October 24, 2020
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Sweeping up solutions

By: Irene Hilsendager
October 23, 2020

Did you know if you lost the cap to your soda bottle you can use a wine cork instead?

Did you know cloudiness is common in home-brewed iced tea, but it can be easily prevented by simply letting the tea cool to room temperature before refrigerating it? It the tea is still cloudy, try adding a small amount of boiling water to it until it clears up.

Did you know if you are hooked on instant oatmeal packets and to save money, buy instant oats in bulk, then in a sandwich bag combine ¼ cup oats with ½ teaspoon each of sugar and cinnamon and a pinch of salt? You will have pre-packaged several and you are set for the week.

Did you know always cool a hard-boiled egg before you try to slice it?

Did you know if you are going to beat egg whites for a recipe, let the eggs sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before using them?

Did you know you can cut up apples into wedges, dump them in a saucepan and saute them in butter over medium heat? When finished, sprinkle a half sugar/half cinnamon mixture on top and you have a yummy treat.

Did you know to keep melons from getting moldy as they ripen, rub the exterior peel with a teaspoonful of full strength vinegar every few days?

Did you know bread will stay fresher for a longer time if you place it in an airtight bag with a stalk of celery?

Did you know it is better to store milk on an inside shelf towards the back of the refrigerator and not on the door?

Did you know you can add a teaspoon of baking soda or a pinch of salt to a carton of milk and it will keep fresh for a week or so past its expiration date?

Did you know when you know your milk is going to go bad before you can use up the rest of it, separate it out into a few resealable containers and put them in your freezer? That is correct, milk can be frozen!

Did you know cheese will stay mold-free longer if placed in a sealed plastic container with a tight-fitting lid? Add three or four sugar cubes, which will attract any mold if some does form.

Did you know to help sour cream last longer, add white vinegar right after you open it (1 teaspoon for a small container and 2 tablespoons for a large container). You won’t notice the taste and the sour cream won’t go bad as quickly.

Did you know to avoid the absorption of refrigerator odors, always store eggs in their original carton on an inside shelf of the refrigerator? 

Did you know before you put your eggs away turn each egg upside down?

 Did you know you can stock up on your chicken by using your freezer? Store it in double freezer  bags for meal-size portions and for whole chickens, remove their original packaging and store them in freezer bags. Whole birds last up to a year and pieces up to eight months.

Did you know when freezing burgers or chops, put sheets of parchment paper between each item before storing in freezer bags? The paper makes it easy to remove the meat when it is time to cook.

Did you know never to use quick-cooking rice in a dish that will be frozen as it becomes mushy when reheated?

Did you know you should store fruits and vegetables in separate drawers in your fridge?

Did you know it is a good idea to line the crisper bins of your refrigerator with newspaper or a few paper towels to absorb excess moisture?