Household and Cooking Tips

  1. Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips.

  2. Use a meat baster to "squeeze" your pancake batter onto the hot griddle perfect shaped pancakes every time.

  3. To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.

  4. To prevent egg shells from cracking, add a pinch of salt to the water before hard-boiling.

  5. Run your hands under cold water before pressing Rice Krispies treats in the pan. The marshmallow won't stick to your fingers.

  6. To get the most juice out of fresh lemons, bring them to room temperature roll them under your palm against the kitchen counter before squeezing.

  7. To easily remove burnt-on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on stove-top - skillet will be much easier to clean.

  8. Spray your Tupperware with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato-based sauces - no more stains.

  9. When 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.

  10. If 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 me up".

  11. Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator - it will keep for weeks.

  12. Place a slice of apple in hardened brown sugar to soften it back up.

  13. To 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 away.

  14. Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.

  15. Don't throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.

  16. Potatoes will take food stains off your fingers. Just slice and rub raw potato on the stains and rinse with water.

  17. To get rid of itch from mosquito bite: try applying soap on the area, instant relief.

  18. Ants, 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.

  19. Ants, ants, ants everywhere - cheaper than ant killer - use Windex or any mirror cleaner.

  20. Use air-freshener to clean mirrors: It does a good job and better still, leaves a lovely smell to the shine.

  21. When you get a splinter, reach for the scotch tape before resorting to tweezers or  needle. Simply put the scotch tape over the splinter, then pull it off. Scotch tape removes mpst splinters painlessly and easily.

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