| VOL. 3, NO. 9
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Helpful Hints to Make Life Easier
The following is a list of tips, secrets and great ideas that will help make some of life's minor annoyances fade away.
- Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice
- Use a meat baster to "squeeze" your pancake batter onto the hot griddle -
perfect shaped pancakes every time.
- To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.
- To prevent egg shells from cracking, add a pinch of salt to the water before
- Run your hands under cold water before pressing Rice krispies treats in the
pan - the marshmallow won't stick to your fingers.
- To get the most juice out of fresh lemons, bring them to room temperature and
roll them under your palm against the kitchen counter before squeezing.
- To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of
dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on
stove-top - the skillet will be much easier to clean now
- Spray your Tupperware with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in
tomato-based sauces - no more stains.
- When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry
cake mix instead - no white mess on the outside of the cake.
- If you accidentally over-salt a dish while it's still cooking, drop in a
peeled potato - it absorbs the excess salt for an instant "fix me up".
- Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator - it will keep
- Brush beaten egg white over pie crust before baking to yield a beautiful
- Place a slice of apple in hardened brown sugar to soften it back up.
- When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the
corns natural sweetness.
- To determine whether an egg is fresh, immerse it in a pan of cool, salted
water. If it sinks, it is fresh; if it rises to the surface,throw it away.
- Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead.
The throbbing will go away.
- Don't throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for future use
in casseroles and sauces.
- If you have problem opening jars: Try using latex dish washing gloves. They
give a non-slip grip that makes opening jars easy.
- Potatoes will take food stains off your fingers. Just slice and rub raw
potato on the stains and rinse with water.
- To get rid of itch from mosquito bite: try applying soap on the area instant
- Ants, ants, ants everywhere...Well, they are said to never cross a chalk
line. So get your chalk out and draw a line on the floor or wherever ants tend
to march - see for yourself.
- Use air-freshener to clean mirrors: It does a good job and better still,
leave a lovely smell to the shine.
- When you get a splinter, reach for the scotch tape before resorting to
tweezers or a needle. Simply put the scotch tape over the splinter, then pull it
off. Scotch tape removes most splinters painlessly and easily.
- Now look what you can do with Alka Seltzer: Clean a toilet.Drop in two
Alka-Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush and flush. The citric acid and
effervescent action clean vitreous china. Clean a vase. To remove a stain from
the bottom of a glass vase or cruet, fill with water and drop in two Alka-Seltzer
tablets. Polish jewelry. Drop two Alka-Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and
immerse the jewelry for two minutes. Clean a thermos bottle. Fill the bottle
with water, drop in four Alka-Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour (or
longer, if necessary). Unclog a drain.Clear the sink drain by dropping three
Alka-Seltzer tablets down the drain followed by a cup of Heinz White Vinegar Wait
a few minutes, then run the hot water.
- If your VCR has a year setting on it, which most do, you will not be able to
use the programmed recording feature after 12/31/99. Don't throw it away. Instead
set it for the year 1972 as the days are the same as the year 2000. The
manufacturers won't tell you. They want you to buy a new Y2k VCR.
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