Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Did you know? Miscellaneous Tips....

I received this as an email and thought it contained some really good tips and stuff that I did NOT know - especially the windshield/eraser one.  Have fun.  **Also please excuse random formatting errors, this was an email as I mentioned and I didn't feel like wrestling with it any longer.**

Better Bananas

Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. 
If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster. 
Fresh Cheese
Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. 
It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!

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

To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of 
Spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream; then beat them. 

Garlic Strength
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. 

Reheat Pizza 
Heat 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 food channel and it really works.

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.  

Reheating refrigerated bread 
To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in 
A microwave next to a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food 
Moist and help it reheat faster. 

Newspaper weeds away 
Start putting torn newspaper in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspapers, 
Put layers around the plants, overlapping as you go; cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic; they will not get through wet newspapers. 
Broken Glass 
Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can't see easily. 

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 measuring cup, fill with hot water. 
Dump out the hot water, but don't dry cup. Next, add your ingredient (peanut butter, honey, etc.) 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 windows 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. 

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!

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!


Nadja said...

Now THIS is useful I tells ya.

I now have some ants to murder. (I started to type "aunts" and that would have caused problems.)

Trophy Life said...

hey! this is GOOD stuff. i'm going to copy and put it on a sticky note on my desktop.

Wendy said...

Mmmm deviled eggs!

Lauren Tracy said...

LOVEEEEEEE! What a great post!

Written Permission said...

LOVE stuff like this! Although I've tried the apple cider vinegar thing for fruit flies and it hasn't worked. :( But I'm totally using the rest of these.