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Do not use metal bowls when mixing salads. Use wooden, glass or china.


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2/27/15 7:07 A

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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.


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2/25/15 11:17 A

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A high quality hard boiled egg slicer makes easy work of slicing mushrooms for sauces or salads; it will also slice strawberries and peeled kiwi fruits perfectly.


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2/24/15 9:08 A

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Homemade Oxyclean
1 cup water
1/2 cup peroxide
1/2 cup baking soda

Soak laundry 20 min then wash as usual. It could no doubt be used as a
paste for leather walking shoes etc.



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2/23/15 8:26 A

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To hull strawberries, use a sturdy plastic straw. Push it up through the bottom of the strawberry and through the top. It does a great job quickly and neatly. The berries look excellent if you want to leave them whole.


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2/22/15 5:35 A

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Vinegar as disinfectant - Vinegar (either white or cider is the best disinfectant around it beats anything man made and is certainly healthier and cheaper, use vinegar all around house to disinfect and clean many surfaces, although don't use this on furniture made with fabric. You can use vinegar straight or equal parts vinegar and water.

I buy vinegar by the gallon then pour it into pint bottles. Much easier than lifting a gallon. I also pur some into a spray bottle.


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2/21/15 12:15 A

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Better than vacuuming - That's right. We've found another use for duct tape—cleaning. The stickiness of duct tape makes it perfect for a makeshift pet hair remover and this method is faster than vacuuming. It also works on seats in vehicles. A sponge or cloth wrapped with duct tape works great for getting into corners.


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2/20/15 10:11 A

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Easy Homemade Vanilla Coffee Creamer

What You’ll Need:
1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk {14 oz.}
2 cups Nonfat Milk
1 tbsp. Vanilla Extract

What You’ll Do:
Combine Sweetened Condensed Milk, Nonfat Milk, and Vanilla Extract in Blender, and blend until well mixed.

Leftovers can be stored in a mason jar in the refrigerator. Just use up the creamer by the expiration date on the milk you used.

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2/19/15 9:34 A

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After working on your car you can clean your hands with a mixture of dishwashing liquid and sugar
I guess it 3ould work after doing any dirty job, bot just working on a car.

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2/18/15 1:06 A

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Ice on steps or sidewalk -

1/2 gal warm water
6 drops of Dawn
2 oz rubbing alcohol

Mix then pour over concrete or steps, ice will leave or break up easily.

I saw this demonsrated on TV and it seemed to work.

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2/17/15 9:35 A

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Expecting frost overnight? Just fill a spray bottle with three parts vinegar to one part water and spray on your car windows at night. In the morning, they should be clear of the icy mess. How does it work? Vinegar contains acetic acid, which lowers the melting point of water – preventing water from freezing. What to do if you wake up to an already frozen car? Just spray the mixture on your window to start the melting process. This should loosen up the ice to make scrapping easier.

I have used this is the past and it works. I didn't do it last night because I knew I wouldn't be leaving today.

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2/16/15 12:13 P

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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.


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2/15/15 4:51 A

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Poke a hole in the middle of the hamburger patties while shaping them. The burgers will cook faster and the holes will disappear when done. I have done this for years. It also eliminates that sometimes hump in the middle of the patty. The end of a wooden spoon works well.


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2/14/15 8:32 A

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To get snowy white potatoes, add a teaspoon of vinegar or fresh lemon juice to the boiling water.


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2/13/15 8:30 A

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I have heard this works better than any other DIY cleaner!

Into a spray bottle mix:

2 oz. Dawn Dishwashing liquid
4 oz. (bottled) Lemon Juice
8 oz. White Vinegar
10 oz. Water

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2/12/15 2:09 P

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Butter pie pastry scraps - sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, and bake like cookies. My Grandma did this when I was a kid. When she made Grandpa raisin filled cookies she would take some of the dough and make little cinnamon pinwheels for me.


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2/11/15 6:58 A

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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 microwave pizza.

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2/10/15 5:41 A

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Sore throat? Make Jello, but instead of chilling it, microwave it for about 30 minutes, then add a teaspoon of honey. Warm gelatin will coat and soothe youir throat. Honey's antimicrobial properties will help kill the bacteria.

Back in the day when I had babies, I would occasionally make tjello(deluted much) for the babies bottles. Thy loved the bright color and living in Florida, it didn't spoil like milk or juice.

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Soften Butter - Never fret over not having softened butter again. Take straight from freezer and place into a zip baggie. Put into a bowl of warm water. In just a few minutes you will have your butter soft and ready to spread or use in a recipe. Placing butter into a microwave to soften it may cause it to melt more than you'd like it to. This take the worry out of all that.

You can also use a cheese grater on your frozen butter. It will soften quite quickly as well.



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2/8/15 11:38 A

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I think this is a great idea. I use lots of Vicks for many things.

DIY Vicks Shower Pucks

Put theses in the bottom of your shower when you're sick and let them melt away while you have a hot shower. Leaves you feeling less stuffy and helps to clear up colds faster.

Ingredients:
1 Cup Baking soda
1/2 Cup Cornstarch
1/3 - 1/2 Cup Water
2 - 3 tsp Vicks vapor rub

Heat water enough to melt vicks in. Add in baking soda and cornstarch and mix into a think paste, if you need to add more water. Line a muffin tin with paper cups, fill each cup about half way with mixture. Let dry overnight. Remove from paper cups when discs are hard and store in an airtight container.


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2/7/15 10:30 A

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If you put onions in the freezer 15 minutes before you chop them, you'll reduce the spray of vaporized onion oils - which means your eyes won't tear when you cut the onions.

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2/6/15 1:11 P

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For extra smooth, well-mixed oil and vinegar salad dressing: Combine all ingredients in a screw top jar, add an ice cube and shake then discard what's left of the ice cube.


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2/4/15 2:12 P

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When baking and you need to "cut in" the butter, an easy way is to keep the sticks of butter in the freezer. When needed, use a cheese grater to grate the butter into fine pieces.

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2/2/15 12:06 P

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Intensify the flavor of winter tomatoes for soups by roasting them before adding to recipes. Simply halve the tomatoes, arrange in a single layer in a baking dish and season with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast at 425°F. for 30 to 40 minutes or until soft and charred. Use in soups calling for canned tomatoes.


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2/1/15 8:01 A

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When making potato salad, add the dressing to warm potatoes for the best flavor. Once cooled, the potatoes will not absorb the dressing as well.


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1/31/15 8:20 A

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If you're cooking cauliflower, add a bit of milk to the water with salt to keep the cauliflower bright white. Shock it in cold water to stop the cooking and then serve.


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1/30/15 8:39 A

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Fresh basil keeps much better and longer at room temperature with the stems in water.

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1/28/15 6:13 A

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To slice avocados for salads or guacamole, split them in half, remove the pit by whacking it with the heel of your knife and twisting it out, then slice it directly in the skin using the tip of a paring knife or chef's knife. When you then scoop it out with a spoon, you'll have slices ready to go, with less mess than trying to fiddle with slippery peeled avocado a cutting board.


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1/27/15 11:37 A

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Partially Freeze Meat Before Cutting - Slicing meat to grind or cook in a stir-fry can be tricky even with a sharp knife. To make it easier, place the meat in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes to stiffen it up.


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1/25/15 11:18 A

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For best results when you're baking, leave butter and eggs at room temperature overnight.
Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa


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1/24/15 11:49 A

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Before you chop chili peppers,or any hot pepper, rub a little vegetable oil into your hands and your skin won’t absorb the spicy chili oil.

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1/23/15 11:53 A

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For cleaning smelly hands after chopping onions or garlic, just rub them on a stainless steel spoon. (or the kitchen faucet) The steel is supposed to absorb the odor.


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1/22/15 7:29 A

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When storing empty airtight containers, throw in a pinch of salt to keep them from getting stinky.


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1/21/15 11:37 A

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Want to know if your oil is hot enough for frying? Here’s a tip: Stick a wooden skewer or spoon in the oil. If bubbles form around the wood, then you are good to go.


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1/20/15 4:32 P

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Spray WD40 on a cloth and wipe over leather shoes or leather boots , then buff with a soft clean cloth to shine and make them waterproof.


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1/19/15 1:08 P

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For rich, creamy dressings made healthy, substitute half the mayo with Greek-style yogurt.

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Make your own sports drink --- forget that nasty tasting stuff you get in the store. You can make your own homemade sports drink with just simple five ingredients:

4 cups water/coconut water (I like to use a mix of both)
¼ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon calcium magnesium powder
½ cup juice (any will do as long as it’s 100% juice, I like fresh orange juice the best)
1 tablespoon honey (optional)

Instructions
Mix all ingredients together in a pitcher with ice and stir until the salt is dissolved. Keep chilled.


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1/17/15 9:05 A

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To prevent your eyes watering while chopping onions, wipe the chopping board with white vinegar (which won't affect the taste of the onions).


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1/14/15 2:25 P

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Have a sore throat? Eat a marshmallow—the gelatin instantly coats and soothes.

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1/13/15 1:20 P

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Cook pasta 1 minute less than the package instructions and cook it the rest of the way in the pan with sauce. Mario Batali

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1/12/15 3:51 P

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Store asparagus in a mason jar with a little water at the bottom to keep them fresh and upright.


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1/10/15 5:19 A

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Keep plastic wrap in the fridge to prevent it from self-clinging.

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If you wake up with a sore throat and begin to feel a cold coming on mix in hot water...2T honey, 2T vinegar, dash of cinnamon, and 2T pf lemon juice. Mix well and drink, you will feel better within the hour. They say it works every time.

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Brown onions quickly by adding a pinch of baking soda.

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If you have an aquarium, save the water each time you change it and water your house plants with it. It’s full of nutrients and makes a great fertilizer. As does the water from boiling poiatoes, just cool it.


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Use a small strainer for eggs - Make perfectly shaped poached eggs. How? Crack the eggs into a small strainer over the sink and swirl them around gently to remove the excess watery white. What's left will be a tight, egg-shaped egg that poaches up clean. You can use the same trick to make picture-perfect fried eggs.


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Carpet Shampoo Solution:

1 Cup Oxyclean
1 Cup Febreze
1 Cup Distilled White Vinegar

This homemade version works fabulously!
Pour contents into shampooer tank and mix with hot water to fill tank completely. This will not only clean your carpets it will also deodorize. It will smell slightly of vinegar until the carpet is dry, then will smell like
febreeze...
Be sure to test spot with the solution just to be safe, however this should be safe for all carpets.


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To remove mineral deposit from the inside of a steam iron, fill it with equal parts water and white vinegar. Let it steam for several minutes, then disconnect and let set for 1 hour. Empty and rinse with clear water.

My thought is who irons these days? I know my Joy does every day. I recall ironing something one time since I rfetired.


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To pick up small fragments of broken glass, press a piece of fresh bread onto the affected area. Playdough works too.

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To remove rust on knives, pierce an onion with the rusty knife, leave it for 24 hours. Move it back and forth before removing it; then rinse off.

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To remove fingerprints from stainless-steel appliances, place a very small amount of baby oil on a napkin and wipe the affected areas. The fingerprints will just wipe away.


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"To keep your car windows ice and frost free when left outside overnight in the wintertime, mix three parts vinegar to one part water, put it in a spray bottle and spray on the windows as needed."

I have a bottle of water and vinegar I keep in the car to use when it is so cold my car door won't open. The back door opens, but the driver's door is somewhat off line and in the slightest cold weather it won't open. I poured that water all over the edge of the door and it opened. It would open on its own in an hour or so, but I like leaving early.


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Tin Foil Ball: Replace Dryer Sheets Permanently - Instead of using a dryer sheet ball up one or a few sheets of tin foil and toss it in the dryer. It removes the static electricity from your clothes and one can last up to a year.

This would save money if you have items that don't need the aroma of the sheets. or fabric softener.


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Defrost Meat on Aluminum Trays - The fastest way to defrost meat is under a cold running tap. But if you want to save water and speed things up a bit, place your meat on an aluminum sheet tray or skillet. Aluminum is a great conductor of heat and will draw energy from the surrounding environment into your frozen meat much faster than a wooden cutting board or wood or stone countertop. You can cut defrosting times down by about 30 percent this way. It also works on soups, stews, and anything frozen flat.


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12/23/14 8:03 A

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When cooking calls for greasing a pan, the default reaction is to rub a stick of butter directly on the dish itself or using a paper towel. Coffee filters are a cleaner alternative. Simply rub the coffee filter across the stick of butter -- and since it's lint-free, it won't leave anything behind like a paper towel -- and rub the greased coffee filter on the pan.

Bonus thought - coffee filters are cheap at Dollar stores and they have so many great uses.

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12/22/14 6:59 A

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To deter silverfish, place whole cloves in wardrobes, boxes and drawers.

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Refrigerator Odors - A little vanilla poured on a piece of cotton and placed in the refrigerator will eliminate odors.

After cleaning the refrigerator add a dash of lemon extract to the rinse water for a fresh scent.


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Naturally repair wood with vinegar and canola oil. Use 3/4 cup of oil, add 1/4 cup vinegar (white or apple). Mix in a jar then rub into wood. You don't need to rub it off, the wood soaks it in.


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Help heal paper cuts. With ChapStick. Rub on paper cuts to stop the pain immediately & heal the cut.


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Dusting with a paintbrush can be an effective way to get into those hard to reach door jambs, etc. One from a Dollar store would be good for this.


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Polish shoes with Pledge furniture polish. Makes shine last longer. Spray & buff dry. Also helps repel water stains in winter.


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To clean the bottom of the iron, sprinkle salt on the ironing board and iron back and forth.


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Storing Leftovers - When storing leftovers in the refrigerator, use old butter tubs and cottage cheese containers. When its time to clean out the refrigerator you can discard the entire container. You won't have a spilled mess in the garbage can or a sink full of dirty dishes.


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To prevent ash from flying everywhere when cleaning out a fireplace, use a spray bottle filled with water to cover the ashes with a light mist.

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“To keep homemade cookies soft and fresh longer, my Aunt used to place completely cooled cookies in a cookie jar {or you could use an airtight container}, and then just place a slice of fresh bread on top. The bread will keep the cookies soft and fresh! If there are still cookies left after a few days, you can toss the old dried out piece of bread with a new piece of bread!” With four kids, cookies never lasted that long at our place.

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Lemons: Deodorize Garbage Disposal - Toss whole slices of lemon into the garbage disposal then run it. The acidity of the lemon will rid your sink of all odors and leave a fresh scent that usually lasts for a few months.


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To clean a wooden chopping board, sprinkle on a handful of Kosher salt and rub with half a lemon. Rinse with clean water and dry to ensure it is clean and germ-free.


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Soothe a burned tongue. With Domino sugar. Just a few grains relieves the pain.

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"When baking a cake from a box mix, use unsalted butter instead of oil (or applesauce), milk instsead of water, and add a few extra drops of vanilla. our cake will taste like it was made from scratch."

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Use egg boxes to store smaller delicate Christmas tree decorations. emoticon

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Try this new twist on traditional strawberries. Add a splash of balsamic vinegar, a pinch of black pepper and a pinch of sugar. emoticon


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Peel Ginger with a Spoon - Ginger can be tricky to peel with all its bumps and irregularities. Rather than using a paring knife or vegetable peeler, reach for the spoon. Scrape it against the skin and it'll come right off, following every contour and minimizing waste

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Before cutting your pineapple place it upside down in the fridge for thirty minutes. Why? All the sugar sinks to the bottom and this sends it back through. emoticon


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Partially Freeze Meat Before Cutting - Slicing meat to grind or cook in a stir-fry can be tricky even with a sharp knife. To make it easier, place the meat in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes to stiffen it up.


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When you fill muffin pans with batter, fill one of the cups with water and the other muffins won't scorch during baking.

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Never beat muffin batter. Stir the ingredients only until you see no more dry flour. The dough is supposed to be lumpy. If you continue mixing, you'll have tough dry muffins which won't rise properly.


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Ever run out of baking cups and wondered what to do? Cut a square of parchment paper to fit the bottom of the cupcake cups. Make sure to leave enough parchment paper to cover the sides of the cup. Four corners will stick up. They may not be baking cups, but they do the job when you have to have a cupcake or muffin!


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If you own a knife, don’t use a garlic press - Peeling and pressing garlic is a huge waste of time. To use a clove of garlic, set it on a cutting board and smash it with the flat side of a big knife (any chef’s knife will do). The papery skin will come right off, and you can mince it real quick right there in about 10 seconds. Done.

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Put 1/4 cup of baking soda in a bowl... add enough hydrogen peroxide (3% solution) to make a paste. Rub on with fingers or sponge. Cleans everything! Stove, oven, pans, stainless steel applicances, even the white handles of the refrig door.


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Flavor Tip: Don't throw away the rinds of hard grating cheeses like Parmesan. You can add the rinds to simmering soups for a deep, rich flavor. Simply remove the rinds before serving.


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11/25/14 7:54 A

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"Don’t buy regular big onions, use shallots or leeks - For most everyday cooking, milder onions will enhance your dish and give it more nuance. Big, strong onions certainly have their place in cooking (soups, roasts, etc.), but most kitchen experiments will be improved by more subtle onion flavor."

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11/24/14 7:08 A

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Put a Febreze car deodorozer on your vents. It will make your room smell amazing!


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11/23/14 8:34 A

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You know to freeze berries in a single layer to stop them from sticking together, but who can fit a cookie sheet in the freezer? Instead, place a berry in each well of an ice-cube tray—you can stack several berry-filled trays without taking up much space. Once frozen, transfer to zip-top plastic bags.


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11/22/14 9:34 A

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Make mini taco bowls using an upside-down cupcake tin - If you have a muffin tin and tortillas, mini taco bowls are just a few steps away! Just flip the muffin tin over, shape your bowls with a tortilla, and bake!


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11/21/14 5:49 A

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Next time you make a batch of cookies, freeze the leftover dough into ready-to-bake cookie balls. You will always have fresh-baked cookies just 10 minutes away, which is both incredibly wonderful and insanely dangerous.


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11/19/14 5:49 P

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To prevent pests from buzzing around your sweet drinks, cover the top of your beverage with a cupcake liner and punch a straw through the paper. You'll be able to sip without worry!

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11/18/14 3:35 A

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If you run out of sheets for your wet/dry mop (think Swiffer), just dampen an inside-out sock with your favorite cleaning solution, stretch it around the mop head and use as you normally would. The cotton sock will effectively pick up dust and dirt, leaving your floors spotless.

This works great on hard wood floors and for reaching ceiling fans. Bonus: When you’re finished cleaning, you can just toss the sock in the wash and reuse.


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11/17/14 4:20 A

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"If you're like us, the few garment bags you own end up stuffed full of clothes. Well, now there's a easy (and free!) solution: Simply cut a small slit in the end of an old pillowcase and slip it over your hanger!"

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11/16/14 6:12 A

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Place a wineglass filled with the dip of your choice in the center of a large chip bowl for an instant chip and dip serving platter!


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11/15/14 6:59 A

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Here's a trick that will give you the delicious taste of pan-fried eggs with a fraction of the fat: Place a heatproof plate over a pot of boiling water, then crack an egg onto the plate and cook for 8 minutes or until set. This method is easier than poaching an egg—and since you can serve the meal on the plate that it cooks on, there’s less cleanup!


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11/13/14 8:27 A

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Serve ice cream with a knife, not a scoop. - Next time you’re serving ice cream at a party throw the scoop away. Just dip the closed ice cream container into a large bowl of hot water from the tap for 15-30 seconds, remove the lid, and invert onto a large platter or wood cutting board, then slice the servings with a hot knife.

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11/12/14 6:16 A

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Use a hot knife to slice cake perfectly - Run your knife underneath the hot water from the tap, dry it off with a towel, and then cut your cake. You may need to re-heat the knife a couple times throughout the process but it works like a charm, especially on thick, rich cakes.



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11/11/14 10:40 A

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Freezing of clothes on the line during cold weather is prevented by using a little salt in last rinsing water.


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11/10/14 8:04 A

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Freezing of windows to the sill is also eliminated by sprinkling a little salt on the window sill. This will enable raising windows without difficulty.

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Glasses which are stuck together may be separated by putting cold water in the top one and setting the bottom one in warm water. They will come apart without danger of breaking.


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Brooms (the real brooms that many don't use these days) just purchased should be soaked in strong salt water before using to make them last longer.


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