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      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

      w/a light



      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

      store in

      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

      for recipes:

      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

      to a

      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

      cereal dollars.


      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

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Budget101 Discussion List Archives Budget101 Discussion List Kitchen Tips-n-Tricks, Various