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Wine

If you have leftover wine, you can freeze it in ice cube trays and add to sauces when needed.

When cork expands: When you want to re-cork your bottle of wine and your cork no longer fits, immerse it in boiling water for several minutes.

To open without an opener: Peel the lead wrapper off the neck of the bottle so the cork is exposed; then tap, tap the bottom of the bottle until the cork starts to pop out.  When it’s out almost all the way, simply pull it out with your hand.

Skim fat

When removing fat from a hot sauce, stew or soup, simply fold a paper towel and dip it in the top of the mixture.  Repeat as necessary.  Another option is to drop an ice cube in the pot for just a few seconds.  The ice will attract the fat like a magnet.  Scoop it out immediately with a slotted spoon.

Grease

To remove from soups and stews: drop a lettuce leaf in the cooking pot and let it absorb the grease. Discard leaf. Another option:  Put an ice cube in the soup or stew and the ice will attract the grease.

Tomato Paste

To store extra: Even though tomato paste comes in tiny cans, we often just need a little bit for our dishes and have most of the can left over.  The next time you need a small amount of your canned tomato paste, don’t throw it out. First, put the can in the freezer.  When mostly frozen, remove both ends of the can.  Use one of the lids to push out the paste.  On a cutting board slice the rings into the desired amount and freeze the disks for use later.  Brilliant!

Another option is to fill a few ice cube portions with your leftover paste and freeze for use at another time.  When needed, the paste will pop right out for your next dish.