more beneficial uses that the Coca-Cola Company may not want you to know:
16 Uses for Coke
1. Remove stains from china Soak stained china in Coke for a few hours, and it will remove all the stains.
2. Remove marker stains from a carpet Pour Coke on the marker stain, and then scrub it with a soapy solution for a quick and easy cleanup.
3. Clean burnt residue off of pots and pans Pour enough Coke to cover the burnt residue in the pot/pan and let it soak overnight. You’ll be amazed how easily the gunk comes off in the morning.
4. Get rid of grease stains your detergent can’t handle Pour some Coke into the washing machine with your greasy clothes and see the magic.
5. Diet Coke can fix a bad hair-dye job
Did you accidentally botch up your hair dye? Just soak your hair in Diet Coke for 15 minutes and watch the dye fade away.
6. Strip paint from metallic surfaces Soak a towel with Coke and leave it on the painted metallic surface for several hours. When you remove the towel – the paint will come off with it.
7. Keep your car battery working for longer If your car battery’s terminals are covered in corrosion, pour Coke on it and watch how the corrosion melts away.
8. Effective slug pesticide If your garden is experiencing a slug infestation, pour a Coke into a bowl and leave it outside overnight. The sugar will draw them in, and the acidity will kill these pests.
9. Remove grout from tiles with ease Pour Coke on gritty tiles and let it sit for a few minutes. The grout should be easily removed now, leaving you with clean tiles.
10. Clean your toilet Pour a can of Coke into your toilet and leave it overnight. The acidity in the Coke will strip off any nasty residue that accumulated in the bowl.
11. Make old coins shine again Soak dirty coins in Coke for a few hours and then rinse them – they’ll look like they were minted yesterday.
12. Coke + aluminum foil = clean chrome Pour Coke on dirty chrome surfaces, and then wipe away with aluminum foil. The chrome will look shiny and new again.
13. Coke makes for an effective insect repellent Pour a can into a bowl and leave it outside for an hour before you entertain. When your party arrives, move the bowl away and enjoy an insect-free environment. The bugs will be too busy with the Coke to harass your friends.
14. Remove blood stains from clothes Soak the bloody part in Coke for an hour, and then wash it away. (Repeat if necessary )
15. Get rid of gum stuck in your hair Soak the gum in Coke for 15 minutes and simply wipe it away.
Escaped commieny Thanks so much, didn't mean beans to me, but DH was a chemical engineer before he started driving in Florida, and he knew all about this, saved and Lowes tommorrow for this, I don't want to ruin the new washer,bless you.
August 3 at 17:34 EST .
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Bettijo The Difference between Spices and Herbs We often hear the term "herbs and spices". As any amateur chef knows, herbs and spices are vital ingredients in many dishes. They add flavor, aroma, color, texture and even nutrients.
Both spices and herbs are parts of plants (fresh or dried ) that are used to enhance the flavor of foods. They've also been known to preserve foods, cure illness and enhance cosmetics.
Have you ever stopped for a moment to think what the difference is between the two?
The difference between the two is the part of the plant they are obtained from:
Herbs come from the leafy and green part of the plant Spices are parts of the plant other than the leafy bit. This includes the root, stem, bulb, bark or seeds. Examples of herbs include basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, parsley and mint. They are often grown in temperate areas compared to spices. They have great medicinal value and are also used in the preparation of cosmetic products.
Spices are usually dried before being used to season foods. Some examples are cinnamon, cloves, ginger and pepper. Unlike herbs, they are grown in more tropical countries. They've also been known to preserve foods. Some spices have medicinal value, for example turmeric has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal properties.
Despite the above clarification, according to the American Spice Trade Association, spices are defined as "any dried plant product used primarily for seasoning purposes". This really broadens the definition of spices, allowing it to include herbs, dehydrated veggies, spice blends and spice seeds.
Below is a short list of 5 herbs, then spices, along with their reported nutritional/health benefits.
Basil - Rich in Vitamin A and K. Assists with combating bowel inflammation and rheumatoid arthritis Oregano - Assists with inflammation Parsley - Protects against rheumatoid arthritis, antioxidant-rich, fights cancer, high in vitamin C and iron Thyme - Contains the oil, thymol, especially helpful for chest and respiratory problems, also acts as an antiseptic and disinfectant. Mint - Helps with digestion and asthma Cinnamon - May potentially lower blood sugar levels, LDL (bad ) cholesterol and triglycerides, especially in people with type 2 diabetes Ginger - Can stop nausea and may also relieve heartburn and bloating Chilli - Contains capsaicin which puts the heat in chilies, may lower the risk of skin and colon cancers; shown to suppress appetite and boost metabolism Cloves - Have antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antiseptic properties; they are known for relieving flatulence and can actually help promote good digestion as well as metabolism Mustard seeds - Contain phytonutrient compounds that protect against cancers of the gastrointestinal tract; believed to reduce the severity of asthma Bottom Line Herbs come from the leafy and green plant parts. Spices come from all the other parts.
Suggestion Reduce your sodium intake by adding herbs and spices to your dishes!
July 27 at 08:08 EST .
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Bettijo Dave Hax, the clever YouTuber behind the sneak-more-pizza trick, has another food hack that will make your life undoubtedly easier next time you have to deal with a load of rogue tubers.
To start, simply cut a thin line around the circumference of the potato. Don’t cut too deep, but mind your fingers as you move the blade around. After each potato is cut, boil until done. Cool them off with some cold water and then the magic begins.
No knives, or extra utensils needed, just use your fingers to glide the skin right off. It’s really that simple. Dave Hax appears to be using a small variety of Russet potato but we imagine this trick works with most tubers.
July 26 at 19:17 EST .
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Dixonnh Flaming Sword: Dawn Heavy-Duty Degreaser and Dawn Power Dissolver. Where do you buy these products and do you have to buy in large quantities?
(From helpful tip written way down on May 5th )
July 20 at 22:01 EST .
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Flaming Sword Sorry I took so long. I don't visit much anymore. I get mine from Restockit.com. Yes ,you do have to buy in quantity, but in the long run it saves a ton of money.Buy it, give a small sample to a friend, and they'll be jumping to split that order with you. I don't think either product is made for the consumer anymore. Strictly for commercial users. Bite the bullet. You'll be glad you did. If you do, the dissolver must be shaken well before each use.
I was in Ulta today and a sales lady dropped nail polish. They immediately began poring sugar on it. Did you know sugar makes nail polish clump up and you can sweep it right off the floor? I watched them. No scrubbing at all!
June 29 at 18:28 EST .
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Bettijo This scared me so badly, I don't think I will ever bake in Pyrex again!
Is Glass Bakeware Safe Anymore? The Dangers Of Exploding Glass Dishes
Balogreene Interesting. For years now, I've baked in stoneware, use aluminum or cast iron on the stove top, but have a ton of Pyrex I use to microwave. I have the microwavable containers, with a sealed lid and a steam hole. especially for tomatoey things.
June 23 at 22:04 EST .
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MeiDei I got very lucky the other day grocery shopping, hitting 3 stores & finding unadvertised specials in each. One was corn on the cob @ 12/$1.00 - [everywhere else 5/$2.00] so this is a reminder of Bettijo's last year's tip to microwaving corn on the cob - in the husk 4 mins. each. After cutting off the stem end & microwaving, I had to roll the husk leaves off & easily remove the silk on the first one. The 2nd one I was able to get the same results as the video showed, which was to squeeze it out cleanly - including the silk - from the tip end. Just a reminder: using a 600-700 watt microwave is 4 mins., using a 1000+ watt microwave I did it at 3-1/2 mins. each. The remainder goes in the compost pile.
June 1 at 21:11 EST .
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Balogreene I'm getting new false teeth within the next few weeks. Can't wait to eat Corn on the Cob again!