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07-16-2008, 08:26 AM #1Frugal Living TipsGuest
Kitchen Tips-n-Tricks, Various
CLEANING MICROWAVE: Fill a microwave safe bowl 3/4 full w/water. Add slice
of lemon (or Vinegar) to water & then heat it 'til steaming in microwave.
hot water & wipe microwave out w/a damp sponge. Food splatters should wipe
GETTING DISHES UNSTUCK: When 2 dishes are stuck, 1 nested in the other,
pour cold water in top dish while dipping bottom dish in warm water. The
water will make the bottom dish expand while top dish contracts. Works
w/glasses & bowls.
REDUCE STATIC ON CARPETS: Mix 1 part fabric softener to 5 parts water in a
clean spray bottle. Put spray bottle on its widest setting & spray carpet
OLD SHOWER LINERS: Cut magnets out of corners. Use them to make
decorative Fridge magnets or just plain to tack up weekly grocery list.
WHEN COOKING WILD RICE: I cook the whole bag. Then, I freeze in 2 C
portions in resealable plastic bags. The rice is ready to add to any recipe
saves time & energy.
INSIDE WAX LINERS OF CEREAL BOXES: Use in microwave..just slip dish
in bag & fold or leave end open & no splatters. The plastic or waxed cereal
liners are a good surface & "cover sheet" for rolling out pie crusts. Cut
both sides & lay out flat. Of course the larger boxes of cereal have larger
liners, which allow for those 10" pie shells!
CEREAL LINER BAGS I save all cereal liner bags to divide & share homemade
cookies. I also layer split cereal bags between soft cookies to keep from
sticking...also make own hamburger patties & layer between split bags to
freezer. Double layers of bags make it even easier to separate & remove only
number of patties you need
QUICKENING THE SOURING OF MILK: Here are 2 methods for souring milk
1. Use whole milk= 1C milk, 1 Tbsp vinegar, stir & let stand 15 mins
2. Use 1/2 C evap. milk, 1/2 C cold water, 1 Tbsp vinegar, stir & let stand
to 15 mins.
MAKE YOUR OWN CHALKBOARD: You can make a chalkboard to fit any size of
frame. Just take a thin, smooth board (smooth plywood works well for this),
to desired size & paint it w/dark primer. Let that dry & spray paint
w/chalkboard paint, which you can buy at local hardware store.
CHECKING FUEL LEVEL OF GRILL: Even if your grill doesn't have a gas gauge,
it's still easy to check how much fuel is left in tank. Bring a cup of water
boil & pour water over side of the tank. Feel metal w/your hand. Where the
water has warmed the tank, it is empty; where the tank remains cool to the
touch, there is still propane inside. CooksIllustrated.com.
CLEANING DIRTY BURNER RINGS: Remove rings from stove. Place a paper
towel that has been dampened w/ammonia on top of ea. ring & put them in a
plastic bag. Tie closed & let it sit outside overnight. The next day, open
outside, then wash rings w/mild dish soap.
TARTAR SAUCE: Mix together (light) mayo, sweet or dill pickle relish,
minced onions & fresh lemon juice.
SOAP AS A LUBRICANT: A normal bar of soap can work well as a lubricant when
applied to metal. Use soap on screws before screwing into hardwood. Can
also use soap to speed up a stubborn zipper or a handsaw blade. It also will
speed up the runners on windows, sliding doors & drawers.
PENNY PINCHER: I recently came up w/this money-saving idea thats healthy,
too. I make tuna
sandwiches by emptying an undrained 6 oz. can of water-packed tuna into a
bowl, then stir in about 1/4 C quick-cooking oats. I wait about 15 mins. to
oatmeal soak into water before adding relish & mayo. This helps stretch the
tuna mixture to make more sandwiches & oats add extra nutrition.
When I have leftover raw vegetables from salad or veggie platters, cut
ones into bite-size pieces & put all in 1 heavy-duty plastic bag in freezer.
time I make soup or stew, I have already chopped veggies to add. This saves
time and money.
I keep a plastic cereal container handy. When boxes of cereal get low, I
whatever is left into the container. The combo of cereals create variety &
eliminate storing a lot of partially filled boxes. Could also use container
combine sweetened & unsweetened cereal to help cut down on amount of sugar
you eat or mix a brand name cereal w/its generic counterpart to stretch
MAKESHIFT KNIFE SHARPENER: In a pinch, you can sharpen a knife on bottom
of a ceramic coffee mug. Hold blade at a slight angle & sharpen on unglazed
on bottom of mug. It's not ideal, but it will work.
PREVENTING MILDEW ON A SHOWER CURTAIN: When you get out of the
shower, always close curtain so that it is not bunched up. This allows the
to dry more quickly & helps prevent mildew at bottom. Spray a weak bleach
solution to inside plastic liner during regular bathroom cleaning