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It’s July and picnics and cookouts are in full swing. Cooking and storing food are two of the things at the top of your list. Here are a few tips for you to use:

If you have some tomato paste left over from your favorite Italian pasta dish, put it in a glass jar and pour some vegetable oil over the top. It will keep for weeks in your refrigerator without molding. When you need to use the tomato paste, just pour the oil off into another glass jar and use it for something else. The glass jars store well in your refrigerator, as they take up less room than square plastic containers. If you wash and use your glass jars, then they don’t have to go to a landfill.

If you have to bake potatoes quickly, wrap them in foil and place them on a rack in your pressure cooker. Add water up to the rack and turn the heat on and your potatoes will be done in about 15 minutes.

Want good tasting hot dogs without firing up the grill? Pour about two tablespoons of vegetable oil in the skillet of your choice. Turn on medium heat and add the hot dogs. Brown them on both sides. I split mine so that when they are placed on a bun, we can put onions, relish, mustard, ketchup or cheese right into the hot dog. It keeps the bun from getting soggy.

If you are making a recipe that calls for egg whites, what do you do with the yolks? Separate the whites and yolks and make your recipe. Put a pot of water on to boil and add the yolks when the water is at a rolling boil. When they are hard boiled, remove from the water with a slotted spoon. Put them in a bowl to cool. When almost cool, smash them with a fork, add your favorite mayonnaise, salt, pepper, chopped onions or relish and you have an already made sandwich spread.

If you have some leftover pieces of steak from a cookout, cut them into small pieces, wrap, and put them in the freezer. Later, you can add them to spaghetti sauce or soup. You can probably find a lot of uses for them. Use your imagination.

When you boil potatoes for potato salad, add a few more to the pot. You can put them in the refrigerator and use them to fry with peppers and/or onions. I put the green tails from our garden onions in a plastic bag and put them in the freezer. I cut them up in chili, soup, hamburgers and fried potatoes. They are also good ground up on hot dogs and sandwiches. I don’t waste much at all.

So, there you are with a few food hints. Happy cooking.

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