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Baguette

Put leftover French baguettes through the food processor, put the crumbs in a zippered freezer bag, and place in the freezer for the next time you need bread crumbs.

Alternatively, if you know an entire baguette will not be consumed the day you bring it home, put the portion you know will not be eaten into the freezer in a zippered freezer bag.  When you are ready to use it, leave it out on the counter for about half an hour.

Stuffing

Turkey or Chicken: The next time you are stuffing a turkey or chicken, make your stuffing as desired, but instead of putting the stuffing right into the cavity of the bird, line a bowl with cheesecloth or get a cheesecloth bag and then stuff that into the bird.  This makes it so much easier to remove the stuffing when you are ready.

If you are stuffing your bird the old fashioned way then use the “heel” of your sliced bread.  Stuff your bird as usual then cover the opening of the carcass with the bread to keep the stuffing from falling out.

Cookies

Shipping: freeze first, wrap and ship in a box packed with popcorn.

Storing:  Freshly baked cookies will stay soft in a cookie jar when you add a fresh piece of bread.

Breading/Coating Meat or Poultry

Prevent buildup on hands: Use one hand for the wet part (egg) and the other hand for the dry (flour or breadcrumbs).  Keeping the wet from the dry will eliminate a buildup of batter on your hands and makes cleaning up easier.

You can also put sheet of wax paper or parchment on the plate before putting the flour or breadcrumbs.  Lift the corners of the paper until the meat is covered.

Another option is when you need to coat foods with bread crumbs, batter, or flour, place the coating in a zipper lock freezer bag or any plastic bag and shake.

Help coating stick: After coating chicken, place in the refrigerator for about 45 minutes before you fry it.

Brown Sugar

To soften:  If you need a small amount, simply take that rock hard sugar and grate what you need.  Another alternative is to put a slice of fresh bread in a container with the sugar.  It should be soft again in just a few hours.  For future use, store sugar in an airtight container or zippered bag.