Do your friends a favor. Pass along few of these handy tips.
- Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to
prevent ice cream drips.
- Use a meat baster to "squeeze" your pancake batter onto the
hot griddle and you'll get perfectly shaped pancakes every time.
- To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with
- To prevent eggshells from cracking, add a pinch of salt to the
water before hard-boiling.
- Run your hands under cold water before pressing Rice Krispies
treats in the pan and 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 stovetop.
- Spray your Tupperware with nonstick cooking spray before
pouring in tomato-based sauces and there won't be any stains.
- When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a
bit of the dry cake mix instead and there wont be any 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, and it will absorb the excess salt for an
instant "fix me up."
- Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator
and it will keep for weeks.
- Brush some beaten egg white over piecrust before baking to
yield a beautiful glossy finish.
- Place a slice of apple in hardened brown sugar to soften it.
- When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help
bring out the corn's natural sweetness.
- To determine whether an egg is fresh, immerse it in a pan of
cool, salted water. If it sinks, it is fresh, but 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 a problem opening jars: Try using latex
dishwashing gloves. They give a non-slip grip that makes opening
- 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 bites, try applying soap on
the area and you will experience instant relief.
- Ants, ants, ants everywhere ... Well, they are said too
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, leaves 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, and 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.
- Use 1-2" tape rolled into a closed loop, with the sticky side out, around
your hand. Great for removing lint from clothes.
- Use tooth paste to remove fine scratches. Rinse with water.
Addendum: Okay, I have figured out how to make 'sweet' potatoes
by adding sugar. Would someone please tell me how you
get 'em orange? -- Bachelor Bob :)
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