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3 Fun Food Hacks for Pizza, Bananas, and Jam

Pizza, bananas, and jam are some of our favorite things, so we couldn’t resist sharing these quick tips. Just don’t feel compelled to use them all at the same time—but who knows?

Bananas: Even More Magical Than You Thought

Did you know that you can use a banana peel to polish tarnished silverware? After you enjoy a banana, rub the inside of the peel along the silver and you’ll see the magic happen. Just wipe it off with a clean cloth afterward to have sparkling silverware again. It doesn’t work with really dark spots, but this trick works great with lightly tarnished utensils.

Best Way to Reheat Pizza

Microwaving cold pizza makes the crust soggy, and reheating it in the oven takes almost 30 minutes. The best way to reheat cold pizza is to put a few slices in a cold skillet, cover it, and turn the burner to low. About 8 minutes in the pan gives the cheese time to melt while the bottom crisps perfectly. No more soggy slices.

DIY Salad Dressing with Leftover Jam

To savor every last morsel of homemade or storebought jam, add olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, and herbs/spices when the jam jar is nearly empty, screw the lid on, and shake away. In seconds you’ll have delicious fruity salad dressing, and nothing is wasted from the precious jams.

All of these quick tips are from the newest issue (August/September 2014) of Cook’s Country (learn more about print and iPad editions).

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Freeforms tarts are often considered a lazy man’s pie, but we think this classic #cooksillustrated recipe is the perfect way to celebrate summer fruit. Photo: @willmederski. Get the recipe link in our profile! And be sure to tag your photos with #atkgrams. (A live Instagram snapshot from the Test Kitchen. http://ift.tt/1riEDZQ)

Freeforms tarts are often considered a lazy man’s pie, but we think this classic #cooksillustrated recipe is the perfect way to celebrate summer fruit. Photo: @willmederski. Get the recipe link in our profile! And be sure to tag your photos with #atkgrams. (A live Instagram snapshot from the Test Kitchen. http://ift.tt/1riEDZQ)

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