Monday, October 26, 2009

Helpful Everyday Tips

Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold.

For easy deviled eggs, put cooked egg yolk in a Ziplock bag. Seal and mash until they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing, mixing them thoroughly. Cut the tip of the bag and squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw the bag away when done for easy clean up.

Take the bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.

Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic. If you want a stronger taste, add it at the end.

If you seal an envelope and realize later that you need to reopen it, just place your sealed envelope inside the freezer for an hour or two. It unseals easily.

Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove. Set the heat to medium low and heat until warm. This keeps the crust crispy instead of soggy.

To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.

Peppers with three bumps at the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Those with four bumps are firmer and better for cooking.

Get rid of ants by putting small piles of cornmeal where you see them. They eat it, take it "home", but cannot digest it, so it kills them. It may take a week or so especially if it rains, but it works and you do not have to worry about pets or small children being harmed.

Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.

To make scrambled eggs or omelets rich, add a couple of spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up.

To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2 with apple cider vinegar, and two drops of dish washing liquid. Mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever.

Use a wet cotton ball to pick up the small shard of glass you cannot see easily.

To reduce static cling from your clothes, pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. The same thing works for slacks that cling when wearing pantyhose. Place pin in seam of slacks and the static is gone.

Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.

Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill it with hot water. Then dump out the hot water without drying the cup. Add your ingredients, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.

Use hair conditioner to shave your legs. It is cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It is also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn't like.

To avoid foggy windshields, keep a chalkboard eraser inside the glove compartment of your car. When the windows fog, rub with the eraser. Works better than cloth.

If the heating unit of your dryer is not working, take your dryer's lint filter out and wash it with hot soapy water and an old toothbrush. The dryer sheets cause a film to build over the mesh which can cause the heating unit to burn. The best way to keep your dryer working for a very long time and keep your electric bill lower is to clean the filter at least every six months.

I got these tips in email and found them useful enough to share.
If you find them helpful, please pass it along to your friends.


Becki said...

Great tips - thanks!

Romancing Italy said...

Yes, there were a LOT of useful tips. Wish I knew about the static cling trick this last weekend!

Unknown said...

These are great tips Ray!!! Masubukan nga.


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