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75 Quick & Easy Secrets from the Test Kitchen

10 In-a-Pinch Solutions

  1. Get odors out of a cutting board by liberally sprinkling it with salt, then scrubbing it with half a lemon.
  2. Out of sour cream for baking? Substitute plain yogurt. (Plain, not vanilla!)
  3. Instead of using ice cubes to chill sangria or punch, freeze grapes; they won't dilute the drink as they melt.
  4. For recipes that call for ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, try pumpkin pie spice, a blend of all three.
  5. Decorate baked goods easily: Just fill a plastic bag with melted chocolate, then snip a corner off.
  6. Rather than turning to more salt, add flavor -- not sodium -- with hot sauce or lemon juice.
  7. If you run out of unsweetened chocolate, blend 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon shortening to equal 1 ounce.
  8. Grease baking pans with the wrapper from butter.
  9. No buttermilk? Add 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice to a measuring cup; add enough milk to equal 1 cup.
  10. To keep a pastry crust flat when prebaking, put uncooked rice or dry beans inside the foil lining if you don't have pie weights handy.

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