To minimize freezer burn when freezing foods, place them in a zip-top freezer bag and close it most of the way, and then insert a drinking straw through the small opening. Squeeze out as much air as possible, and suck the rest out through the straw, pinching the bag the rest of the way closed when the air is gone. Less air exposure in the bag means fresher, freezer-burn-free foods when you are ready to defrost them. Microwaving a lemon or a lime for a few seconds can release the juices. Sometimes the citrus at a grocery store is not as fresh as it could be, making it difficult to juice. If you microwave it for 10 seconds, and then roll it between your hand and the counter it will release more juice. When cutting up apples for a fruit tray or lunch box, place the slices in a bowl of lemon-lime soda, ginger ale or pineapple juice to soak for 5 minutes or so. Any of these drinks will prevent the apples from turning that unappealing brown shade, and they won't drastically alter the flavor of your apple slices. To caramelize roasted veggies, heat your oven up as hot as it will get, and then place an empty roasting sheet inside for 10 to 15 minutes. Meanwhile, toss the veggies with olive oil and seasonings. Place them on the heated pan and the high temperature will caramelize the vegetable sugars quickly. If you are getting frustrated because the herbs are flying all over the place and landing on the floor when you are chopping them up, try tossing a little salt onto your cutting board. This will make for a coarser surface, and keep the small pieces from moving around the board too much. The one thing that no parent has enough of is time. Luckily, the advice in this article will save you precious time in the kitchen, and will help you make meals your whole family will enjoy. You'll be amazed at how much time you can save just by following these simple tips.
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