Mango Iced Tea Off The Tree

So you have a tree in your yard? It’s bearing so much fruit what should you do? My fruit bearing tree is mango.

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I decided to make mango iced tea today.  I took 3 mangoes, pealed them and liquefied them in the blender. Then I strained the pulp from the juice, and put the mango juice back in the blender.

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I seeped my favorite iced tea bag  in 4 cups of boiling water. I added 1/2 lemon, and 1 cup of sugar, and seeped tea to the mango juice. Then I filled the blender with ice. I liquefied the mix, and placed it in the freezer to chill. The end result was mouth-watering mango iced tea. I will try this with other fruit as well.

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Frying Chicken Covered or Uncovered

Yesterday I saw Martha Stewart frying chicken covered, in a cast iron skillet on her show. Tonight I’m frying chicken, and I decided to give it a try. I may not have a cast iron skillet yet but I do have a cover.
I’m preparing this meal as we speak. I did begin frying with the chicken covered the first five minutes of cooking.

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However, I noticed once I opened the lid, the chicken appeared to be boiling in the oil. Now I like my fried chicken crispy. So this was not working for me at all. As I left the lid off, the chicken steamed less, causing less condensation in the oil, and more deep frying.  Yet I do think the lid on the first few minutes helped cook the chicken through some. But I’m finishing off lid off.

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So now that it’s done I can see the difference in the crispness of the chicken I fried. The chicken I kept covered came out good but not as crispy as I like.

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The chicken I only covered the first five minutes came out deliciously crispy and crunchy, yet it’s still moist inside.

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