How to Make Homemade Kefir

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An excellent source of probiotics and calcium, kefir is a fermented beverage with many health benefits. With just two ingredients, kefir is free of added sugars, and it’s surprisingly easy to prepare at home. Read more on Foodal to get tips, tricks, and step-by-step instructions for successfully making your own batch.

How to Select, Store, and Prep Jicama

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You see jicama at the grocery store every time you shop for fresh produce. Today’s the day you finally buy it. We’re here to help you select, store, and prep this refreshingly crunchy root veggie. And we’ll provide you with some of our favorite cooking suggestions in the kitchen. Get all of our tips now.

Kitchen Composting 101: 4 Easy Methods to Repurpose Food Scraps

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Turning your food scraps into kitchen compost is a proactive way to reduce your food waste. Easy and fun to practice, it has a positive impact on the environment. And if you enjoy gardening, it’s an economical way to add organic, natural nutrients your plants will love. Learn how to get started now.

How to Make Easy Herb-Infused Olive Oil

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Want to take your favorite fresh herbs and create something with truly spectacular flavor? Make easy herb-infused olive oil at home. You can use it in salad dressings, pasta dishes, artisan breads, and so much more. It takes less time than you think, and you’ll have so much fun trying different combinations. Read more.

How to Break Down a Whole Chicken Easily

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Want to hone your kitchen technique and save a little money on poultry? Whether you’re making stew or stock, it’s time to learn how to break down a chicken. Cutting whole poultry into parts isn’t as hard as you might think, and it will soon become your favorite skill to practice. Read on to get our tips now.

How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree

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Want to make your next pumpkin pie completely from scratch? Learn how to make your own homemade pumpkin puree. It’s not as difficult as you think. Simply roast, puree, and use. This all-natural technique will give you so much inspiration for all of your fall-themed recipes. Get the easy tutorial now on Foodal.

How To Cook Rice on the Stovetop

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Don’t have a rice cooker and you need to figure out how to cook rice on the stovetop? Struggling with uncooked grains, issues with burning and sticking, or watery results? We’ve got you covered! Check out this quick little guide from Foodal, and it will have you making rice like a pro in no time. Read more now.

7 Smoothie Solutions: Improve Your Blender Game with These Tips

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Are you suffering from chunky fruit or gunky powder clumps in your morning smoothies and shakes that won’t go up a straw? It’s time to up your blender game, and improve your technique. We have a few quick fixes that will turn those blends into smooth beverages that are delicious to drink. Read more now on Foodal.

How to Cut a Cantaloupe

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We love to celebrate summer with fresh fruit. But what if you’re not sure how to prepare it? Want to learn the best method for cutting a luscious cantaloupe or honeydew into slices or bite-size chunks? We share our pro tips in an easy illustrated how-to guide, just in time for melon season. Read more now on Foodal.

How to Poach Eggs to Perfection

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Poached eggs are a timeless brunch classic, and a reliable go-to option for making meals in a pinch. But so many people are afraid to make them at home. Want to learn how easy it is to prepare them to perfection on the stovetop? We share our handy cooking tips and serving suggestions. Read more now on Foodal.