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   Bettijo  Haven’t tried this myself, but sounds interesting

How to Defrost Meat in Just 5 Minutes
No special equipment necessary!
PUBLISHED: JULY 10, 2014 | BY JENNA BIRCH
How to Defrost Meat in Just 5 Minutes No special equipment necessary!

Let's say you have a frozen chunk of meat you want to defrost before dinner, but (whoops! ) you forgot to transfer it from the freezer to the fridge last night. Who hasn't been there?
Now, you don't have to risk overcooking the meat in your microwave if you want to have dinner before 11 p.m. Instead, just grab two metal pots, and flip one upside down with the meat on top. Then, fill the other with water, and place it on top of the meat. Wait five to 10 minutes (depending on how thick your meat is ), and BOOM—your dinner-to-be is defrosted. Here's a video that details the trick, courtesy of CTi, a Taiwanese cable TV network (the video's in Chinese, but it still provides helpful visuals ): http://www.womenshealthmag.com/nutrition/defrost-meat-in-min
utes?cm_sp=Hotlist-_-Nutrition-_-HowtoDefrostMeatinJust5Minu
tes

How does this work? Metal conducts heat, and aluminum in particular is a great conductor of ambient heat—which is actually enough to thaw a steak quickly. The weight from the water also presses the metal on top of the meat, increasing its surface area so it can conduct more heat from the air—all of which results in a faster thaw time.
...And now you'll never have to stress about deciding which meat you want to defrost hours ahead of time ever again.
7 hours ago .



   MeiDei  There's bound to be a day when this will come in handy. That gorgeous steak in the video - that's $15 per pound now here.
6 hours ago .




   Wrightwinger  A while back, someone posted a query about making laundry detergent. This site has a good instructions for making a quart of liquid detergent that takes a tablespoon per load of laundry. Looks to be very economical, shouldn't have any allergens, and no perfumes. Enjoy!

http://www.budget101.com/myo-household-items/5-minute-no-coo
k-laundry-detergent-recipe-4075.html
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   MeiDei  I searched their site for a DIY Automatic Dishwasher Detergent and found an interesting one for pods. Thanks for the link.
5 hours ago .


   MeiDei  Here's a very simple laundry recipe - haven't tried it yet, need to get a replaement gallon jug.

Easy Homemade Laundry Detergent
A close friend of mine has been making laundry soap like this one for years, until just recently she found an easier one to make and passed it on to us.
3 Tablespoons Borax
3 Tablespoons Washing Soda (Arm & Hammer was shown )
2 Tablespoons Dawn Dish soap (pick the scent you like best )
Put these ingredients in a one gallon jug. Pour 4 cups boiling water into the jug. Swirl until ingredients are dissolved in the liquid. Let liquid cool. Then fill almost to the top with cold water. The bubbles will overflow out of the bottle.
I love this because you can pick an awesome scent with the Dawn dish soap. This dish soap works the best because it gets grease out
4 hours ago .




   MeiDei  http://www.buzzfeed.com/jessicaprobus/amazing-websites-that-
will-save-you-money-on-everything

An interesting list of sites that include finding the best gas prices in your area, to free swapping of books or DVDs, to neighbor fruit swaps - 32 in all.
July 26 at 20:05 EST .

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   Bettijo  Can somebody advise me on what kind of light bulbs to purchase to get the equivalent of 100 watts?
July 22 at 10:47 EST .

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   Gerty  It depends on the type of bulb you are thinking of buying. However, it has been my experience that the equivalent wattage is stated on the product's packaging.
July 23 at 06:17 EST .

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   Wrightwinger  Technically the watts are a measure of the power used to light the bulb. Since most modern lights have been tweaked to lower the power used, and the amount of energy being used, watts are not very useful. Look for the lumens on the bulb. Lumens measure the light output of the bulb. If you want to compare watts ( old style ) to lumens (new style ) just pick up a package of the old style bulbs and see how many lumens they produced. Then buy the newer bulb with a similar number of lumens. As Gerty said, it is usually on the packaging somewhere in the smaller type.
July 24 at 22:50 EST .

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   Balogreene  We just took down a two-bulb? four foot long fluorescent fixture, and replaced it with a "track"-style, 4-bulb fixture, that uses halogen bulbs. First, may I say, my sister did all the work herself and I am very proud of her. But, we wanted to be able to aim the lights. We have a very small kitchen, but the work areas are scattered. We will be able to light the areas we want lit.
I know halogen gives off heat, it was only recently I heard they use a lot of power too, but, sister chose the fixture. The kitchen has never been so bright, and it is not a harsh LED type of light. I really like that.
Mom uses halogen lights for reading. No longer the pole lights, with up-aiming bowls, she has a pole lamp, with an adjustable arm at the top, and a rectangular thingy, where the bulb is hidden under a plastic cover. Really lights up her chair and Kindle.
July 25 at 00:15 EST .

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   Bettijo  Found this comment on Internet:
"In my workshop I replaced my standard bulbs with all halogen & what a difference it made. I can see much better with this lighting which of course makes working on projects easier. They are hotter bulbs so it may increase the warmth of the area a small amount. I am willing to pay that price."

This, along with Balo's comment above, will lead me back to Home Depot's lighting department.


Read more: http://www.familyhandyman.com/smart-home
owner/the-pros-and-cons-of-halogen-bulbs
/view-all#ixzz38ZmmZCj9

WW: Thanks for the lesson on wattage vs. Lumens. Learn something new every day. Are you a science teacher?
July 26 at 08:22 EST .

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   Balogreene  Betting, thanks for the site.
July 26 at 12:47 EST .

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   Wrightwinger  You caught me, Bettijo. I teach chemistry and physics in a high school.
July 26 at 20:25 EST .

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   Gerty  I need to back-track on some erroneous (partly ) information I gave on this Wall several months ago. Apologies galore!

K-cups was the topic. I stated that it was possible to simply pour the contents of the k-cup in boiling water and get the same result as if you used their machine--adding that the contents of the cup were 'super soluble'.

This statement is erroneous if the contents are coffee grounds!! They do not use a kind of 'instant coffee'.

This statement is true if (like me ) you use teas and flavored cappuccinos sold in k-cup form.
July 21 at 09:15 EST .

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   MeiDei  Now that summer is upon us and heat & humidity play havoc with some of us, I'm reminded of a problem I had while living in HI w/keeping flour minus unwelcomed critters. I wrote to General Mills (or some such co. ) and received from them a report via an M University (MI, MN ? ) which I'll share here. Dry products: flour, rice, pasta, etc. are packaged at the factory & transported to warehouses &/or distribution centers & then sent to store shelves. It only takes one package contaminated to have the little devil move along the shelf from item to item. Good stores rotate package goods with canned or products in jars. What to do if you see a critter? Well, it doesn't mean the purchase is ruined contrary to your feelings. Here's the rule I was given to restore the product:

put item in shallow baking pan spread evenly but not piled higher than lip.
Bake: 20 mins @ 150 degrees - or - 15 mins, @ 200 degrees,
Sift in a sieve, any "Pearls" will be captured & thrown away.
Product safe to use.

I'm sorry I don't remember what the cold process was for raisins, dates, etc.
June 27 at 14:19 EST .

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   MeiDei  Too much on the brain today, forgot to mention store in glass jars or Tupperware after shaking through the sieve.
June 27 at 20:51 EST .

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   Wrightwinger  Put fresh flour and meal in the freezer for a few days... It kills any larvae and the eggs.
July 9 at 23:16 EST .

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   MeiDei  That's a great tip especially in the summer!
July 12 at 08:26 EST .

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   Bettijo  I store unopened flour, etc., in freezer. After opening I transfer to air tight containers. Even though I live in the South, I never have a problem with critters in my dry goods.
July 14 at 08:33 EST .

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   MeiDei  Does anyone know how to clean a silicone baking mat? Have washed mine immediately after using but the stains persist - once used for fish & that just compounded the problem.
May 29 at 10:52 EST .

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   Wrightwinger  Someone suggested on a forum about these mats, that baking soda and a sponge might work. If you are going to get rid of them, you might try a bit of bleach on a small area, since silicone is fairly inert chemically. But if you can live with the stain, I wouldn't use the bleach except as a last resort. I suppose you could dilute the bleach with some water... Be careful not to mix the bleach with other cleaners, as some may produce phosgene gas, which will drop you! The same cautions apply in the toilet cleaning world!
May 31 at 19:58 EST .

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   Bettijo  WD-40 Uses:
1. Protects silver from tarnishing.
2. Removes road tar and grime from cars.
3. Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.
4. Gives floor that ‘just-waxed’ sheen without making them slippery.
5. Keeps the flies off of Cows, Horses, and other Farm Critters, as well. (Ya gotta love this one!!! )
6. Restores and cleans chalkboards.
7. Removes lipstick stains.
8. Loosens stubborn zippers.
9. Untangles jewelry chains.
10. Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.
11. Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.
12. Keeps ceramic/terracotta garden pots from oxidizing.
13. Removes tomato stains from clothing.
14. Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots.
15. Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.
16. Keeps scissors working smoothly.
17. Lubricates noisy door hinges on both home and vehicles doors.
18. It removes that nasty tar and scuff marks from the kitchen flooring. It doesn’t seem to harm the finish and you won’t have to scrub nearly as hard to get them off. Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks.
19. Remove those nasty bug guts that will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly!
20. Gives a children’s playground gym slide a shine for a super fast slide.
21. Lubricates gearshift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding mowers.
22. Rids kids rocking chair and swings of squeaky noises.
23. Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open.
24. Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close.
25. Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers.
26. Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.
27. Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.
28. Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy handling.
29. Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly.
30. Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.
31. Removes grease splatters from stove-tops.
32. Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.
33. Lubricates prosthetic limbs.
34. Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell ).
35. Removes all traces of duct tape.
36. Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain.
37. Florida’s favorite use is: ‘cleans and removes love bugs from grills and bumpers.’
38. The favorite use in the state of New York, it protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements.
39. WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a little on live bait or lures and you will be catching the big one in no time. Also, it’s a lot cheaper than the chemical attractants that are made for just that purpose. Keep in mind though, using some chemical laced baits or lures for fishing are not allowed in some states.
40. Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately and stops the itch.
41. It is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray it on the marks and wipe with a clean rag.
42. Also, if you’ve discovered that your teenage daughter has washed and dried a tube of lipstick with a load of laundry, saturate the lipstick spots with WD-40 and rewash. Presto! The lipstick is gone!
43. If you spray it
May 22 at 11:41 EST .

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   Bettijo  inside a wet distributor cap, it will displace the moisture, allowing the engine to start.
May 22 at 11:42 EST .

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   BirdsNest  The smell of WD-40 gives me an instant headache and makes me want to vomit. But that's just me. It has an incredible number of uses.
May 23 at 07:07 EST .

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   Carmen  It is fish oil.
May 24 at 16:34 EST .

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   Surfhut  WD40s official site says it is not made from fish oil. I don't care what it's made of so long as it gets that stubborn road tire off my bumper. Giving it a try today.

If that doesn't work, I'm trying fish oil!
May 25 at 09:01 EST .

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   Gram77  I'm beginning to think that WD40 and a huge roll of duct tape could solve anything going on in your house.
June 8 at 12:16 EST .

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   Safetydude  If it moves and shouldn't...Duct Tape.

If it should move and doesn't...WD-40.

But don't inhale.
June 15 at 22:39 EST .

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   Gerty  I am sure many of you do this already, but some could maybe use this advice.

When buying sale items in far greater amounts than can be used for one meal, we turn to our freezers. I am using chicken breasts as an example. Take each piece of chicken and place it in a zip locking "storage" bag (sandwich size works best for me ). Place as many as you can (single layer )in a "freezer" zip locking bag. Date and place in freezer.

Because you wrapped individually and in a single layer, each piece can be removed easily--leaving the others for future use. No mess, no fuss, no struggle to separate pieces, no problem!
May 8 at 08:47 EST .

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   Gerty  OK--dear husband tells me this needs clarification.

What you place in the freezer is a gallon size freezer bag with any number of sandwich size storage bags filled with one piece of chicken each.

Is that better, Larry?
May 8 at 09:04 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  I do something similar. I have a Foodsaver . I buy the cheapest sandwich bags I can find. I put one piece into each. Then I layer them into a Foodsaver bag, open ends of the sandwich bag all facing forward, if they happen to be ziplocks, do not close them. One nice layer (sometimes two ) that fits on my freezer shelf nicely. Then I hit the vacuum seal. It draws out all the air and seals all the bags.. But when I open the package, one piece can be removed. I found it to be a lot easier than wrapping each piece in plastic wrap then putting into the Foodsaver bag, which was my previous method for getting one piece out at a time.
May 10 at 22:12 EST .

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   Balogreene  I gotta give this to my sister. As I don't eat much meat, I buy it the day I'm going to use it. But, she shops Sam's club and Costco and buys meat in bulk.
May 11 at 10:57 EST .

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   Bettijo  Sword, wonderful advice. I, too, have a Foodsaver. I have not had too much success with it as I was trying to just spread out the hamburgers, or whatever, then seal. Will definitely try your system.
May 13 at 14:29 EST .

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   Gerty  Bettijo--I have a Foodsaver and hesitate to use it. The pictures that are part of the advertisements show sooo much air taken out----my packages never look that devoid of air. What am I doing wrong?
May 13 at 16:36 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  Gerty,
Gently pull out the long oval foam strip.Wash in soapy water rinse well, let it air dry and gently press it back in place after wiping down that area.
And always keep a paper towel handy and run it along the inside of the bag for about 2 inches after inserting food. If there's any hint of water or grease, it won't take out enough air. If you're packing meats replace with a clean piece of paper towel frequently. I'm betting one or both of these is your problem.
May 14 at 11:42 EST .

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   Gerty  Thank you Mr.Wright and Flaming Sword for the excellent advice. I have copied your comments to an index card and put in the Foodsaver bin. The advice makes sense!
May 16 at 07:35 EST .

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   Bettijo  Thanks WW and FS, I will try your suggestions.
May 16 at 09:21 EST .

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   Hollyhock  Mr WrightWinger, do you know how to resolve the problem of dishwasher detergent that is phosphate free? In Washington state you cannot buy dishwasher deterg that has phosphates. IT DOESN'T WORK!! Will adding a 1/2 cup of bleach to a load cause harm? It isn't just us as others are having the same problem. Any suggestions?
May 5 at 12:54 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Lowes has TSP, by DAP, Tri-sodium Phosphate, I add it to my clothes washer and dishwasher because our city water is crap.
DH, although driving a rig for the last 7 years is a chemical engineer. It is an all purpose cleaner, and Flaming Sword had a link to RestockIt, and I buy Cascade for the dishwasher, restaurant brand that has phosphate so I no longer need the tsp for that. You need to claim it is for professional use, but since our ladies use the DAV kitchen once a month and have to 'do dishes' it works out fine. I am not sure what clorine or tsp will do to the gaskets and other parts.
May 5 at 14:19 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Holly, I emailed the link the Flaming sent me, I bought Cascade, t-Paper, paper towels, Dawn degreaser, etc. no problems.
May 5 at 14:56 EST .

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   Hollyhock  Thanks, you guys are a great help.
May 5 at 15:35 EST .

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   Hollyhock  I was delighted to have such a simple solution but it was not to be. I was foiled again by the greenies. Made a trip to the hardware to buy TSP. When I got home I found I bought phosphate free
TSP substitute. Any more suggestions?
May 5 at 18:42 EST .

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   Hollyhock  The Free Republic article explains about phosphates.

There was an experiment in Spokane county to not allow the use or sale of dishwasher deterg with phosphates. The experiment lasted for 2 years and it was a royal failure. Not to worry. enviromentalist managed to make it law in the whole state. When is it better to have to run dish washer 2 times to get them clean?
May 7 at 09:07 EST .

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   Carmen  I buy dishwasher detergent with TSP from a commercial vendor online. Google it. You will have to buy a case but it sure has made a difference in the dishwasher. I don't even use a additive any more.
May 24 at 16:37 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  OK , the party's over. The restaurant/industrial Cascade with phosphates has been discontinued. I found out last night. I was down to 2 boxes and was going to reorder, because nothing else cleans. Proctor and Gamble stopped making it roughly last December. I hit a lot of websites where it was being discussed. People were furious, and snapped it up by the case when it happened.

I did some heavy duty research. The only, and I mean only one left with phosphates I could find is called Bubble Bandit. It's for sale on Amazon. . I have no idea if it's good, but there's there's now no other choice. We'll find out. I got my order in. If it works, I am stocking up bigtime.
June 15 at 18:22 EST .

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