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Know when an avocado is ripe

Avocados do not ripen on the tree. They ripen or “soften” after they have been harvested. Hass avocados change from a dark-green colour to a deep purple/black when ripe but sometimes the colour is not a good indication of ripeness. So what can you do when you’re buying avocados to be sure you get them…..

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How to – hints to help with making preserved sauces

When you  make tomato or plum sauce, the recipe will usually include a lot of sugar You don’t put a lid on the pan because the liquid needs to evaporate so the sauce thickens. You do need to keep stirring it so sauce doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan and burn. this can…..

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How to substitute fats and oils in cooking and baking

Noelle asks “Can I substitute veg oil for lard, and if so, what quantities are used”? The short answer is Yes. The New Health Guide gives some options for substituting oil for butter. this is a good guide for any fat substitution.  

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Why separate the yolks and whites of eggs?

Sometimes you only want the yolks or the whites of eggs for some recipes. For example meringues and similar recipes need egg whites only.  Others such as rich cakes may call for yolks only.  And yet others call for both the yolks and whites but to be added separately.

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