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BAKED BEANS:  When soaking the beans overnight, soak them in cider instead of water.  Then when baking, add applesauce to thicken the syrup.

RICE:  For a nice flavor, try soaking 3/4 cups of rice in some cider before cooking.

SOUPS:  Keep in mind that you can replace the stock called for in a soup recipe with the same amount of apple cider.  This works best in pea soup and onion soup.

DISCOLORATION:  To keep fruits such as apples, peaches and bananas from turning dark, sprinkle the fruit with orange, lemon, lime or pineapple juice.

APPLE STORAGE:  Apples should be kept cool at about 36 to 38 degrees F and kept away from other products as they absorb ordors easily.

COOKING EGGS:  A tablespoon of vinegar added to the water when poaching eggs will help set the whites so they will not spread. Also: Add a little vinegar to the water when an egg cracks during boiling.  It will help seal the egg.

PIE CRUST:  A pie crust will be more easily made and better if all the ingredients are cool.

JELLO SALADS:  Substitute apple juice for water when making jello salads.  Delicious with lemon, orange and raspberry jello.

RIPENING FRUIT:  To ripen fruit fast, put the fruit (or vegetable) in a  paper bag with an apple.  Store at room temperatur and watch it ripen.

COMPLEXION CARE:  Rub the inner part of an apple peel on your face for a warm complexion glow.