Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Best Way to Freeze Strawberries
First, rinse the berries in a colander (do not soak in water), and let them dry thoroughly (it helps to pat them gently with paper towels). Then, cut off the green leaves on top. Spread the unwashed strawberries on a baking sheet, and put them in the freezer. Once they are frozen solid, transfer them to a resealable plastic freezer bag, and put them back in the freezer. (Don’t forget to label with the date they were frozen.) Frozen strawberries will stay good up to three months.
Chop Onions Without Crying
To slow down the enzymes that cause tearing, put onions in the freezer for 15 minutes—or in the refrigerator for one hour—before you have to cut them. But if you don’t plan ahead, here are some other suggestions...
Work with the onion under cold running water, or fill a basin with cold water and submerge the onion while you cut it.
Burn a candle in the area where you are cutting. The tear-causing vapor from the onion is drawn to the heat source from the flame, and it will burn off some of the noxious fumes.
Bite on a slice of bread and have the rest sticking out of your mouth to absorb the tear-making fumes.
Jeans Too Long?
If your jeans are too long and you don’t like the style of shredded hems, consider an easy way out. Rather than dealing with the difficult chore of denim hemming (say that three times fast!), turn your pants inside out, turn up each hem and iron the folded edges. Finally, tape the turned-up edges with duct tape, and turn your jeans right-side out.
Duct tape now comes in many colors, so you can match the tape to your jeans or other clothing…not that anyone will see it. The duct tape should stay stuck on your clothes through many washings.
Quick Tomato Ripening Trick
To ripen tomatoes quickly, place them in a brown paper bag with a banana or a couple of apples. The ethylene gas emitted by the banana or apples will help the tomato ripen.
Easy Waffle Iron Fix
Nobody wants to clean the mess made by a waffle iron that won’t let go of the waffles. To bring your waffle iron back to its nonstick condition, place a piece of waxed paper where the batter goes, close the iron and let it heat up. Keep an eye on it, and as soon as the waxed paper turns brown, remove it. Your waffle iron should be good as new.
From Household Magic Daily Tips