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Old 08-05-2005, 09:58 PM   #21
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pet hair

Pet hair on sofa, chairs, on you???? Put on one of those rubber gloves you use to wash dishes and that protects your hands, lightly moisten it and run it over the chair or sofa,,PET HAIR on glove Same thing with your cloths!
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Old 08-11-2005, 12:51 PM   #22
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Thumbs up Dairy Sell-By Dates Are Flexible

DAIRY SELL-BY DATES ARE FLEXIBLE


According to Sharon Maasdam a home economist for The Oregonian in
Portland. if the sell-by date on your milk jug is today's date and
there's still half
a gallon left, you don't need to throw it away. Milk should keep about a
week after the date on the container. Dairy products in general often
keep
beyond their sell-by dates, but only if the products are properly stored.

If your dairy products are spoiling before the date on the containers,
your
refrigerator may be too warm. The ideal refrigerator temperature is 40
degrees or lower. You can test it by placing an appliance or refrigerator
thermometer in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes or so, then
adjusting
the refrigerator setting.

When a dairy product develops an off-flavor, throw it out. Do not use
it in
baked products and other recipes, because you'll be able to taste the
spoiled flavor.

To ensure the longest shelf life of your dairy products, follow these
tips:

Dairy products should be among the last items you add to your cart at the
grocery store.

Milk's shelf life will be shortened by a long ride home in a hot car.
Milk
will also lose freshness if it sits on the dinner table for an hour or so.

Some refrigerators have handy in-the-door storage shelves for gallon
jugs,
but milk doesn't stay cold enough there. Instead, keep it on an interior
shelf.

Buttermilk tastes best if used by the sell-by date on the carton,
although
it usually keeps two weeks past that if refrigerated properly.

Beyond that, it can become too bitter to drink. Actual spoilage can
appear
as off-odors or as a grayish liquid on top. It can be frozen; use
within a
month or two for best quality.

Sour cream maintains good eating quality for two to three weeks after the
sell-by date. As long as it looks and tastes all right, it's safe to eat.
Sour cream should be discarded if you see mold spots, pink or green
scum, or cloudy liquid on top. Freezing is not recommended because it
causes
separation.

Cream stays fresh for about one week after the sell-by date. Whipped
cream
can be frozen in dollops on wax paper and then packed in a container.
Unwhipped cream also can be frozen, but the volume will be less when
whipped.

Cottage cheese keeps about five days after the sell-by date. Taste is an
indicator of freshness. Do not use if mold appears. Cottage cheese
becomes
grainy if frozen, but it's not noticeable if mixed in a dish such as
lasagna.

Butter that has been opened will have the best flavor if it's stored in a
covered dish and refrigerated in the butter compartment. Both opened and
unopened butter may be kept on the refrigerator shelf for a month
after the
sell-by date. Flavor is an indication when it no longer is usable: It
will
develop a strong, rancid taste. To freeze, wrap in foil or place in
freezer
bags. Butter keeps well four to six months at 0 degrees or lower.

Brick cream cheese should be eaten by the "best when used by" date on
the package for best flavor. Once opened, don't use it if mold appears
or it has
a sour flavor. It can be frozen up to two months, but plan to use it for
cooking, instead of as a spread, because the texture becomes crumbly.

Whipped cream cheese can be frozen up to six months. Soft cream cheese
does not freeze well.

Although packages still say "once opened use within seven days," research
has found the flavor is still good up to 15 days. That change soon
will be
stated on cartons.
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Old 08-13-2005, 07:07 PM   #23
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A burnt pan boil a little water and add baking soda boil about 20 minutes and it will lift the burnt stuff.

Also I would like to fine alternate uses for kitchen gadgets and appliances such as a waffle maker to make grilled cheese or panini sandwich and so on.
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Old 08-15-2005, 10:49 AM   #24
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Deglazing with water for burned pans

Also, when things are burned onto a pan I will, while it's still hot, deglaze the pan with water - it works like a charm!!!! Even my stovetop grill pans.
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Old 08-15-2005, 05:42 PM   #25
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Similar to my tip I always have a kettle of boiling water ready when I make a caramel. Soon as the caramel is out of the pan I pour the water in to keep the residue liquid, otherwise its a pain in the behind to get it off.

Same for flans and creme caramels after you unmould them.
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Old 08-15-2005, 07:55 PM   #26
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Hi,Dove

Heres my 2 cents on dairy keep milk on the bottom shelf its colder on the bottom as cold air sinks also if you buy ultra pasteurized it also lasts longer however it does not seem to last as long in really humid places.Lasts a long time where I live as we average about 20% humidity and I think organic ultra pasteurized milk lasts even longer.Its more expensive but if you dont use it much it saves money because it keeps so long.
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Old 09-18-2005, 06:16 AM   #27
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does anyone know what else a bottle of nail polish remover might could be used for? i have this big bottle and while i paint my nails, i don't paint them often enough to faint from the fumes.
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Old 10-29-2005, 10:52 AM   #28
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helpful household hint...

Yall probably already know about this, but I only figured it out a few months back.

If you use dryer sheets instead of liquid fabric softener, save the used sheets. When cleaning the dryer vent, instead of using fingers alone, use a used dryer sheet to get the task done much more quickly and better than ever. It also keeps more of the lint from going into the air, it seems.
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Old 10-29-2005, 11:04 AM   #29
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Here's one:

If you have a bunch of candles to light, don't burn your fingers with a match. Light the end of a piece of dry spaghetti. It really works. Try it.
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Old 10-29-2005, 12:28 PM   #30
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Quote:
Originally Posted by middie
my boss just told me this.
she said get alot of safety pins
and pin all pairs of socks together
when you throw them in the washer.

not a bad idea actually
Middie, after all these years...I just started throwing that extra sock back in the laundry. The next washing there is still only 1 sock left over instead of two....can you figure?
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Old 02-21-2006, 12:44 PM   #31
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Clothes dryer tip

My mom sent me an email about this one.
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The heating unit went out on my dryer! The guy that fixes things went in to the dryer pulled out the lint filter. It was clean. We always clean the lint from the filter after every load of clothes. He told us that he wanted to show us something. He took the filter over to the sink, ran hot water over it. Now, the lint filter is made of a mesh material - I'm sure you know what your dryer's lint filter looks like. WELL...the hot water just sat on top of the mesh!!! It didn't go through it at all ! He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh that's what burns out the heating unit. You can't SEE the film, but it's there. This is also what causes dryer units to catch fire & potentially burn your house down with it! He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very long time (& to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out & wash it with hot soapy water & an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months. He said that makes the life of the dryer at least twice as long! How about that???!!!! Learn something new everyday! I certainly didn't know dryer sheets would do that. So, I thought I'd share!

Note: I went to my dryer & tested my screen by running water on it. The water ran thru a little bit but mostly collected all the water in the mesh screen. I washed it with warm soapy water &a nylon brush &I had it done in 30 seconds. Then when I rinsed it the water ran right thru the screen! There wasn't any puddling at all! That repairman knew what he was talking about!
I have to say, this is true about the mesh liner. I first took it out and ran water over it and sure enough, the water just stood on top. I washed it in hot, soapy dishwater, then all of the water ran through. I most always use a dryer sheet because of all the static cling, especially in the winter time. Not so much in summer and so I don't use them as often. We have lived here about 4 years now and we bought our washer/dryer set from the people who moved out. It was only a year old when we got the set.

Hope this helps someone else.

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Old 04-04-2006, 03:56 AM   #32
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Hi! Been sifting through all the threads--what a great idea---I love anything that solves a problem. So here I go:

Itchy mosquito bites: take a corner of a washcloth and heat it with the hottest water that YOU can stand and apply the edge to the bite and press for as long you can------usual result is that you'll never be troubled again by that bite--NOT to be advocated for people with diabetes, circulatory problems, or skin diseases---- just normal, healthy though itchy skin


Skin So Soft on my skin is a marinade for my local Houston mosquitos (fact--Houston was built over a swamp)---the only thing that works for me is to use Deep Woods Off--Not regular Off--Deep Woods--the green can


Bay leaves---- Abosolute agreement with earlier post---GREAT for keeping wee beasties out of your meal and grain based products---got that idea from my dear old grannie born in 1900---so when I open up flours, rice, etc, in goes a bay leaf. If you don't mind them I also spread them around my pantry shelves.

Funnels--cut off the tops of your 1 or 2 liter plastic soft drink bottles with a knife and you'll have great funnels to go with you paper plate ones


Cat lovers---if you have cats that love catnip (mine go into catniption fits over it) take those mateless socks (discussed earlier) and put in some catnip and stuff into the toe end then tie into a knot. If the sock is extra long then just cut off the extra cuff. The socks are light enough for them to bat around and carry in their mouths. You'll love watching them trip out. Be sure to give the catnip sock a few pounds so as to release the essential oils.

Rubber drawliners--what can I say--I use them for anything that I don't want to slip and slide---place under small carpets, under mixing bowls if using a beater, cutting boards, lined my pantry spice rack on the door so that if the door slammed spices would not go a tottering, used it on an exercise bike where my derriere kept slipping. I go to the dollar stores and just load up.

Dry spaghetti---one strand is all you need to use to see if cakes are done

Thanks for all the tips!!!
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Old 05-10-2006, 12:35 PM   #33
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To remove garlic or onion smell from your hands after you chop or mince just rub your hands against the stainless steel in your sink, my other fave is chewing gum while chopping onions keeps you from crying....
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Old 05-10-2006, 03:24 PM   #34
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-Those lonesome socks......use them for dusting.....they'll fit your hand perfectly.

-Use a unused paintbrush to dust your pleated lamp shades or figurines that have little knicks and crannies.

-Use your kitchen shears (scissors) to cut up your bacon vs using a knife

-To butter your corn on the cob smear butter on a slice of bread and twist the bread around the corn.

-When camping put rice in your salt and it will keep out the moisture.
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Old 05-11-2006, 02:59 PM   #35
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viniger on a itchy bug bite relieves some of the itch
dryer sheet in pocket keeps black flies away (my grandmother says)
magic eraser takes everything off of walls, just don't rub too much or lose your paint.
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Next time you boil eggs, add beet juice or food coloring. This was you can tell if they are fresh eggs or hardboiled.
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Old 05-11-2006, 09:40 PM   #37
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I haven't tried this...but a girl that sells candles says to clean your "decorative" candles with a piece of old panty hose to remove dust and get them to shine again. Old hose makes a good dust rag too...especially does well on "black" stuff...that the dust shows on so easily.
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Old 09-03-2006, 12:51 PM   #38
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one of the coolest tips i discovered is that the best way to peel the skin off ginger is with a spoon as the knife or peeler takes too much flesh off.... just hold the curved front tip of the spoon upside down (meaning concave side towards ginger not towards you) against the ginger and choke up on the handle, use as you would for tourneeing, skin comes right off and doesnt cut into the ginger - kinda hard to explain but really easy to do
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Old 09-04-2006, 07:20 AM   #39
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every time i wash my apron and if grandkids are here cooking 3 aprons to wash - they all get tangle up and wrapped around everything.
solution:
fold each string up and put a rubber band around it to hold it and throw in the wash -- no more tangles

I wrap it around 4 fingers and pull it off and then put the band on.
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Old 09-05-2006, 09:11 AM   #40
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Making houseplants shine!!!!!!!! If you like houseplants and want to make them especially attractive mix a little mayo with water and then take a sponge or paintbrush( not dripping) and dip it into the mixture and then brush or wipe on the upper layer of the the leaves--not only will it take off dulling dust but it will give the leaves a lustrous glow. Do not apply on the undersides of leaves----this is where their air holes are and the mixture will clog them up.
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