|Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom
of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips.
||Just suck the ice cream out of the bottom of
the cone, for Pete's sake, you are probably lying on the couch with your
feet up eating it anyway.
|Use a meat baster to "squeeze" your
pancake batter onto the hot griddle and you'll get perfectly shaped pancakes
||Buy the precooked kind you nuke in the microwave
for 30 seconds. The hard part is getting them out of the plastic bag.
|To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple
in the bag with the potatoes.
||Buy Hungry Jack mashed potato mix and keep
it in the pantry for up to a year.
|To prevent egg shells from cracking, add a
pinch of salt to the water before hard boiling.
||Who cares if they crack, aren't you going to
take the shells off anyway?
|To 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.
||Sleep with the lemons in between the mattress
and box springs.
|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 stovetop.
||Eat at Chili's every night and avoid cooking.
|Spray your Tupperware with nonstick cooking
spray before pouring in tomato based sauces and there won't be any stains.
||Feed your garbage disposal and there won't
be any leftovers.
|When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking
pan,use a bit of the dry cake mix instead and there won't be any white
mess on the outside of the cake.
||Go to the bakery. They'll even decorate it
|If you accidentally over salt a dish while
it's still cooking, drop in a peeled potato and it will absorb the excess
salt for an instant "fix me up"
||If you over salt a dish while you are cooking,
that's too damn bad. My motto: I made it and you will eat it and I don't
care how bad it tastes.
|Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in
the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.
||Celery? Never heard of the stuff.
|Brush some beaten egg white over pie crust
before baking to yield a beautiful glossy finish.
||The Mrs. Smith frozen pie directions do not
include brushing egg whites over the crust and so I don't do it.
|Place a slice of apple in hardened brown sugar
to soften it.
||Brown sugar is supposed to be "soft"?
|When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of
sugar to help bring out the corn's natural sweetness.
||The only kind of corn I buy comes in a can.
|To determine whether an egg is fresh, immerse
it in a pan of cool, salted water. If it sinks, it is fresh, but if it
rises to the surface, throw it away.
||Eat, cook, or use the egg anyway. If you feel
bad later, you will know it wasn't fresh.
|Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in
half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.
||Martha, dear, the only reason this works is
because you got lime juice in your eye, and then the problem isn't the
headache anymore, it is because you are now blind.
|Don't throw out all that leftover wine. Freeze
into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.
|If you have a problem opening jars: Try using
latex dishwashing gloves. They give a non slip grip that make opening jars
||Go ask the very cute neighbor to do it.
|Potatoes will take food stains off your fingers.
Just slice and rub raw potato on the stains and rinse with water.
||Mashed potatoes will now be replacing the anti-bacterial
soap in the handy dispenser next to my sink.
|Now look what you can do with Alka-Seltzer.
Clean a toilet. Drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes,brush
and flush. The citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous china.
Clean a vase. To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase or cruet,
fill with water and drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets. Polish jewelry. Drop
two Alka-Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immerse the jewelry
for two minutes. Clean a thermos bottle. Fill the bottle with water, drop
in four Alka-Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour (or longer, if necessary).
||Put your jewelry, vases, and thermos in the
toilet. Add some Alka-Seltzer and you have solved a whole bunch of problems