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Other Ice Cube Tray Uses

posted by sballou

ice cube trayIf you have extra ice cube trays you aren’t using for ice cubes, you can use them for other liquids. Pour leftover stock, coffee or tea into the trays, freeze and store in sealed freezer-safe bags. Here’s how to use them.

* To season a dish you’re cooking, toss in a cube of stock.
* To flavor milk or drop into too-hot coffee, use the coffee cubes.
* To perk up iced tea, add an ice tea cube.

Revive Stale Bread

posted by sballou

stale breadIf you have extra stale bread, crackers or rolls, don’t throw them out. You can revive them. Here’s how.

* To perk up a loaf of uncut bread, brush water over the bread. Wrap in aluminum foil and heat in a medium-hot oven for about 10 minutes.
* To freshen rolls, dip each into a bowl of milk and place in a hot oven for a couple of minutes.
* To bring soggy crackers back, put them in a microwave on HIGH for around 30 seconds.

Cooking Dried Beans

posted by sballou

dried beansCooking dried beans takes some time, but is worth the effort. Here are several hints that are useful when cooking them.

1. If your water has high mineral content, it will take longer to cook the dried beans.
2. If that bag of dried beans has been on your shelf a long time, it will take longer for the beans to cook.
3. Put a pinch of dried ginger into the pot to help lessen the gaseousness of the beans.

Jewelry Chains Knotted?

posted by sballou

tangled chainWhen we take off jewelry chains, it’s so easy for them to accidentally get tangled up or knotted. And it can be such a pain to undo or straighten them. Here’s how.

* Lay out a piece of waxed paper and pour a drop of baby oil on top of it.
* Place the chain on top of the waxed paper.
* Use to straight pins to untangle the knot.

Wood Furniture Has Tiny Cracks?

posted by sballou

vinyl cushionsOver time, furniture can develop small cracks or scratches. You can repair these minor flaws without taking to a restorer. Here’s how to cover them up.

1. Use wax sticks, which you can find in hardware stores.
2. They come in many colors, so purchase the one that matches your wood finish.
3. Run the stick over and into the scratch or crack until it is even with the surface.
4. Put a putty knife into hot water and then use the flat side to press over the area to achieve a smooth surface.

Tar or Bird Droppings on Your Car?

posted by sballou

birdpooThese substances can be damaging to your car’s finish. Don’t let them stay on the surface for long periods of time. Instead remove ASAP. Here’s how.

1. Wipe off any of the top debris first.
2. Spray the covered areas with an oil-based prewash spray.
3. Let it remain on the surface for several minutes to work.
4. Scrub off with a nylon scrubber.
5. Wash car or take to a car wash to finish the job.

Stuffed Animals Need a Cleaning?

posted by sballou

stuffed animalsYour young children love these toys and play with them a lot. They do get dirty and need some refreshing. Here’s how.

* Put several of the stuffed animals into a large plastic bag.
* Pour in a healthy amount of baking soda.
* Close the top tightly and shake really well.
* Take the bag outside and lift the furry toys out. Use a hairbrush to remove leftover baking soda.

Saving Bananas

posted by sballou

BananasIf you buy a bunch of bananas and they ripen
faster than you can use them, here’s what you can do to save them.

1. Peel and mash bananas and add only a bit of lemon juice.
2. Freeze in an airtight container for up to 6 months. Just defrost before using in a recipe.

Walnuts Gone Stale?

posted by sballou

57422040 Mixed nutsDon’t throw them out (they are expensive)!
Instead you can bring back the nut’s flavor with this Heloise hint.

1. Pour a bit of boiling water over the walnuts.
2. Then spread them on a baking sheet and heat in the oven for a few minutes at a low heat. Watch carefully and stir. The crunch and taste should be revived.

Bundt Cake Pan Trick

posted by sballou

Bundt CakeBundt cake pans are great to use to create a lovely-looking cake, but getting that cake out of the pan perfectly can be difficult. Here’s a hint to solve this problem.

1. First, grease the pan lightly and then sprinkle sugar inside instead of flour before putting the batter inside.
2. Bake as directed and let the cake cool, tap the sides, turn upside down and the cake should come out easily.

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