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Household Hints



   Alice  During the holiday season did anyone notice how manual can openers are no longer engineered to cut into cans easily (pumpkin puree, for example )?

We have 3 manual can openers so far in our search, and not one can get past even small imperfections without a lot of winding-back-and-forth struggle to cut through. It's not a matter of grip strength either -- my husband does pull-ups as part of his exercises and has the same problems I do with the blankety-blank openers. He resorts to the large carbon steel chopping knife to break through the spots the opener refuses on the first pass, but I can't do that, I'd slip and slice myself.

To all Ldotters, best of everything for 2017!
January 6 at 15:07 EST .



   MeiDei  The blades are often too short or not made of hardened steel & mfg'd. overseas. We have one - circa 1940's - we resort to when all others (including elec. ) fail It has a long blade, still sharp, an open frame handle w/a retractable corkscrew & you jab the blade in & move it up & down (i.e., like a car jack ) - the lid ends up gear-like, dangerously sharp but it works! The little one that resembles a roller skate key also works if the blade is sharp & long enough as some cans the tops are more recessed than others. If the can has a rolled edge you'll be twice as frustrated. As more cans are showing up w/pull tabs to open says to me people have been omplaining.
January 13 at 09:13 EST .




   MeiDei  ATTRACTING HUMMINGBIRDS
If you love these busy little birds you might enjoy this article, the comments after & the tip for a great feeder (2nd link )? & migratory paths/dates for USA (3rd link )

http://mikesbackyardnursery.com/2013/08/how-to-attract-hummi
ngbirds/


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kb6fmHbJ5to (HummZinger feeder - sold by Walmart, Amazon, etc. )

migratory dates and paths http://www.hummingbirdcentral.com/hummingbird-migration.htm

   December 7 at 20:21 EST .

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   MeiDei  I saw a hint for using the top of a soda bottle that has been cut from main body about 3 or 4" down. You can use it for a funnel if yours is too narrow - or - using a bread bag as an example - if you've lost the twist tie, or the little tab broke, thread the plastic through the neck of the bottle top [wide end down on bread bag] til you reach the start of the bread. Now turn the bag ends over & back down the spout & screw the bottle cap on ... perfect seal.
   September 19 at 09:16 EST .

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   MeiDei  I have a glass bottle I wanted to use for ice tea but the opening is too small for scoop or teaspoon to use & a set of different sized funnels all clogged - the above hint worked beautifully.
October 5 at 21:14 EST .

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   John C  Kitchen has been invaded for tiny, fast running ants. I have sprayed and used lysol wipes. A couple of days later they are back. Aside from a bomb any suggestions?
August 27 at 05:30 EST .

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   Gram77  Ace Hardware carries a product called TERRO. Those little buggers can't get to it fast enough. It takes 3-5 days before the parade stops but I'm quite sure you will be rid of them. Good luck.
August 28 at 04:24 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  I never use Google, Ixquick is my searcher: just type in kitchen ants and get lots of hints: ex:
http://www.diynatural.com/how-to-get-rid
-of-ants-naturally/

take your pick, depending on the type of ants
In Florida I use a 12 month spray by Ortho - Home Defense
make sure it drys before kids or fur babies are about. Also, Food Grade - diatomaceous earth - not the pool stuff from the hardware store - safe around pets and kids ( if you don't mind white powder around. ) I use that all around the entry points. Both 4 legged kids like to roll in the fresh cut grass and sometimes bring unwanted no-see-ums into the house.
September 3 at 20:40 EST .

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   StormCnter  Helpful hints? Nah, let's just get a magic coffee table.




August 20 at 13:37 EST .

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   StormCnter  Mei, if your sound is still wonky, you can click CC in the lower right for closed captioning.
August 20 at 13:38 EST .

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   MeiDei  I did, and left a comment that a well=placed skillet lobbed appropriately would bring him into reality : )
August 20 at 14:31 EST .

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   StormCnter  My husband used to tell others that when I am out of town, the housework genie disappears.
August 20 at 15:13 EST .

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   StormCnter  I'm sorry the video has been removed. It happens, but I'm peeved. It's still available at this url:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_kXIGvB
1uU
August 21 at 05:29 EST .

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   MeiDei  what happened o the magic coffee table?
August 20 at 13:36 EST .

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   StormCnter  I had to redo it. It's back.
August 20 at 13:38 EST .

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   MeiDei  Food storage tips - meats, herbs, dairy, fruits & veggies
http://www.buzzfeed.com/christinebyrne/how-to-store-your-gro
ceries?utm_term=.chddVN8orl#.jxAeX28R0o
August 20 at 11:29 EST .

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   MeiDei  How to vacuum seal a freezer bag w/out a machine - clever trick




August 19 at 18:56 EST .

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   MeiDei  Why I don't use my pressure cooker....
   August 6 at 10:32 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  Oh, my stars!

I'm guessing that those two bare light bulbs in the ceiling had a cover over them until the lid took it out.

I haven't used a pressure cooker in years. In fact, I haven't seen mine since I made the move from Virginia to Texas --it might have been sold in a garage sale in Virginia. I seldom used it because I had heard horror stories from mother about things just such as this happening to people, and was always afraid it would happen to me. Mother used one a lot when I was a kid. I remember that hissing sound, and the rocking of the doohickey on top.

Supposedly, the new ones have some kind of a safety feature that keeps disasters like this from happening.
August 8 at 09:23 EST .

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   MeiDei  Mine is still in box, never used - 35+ years - time to donate it.
August 8 at 17:35 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  You might want to hold up on that until Antiques Roadshow is next in your area . . .
August 9 at 14:09 EST .

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   StormCnter  Those things terrify me. I had a really nice one my mother gave me the first year I was married. I never used the pressure part, but that heavy pan produced wonderful fudge.
August 20 at 13:30 EST .

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   Balogreene  My sister likes the new electric ones, they pressure up, and down, on a timer.
October 14 at 20:25 EST .

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   MeiDei  If you ever have something plastic melt in your oven go on-line to find out how to remove it properly for your oven - self clean vs. regular. I was surprised to find my query was first to come up on the list of "how-to" - felt less stupid : ) How a plastic handled black spatula ended up inside, sight unseen, is unnerving. I have a self-clean which means opening doors & windows for ventilation (not great in cold weather ) - not necessary if a regular oven. BTW - the spatula is fine, just missing the end grip. Now I need a wooden one to lift up the offending blob.
April 11 at 12:23 EST .

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