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Make perfectly fluffy scrambled eggs by waiting to season

Larry Crowe / The Associated Press Files

Removing eggs from heat periodically while scrambling will help prevent overcooking.

Question: Whenever I cook scrambled eggs, they end up very runny instead of fluffy. They are never perfect, the way that they are at restaurants. Where am I going wrong?

— Simran

Answer: One of the ways to avoid making scrambled eggs that are runny is to season them after they are cooked.

If you salt eggs as they cook, or before, they tend to break down and become watery. As well, it is not necessary to stir in water or milk to the eggs as they scramble. This is a personal preference of course, but many chefs add nothing to the eggs. Avoid overcooking scrambled eggs by removing the pan from the heat a few times as they cook. Stir with a spatula to ensure they cook evenly and become fluffy little heaps of sunshine as they finish. Season before eating.

 

Question: My daughter bought herself a nice pair of SoftMoc slippers, and the first night she wore them, she spilled about two tablespoons of olive oil on the front. They are wine-coloured slip-on shoes. How can this stain be removed, if indeed it is possible?

Answer: It’s painful to spill on an item that you really like, but it’s even worse if the item is brand new. Although SoftMoc sells a variety of fabrics, I am assuming that these slippers are suede.

Sprinkle the suede fabric with baking soda and then brush the nap back and forth with a damp nail brush.

However, if the suede is a synthetic fabric, you will be able to clean it with plain old water and dish soap. Rinse and let dry.

 

Question: How long can I store juice in a carton in the fridge once it’s been opened?

— Melissa

Answer: Check the expiration date on the carton. Typically, unopened juice can be stored for eight months from production date. After the juice is open, the drink should be consumed within seven to 10 days.

 

Question: Every time I make pasta it sticks together and tastes very starchy. What is the proper way to cook pasta?

— Glenn

Answer: Begin by making sure that you have chosen a pot large enough, so that the pasta has room to swim. Add water to the pot and season it with salt. Pour olive oil into the pot, this prevents the pasta from sticking together. Make sure that the water is boiling before adding the pasta. Once the pasta is cooked to your liking, drain the pasta, and season it with salt, followed by a drizzle of olive oil. Mix, sauce and serve. 

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.

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