Monday, January 11, 2010

Helpful Hints

I can't vouch for this advice, I got it in an email this morning. A few things I've heard before.  At the very least, none are harmful if you decide to try them. 



 Bananas
Peel a banana from the bottom and you won't have to pick the little "stringy things" off of it. That's how the primates do it. 




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

Cheese

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

Peppers
Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking. 

 Frying Ground Beef
Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef.
It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking. 
 
Creamy Eggs
To really 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. 

Garlic
Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic. 
 
Snickers Dessert
Leftover Snickers bars from Halloween make a delicious dessert. Simply chop them up with the food chopper. Peel, core and slice a few apples. Place them in a baking dish and sprinkle the chopped candy bars over the apples. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes!!!  Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream. Yummm!
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Reheat Pizza
Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works.
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Easy Deviled Eggs 
Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done easy clean up. 
 
Expanding Frosting
When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving. 

Reheating Refrigerated Bread 
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. 
 
Broken Glass 
Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can't see easily. 
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No More Mosquitoes
Place a dryer sheet in your pocket.
It will keep the mosquitoes away.


Squirrel Away

To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper.  The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant and the squirrels won't come near it.



Flexible Vacuum
To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings. 


Reducing Static Cling
Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and ... ta da! ... static is gone. 
 
Measuring Cups
Before you pour sticky substances into a m! easuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.
 
Foggy Windshield
Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car . When the window s fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!

 Reopening envelope
If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Viola! It unseals easily. 


Conditioner 
Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It's also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn't like when you tried it in your hair.
 
Goodbye Fruit Flies
To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2" with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid; mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever! 
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Get Rid of Ants 
Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it "home," can't digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don't have the worry about pets or small children being harmed! 
 
INFO ABOUT CLOTHES DRYERS
The heating unit went out on my dryer! The gentleman that fixes things around the house for us told us that he wanted to show us something and he went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was clean. (I always clean the lint from the filter after every load clothes.) He told us that he wanted to show us something; he took the filter over to the sink and ran hot water over it. The lint filter is made of a mesh material ... I'm sure you know what your dryer's lint filter looks like. Well ...the hot water just sat on top of the mesh! It didn't go through it at all! He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh that's what burns out the heating unit. You can't SEE the film, but it's there. It's what is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free ... that nice fragrance too. You know how they can feel waxy when you take them out of the box .. well this stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen. This is also what causes dryer units to potentially burn your house down with it! He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very long time (and to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out and wash it with hot soapy water and an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months. He said that makes the life of the dryer at least twice as long!

I haven't mashed the egg yolks in a bag for deviled eggs, but I do use a bag for filling the halved egg whites. I've used damp paper towels to pick up broken glass shards with success. As soon as the paper towel tube is available, I'll be trying that hint, and I totally agree with the last item about the dryer lint screen. I don't know the science behind dryer sheets being to blame, but scrubbing the screen does clear it and hopefully means the dryer works more efficiently.

The only hint that doesn't make sense to me is the Snickers Dessert. C'mon....really? Has anyone ever had LEFTOVER  Snickers???  Photobucket

4 comments:

Sewconsult said...

Great tips. I guess I better wash the dryer filter. I also have my husband use the industrial vac to clean out the dryer duct from the outside of the house. We were both shocked at the build up. Just happen to see some lint on the flaps on the wall outside. (many years of build-up.)
Beckie

SmilingSally said...

Some of these I've never heard before, and with my inability to remember, I'll need to see this list again and again! Thanks, Knitty.

LemonyRenee' said...

I love the safety pin/static cling one. And I am totally cleaning my lint trap tomorrow. Thanks!

© Jennifer Raley said...

Some awesome hints! I hope I can remember the ones I'd like to try and there were a lot I'd like to try!! THanks - Jenn