Tuesday, April 15, 2008

useful household tips I didn't know...

I always like hearing about tips and tricks to doing things...problem is, I never remember to do any of them. Here are a few more interesting ones:
  • Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store; if you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster. And peel a banana from the bottom and you won't have to pick the little "stringy things" off of it.
  • Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!
  • Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.
  • To make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up.
  • To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.
  • If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside, place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Viola! It unseals easily.
  • Dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh of the lint filter of your dryer, that's what burns out the heating unit. You can't SEE the film, but it's there. Try running hot water over the filter, and it will sit on top of the mesh. The best way to keep your dryer working for a very long time is to take that filter out & wash it with hot soapy water and an old toothbrush. Your dryer will last twice as long!

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