a pizza cutter
to cut everything at mealtime: pancakes,
french toast, grilled cheese, fish
sticks, sandwiches...anything that
needs to be in bite size pieces
for the little ones! It's much faster
and easier than using the knife
and fork method.
lifesavers candy to hold
candles in place on your next birthday
cake! Kids love 'em!
an egg with a small
sewing needle before hard-boiling,
and the egg will peel with ease!
And hold that needle in place with
a magnet refrigerator clip!
a miniature marshmallow
in the bottom of a sugar cone to
prevent ice cream drips! (What a
garlic cloves in the
microwave for 15 seconds and the
skins slip right off! You can also
smash them with the flat of a cleaver
or butcher knife.
your magazines into groups
according to Seasons (spring, summer,
fall and winter). This way, you
have several handy reference guides
for the appropriate Season/Holiday!
a meat baster to
"squeeze" your pancake batter onto
the hot griddle~ perfect shaped
pancakes every time! Always spray
your grill with nonstick cooking
spray before grilling to avoid sticking!
keep potatoes from budding,
place an apple in the bag with the
potatoes! But never store them with
prevent egg shells from cracking,
add a pinch of salt to the water
a pastry blender to cut
ground beef into small pieces after
whipped cream with
confectioners' sugar instead of
granulated sugar~it will stay fluffy
and hold it's shape better!
easy "meatloaf mixing,"
combine the ingredients with a potato
you don't have enough batter
to fill all cupcake tins, pour 1
tablespoon of water into the unfilled
spots...this helps preserve the
life of your pans!
easily remove honey from a measuring
spoon, first coat the
spoon with nonstick cooking spray!
your hands under cold water
before pressing Rice Krispies treats
in the pan~the marshmallow won't
stick to your fingers!
and freeze ripe bananas,
in one-cup portions, for use in
later baking, no wasted bananas
(or you can freeze them whole, peeled,
in plastic baggies).
quickly use that frozen juice concentrate,
simply mash it with a potato masher~no
need to wait for it to thaw! You
can also nuke it for a few seconds
right in the cardboard container
after you remove the top.
get the most juice out of fresh
lemons, bring them
to room temperature and roll them
under your palm against the kitchen
counter before squeezing!
easily remove burnt on food
from your skillet, simply add a
drop or two of dish soap, or baking
soda and enough water to cover bottom
of pan, and bring to a boil on stove-top~skillet
will be much easier to clean now!
your tupperware with nonstick cooking
spray before pouring
in tomato-based sauces~no more stains!
remove the smell from a tupperware
up a page of newspaper and put it
in the tupperware for a day. The
smell will be gone! TOP
your jelly to a small plastic squeeze
bottle~no more messy,
sticky jars or knives! This also
works well for homemade salad dressing!
aid in washing dishes,
add a tablespoon of baking soda
to your soapy water~it softens hands
while cutting through grease!
your store-bought-bread bags
and ties~they make perfect storage
bags for homemade bread!
a cake recipe calls for
flouring the baking pan, use a bit
of the dry cake mix instead~no white
mess on the outside of the cake!
You can also use granulated sugar
you accidentally over-salt
a dish while it's still cooking,
drop in a peeled potato~it absorbs
the excess salt for an instant "fix
time you need a quick ice pack,
grab a bag of frozen vegetables
out of your freezer~no watery leaks
from a plastic baggie!
making bread, substitute
nondairy creamer for the dry milk~it
works just as well!
cooked, ground meat with
water when draining off the fat~this
helps "wash away" even more fat!
meat when partially frozen
makes it easier to get thin slices.
of throwing away bread heels
or leftover cornbread, use them
to make bread crumbs. For use later,
store them in the freezer.
celery in aluminum foil
when putting in the refrigerator~it
will keep for weeks! But if it gets
limp, soak it in ice water for 1/2
half applesauce for
the vegetable oil in your baking
recipes~ you'll greatly reduce the
fat content! (Example: 1/2 cup vegetable
oil = 1/4 cup applesauce + 1/4 cup
ripen avocados and bananas,
enclose them in a brown paper bag
with an apple for 2-3 days!
beaten egg white over
pie crust before baking to yield
a beautiful, glossy finish!
recipes calling for margarine,
substitute reduced-calorie margarine
to help cut back on fat! (Same goes
with sour cream, milk, cheese, cream
cheese, and cream soups) But if
you are baking, make sure you are
using non-corn oil margarine (corn
oil is too soft for baking) and
never anything that just says "spread"-spreads
have a high water content-so be
sure it is really margarine.
a slice of bread in hardened
brown sugar to soften it back up!
You can also soften brown sugar
in the microwave-just put the whole
bag or box in and nuke it about
10 seconds at a time. By keeping
it in a sealed plastic bag in the
freezer it won't harden at all.
To keep brown sugar soft, keep a
piece of apple in the box. Replace
every so often.
boiling corn on the cob,
add a pinch of sugar to help bring
out the corns natural sweetness!
(P.S. white corn is usually sweeter
starting your garden seedlings indoors,
plant the seeds in egg shell halves.
Simply crack the shells around the
roots of your plants and transplant
them outdoors~the shell is a natural
determine whether an egg is fresh,
immerse it in a pan of cool, salted
water. If it sinks, it is fresh~if
it rises to the surface, throw it
the linings from cereal boxes
~ they make great substitutes
for waxed paper!
for headaches: Take a
lime, cut it in half and rub it
on your forehead. The throbbing
throw away the wrapper
after removing a bar of soap. Place
it inside your shoe cabinet or shoe
box. It's a cheap way of filling
the air with a nice smell.
your polished furniture
has small scratches, try rubbing
them with a shelled walnut. You'll
see the scratches just disappear!
a solution to smelly shoes.
Put some tea leaves into a pair
of stockings and stuff each into
a shoe. Leave for a day or two and
the smell just vanishes!
throw out all that leftover wine.
Freeze into ice cubes for future
use in casseroles and sauces.
you have problem opening jars,
try using latex dishwashing gloves.
They give a non-slip grip that makes
opening jars easy!
keep buttons from dropping off,
dab a drop of clear nail polish
onto the thread to secure the buttons.
This will harden and make it more
difficult for thread to break off.
cockroaches in your home driving
you mad? Try this tested
trick. Fill a large bowl with cheap
wine and leave it under the sink.
The pests will drink it, get drunk,
fall in the bowl and drown... easy!
avoid hurting your fingers while
hammering metal nails
into the wall: Hold the nails with
a wooden clothes peg instead. So
even if you miss, you won't get
take the tears out of chopping onions:
Plug in a portable fan and turn
it to high. It'll help blow away
the fumes from your eyes - no more
will take food stains off your fingers.
Just slice and rub raw potato on
the stains and rinse with water.
rid of itch from mosquito bite,
try applying soap on the area instant
ants, ants everywhere... Well,
they are said to never cross a chalk
line. So get your chalk out and
draw a line on the floor or wherever
ants tend to march- see for yourself!
shells can be used to clean glass
bottles: Break the shells
into pieces, drop them into the
bottle with a few drops of detergent
and a bit of water, and shake vigorously.
Then rinse with water.
panic if your soup's too salty:
Add cut raw potatoes and throw them
away once they are cooked and have
absorbed the salt. Your soup's saved!
return discolored socks
to their original color, boil them
in a pot of water with a few slices
of lemon. The fruit acts as a natural
air-freshener to clean mirrors.
It does a good job and better still,
leave a lovely smell to the shine.
you have problem with slippery shoelaces
which refuse to stay tied, rub them
with a candle and make them less
slippery so that knots stay put.
get a splinter, reach
for the scotch tape before resorting
to tweezers or a needle. Simply
put the scotch tape over the splinter,
then pull it off. Scotch tape removes
most splinters painlessly and easily.
bee stings, apply
Adolph's meat tenderizer to take
away the pain and swelling.