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Household Hints

   MeiDei  Here's a hint for making mini meat loaves (forget the website this came from ) especially good for a single person or cooking for two. Using your own recipe:
Spray 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray. Place meat mixture in pan;
Pat into 10 inch x 4-inch rectangle.
Cut lengthwise down center and then crosswise into fourths to make 8 loaves. Separate loaves, using spatula, so no edges are touching. Top loaves with whatever you normally do - Ketchup, bacon, cheese, jalapenos.....
Bake @ 350 - 18 to 20 minutes or until loaves are no longer pink in center and meat thermometer inserted in center of loaves reads 160°F.
Eat. Wrap & freeze the remainder for a day you don't feel like cooking, reheat in pan or microwave,
November 10 at 18:29 EST .

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   MeiDei  Just noticed the original copy said a 450 oven - that seems high to me, use your best judgement. Might be because their recipe included Bisquick - beats me.
November 10 at 18:54 EST .

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   Balogreene  I'm going to post Butter-Barbecue-Meat loaves, one of my favorites, on the recipe wall
November 15 at 16:58 EST .

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   MeiDei  Read where the water we hard boil eggs in contains calcium leeched from the shells & that we shouldn't throw away the water. Made rice using it, didn't notice any change in taste or texture - a freebie boost of calcium. This was from a website on making ricotta cheese; they suggest not throwing away the whey (water ) & repurposing it since it contains a lot of protein. Either one would be a good base for a soup.
November 9 at 11:55 EST .

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   BirdsNest  We always used the whey after making ricotta. I liked using it in place of water or milk in breadmaking. Same for any recipe that calls for milk. Cats love it. Chickens love it. As for the water from boiled eggs, I would likely use that once cooled as a drink for my plants. And for us, all eggshells go into the compost pile.
November 15 at 07:35 EST .

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   MeiDei  Good use for lemons even if they've gone bad, ants, mineral deposits in tea kettle & stain remover - watch video
November 5 at 23:09 EST .

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   Gram77  Looks like no one visits this site.
October 27 at 07:49 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  Hi Gram,
Peanut butter bait works. Boric acid, on any drug store shelf.

You must be able to tolerate a massive parade of ants for about 3 days.Put in on your kitchen counter ,bathroom counter out of the way. Back corner? I put it in a jar lid. About a tablespoon. I make more than I need and keep in in a jar so I can replace it once a day or two as it dries up. When it starts to dry, they won’t eat it.

Usually the parade ends about day 3. And I don’t see one ant for 4-6months.
October 28 at 16:54 EST .

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   Gram77  Boy these helpful hints are way better than my $ 125.00 that wound up being useless. Many thanks, and incidentally I am happily stitching away. : )
October 28 at 18:08 EST .

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   Gram77  I've been here on Household Hints before and here I am again. Every Fall I get teeny tiny ants (you must really get down and look ) and I got some terrific helpful hints. But... nothing worked. We had the inside of the entire house and all around the outside treated for $125.00. This company also placed small sugar ant traps in the area we saw the most activity. The critters stayed, the treatment did not help either. I spray constantly and can get perhaps a day or two relief and then we are back to the beginning. Everything that I can bag or put into plastic containers I've done and I don't leave anything in the sink OR the dishwasher. I'm thinking of locking the door and moving. Help!!
October 16 at 12:08 EST .

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   Bettijo  Since I live alone, I hesitate to buy things like heavy cream because it spoils before I can use it up. Now that I know I can freeze it, I will be less hesitant to buy it. I already keep butter in freezer. I found this on Rachael Ray’s web site. bj

Can you freeze cream?

Heavy cream (at least 40% fat ) freezes well - lighter creams and half and half do not hold up in the freezer. You can freeze the entire unopened carton, just double wrap in freezer bags. Thaw cream in the fridge, and shake the carton prior to opening - do not refreeze!

Here are some tips on freezing other dairy products - all items should be thawed in fridge and should not be refrozen:

Butter - Freeze only high-quality butter made from pasteurized cream. Double wrap store container in freezer bags.

Cheese - Hard or semi-hard cheeses can be frozen. Frozen cheese will be crumbly and a little dry and will not slice as well, but the flavor will be just as good as fresh cheese. Freeze cheese in small pieces - no more than ½ pound per chunk. Seal it in foil, freezer wrap, plastic wrap or a zip lock.

Cottage cheese - Cream style and dry cottage cheese and ricotta cheese can be frozen for a month. Cream style may separate when thawed.

Cream cheese - Block-style can be frozen for later use in cooking, dips or as icing.

Cheese food products, such as sauces, dips, or processed cheese usually freeze fine. If in real doubt, freeze a small quantity and check after 24 hours by thawing it. If pleased with the results, freeze the rest. Otherwise, do not freeze.

Ice cream - A plastic wrap laid tightly on the surface of partially used containers of ice cream helps prevent surface changes. Homemade ice cream is difficult to store for any length of time because it becomes grainy. Commercial products have added milk solids and gelatin to prevent this.

Milk - Pasteurized homogenized milk may be frozen, including low and non-fat. Some quality change may be noted upon thawing. Stirring or shaking may help restore smoothness.

Sour cream, yogurt and buttermilk - All of the cultured, soured dairy products lose their smooth texture when frozen. They become grainy and sometimes separate out their water. They can still be used for cooking. Flavored yogurts may be more stable because of the fruit and sugar.

Eggs can be stored for at least one month, covered in the refrigerator. Freezing is often unnecessary.

Whole Eggs - Thoroughly mix yolks and whites - do not whip in air. To prevent graininess, add 1 tablespoon sugar or 1/2 teaspoon salt per cup whole eggs, depending on intended use. You can strain through a sieve or colander to improve uniformity. Freeze in a freezer zip lock, with some room for expansion in the freezer.

Another method of freezing whole egg mixture is to use ice cube trays. Measure 3 tablespoons of egg mixture into each compartment of an ice tray. Freeze until
September 10 at 15:56 EST .

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   MeiDei  I freeze butter all the time, have had no problems using putting the box in as is. Also milk and cheese. Never tried heavy cream but will as I'm always discarding it after a family get together. Maybe someone can tell me how to make cheese or butter out of what is leftover.
September 13 at 17:36 EST .

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   Balogreene  We have an upright freezer, and freeze a lot as we also shop at Sam's Club. It is amazing what you can buy in bulk if you have storage ( we traded a nice mower for the freezer, we're all happy. ) Butter, meats, cream, etc.
October 7 at 23:48 EST .

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   Bettijo  And we drink this stuff?

Coca-Cola (or Coke ) is the most recognized brand in the world. The dark, carbonated, sugary beverage has become the most widely consumed drink in the world since WWII. There are many studies and documentaries showing the ill effects of Coke on the human body, but this addictive drink has other, more beneficial uses that the Coca-Cola Company may not want you to know:

16 Uses for Coke

1. Remove stains from china
Soak stained china in Coke for a few hours, and it will remove all the stains.

2. Remove marker stains from a carpet
Pour Coke on the marker stain, and then scrub it with a soapy solution for a quick and easy cleanup.

3. Clean burnt residue off of pots and pans
Pour enough Coke to cover the burnt residue in the pot/pan and let it soak overnight. You’ll be amazed how easily the gunk comes off in the morning.

4. Get rid of grease stains your detergent can’t handle
Pour some Coke into the washing machine with your greasy clothes and see the magic.

5. Diet Coke can fix a bad hair-dye job

Did you accidentally botch up your hair dye? Just soak your hair in Diet Coke for 15 minutes and watch the dye fade away.

6. Strip paint from metallic surfaces
Soak a towel with Coke and leave it on the painted metallic surface for several hours. When you remove the towel – the paint will come off with it.

7. Keep your car battery working for longer
If your car battery’s terminals are covered in corrosion, pour Coke on it and watch how the corrosion melts away.

8. Effective slug pesticide
If your garden is experiencing a slug infestation, pour a Coke into a bowl and leave it outside overnight. The sugar will draw them in, and the acidity will kill these pests.

9. Remove grout from tiles with ease
Pour Coke on gritty tiles and let it sit for a few minutes. The grout should be easily removed now, leaving you with clean tiles.

10. Clean your toilet
Pour a can of Coke into your toilet and leave it overnight. The acidity in the Coke will strip off any nasty residue that accumulated in the bowl.

11. Make old coins shine again
Soak dirty coins in Coke for a few hours and then rinse them – they’ll look like they were minted yesterday.

12. Coke + aluminum foil = clean chrome
Pour Coke on dirty chrome surfaces, and then wipe away with aluminum foil. The chrome will look shiny and new again.

13. Coke makes for an effective insect repellent
Pour a can into a bowl and leave it outside for an hour before you entertain. When your party arrives, move the bowl away and enjoy an insect-free environment. The bugs will be too busy with the Coke to harass your friends.

14. Remove blood stains from clothes
Soak the bloody part in Coke for an hour, and then wash it away. (Repeat if necessary )

15. Get rid of gum stuck in your hair
Soak the gum in Coke for 15 minutes and simply wipe it away.

16. Clean
August 25 at 21:58 EST .

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   Bettijo  16. Clean up oil stains from floors
August 29 at 09:23 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  Hmmmmm . . . that's kind of scary when you think about drinking the stuff. What's it doing to your insides?
September 2 at 09:35 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Had to get new washer, it says only use HD detergent. What is it? I use a bulk industrial detergent from RESTOCK IT. But the instructions say only use HD ???????????
August 3 at 14:32 EST .

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   Safetydude  Start here and them you can made your own decision.
August 3 at 16:51 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Thanks so much, didn't mean beans to me, but DH was a chemical engineer before he started driving in Florida, and he knew all about this, saved and Lowes tommorrow for this, I don't want to ruin the new washer,bless you.
August 3 at 17:34 EST .

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   Bettijo  The Difference between Spices and Herbs
We often hear the term "herbs and spices". As any amateur chef knows, herbs and spices are vital ingredients in many dishes. They add flavor, aroma, color, texture and even nutrients.

Both spices and herbs are parts of plants (fresh or dried ) that are used to enhance the flavor of foods. They've also been known to preserve foods, cure illness and enhance cosmetics.

Have you ever stopped for a moment to think what the difference is between the two?

The difference between the two is the part of the plant they are obtained from:

Herbs come from the leafy and green part of the plant
Spices are parts of the plant other than the leafy bit. This includes the root, stem, bulb, bark or seeds.
Examples of herbs include basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, parsley and mint. They are often grown in temperate areas compared to spices. They have great medicinal value and are also used in the preparation of cosmetic products.

Spices are usually dried before being used to season foods. Some examples are cinnamon, cloves, ginger and pepper. Unlike herbs, they are grown in more tropical countries. They've also been known to preserve foods. Some spices have medicinal value, for example turmeric has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal properties.

Despite the above clarification, according to the American Spice Trade Association, spices are defined as "any dried plant product used primarily for seasoning purposes". This really broadens the definition of spices, allowing it to include herbs, dehydrated veggies, spice blends and spice seeds.

Below is a short list of 5 herbs, then spices, along with their reported nutritional/health benefits.

Basil - Rich in Vitamin A and K. Assists with combating bowel inflammation and rheumatoid arthritis
Oregano - Assists with inflammation
Parsley - Protects against rheumatoid arthritis, antioxidant-rich, fights cancer, high in vitamin C and iron
Thyme - Contains the oil, thymol, especially helpful for chest and respiratory problems, also acts as an antiseptic and disinfectant.
Mint - Helps with digestion and asthma
Cinnamon - May potentially lower blood sugar levels, LDL (bad ) cholesterol and triglycerides, especially in people with type 2 diabetes
Ginger - Can stop nausea and may also relieve heartburn and bloating
Chilli - Contains capsaicin which puts the heat in chilies, may lower the risk of skin and colon cancers; shown to suppress appetite and boost metabolism
Cloves - Have antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antiseptic properties; they are known for relieving flatulence and can actually help promote good digestion as well as metabolism
Mustard seeds - Contain phytonutrient compounds that protect against cancers of the gastrointestinal tract; believed to reduce the severity of asthma
Bottom Line
Herbs come from the leafy and green plant parts. Spices come from all the other parts.

Reduce your sodium intake by adding herbs and spices to your dishes!
July 27 at 08:08 EST .

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   Bettijo  Dave Hax, the clever YouTuber behind the sneak-more-pizza trick, has another food hack that will make your life undoubtedly easier next time you have to deal with a load of rogue tubers.

To start, simply cut a thin line around the circumference of the potato. Don’t cut too deep, but mind your fingers as you move the blade around. After each potato is cut, boil until done. Cool them off with some cold water and then the magic begins.

No knives, or extra utensils needed, just use your fingers to glide the skin right off. It’s really that simple. Dave Hax appears to be using a small variety of Russet potato but we imagine this trick works with most tubers.

July 26 at 19:17 EST .

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