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Fish

To remove pin bones: Some fish, like salmon, have pesky bones that are hard to remove and unpleasant to bite into.  To resolve this problem, drape your filet over an upside-down bowl.  The curve of the bowl makes the little bones stick up for easy removal with tweezers.

To thaw quickly: Put frozen fish in a zippered freezer bag and submerge in a bowl filled with water.

To remove freezer burn taste: Try thawing frozen fish in milk. The milk draws out the freezer taste and provides a fresh-caught flavor.

Freezer

Here’s an easy way to prevent freezer burn zippered freezer bag.  Zip it up leaving a small opening to allow air to escape.  Fill a bowl of water and dip the item in the bag.  The pressure from the water will seal the item and the air will escape leaving a vacuum around your item.  Carefully press the bag to allow as much air to escape as possible, then seal.  This will give your food item longer life and prevent the development of freezer crystals on your food.

You can also use another method if you have a drinking straw on hand.  Put the food item or liquid in a zip top freezer bag.  Insert a drinking straw into one end of the bag, close the zipper up to the straw and pinch it closed.  Then suck out as much air as possible.

Freezing

When freezing individual pork chops, chicken breasts steaks or patties, insert a piece of parchment or wax paper between the portions for easier separation when thawing.

French Fries

For the best French fries let cut potatoes stand in cold water for one hour before frying. Dry thoroughly. Fry them just a few minutes and blot off the grease. Fry a second time until golden brown. Put them in a brown paper bag. Sprinkle with a little kosher salt and shake. You will drain and salt in one action.

Frosting

To give your frosted cakes a smooth surface, spread your frosting as usual, then wave a warm blow drier over the cake.  The frosting will melt and create a smooth texture.

Fruit

To ripen most: Wrap them in newspaper or brown paper bag and put in a warm place for 2-3 days. The ethylene gas they emit will make them ripe. Or, put unripe fruit in a paper bag, close the top, and leave it at room temperature. Check after a few days.  Fruits like mangoes, kiwi, pears and nectarines ripen especially well with this method.