Tips & Techniques

3 Signs It’s Time to Toss Your Dates — Ingredient Intelligence

In addition to their irresistibly sweet flavor and versatility, dates, when stored properly, have a seriously lengthy shelf life. Even when they lose moisture and harden, there's still a way to revive that tender bite. But that doesn't mean they last forever. Dates can, and do, go bad.

Here are the three telltale signs those sweet dates have taken a turn for the worse.

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8 Ways to Help Your Fridge Keep Its Cool and Run Better — Fridge Fix-Up

It's hot outside, but it should be (very) cool inside your refrigerator. To keep it that way — even as the mercury rises and rises — follow these simple tips. They'll do wonders for your energy bill, help keep your food from spoiling, and just keep your fridge running nice and cold.

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How Long Should You Use Your Kitchen Sponge? — Cleaning Tips from Kitchn

A dirty sponge is just … foul. You know what I'm talking about — those flat, gray, flakey cleaning pads you find in office kitchens and bachelor apartments. And that smell! There is nothing grosser than washing a dish with a stinky sponge — aside from then having your hands smell like stinky sponge afterwards. Yuck.

Here's the deal, though: That filthy-looking sponge was dirty long before it started showing its age. It takes a while to wear down those fibers and for bacteria and grime to build up inside of a sponge so much that it would be visible. If that's what you have sitting next to your kitchen sink right now, please toss it! Then follow these guidelines so you don't ever get to that point again.

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10 Grocery Store Buys for Easy No-Cook Suppers — Tips from The Kitchn

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No-cook suppers are an essential part of my summertime meal plan. They keep the oven and stove off when it feels too hot to cook, but they're also my answer to cooking quick dinners when I'm pressed for time or just don't feel like cooking. To make it easy on myself, I always stock the fridge and pantry with these 10 items.

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6 Ways to Beat the Heat in the Kitchen This Summer — Stay Cool

So it's about a zillion degrees out — but you still have to eat! And to do that, you usually have to spend some time in the kitchen (although takeout does sound good). For the days you're definitely going to be cooking at home, here are our best tips for keeping your kitchen from overheating.

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Why You Should Save Your Strawberry Tops (& What to Do With Them) — Strawberry Season

If you're like me, prepping strawberries is something you do on autopilot — washing the berries, slicing off then tossing the tops in the trash, and diving into your bounty of juicy berries without another thought. It's time to revise this plan with one major change: Stop being so quick to throw out those strawberry tops. They still have plenty of life left in them!

Here's why it's worth saving them and the sweetest ways to put them to work.

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