The Low Carb Luxury Newsletter: 
Volume III / Number 12: June 28, 2002: Page 2
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                    Tips and Tricks
From Lora's Desk
For awhile now, we've been collecting tips, hints, tricks, and interesting uses for things sent to us by fellow low carbers, or that we've discovered ourselves. So it's time to share some of them with you here. I hope you can find some useful ones!

Whipping Cream:
Most of us low carbers use a lot of cream! To speed the process of whipping cream, chill the mixing bowl and beaters in the refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes beforehand.

Cheese Garnish:
Hey – now that you're not using potatoes anymore, here's a use for that potato peeler. Use it to create cheese peels for garnishing salads, soups and more.

Toasting Nuts:
Toasting nuts intensifies their flavor. Fire up a skillet (high temperature) and spread pecans, walnuts, almonds, pine nuts, etc. over its surface. Stir constantly. When the nuts start to turn brown, remove from the heat and reserve for use in all your favorite dishes! Keep a constant eye on them during the process – nuts can turn from brown to black in seconds.

Nuts can also be toasted in the oven (or a toaster oven). Spread on a cookie sheet, then bake at 400°F for 5 to 10 minutes. Be sure to stir the nuts occasionally while roasting. Broken pieces will toast faster than whole nuts.

Sharpening Scissors Sharpening Scissors and Kitchen Shears:
Ever been working on a project or trying to cut vegetables when you realize your scissors has become too dull to do a good job?

A very simple (and quick) way to sharpen shears is to simply cut a piece of steel wool (like an SOS™ or Brillo™ Pad), or use a Scotch-Brite™ pad. They both work great.

Flavorful Ice Cubes:
When ice cubes melt, they water down your drink. Prevent dilution by making flavored ice cubes from diet drinks, sugarfree Kool Aid™ or Crystal Light™, or even DaVinci™ Sugarfree Syrups!

A New Use for Paper Plates:
Consider keeping a package of cheap paper plates in the drawer under your microwave (or a nearby cabinet if you have no drawer.) They fit very nicely over nearly any size bowl or plate to prevent splatters. Since they are so handy, you'll remember to use them, and save yourself messy cleanup later. (Especially if you're the one who'd be doing the cleanup, but not always the one using the microwave!)

These work much better than wax paper, paper towels, or Saran Wrap, and you can keep several sizes of paper plates at the ready for when you're using extra small or extra large bowls.

Blanching Almonds Blanching Almonds:
Almonds are less bitter without their skin, which is why some recipes really require blanched almonds.

But if you only have the skin-on kind, you can blanch your own in a pinch.

Here's how: First, place the almonds in a saucepan, add just enough water to cover, and bring to a boil over high heat. As soon as the water reaches a boil, drain the almonds, then cool them by running under cold water. To peel, just pinch them — they will pop right out of their skins.

Boiling makes the almonds soggy, so before using, toast at 325° for 10 minutes to recrisp. If you're making almond flour/meal for low carb baking, starting with blanched almonds will result in a finer, more delicate baked good.

Removing Onion & Garlic Odors from Containers:
To deodorize a plastic storage container in which onions or garlic were stored, wash thoroughly, then stuff a crumpled piece of newspaper in the container, and snap on the lid. In a few days the smell will disappear.

Super Fast Meatloaf:
Need to get dinner on the table quicker? If meatloaf is on your menu, remember that it will cook faster if you make it in small rounded loaves or even in muffin cups. This can also make for a really attractive serving display.

Long Lasting Celery:
Want to be able to store your celery sticks longer? I used to be frustrated at how quickly celery would get brown or soft in its original grocery store packaging. Here's the answer:

Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator. It will keep for weeks... Alternatively, when you purchase your celery, slip a couple of small plastic bags over both ends. While it's in your fridge, it will stay fresher and crisper much longer.

Sweet and Sour Cutting Board Make a Sweet and Sour Cutting Board:
A lot of herbs and vegetables give off pungent smells and oils that can adulterate other foods. So I confine them to only one side of my cutting board. The other side I use for slicing fruit or anything else that might be affected by strong odors.

To keep them straight, I simply mark the end of my cutting board within delible ink.

Remember, though, that after chopping garlic or onions, you can run a lemon quarter over both the knife blade and the cutting board to remove the odor.

Oven Spills:
When I began low carbing, I learned to love crustless pizzas made on cookie sheets (a layer of cheese at the base for my "crust".) But the downfall is that I often get cheese or oil spill-overs. Here's a great solution:

If something spills over in your oven, first sprinkle it with salt and remove with a metal spatula, then wipe with a damp sponge.

Egg How to Know if an Egg is Bad:
You can judge the freshness of an egg by placing it in cool, salted water about an inch deeper than the egg is long. As an egg ages, the air cell expands. So, depending on how the egg lies in the water, you can tell whether the egg is fresh enough to eat on its own, or if it is old enough that, because of the taste, you should use it only for baking, or if it is best to just discard it.

Here's the basic guide, but one little warning — You can't tell the age of a frozen egg by floating it. Even a fresh egg will float if it's frozen.
  • Lies on its side: Very fresh. Enjoy.
  • Lays at an angle: 4-7 days later. Still perfectly fine to eat.
  • Stands up on one end: 10-16 days after freshest point. Best used for baking but still fine for blending with other ingredients.
  • Floats on top of water: Egg is spoiled. Discard.
Onions & Green Peppers:
You can buy frozen chopped onion or green peppers for a quick recipe shortcut, or since they freeze so well, chop a whole bunch at once and freeze them in single servings.

I do this for use in pizza, sauces, even Denver omelets!

That's it for now. We'll keep collecting tips and sharing them with you. If you have a great tip to share, please send it to us!



In case you haven't tried our Country Cupboard Sugar-Free Jams, here is the review from Low Carb Luxury:
Country Cupboard Jams
"In our never ending search for delicious low carb jams, jellies, and spreads sweetened with Splenda, there's a new player on the field. This week, the group tried some delicious selections from
Country Cupboard.

The varieties we tried were Strawberry Preserves (that tasted like it was homemade), Apricot Amaretto (just like it sounds — a mix of apricots with a deep almond-y flavor), and Wild Forest Berry (a blend of wild blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries.)

We thought they were all exceptional, but have a particular fondness for the Apricot Amaretto. It's just so unique. The Wild Forest Berry tastes like a topping they used to serve on pancakes at IHOP, and in fact is good that way. However you use them we think you'll be pleased with the super fruit-y taste. They come in at about 2 carbs per 2 Tbsp serving..."

We have Country Cupboard Jams on sale right now at $5.99 each!

And here is the Low Carb Luxury Review of the Atkins Fudge Brownie Mix:

Atkins Fudge Brownie Mix "Let's not mince words... You need to buy, make, and completely enjoy these delicious brownies. The new Atkins Fudge Brownie Mix are simply out of this world.

Depending on whether you like gooey-fudge-like brownies, or a more cake like brownie, you decide what sort of pan and bake-time to get your desired result. A larger pan (and shorter cook time) makes fudgy brownies. A longer bake time in a smaller pan gives you a more cake-y brownie. And add walnuts (our favorite) or pecans if you like. In short, it's hard to make a mistake with these brownies, and non-lowcarbers at our home were asking for more. No kidding... these are terrific. Twenty two people here tried them and all twenty two gave their highest recommendation. They require the addition of eggs and oil to the mixes (we used macadamia nut oils, and sweet almond oils.) None contain soy. They come in at 5 grams of effective carbohydrate per brownie."

You can order them now at a special price.

We finally have the two new Atkins Bars: Chocolate Decadence, and Cookies n Cream! And they taste great! I hate to say it, but these two new Atkins Bars are now my favorites! The Cookies n Cream is like a reverse Oreo: A white frosting on the outside, with a chocolate cookie-like filling on the inside. And the Chocolate Decadence (as its name implies) is for chocolate lovers! It's chocolate outside, chocolate inside, with chunks of chocolate in the filling.

Order them, and if you place any order this week by Sunday June 30th, you can try one for FREE! Just type "Paul says give me a FREE Decadence Bar (or Cookies n Cream)" in the comments section when you place your order.

new products

I've added a New Section to the site called "New Products". This will have all of the new products as soon as we get them in, so you can order them. There's no pictures or descriptions, just the name of the product and the price. There are 20 new products up so far today! Find them by clicking here.

If you like the Atkins Almond Brownie, Lemon Chiffon, or Berry cheesecake bars, we are overstocked and are blowing them out this week at prices as low as $1.39 per bar! Get all of the details!

Shipping Special: You will get free ground shipping on any order over $75.00 to the continental US! (All US except Alaska and Hawaii.)

                             All specials valid through July 14th , 2002


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