Kitchen Tips - June 2010

  • Don't know what to do with leftover egg whites after separating an egg? Freeze them! Frozen egg whites can be defrosted and whipped for use in meringues or simply used to make a healthy omelet.
  • Studies have shown that 1/4 cup of nuts a day is the optimal amount to improve heart health. Try cashews since they have less total fat than all common nuts, and the majority of the fat is oleic acid. Oleic acid is a monounsaturated fat, also found in olive oil, that can lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • If you are looking for a healthy alternative to tortilla chips for your homemade guacamole, why not try jicama instead? Peel the jicama and cut it into 1/8" to 1/4" thick slices. Dipping them into water with a little bit of fresh squeezed lemon juice will prevent the jicama from turning brown. Pat dry just before serving for a snack so good you’ll never miss the chips!
  • Rather than throwing away half-used packages of fresh herbs in your refrigerator, freeze them for later use. Place the herbs in small paper or plastic drinking cups and fill with water to cover the herbs. Label and store in zipper closure freezer bags. When making stocks and soups, simply place the herb ice cube into the stock pot for added flavor.

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