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Apple Crisper

Do you notice your apples are going bad quickly on the counter? You can try this little tip to keep your apples crisp and fresh longer!  Take a large zip-top bag and puncture small holes into it. Dampen a paper towel and place it in the bag. Place a few apples into the zip-top bag and place them in the crisper drawer of your fridge. This should keep your apples tasty and help them last longer....

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Baking Soda Trick

Most of the apples you get at the grocery store have been treated with all kinds of chemicals and pesticides. It’s wise to wash your apples as soon as you bring them home from the grocery store. The longer the pesticides sit on the fruit’s skin, the deeper they will sink into the fruit. You can get rid of most of those chemicals by giving your apples a good, long soak!  You can try just using ...

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Pick the Best Apples

Do you know how to pick the best apples out of the bunch?  You don’t want them to be too hard or too soft. Like Goldilocks in the home of the Three Bears, you have to find the ones that are just right. Pick up the apples you’re interested in and gently press your thumb against the side of the fruit. The skin should be firm and have just a small amount of give. Apples that are really soft, brui...

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Keep that Apple Crisp

Don’t you hate it when your sliced apples start to turn brown soon after you cut them? So much for skipping a step at lunchtime and having apples already cut… What if we told you there’s a way to cut your apple and still have it delicious and crisp by lunchtime? Once you’ve cut your apple, place a rubber band around its middle to hold the pieces together. This should keep the pieces from oxidi...

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Family Health History

Did you know Thanksgiving has a twin? There’s another, less well-known day that happens on the same day as Thanksgiving: National Family Health History Day! It may not sound as fun as Thanksgiving, but it’s really important. And there’s no better time to discuss your family health history than when the whole family is gathered together!  Sit together and discuss everyone’s health history. Is t...

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The Best Biscuit Cutter

If you make homemade biscuits on Thanksgiving you know how hard it is to make sure they all come out close to the same size. Sometimes eyeballing it just doesn’t cut it. So, how do you get more uniform biscuits without having to buy a biscuit cutter? Try this simple hack! It turns out, the base of a wine glass is the perfect size for a biscuit. Roll out your biscuit dough and take out a wine g...

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Quick Potato Wash

Need to cut down on prep-time this Thanksgiving? You can skip the tedious task of scrubbing potatoes clean by trying this easy hack! All you need is a dishwasher.  Yep. A dishwasher. Make sure there’s no soap left in your dishwasher before trying this out. Stick your potatoes on the top rack of your dishwasher. Once it’s loaded with spuds, close the dishwasher and set it to the rinse cycle. J...

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Can't Open the Jar?

Got a jar you just can’t seem to get open? Don’t strain your wrists trying to force it! Instead, try out this little hack.    Grab some duct tape and stick a few inches of it onto the lid. Give yourself a few more inches hanging off and then fold it in half. Hold the jar in one hand and the folded end of the tape in the other. Carefully tug on the folded end to easily open the lid of that pes...

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Overcooked the Bird?

The worst possible thing has happened this Thanksgiving… you overcooked the bird.    Nothing is worse on Thanksgiving than dry turkey. But you don’t have to throw it out. Try this simple hack!    Warm-up some chicken broth and drizzle it over the turkey. This will help moisten the meat and add flavor back into it. You can also use this trick on slices of leftover turkey to perk it back up! ...

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Silky Smoothe Spuds

Mashed potatoes are a staple at many Thanksgiving dinner tables. But, unfortunately, so are many other dishes. Odds are, your stovetop is in full use on Thanksgiving Day and you don’t have enough room to cook everything you want. Bust out that crockpot and get prepared to make some silky-smooth mashed potatoes.   Butter up your slow cooker and pour in some heavy cream and spoon in the potatoe...

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