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The Best Way to Toast Almonds

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How to Toast Almonds

Toasted nuts are a great addition to almost any recipe that calls for nuts, as they bring so much more to the recipe than their untoasted counterparts do. Toasting nuts enhances their flavor by bringing out their natural oils, and it enhances their texture by making them crisper than they otherwise would …

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How to Peel Almonds

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How to Peel Almonds

Almonds are a delicious tree nut (they’re technically drupes, but culinarily they are considered nuts) that make a wonderful snack and ingredient to bake with. Almonds usually have a thin brown skin attached. The skin is edible and doesn’t impart too much flavor to the nuts, so most of the time we …

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How to Ripen Bananas Quickly

How to Ripen Bananas Quickly
When I buy bananas, I buy more than I need. In other words, if I think that I’m going to eat three bananas in a given week, I buy five or six. The leftover bananas will ripen to the point of being overripe, with dark brown mottled peels that make them look a …

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How to Use Freeze Dried Fruit in Baking

How to Use Freeze Dried Fruit in Baking

Freeze dried fruit is often found in the snack aisle at the grocery store. You can even find it packaged as apple/pear/strawberry chips and marketed as a healthier alternative to potato chips. I am not big on snacking on freeze dried fruit because the dry, powdery texture just doesn’t work for me. …

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How Much Zest Does Citrus Fruit Yield?

How Much Zest Does Citrus Fruit Yield?
Citrus zest is a fantastic way to get a lot of flavor into a recipe. The zest is the colorful skin of citrus fruit and it is packed with flavorful essential oils. Recipes that use zest can be anything from pies to muffins to savory dishes. Most of those recipes call for a …

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