View Full Version : Helpful Random Hints from ME!

09-25-2005, 06:16 PM
Well not really from me! But from the almanac.. the Farmers almanac that is..

Enjoy all


Use a strand of uncooked spaghetti to test a cake for doneness when a toothpick isn’t long enough, or if you don’t have any toothpicks in the house.

• Use a hot knife blade for cutting fresh breads and a wet one for cutting soft cakes.

• Try dampening a cloth with club soda to clean stainless steel appliances. This method will clean without leaving spots or streaks.

• Metal cookie cutters double up nicely as unique napkin holders for special dinners. If you want, spray paint them to match the decor.

• To help stop meatloaf from sticking to the pan, put one or two strips of bacon in the pan before the meatloaf.

• Remove adhesive from stickers on glass by rubbing vegetable oil with a soft cloth or paper towel, then wash.

• Stuff newspaper in shoes - the paper absorbs odor and perspiration - also keeps shoe shape.

• Foggy mirror? A blow-dryer will clear it!

• Frozen fish can be thawed in a small amount of milk in the refrigerator. This eliminates any fishy taste.

• To get the correct measurement of shredded cheese, pack lightly into a dry measuring cup. Do not pack tightly.

• Pan size is measured from the top, not the bottom.

• Put used steel wool scrubbing pads in a plastic bag and store in the freezer to help prevent rust.

• Trouble putting the lid on a plastic container? Run the lid under hot water for 20-30 seconds and it will close easily.

• Fruit will be more flavorful if ripened at room temperature, then put in the refrigerator.

• Glass tabletops will sparkle if you rub gently with lemon juice or with vinegar, then dry with paper towels and polished with newspapers.

• Substitute for sour cream - mix 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 cup cottage cheese, 1/3 cup buttermilk. Blend in a blender or food processor for 2 minutes.

• One lemon will yield about 2 1/2 and 3 1/2 tablespoons of juice.

• To cut dried fruits, marshmallows or gumdrops, dip kitchen scissors frequently into hot water.

• A medium-size clove of garlic equals 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder.

• You get twice the amount of orange juice from a orange, if you hold it under hot water before you squeeze.

• Scrape with dull blade. Pre-soak in cold or warm water for 30 minutes. Wash with detergent and bleach safe for fabric.

• Moisten stained spots with a mixture of lemon juice and salt, then spread the item in the sun for bleaching; finally, rinse and dry. Follow up by laundering as usual.

• You'll be surprised by the improvements in ironing that a little bit of salt will make. A dash of salt in the laundry starch keeps the iron from sticking and gives linens and fine cottons a glossy, brand-new finish.

• Bloodstains can be among the toughest stains to remove from clothing and fabrics. Soak the stained clothing or cloth in cold saltwater, then launder in warm, soapy water.

• Popcorn left in the cupboard? Place 1/4 cup of popcorn in a brown paper lunch bag. Fold the top over a few times. Place paper on it's side and microwave on high until the popping slows.

• Brew your coffee with bottled spring water, you will have better tasting coffee and no mineral deposits.

• To slice meat into thin strips, as for Chinese dishes--partially freeze and it will slice easily.

• A roast with the bone in will cook faster than a boneless roast. The bone carries the heat to the inside of the roast quicker.

• A fork should never be stuck in meat while frying or grilling as it punctures the meat and lets the juices out. Use tongs.

• Instant potatoes are a good thickening for stews.

• Juicier burgers: add one stiffly beaten egg white to each pound of hamburger. You could also make patties with one tablespoon of cottage cheese in the center.

• Bacon that has been fried and drained can be frozen in foil; reheat in toaster oven to crisp.

• Dip your fingers in water to prevent meatballs from sticking to your hands.

• If the drawstring of your sweat pants keeps slipping through the casing, try this easy solution: Sew a medium-size button on each end of the drawstring and it won't slip through again.

• Baking powder will remove tea or coffee stains from china pots or cups.

• Anything that grows under the ground, start off in cold water - potatoes, beets, carrots, etc. Anything that grows above ground, start off in boiling water - English peas, greens, beans, etc.

• Canned cream soups make excellent sauces for vegetables, fish, etc. Celery with lobster, black bean or onion with cauliflower, tomato with lamb chops.

• Use vinegar and hot water to clean dried on insects off the windshield. Doesn't leave any film.

• Keep disposable wipes in your car. Clean up spills, dirty hands and they keep the inside smelling nice.

• When moving to a new location, unpack your computer and let it stand at room temperature before using.

• Sponge or soak with cold water as soon as possible. Wash using detergent and bleach safe for fabric.

• Sponge area with white vinegar. If stain remains, soak with denatured alcohol. Wash with detergent in hottest water safe for fabric.

• Pre-soak in cold water for at least 30 minutes. Rinse. Pre-treat with detergent. Wash using detergent, hot water and bleach safe for fabric. On acetate and colored fabrics, use 1 part of alcohol to 2 parts water.

• Yellowed perspiration stains can really ruin T-shirts and dress shirts. Add 4 tablespoons salt to 1 quart hot water, and sponge the fabric with the solution until stains disappear.

• Moths will be repelled by strong smelling mothballs. However, herbs will do the same thing and smell better. Lavender, wormwood, cedar or patchouli along with a small amount of rosemary, cinnamon, cloves or tansy will work well. Mix any combination and place in the toe of a used stocking. Tie open end and hang in closet or place in a drawer.

• Moths do not eat wool - they eat the food stains and perspiration left on clothes or blankets. Keep wool items clean and stored in sealed plastic bags or containers.

09-25-2005, 06:27 PM
Wow, thanks Charles for the awesome ideas!

09-26-2005, 04:50 AM
Hey! I never heard some of those - and I'm old! :lol: Thanks Charles! They are awesome ideas!

09-26-2005, 07:41 AM
Interesting stuff..

09-26-2005, 02:33 PM
Thanks for sharing that insightful stuff Charles. Some of that's interesting and quite odd.