A little salt
placed in a frying pan will prevent
A lump of butter or
a few teaspoons of cooking oil added to
water when boiling rice, noodles,
macaroni, or spaghetti will prevent
Stuff a miniature
marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar
cone to prevent ice cream drips.
Use a meat baster to "squeeze" your
pancake batter onto the hot griddle
perfect shaped pancakes every time.
A few drops of lemon juice added to
simmering rice will keep the grains
To keep potatoes from
budding, place an apple in the bag with
To prevent egg
shells from cracking, add a pinch of
salt to the water before hard-boiling.
A dampened paper towel or terry
cloth brushed downward on a cob of corn
will help remove the strands of corn
Run your hands under cold
water before pressing Rice Krispies
treats in the pan. The marshmallow won't
stick to your fingers.
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.
egg freshness put a egg in a shallow
glass of water. A fresh egg will sink
and lie flat on the bottom of the glass.
A week-old egg will sit near the bottom
but will bob slighly in the water. A 3
week old egg will stand on the end. A
rotten egg will float to the surface
Fresh eggs' shells are rough and
chalky; old eggs are smooth and shiny.
To determine if an egg is
hard-boiled, spin it. If it spins, it is
hard-boiled. If it wobbles, it is raw.
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.
Tupperware with nonstick cooking spray
before pouring in tomato-based sauces -
no more stains.
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.
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".
Wrap celery in
aluminum foil when putting in the
refrigerator - it will keep for weeks.
Brush beaten egg white over pie
crust before baking to yield a beautiful
Place a slice of
apple in hardened brown sugar to soften
it back up.
When boiling corn on
the cob, add a pinch of sugar [not salt]
to help bring out the corn's natural
To store vinegar in a
cool dry place. Unopened bottles of
vinegar will last iindefinitely. Once
opened it should be used within 8
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.
Don't throw out
all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice
cubes for future use in casseroles and
If you have a problem
opening jars: Try using latex
dishwashing gloves. They give a non-slip
grip that makes opening jars easy.
Potatoes will take food stains off
your fingers. Just slice and rub raw
potato on the stains and rinse with
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
Use air-freshener to
clean mirrors: It does a good job and
better still, leaves a lovely smell to
Got ink pen on your
clothes, spray the stain well with hair
spray before you wash the item then
again just before washing spray it with
When you 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
Clean a toilet - drop in two
Alka-Seltzer tablets, wait twenty
minutes, brush, and flush. The citric
acid and effervescent action clean
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
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).
Unclog a drain - clear the sink
drain by dropping three Alka-Seltzer
tablets down the drain followed by a cup
of Heinz White Vinegar. Wait a few
minutes, then run the hot water.