How to Remove Baking Spray Overspray

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Dear Home Ec 101,I've noticed that when I use non-stick spray (like Pam) on things that are subsequently baked, I end up with a sticky, brown residue that is really hard to remove from my pans.  This is a particular problem with my muffin tin!Two questions:1) Should I stop using non-stick spray on things that are going to be baked ...

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Hot Dishes, Cold Food, Microwave Perplexity

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Dear Home Ec 101,Why is it sometimes when I heat foods in the microwave the bowl is screaming hot and the food is still a block of ice?Signed,Scalded in Scranton*Heather says:Here on Home Ec 101 I've written previously about how microwaves work, if you missed it the first time, here's the short version.Think of your ...

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How to Keep a Cake from Sticking to the Cooling Rack

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Dear Home Ec 101,I really need help. I found an awesome chocolate cake recipe and can keep the cake from sticking to the pan with the parchment paper/oiled/flour method. However, once the cake is on the wire rack, that's another story. It sinks into the wires and sticks to the rack. When I try to remove it, it rips and breaks apart. Mama didn't ...

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Freezer How To

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Dear Home-Ec 101,I'm completely lost when it comes to freezing food. I know this is a great way to have meals on hand, but once it's in the freezer I don't know what to do with it. Just last night I made too much enchilada filling. So I made an extra pan, covered it in foil and dated it. But now what?Do I need to defrost them once I take ...

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