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• Do not use metal bowls when mixing salads. Use wooden, glass or china.

• Microwave a lemon for 15 seconds and double the juice you get before squeezing.

• Microwave garlic cloves for 15 seconds and the skins slip right off.

• No "curly" bacon for breakfast when you dip it into cold water before frying.

• Noodles, spaghetti and other starches won't boil over if you rub the inside of the pot with vegetable oil.

• Don't throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.

• Poke a hole in the middle of the hamburger patties while shaping them. The burgers will cook faster and the holes will disappear when done.

• For fluffier, whiter rice, add one teaspoon of lemon juice per quart of water. To add extra flavor and nutrition to rice, cook it in liquid reserved from cooking vegetables.

• To remove eggshells from a batter, use the remaining shell to attract the piece.

• You can correct greasy gravy by adding a little baking soda to it

• Bread will stay fresh longer if a celery rib is stored with it in the package.

• Pancakes are lighter and fluffier when you substitute club soda for milk in the batter.

• Marinate chicken in buttermilk to tenderize.

• Don't just keep dental floss in your medicine cabinet. Keep some in the kitchen. It's a great tool. Unflavored dental floss is often better than a knife to cleanly cut all kinds of soft foods, soft cheese, rolled dough, layered cake and cheesecake.