Tips, Tricks & Things You Probably Didn’t Know

(H.T. to my friend Marli – personally, I can’t wait to try some of these. WC)

  • Peel a banana from the bottom and you won’t have to pick the little “stringy things” off of it. That’s how the primates do it.
  • Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.
  • Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!
  • Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.
  • Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.
  • To really 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.
  • For a cool brownie treat, make brownies as directed. Melt Andes mints indouble broiler and pour over warm brownies. Let set for a wonderful minty frosting.
  • Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic.
  • Leftover snickers bars from Halloween make a delicious dessert. Simple chop them up with the food chopper. Peel, core and slice a few apples. Place them in a baking dish and sprinkle the chopped candy bars over the apples. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes!!! Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream.
  • Heat up 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 No soggy micro pizza.
  • Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.
  • When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.
  • 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.
  • Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspapers, put layers around the plants overlapping as you go cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not get through wet newspapers.
  • Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can’t see easily.
  • To keep squirrels from eating your plants sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn’t hurt the plant and the squirrels won’t come near it. (This really works for any leaf chewing varmits – I’ve tried it. WC)
  • To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.
  • Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and — ta da! — static is gone.
  • Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don’t dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.
  • Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car. When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!
  • If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Viola! It unseals easily.
  • Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It’s cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It’s also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn’t like when you tried it in your hair.
  • To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass fill it 1/2″ with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid, mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!
  • Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it”home,” can’t digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works & you don’t have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!
  • The heating unit went out on my dryer! The gentleman that fixes things around the house for us told us that he wanted to show us something and he went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was clean. (I always clean the lint from the filter after every load clothes.) He told us that he wanted to show us something; he took the filter over to the sink, ran hot water over it. The lint filter is made of a mesh material. I’m sure you know what your dryer’s lint filter looks like. Well,…the hot water just sat on top of the mesh! It didn’t go through it at all! He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh that’s what burns out the heating unit. You can’t SEE the film, but it’s there It’s what is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free — that nice fragrance too, you know how they can feel waxy when you take them out of the box, well this stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen. This is also what causes dryer units to catch fire & potentially burn your house down with it! He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very long time (& to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out & wash it with hot soapy water & an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months. He said that makes the life of the dryer at least twice as long!

So, there you have it, a tip or trick for everyone. Enjoy! WC

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21 thoughts on “Tips, Tricks & Things You Probably Didn’t Know

  1. Great tips, especially for those of us who are domestically impaired!

    I was trying to think of one but couldn’t, so I’ll add my mother’s tried and true hiccup remedy: Put a paper towel over a glass of water (not a napkin, it has to be a paper towel), hold it taut, and sip. It really works!

    Oooh, I’ll have to try that one. Paper towel, eh? Who knew? πŸ˜‰
    WC

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  2. Oooh! Some great tips, WC. Thanks!
    I always wash out the dryer lint catcher at least once a month . .
    And yes, hair conditioner for shaving!!

    I never heard of that lint catcher thing – it could explain a few things though. πŸ˜‰
    WC

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  3. Nice tips! Here’s one that you could add to your list:

    Before performing animal sacrifices, have your priestess cover the floor in a thin coat of extra virgin olive oil. The bouquet of the oil will mask the scent of split entrails, and prevents the animal’s blood from congealing, allowing for easy cleanup!

    And it gives the floor those nice omegas too, eh? πŸ˜†
    WC

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  4. I use hair conditioner for shaving too. Had no clue about the dryer lint thing though – that is an important one. Yikes. But I didn’t know a lot of these – they are great! Thanks for sharing!

    I know that hair conditioner thing is wild, eh? I will have to try that one. πŸ˜‰
    WC

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  5. Maybe that tip about opening an envelope is key to understanding why I sometimes find unsealed envelopes in our mailbox during freezing weather. Hmmmmm . . .

    You know what, that’s a good point. Sometimes I get mail like that too – and that would explain it. hmmm
    WC

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  6. Cool. Knew a few, i.e. the separate bananas I found out by chance when I refused to buy a bunch of green ones and picked up individual yellow ones.
    Will have to ge check the dryer immediately!
    Only one I don’t like is the one with the zip lock bags, don’t believe in creating waste just because I am too lazy to clean up.
    Thanks for sharing. SP

    Hey Spaz,
    Yeah, the ziploc one does smack of laziness, and I fear you’d have to be awfully carefully not to puncture the bag in order to do it. Personally, I like to use mixing bowls – need lots of room. πŸ˜‰
    A

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  7. This will certainly help me as uhmmm I have a kitchen for resale only mostly..:)!

    I can’t think of a darn thing to share with you all, so sorry as I am impaired all the way around.LOL!

    No worries, it’s not a requirement. πŸ˜‰ I’m sure you’ll have some helpful hints for something else somewhere down the line. We all have our special talents, right? πŸ˜‰
    WC

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  8. the cayenne pepper tip does NOT, however, work for keeping away aphids (for example, from basil–if you’re growing it yourself).

    No the pepper won’t work on aphids or any other softbody suckers. I think though if you sprinkle the plants with flour that works, cuz the softbodies eat it, swell up and explode. Not sure though – maybe it’s a milk bath. I’ll have to look that one up.
    WC

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  9. *To really 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

    the eggs? πŸ˜‰

    Great list here, Annie.
    I’ll be sending Pamela by later.
    ~m

    Yes, you should always beat up your eggs before cooking them, that way they are resigned to being ‘et. πŸ˜‰
    A

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  10. I will have to print this out.There’s an abundance of info there.I’m going to buy an eraser for my car. I can’t stand looking through the film that’s on the inside of the window. I did hear about the dryer lint catcher-I’m going to clean mine today. It’s been awhile. Good stuff here! Thanks

    No problem – glad it was helpful.
    A

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  11. The dryer tip alone was fabulous. I’ve been hoping the dryer my parents have had for eons will just “keep on tickin'” and so I’m going to get out the toothbrush today and go to work. As for the snickers bars–what a flash from the past, when I was young, thin and America hadn’t discovered health food. I might be too brainwashed for that one. Sure I won’t I roll over and croak after biting into one of “them apples”?

    Yeah, that drier tip is a winner. And oh if only our hips w ould allow us to try the snickers/apple idea…wouldn’t that be grand? πŸ˜‰
    A

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