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How to make sure your fried chicken is crispy, not soggy

Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times files

Using cornstarch and baking soda in your fried chicken breading can help keep it crispy.

Question: Do you have any ingredients that I can add to chicken batter to make crispy fried chicken, so that it isn’t soggy?

— Cassidy

Answer: Certainly! For crispy chicken, use half flour and half cornstarch, along with your usual seasonings and add a half teaspoon of baking powder.

Question: I have several old plastic containers that smell musty. Should I throw them out, or is there a way to remove the smell?

— Dennis

Answer: Throw them out? No way! Use a pastry brush and smear the plastic interior with either mustard or toothpaste. Make sure that you cover every corner. Fill the containers with water. After a few hours, wash the containers and the smell will be gone.

Question: Is there a simple way to prepare stuffing from scratch using dry bread slices?

— Dave

Answer: Slice one loaf of dry bread into cubes. In a pot, sauté one chopped onion and four sticks chopped celery. Add one teaspoon poultry seasoning. Add bread and season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour in one cup chicken broth. Bake in the oven at 350 F for 30 minutes or heat in slow cooker on low for one hour.

Question: Do you have any tips for the time-consuming job of cleaning baseboards?

— Alice

Answer: Use a good quality microfibre cloth and warm soapy water. Or, for a bit of a time-saver, slip old socks on your hands, dip them in your cleaning solution and wipe.

Question: I have a huge invasion of tiny ants in my pantry. Help!

— Jelly

Answer: Remove all food from the pantry. Throw away any open containers or packages. Spray the pantry with Raid Ant Killer and look for a product with a two-week residual. After two weeks, wipe shelves, the floor and walls. Return all food to the pantry, making sure that all products are stored in airtight containers.

Note: Every user assumes all risks of injury or damage resulting from the implementation of any suggestions in this column. Test all products on an inconspicuous area first.

I enjoy your questions and tips, keep them coming. Need a presenter on the topic: Effective Speaking or The Power of Words? Check out: reena.ca.

Question: Do you have any ingredients that I can add to chicken batter to make crispy fried chicken, so that it isn’t soggy? — Cassidy

Answer: Certainly! For crispy chicken, use half flour and half cornstarch, along with your usual seasonings and add a half teaspoon of baking powder.

 

Question: I have several old plastic containers that smell musty. Should I throw them out, or is there a way to remove the smell? — Dennis

Answer: Throw them out? No way! Use a pastry brush and smear the plastic interior with either mustard or toothpaste. Make sure that you cover every corner. Fill the containers with water. After a few hours, wash the containers and the smell will be gone.

 

Question: Is there a simple way to prepare stuffing from scratch using dry bread slices? — Dave

Answer: Slice one loaf of dry bread into cubes.

In a pot, sauté one chopped onion and four sticks chopped celery.

Add one teaspoon poultry seasoning.

Add bread and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Pour in one cup chicken broth.

Bake in the oven at 350 F for 30 minutes or heat in slow cooker on low for one hour.

 

Question: Do you have any tips for the time-consuming job of cleaning baseboards? — Alice

Answer: Use a good quality microfibre cloth and warm soapy water. Or, for a bit of a time-saver, slip old socks on your hands, dip them in your cleaning solution and wipe.

 

Question: I have a huge invasion of tiny ants in my pantry. Help! — Jelly

Answer: Remove all food from the pantry. Throw away any open containers or packages. Spray the pantry with Raid Ant Killer and look for a product with a two-week residual.

After two weeks, wipe shelves, the floor and walls. Return all food to the pantry, making sure that all products are stored in airtight containers.

 

Note: Every user assumes all risks of injury or damage resulting from the implementation of any suggestions in this column. Test all products on an inconspicuous area first.

I enjoy your questions and tips, keep them coming. Need a presenter on the topic: Effective Speaking or The Power of Words? Check out: reena.ca.

 

Question: Do you have any ingredients that I can add to chicken batter to make crispy fried chicken, so that it isn’t soggy? — Cassidy

Answer: Certainly! For crispy chicken, use half flour and half cornstarch, along with your usual seasonings and add a half teaspoon of baking powder.

 

Question: I have several old plastic containers that smell musty. Should I throw them out, or is there a way to remove the smell? — Dennis

Answer: Throw them out? No way! Use a pastry brush and smear the plastic interior with either mustard or toothpaste. Make sure that you cover every corner. Fill the containers with water. After a few hours, wash the containers and the smell will be gone.

 

Question: Is there a simple way to prepare stuffing from scratch using dry bread slices? — Dave

Answer: Slice one loaf of dry bread into cubes.

In a pot, sauté one chopped onion and four sticks chopped celery.

Add one teaspoon poultry seasoning.

Add bread and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Pour in one cup chicken broth.

Bake in the oven at 350 F for 30 minutes or heat in slow cooker on low for one hour.

 

Question: Do you have any tips for the time-consuming job of cleaning baseboards? — Alice

Answer: Use a good quality microfibre cloth and warm soapy water. Or, for a bit of a time-saver, slip old socks on your hands, dip them in your cleaning solution and wipe.

 

Question: I have a huge invasion of tiny ants in my pantry. Help! — Jelly

Answer: Remove all food from the pantry. Throw away any open containers or packages. Spray the pantry with Raid Ant Killer and look for a product with a two-week residual.

After two weeks, wipe shelves, the floor and walls. Return all food to the pantry, making sure that all products are stored in airtight containers.

 

Note: Every user assumes all risks of injury or damage resulting from the implementation of any suggestions in this column. Test all products on an inconspicuous area first.

I enjoy your questions and tips, keep them coming. Need a presenter on the topic: Effective Speaking or The Power of Words? Check out: reena.ca.

 

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