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Monday, July 27, 2009

Household Hints

I have been going through some church cookbooks again. These cookbooks are treasures, full of not only great recipes, but useful information. I thought I would pass a few onto you. I hope you like them and find them helpful.

1. Use styrofoam egg cartons as trays, when you need extra ice for parties.
2. Store a carton of cottage cheese upside down, it will keep twice as long.
3. Place bay leaves in a tea ball, to add to soups or stews, you don't have to worry about finding it to remove later on.
4. For an instant white sauce:blend together 1 cup butter and 1 cup flour. Spread into an ice cube tray and chill it well. Pop them out and store in a zip lock bag in the refrig or freezer. For medium thick sauce, drop 1 cube into 1 cup milk and heat slowly, stir as it thickens.
5. Out of ginger ale? Mix equal parts of Coke and 7-up.
6. For fluffier omelets, add a pinch of cornstarch before beating.
7.Popcorn should always be stored in the freezer. It will stay fresh and freezing eliminates "old maids".
8. When a drain is clogged with grease, pour a cup of salt and a cup of baking soda into the drain followed by a kettle of boiling water. The grease should dissolve and open the drain.
9. Shaving cream is a useful upholstery cleaner.
10. Club soda cleans and polishes kitchen appliances.

These are my favorites for today. I have tried most, but #2, I just found that one amusing, I have no idea why that would be. I have not tried #9 but #10 does surprisingly work
I do use #4 the white sauce trick, it really does work.

Enjoy your week.

There aren't enough days in the weekend.~Rod Schmidt


AL said...

Anne, thank you so much for the useful informations...I will try number 2 and 6. I always have a hard time looking for that one bay leaf that I add to tomato based sauce, now you gave me a tip.


SquirrelQueen said...

I have several tea balls but I would never have thought about used one for a bay leaf. Sure would beat having to fish for it.

Good tips, thanks.


Knight Writer said...

I love these tips! They are so useful, thanks for sharing some more of them Anne!

Shigune Matsui said...

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Honeygo Beasley said...

Thanks for sharing these useful hints. Love the egg carton one!

Beth said...

I wish I would have read the bay leave/tea ball thing earlier, we have always gone with the "Whoever gets the bay leaf wins the prize." The Prize? The funny face when you bit into the bay leaf...LOL

Thanks for sharing Anne!

LoLa said...

Anne,thanks for sharing. Love the instant white sauce. Have you tried it with broth instead of milk for instant gravy?

Daisy said...

Oh wow! Great tips! I didn't know half of them! Now I gotta list this and place it in my kitchen!


Mom wants me to ask... any tips for keeping me clean???

Ayie said...

looks nice and handy to me, nice tips

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