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Helpful Tips Recipe

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Bobby Jo Ertel & Family
Added: Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Here are some "ingredients" to make your life easier, your cooking better, and your cleaning quicker...

Wrap celery in aluminum foil before placing in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.

Keep marshmallows in the freezer to maintain freshness.

Heat leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove. Set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy.

Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the water but don't dry the cup. Next, add your ingredient and watch how easily it will come out.

Take your bananas apart when you get them home. If you leave them connected they ripen faster.

Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic and at the end of the recipe if you want a stronger taste.

Use a coffee filter to cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave

Strain oil or bacon grease through a coffee filter.

To stop the soil from leaking out the bottom of a flower pot, line the bottom of the pot with a coffee filter.

To protect dishes, place a coffee filter between each.

To keep spaghetti or macaroni from boiling over, add a Tablespoon of oil to water.

When beating an egg, add a Tablespoon of water. It will almost double the quantity.

Put 1/2 teaspoon of sugar into anything that has been scorched and it will remove the scorched taste.

Spray plastic bowls with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato based sauces and there won't be any stains.

When you get a splinter, place a piece of scotch tape over splinter and then pull it off. The tape will remove the splinter

Candles will last longer when placed in the freezer at least 3 hours before being used.

To remove crayon marks from walls, dip a damp rag in baking soda and rub the mark.

Use empty toilet paper rolls to store appliance cords and extension cords.

To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase or jar, fill with water and drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets. Also good for cleaning your jewelry, cleaning a toilet, a thermos bottle or unclogging a drain. (For the drain you need also add a cup of white vinegar with the Alka Seltzer.)




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