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|Remove fruit or vegetable stains from your hands with vinegar Rub your hands with vinegar and rinse with water to remove stains from fruits or vegetables|
|Take the edge off your appetite with vinegar Drinking a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and a bit of honey in a glass of water will take the edge off your appetite|
|Keeping ants away using vinegar Spray vinegar around doors, windows, appliances or other ant pathways to keep them away|
|Cleaning fish tanks with vinegar Clean fist tanks by rubbing the dirty surface with a cloth dipped in vinegar and then rinsing well|
|Using vinegar to kill grass and weeds Pour or spray with full strength vinegar unwanted grass and weeds until they starve|
|Using vinegar for cleaning When using vinegar for cleaning, use any kind of vinegar except cider vinegar. Cider vinegar will stain porous material.|
|What to avoid when cooking pasta Do not add salt to the cooking water before the latter comes to a boil. Doing so will increase the boiling time of water.|
Do not add olive oil to the water while cooking pasta. Doing so will make the pasta slippery and therefore prevent the sauce from sticking to it.
Do not overcook pasta. Italians eat their pasta al dente, which means 'to the tooth'. Pasta cooked al dente is cooked but still firm when bitten. Remember that cooked pasta continues to cook, even after it is drained from the cooking water.
|How to cook pasta Start by adding cold water to a pot, large enough to hold about 1 quart of water per 100 grams of pasta. Place the pot over high heat.|
When the water comes to a boil, add salt (about 1 teaspoon per 100 grams of pasta). Immediately add the pasta and cook according to directions on the packaging. The proper way to cook pasta is al dente (which literally means, 'to the tooth'). Depending on the brand and type of pasta, the usual cooking time for dried pasta lies between 6 and 12 minutes.
When the pasta is cooked, drain and reserve a cup of the cooking water.
For best results, return drained pasta to a pan and add about half of the sauce to it. Heat the pasta and sauce, stirring constantly, over a medium to high heat for 1 or 2 minutes, until the pasta and sauce are well blended and heated through.
Serve with the remaining sauce on top. If the pasta looks dry, use some of the reserved water to moisten it.
|How much pasta per person Use around 100 grams of dried pasta and 80 grams of fresh pasta per person.|
|Preparing dried black eyed peas Clean black eyed peas from small stones and other foreigh material and then rinse. Soak the beans in cold water to make the beans cook faster and lessen the gas-forming properties of the beans. Changing the soaking water a few times helps in reducing even more the gas that is caused by the beans.|