Originally created 08/07/02

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Frozen sandwiches

Food makers, it seems, will go to any lengths to make snacks more convenient. Smucker's has even found a way to make peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches easier with its new line of Uncrustables, thaw-and-serve crustless sandwiches, with - you guessed it - peanut butter and jelly.

The sandwiches come four to a box and are made with soft white bread, creamy peanut butter and either grape jelly or strawberry jam. Toss one in your child's lunchbox and it will be thawed well before lunchtime.

Look for them in the supermarkets' freezer section at a suggested retail price of between $2.39 and $2.59 a box.

Souffle secrets

Souffles have a reputation for being very temperamental. However they are more resilient than one might think; they don't fall if you talk too loud, walk too hard, or open the oven to take a peak.

Perfect schnitzels

Schnitzel meat will be more tender and won't buckle when cooked if cut against the grain. This translates into looking for meat with a smooth surface, not pieces where the stringlike fiber is obvious. If less than a 1/4 inch thick, the cutlet will get dry and overcooked.

Pineapple bits

Color is a clue to pineapple's texture - a golden shell indicates a softer fruit, better for desserts. A greener hue points to firmer flesh, better for savory dishes. Hawaiian pineapples have a predictable balance of acid and sugar, and Costa Rican and Mexican are reputed to be sweeter.