Monday, February 23, 2009

Interesting Household Tips - The Kitchen

I am sure that all of us have heard or have gotten some great tips over time and wish we had all of them in one convenient place. Here are some that I have heard or have found very useful myself.

I will discuss interesting household tips that I have found in other areas of the home each week for the next month or so. Please send me any that you would like me to include in a future post.

Reheating Pizza
Heat up leftover pizza in a non-stick skillet on top of the stove. Set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No more soggy microwave pizza.

Extra Frosting
When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes; this will double it in size. You will get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You will also eat less sugar/calories per serving.

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.

Stained Hands
Some food can stain your hands, but rubbing them with raw potato slices can help remove it.

Fish Smells
After handling fish, squeeze a lemon wedge between your hands to help remove the smells.

Spicy Food
When eating something spicy and your mouth is burning, take a spoonful of sugar to calm down the burn. Avoid carbonated drinks as these will only make your mouth burn more; stick with water or juices when eating anything spicy.

Measuring Cups
Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill it with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry the cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.

Keep Bowls from Moving
Keeping a damp cloth under any bowl that you are stirring items in will keep it steady, thus keeping it from sliding around on the table.

Stirring Hot Food
Whenever stirring anything that is hot, use a wooden spoon. The wooden spoon will not get hot and won't scratch up the pot either.

Glasses Stuck Together
To remove glasses that are stuck, place cold water in the top container and put the bottom in hot water. Wait for a minute and slowly try to remove them, it should be much easier.

Fruit Flies
To get rid of fruit flies, take a small glass and fill it with a half inch of Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid; mix it well. The flies will be drawn to the cup rather than your fruit.

Get Rid of Ants
Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They will eat it, take it to their "home," and since they can't digest it, they will die off. This could take a week or a little longer, especially if it rains, but I have heard that it works very well. Also, since it's not poisonous, you don't have to worry about your pets or small children being harmed.

If you accidentally burn yourself, put vanilla extract on it to calm it as well as to keep it from blistering over.

Enjoy trying these out!


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