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Choose Containers for Microwave Cooking

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containersContainers have a great influence on the evenness of cooking and on the cooking times. They must be made of a material suitable for the microwaves to pass through and not include those that will react to microwaves. All forms of metal are excluded because items which have a metal trim will damage the magnetron (the microwave source) and possibly the oven lining.

Wok is obligatory equipment for cooking Chinese food

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utensilsThe true tastes and flavours of China can only be achieved by using the appropriate cooking techniques, and proper technique requires proper equipment. While not absolutely essential for cooking Chinese food, there are a few items which will make it easier. Most are inexpensive, easily available and all are serviceable over a long period of time.

How the Microwaves Work

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microwave_work_cSo how does a microwave oven work? Leaving aside the technical details, what you really need to know is how the microwaves affect and cook the food. The microwaves, which are invisible, are produced when the electricity supply is connected and the oven is switched on. The microwaves activate the food or liquid particles, so that they move rapidly one against another, causing friction, which in turn causes heating.

Picante Sauce Makes Your Dishes Taste Fantastic

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Picante-SauceWith busy school schedules and after-school activities, family life often becomes an even bigger balancing act. As a frazzled parent now faced with less time to get dinner on the table, the same meals easily become routine, and before you know it you're stuck in a cooking rut. Spark up your meals with Pace Picante sauce - an easy twist to add veggies, texture, flavor and kick and get your dinner ready in no time. Try these simple tips guaranteed to bring excitement back to your family's mealtime.

How to Store and Serve Leftovers

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Leftovers_cFood which has been cooked and frozen and is then left over after thawing or heating must never be re-frozen. Raw materials such as vegetables which have been frozen may however be returned to the freezer in cooked form. Cooked meats, vegetables and sauces may be refrozen as complete meals, or individually for a variety of end uses. Also, foods like oddments of cheese or bread can be processed and frozen for addition to other dishes.

How to Store Some Products and Everyday Cooking

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Store-Everyday-Cooking_cA number of items can usefully be stored in the freezer to speed up the preparation of meals. Other useful additions to main meals will be found in Leftovers. Learn to store: butter balls, flavoured butters, sandwiches, pasta and rice, pasta dishes, garnishes, soup garnishes, ice cubes, icing, glace fruit and candied peel, nuts, roux.

How to Store Desserts and Ices

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Desserts-and-Ices_cNearly all sweet courses, and all ices, can be stored in the freezer. Additionally, such items as pancakes and sponge-cakes, which have been stored, can be quickly transformed with fruit, cream, ice cream or sweet sauces to make a superb finish to a meal. Only milk puddings are not successful in the freezer, becoming mushy or curdled on thawing. Read about such sweets: steamed and baked puddings, steamed fresh fruit puddings, sponge fresh fruit puddings, fruit crumbles, fruit in syrup and wine, jellies, mousses and cold souffles, cheesecake, icebox cakes, ice cream, fresh fruit ices, sorbets, bombes or moulds.

Why the middle class wiped out and the level of poverty raised

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Documentary on the events that led to the economic collapse of Argentina in 2001 which wiped out the middle class and raised the level of poverty to 57.5%. Central to the collapse was the implementation of neo-liberal policies which enabled the swindle of billions of dollars by foreign banks and corporations. Many of Argentina's assets and resources were shamefully plundered. Its financial system was even used for money laundering by Citibank, Credit Suisse, and JP Morgan. The net result was massive wealth transfers and the impoverishment of society which culminated in many deaths due to oppression and malnutrition.

Store and Cook Meat, Poultry and Game

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cooking-meat_cRead about cooking joints, steaks and chops, minced and cubed meat, offal, sausages and sausage meat, ham and bacon, cooked cold meat, galantines and meat loaves, casseroles and stews, cottage pie, meat balls, chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys, giblets, poultry livers, stuffing, cooked poultry, grouse, pheasant, partridge, plover, quail, snipe, woodcock, pigeons, hares and rabbits, venison.

Vegetarian Diet for Children

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Vegetarian-Diet_cBy school-age, a child's eating patterns and taste preferences will have been established by the family eating habits. Children are now able to exercise some choice over what they eat and may decide on their own initiative that they don't want to eat meat. They may also be heavily influenced by their peer groups.

Select and Prepare Beans

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beans_avaDried beans offer the same fiber and protein as their canned counterparts, with the advantage of no added sodium. "And, if you buy quality, artisanal dried beans, you will taste the difference," says Cesare Casella, dean of the Italian Culinary Academy at the International Culinary Center.

What and How to Cook to Prevent Cancer

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prevent-cancer_cWe encourage you to buy fresh seasonal vegetables and fruits from local farmer's markets, and whenever possible, buy organic and/or biodynamic. Locally grown fresh produce smell especially fragrant and taste fresh, much more so than what is found in conventional supermarket refrigerator isles. Below you will find tips from nutritions consultant, Teri N-Gwarek, on how to maintain good health, long life, and in particular, avoid cancer.

What to Use to Pack Food before Freezing

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Container_cFreezing is not only an easy way of preserving both raw and cooked food, but it is also completely safe if the rules of hygiene are observed and food is correctly packed. Good food will keep its quality and nutritive value in the freezer, but freezing cannot improve poor quality food.

All about Freezing Products

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Freezing_cFreezing is a quick method of preserving food safely. The activities of micro-organisms are slowed down as food approaches freezing point, and they become dormant at 0°F (- 18°C). Home freezers are designed to bring the food down to this temperature, and to maintain the temperature for storage. Some home freezers can have their temperature reduced by a further 5° to 10°F for fast freezing. (Really deep freezing is only possible commercially; commercial frozen-food stores are usually maintained at - 20°F (- 29°C).

Variety of Kitchen Equipment

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Kitchen-equipment_cThe well-equipped kitchen does not necessarily have a host of gadgets, but it must have certain utensils and tools for the jobs that crop up every day. There is a wide range of kitchen equipment available today so it is advisable not to buy any new equipment unless you are certain you will use it regularly. The following lists give the basic essentials for most kitchens plus major items such as mixers and blenders which are optional extras.

Not Every Vegan Diet Is Healthy

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vegetarian-diet_cLike any diet, a vegan diet can be complete and balanced, or incomplete and unbalanced. Unfortunately, vegan eating is not a guarantee of good health. We still need to pay attention to our choices, watch our portion sizes, limit junk and processed foods, and ensure adequate intakes of a few nutrients not easily available from vegan foods. Let's be sure we present the best image of health to our friends, relatives, peers, coworkers, and communities. The best vegan is a healthy vegan.

Secret of Great Salad Dressing

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salad-dressing_cThe difference between a good salad and a great salad lies with the dressing. It can make, or break, the entire experience. Think about the salads you have eaten and what's made them memorable. I'd bet it had something to do with how it was dressed. Thinking back, I'm not sure I make the exact salad dressing twice. I get close, but because my salad ingredients change and nothing is written down, it's always just a little different than the last time I made it. But I'm not sure that's what you wanted to hear.

Can Vegetarian Diet Provide Enough Protein for Us

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protein_cThe conventional diet guidelines suggest that humans should acquire a large amount of their protein quotas from meats & animal sources like chicken, eggs, etc... unlike a pure vegetarian diet which acquires its intake from plant protein sources. Can the pure vegetarian (vegan) diet provide enough protein for sound human health?

Make a Cookie Swap Party

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cookie_cCookie swaps have been in existence for many years, but they're coming back into style as a creative, fun way to have fun with friends and family. At a cookie swap, guests bring a pre-determined number of cookies they've baked to swap with others. Recipes are exchanged along with the cookies making the party a fun socializing event combining two loves: food and friends.

Budget Cooking: What to Cook and How to Cook

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beans_cSometimes - and you may not believe me now, but give it a few months - you cannot eat another Totino's Party Pizza. Sure, they only cost 10 cents apiece on sale. But we humans have our limits.There are three keys to cheap, easy cooking in college. Of course, it's budget cooking.

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