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December 2005

Freezing Cream Cheese Dips

Is it OK to make ahead and freeze dips that have a cream cheese base? -- Penny To some extent, the answer depends on the recipe and ingredients that you are using, as well as the length of time that the dip is being frozen. When frozen, cream cheese can become crumbly and some of the water in the cheese... Read more →




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© Lost Hobbit Enterprises 2004 onward


We Wish You Lots of Latkes

I want to make potato pancakes for the holiday, but don't want to be slaving over a hot frying pan when my guest come. How can I prepare them ahead of time, store them, and reheat them? -- Eileen You can make the pancakes ahead of time and either refrigerate or freeze them. When it is time to serve them,... Read more →




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© Lost Hobbit Enterprises 2004 onward


I Never Hurt an Onion, So Why Did It Make Me Cry?

Why do onions sting your eyes and make you cry when you dice them? Is there anything that can be done to prevent this? -- Josh Whenever you cut an onion, you slice through the cells, allowing certain sulfur-based chemicals to come into direct contact with an enzyme which breaks them into smaller molecules. Some of those molecules are volatile,... Read more →




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© Lost Hobbit Enterprises 2004 onward


In a Jam

This summer we canned mango jam. Now, about two months later, we noticed that all the jars have discolored fruit at the top. We followed instructions for the recipe and filled the jars 1/4 inch from the top and placed them in a water bath canner for a full ten minutes. The fruit has settled a bit and now there... Read more →




Due to the volume of questions received, not all can be answered, nor can we guarantee we will answer questions immediately
© Lost Hobbit Enterprises 2004 onward