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Old 06-30-2011, 12:58 AM   #201
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A spray of vodka on clothes before washing will get rid of cigarette smoke smells.

Odd, my clothes never smelled like cigarette smoke until I quit smoking
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Old 07-08-2011, 03:57 PM   #202
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For those who like to line up/measure out their seasonings before beginning to cook -- in a party store I ran across an inexpensive package of 20 little plastic jigger-size cups that should work like a charm. Haven't tried them out yet; they should be able to hold a tsp or two of dry spices.

Hope I don't have to report later that it sounded like a good idea at the time.
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Old 07-08-2011, 04:29 PM   #203
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For those who like to line up/measure out their seasonings before beginning to cook -- in a party store I ran across an inexpensive package of 20 little plastic jigger-size cups that should work like a charm. Haven't tried them out yet; they should be able to hold a tsp or two of dry spices.

Hope I don't have to report later that it sounded like a good idea at the time.
Not a bad idea at all.

I have a bunch of little white melamine bowls for mise en place. I find I need different sized containers and often combine ingredients that are cooked together. For example, if you're preparing a mire pois, there's no need to put the onions, carrots and celery into separate bowls unless you're doing a TV show.
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Old 07-08-2011, 04:43 PM   #204
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Not a bad idea at all.

I have a bunch of little white melamine bowls for mise en place. I find I need different sized containers and often combine ingredients that are cooked together. For example, if you're preparing a mire pois, there's no need to put the onions, carrots and celery into separate bowls unless you're doing a TV show.
I take it then that Indian cooking is not the only place where that pre-measuring is of benefit.

Genuine little dishes to replace these plastic cups are just the kind of thing I like to look for at yard/garage sales. Maybe if my kitchen looks like it belongs to a cook, my food will taste better...

s-u-u-r-e it will.
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Old 07-08-2011, 04:54 PM   #205
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capful of mint mouthwash in your laundry gets rid of smoky odors too... i wash my curtains twice a year with it... ( we heat with wood )
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Old 07-09-2011, 05:47 AM   #206
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...I have a bunch of little white melamine bowls for mise en place...
I use a set of little white melamine Oriental rice bowls for my mise en place. I also rinse them out and place in a drainer as I use them. I like cleaning up as I cook to avoid facing much of a mess afterward.
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Old 07-09-2011, 08:45 PM   #207
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For mise en place, I use those little pyrex dishes...I have about 20 of them. I picked them up at yard sales and the Goodwill.

For dogs that get "yeasty" smelling, mix Listerine in a spray bottle with water (about 50/50) and spray the dog before you groom it.
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Old 07-09-2011, 10:39 PM   #208
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Interesting thing happened yesterday. As some of you know we just bought a house and are in the process of cleaning and painting the whole thing. Well as it happened a door to door salesman stopped by and he was selling some kind of super cleaning agent at $82.00 a gallon. But it was concentrated so it would make 12 gallons. Now this house has a horrible green bathtub that was caked with an awful white hard water scale. The guy sprayed a spot and after a few minutes took a green scrubby to it. After about 5 minutes of scrubbing he had cleaned an area about the size of a fifty cent piece. He was so proud. Well, knowing the state of our finances just now I sent him on his way. Then this morning I took about 3/4 of a gallon of vinegar over to the house. I filled the tub with water and dumped in the vinegar and walked away. After several hours I checked and found the surface of the water covered with the white hard water scale. No more problem. Saved: $80 bucks and hours of scrubbing. Vinegar, the real miracle cleaner.
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Old 07-09-2011, 11:02 PM   #209
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Interesting thing happened yesterday. As some of you know we just bought a house and are in the process of cleaning and painting the whole thing. Well as it happened a door to door salesman stopped by and he was selling some kind of super cleaning agent at $82.00 a gallon. But it was concentrated so it would make 12 gallons. Now this house has a horrible green bathtub that was caked with an awful white hard water scale. The guy sprayed a spot and after a few minutes took a green scrubby to it. After about 5 minutes of scrubbing he had cleaned an area about the size of a fifty cent piece. He was so proud. Well, knowing the state of our finances just now I sent him on his way. Then this morning I took about 3/4 of a gallon of vinegar over to the house. I filled the tub with water and dumped in the vinegar and walked away. After several hours I checked and found the surface of the water covered with the white hard water scale. No more problem. Saved: $80 bucks and hours of scrubbing. Vinegar, the real miracle cleaner.
I buy white distilled vinegar, 2 gallons for $3.45, at Costco...It cleans everything, including my coffeemaker, eyeglasses, windows, tub, toilet...
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  • I can't stand the smell of mothballs, so every spring I buy Hot Shots pest strips in the garden section of Lowe's and hang them in my closets. I don't have to move all of my winter clothes around. I just vacuum up the dead bugs.
  • For itchy bug bites, I keep a tube of Vick's vaporub in my bag. Stops the itch, reduces the swelling, and isn't dangerous for little ones.
  • For bee stings: Cut an aspirin in half, wet it and apply to sting site. Immediately stops the stinging, and reduces the swelling.
  • Got spiders? put cups of borax everywhere. Non toxic, and keeps them out.
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