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Banish dust from baseboards - You can tackle dingy spots without stooping. Lightly spray an old sock with some cleaning solution and run your foot over the baseboards to whisk debris away in a flash.

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3/31/15 7:59 A

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Slow down rotting. Store tomatoes stem end down to keep them from spoiling as quickly. This prevents air from entering and moisture from exiting the scar where the tomato once attached to the vine. Storing them at room temperature rather than in the fridge also makes them last longer.


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3/30/15 7:56 A

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Hull strawberries. Use a straw to hull strawberries. Press a straw through the bottom of a strawberry until it breaks through the top and takes the hull—the white part of the center of the berry—with it. Remove any remaining leaves with your fingers.


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3/29/15 8:06 A

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Fill your dishwasher with everything but dishes - Plastic toys, soap dishes, plastic hairbrushes, and more can get clean in dishwasher — zero effort required. Take a lap around your house and gather the stuff you rarely (err, never?) clean and run an everything-but-plates load.


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3/27/15 10:24 A

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"Wipe down your purse - It's kind of remarkable how some things we touch daily are the ones we rarely clean — your purse is another one of those spots. About half all women's bags have fecal bacteria on them, so give it a swipe with a disinfectant wipe."


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3/25/15 7:37 A

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To prevent cream whipped ahead of time from separating, add one quarter teaspoon of gelatin to each cup of cream during whipping.


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3/23/15 11:18 A

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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.


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3/21/15 12:24 P

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When slicing a hard boiled egg, try wetting the knife just before cutting. If that doesn't do the trick, try applying a bit of cooking spray to the edge.


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3/20/15 8:37 A

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No "curly" bacon for breakfast when you dip it into cold water before frying.


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3/19/15 6:35 A

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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.

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3/17/15 9:33 A

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To properly wash iceberg lettuce, remove the core, turn upside down and run water into the hole left by the core. The water will filter through the leaves, cleaning them. Then just turn over, plop into a strainer, and let it dry for about 20 minutes.


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3/16/15 7:52 A

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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.
If you are looking for a very small item such as an earring back attach net with a rubberband to the vacuum hose then vacuum to catch the item.


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3/15/15 10:19 A

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They say this works. I haven't seen a mosquito in years. That may just be because I never go out at night.

MOSQUITO REPELLENT

For those of you with Mosquito invasions. Here's an easy & pleasant repellent recipe you can make at home:

Combine in a 16 oz bottle:
15 drops lavender oil
3-4 Tbsp of vanilla extract
1/4 Cup lemon juice.
Fill bottle with water.
Shake and ready to use.


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3/14/15 7:19 A

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Microwave a lemon for 15 seconds and double the juice you get before squeezing.

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3/13/15 8:48 A

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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.

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3/12/15 10:54 A

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Never heat pesto sauce the basil will turn black and taste bitter.


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3/11/15 12:52 P

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"Spiders as well as mice hate peppermint oil. Put some in a squirt bottle with water, spray your garage and all door frames."


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3/10/15 9:36 A

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"If a bee or wasp lands on you, blow on them to get them off instead of slapping and they won't retaliate."


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3/9/15 9:13 A

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Spiders as well as mice hate peppermint oil. Put some in a squirt bottle with water, spray your garage and all door frames.


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3/8/15 7:47 A

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For Anyone with Pets - Who has pets that have had an accident in the house? This is a Eco~Friendly & $$$ Saving Tip to help clean urine out of your carpet or upholstery. Just take a container of regular old table salt and pour a generous amount on the wet area of your carpet. Let is set for several hours and then vacuum it up. The salt absorbs the urine. Anytime I have used this there is no stain or smell that remains.


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3/7/15 6:57 A

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Baked Apples in a (zip lock) Bag. Quick and easy snack when youre craving something sweet but want something decently healthy.
1 apple, (sliced)1 tsp sugar, 1 tsp water, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp cornstarch. Put in bag and microwave 2 min. tasty treat! Only 59 calories!

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3/5/15 12:18 A

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Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie

For those days you just want to make one cookie...... 1 tbsp. butter, melted; 1 tbsp. white sugar and 1 tbsp. brown sugar; 3 drops of vanilla; pinch of salt; 1 egg yolk; 1/4 c. flour; 2 tbsp. chocolate chips - Microwave 40-60 seconds in a cup or bowl. {single serving}


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3/4/15 1:32 P

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Bathroom Scum remover

You'll need:

1/2 c. of Dawn Dishsoap (Original)
1/2 c. White Vinegar
1 spray bottle

Heat the vinegar until it's HOT, I simply put mine in a glass Pyrex measuring cup and stuck it in the microwave for 1 minute.

Pour it into a clean spray bottle, add the dawn dish soap, put the cap on and shake very gently to mix. (Or you can mix it right in the Pyrex measuring cup and pour it into the bottle

Spray liberally on the surface you wish to clean, leave it alone to do the work for 20 minutes or so. Or better yet, spray it before you go to work, and wipe it up when you come home. Once it's had a chance to work it's magic, wipe it off with a clean rag or sponge and some warm water.


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3/3/15 9:32 A

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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.


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3/2/15 5:34 A

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When baking cookies, be sure your dough is thoroughly chilled when it goes on your baking pan. This will allow the leavening ingredients to work before the butter flattens out and your cookies lose their textural distinctions.


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2/28/15 7:26 A

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

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


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


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

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


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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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