Fun Tips

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Here are some real  interesting tips
that may come handy to us
one day... although I first
published it about 20 years ago!

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.

To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.

To prevent egg shells from cracking, add a pinch of salt to the water before hard-boiling.

Run your hands under cold water before pressing Rice Krispies 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.

To easily remove burnt-on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on stovetop - skillet will be much easier to clean.

Spray your 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 glossy finish.

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 to help bring out the corn's natural sweetness.
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.
Cure for headaches: 
Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. 
The throbbing will go away.
Don't throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces. (Leftover wine???) 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 water.
To get rid of itch from mosquito bite: try applying soap on the area, instant relief!
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 yourself.
Use air-freshener to clean mirrors: It does a good job and better still, leaves a lovely smell to the shine.
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 and easily.
If your VCR has a year setting on it, which most do, you will not be able to use the programmed
recording feature after 12/31/99.
Don't throw it away. Instead,
set it for the year 1972 as the days are the same as the year 2000. The manufacturers won't tell you.  They want you
to buy a new Y2K VCR.

NOW: Look what you can do with Alka Seltzer!!

(1)  Clean a toilet:
Drop in  two Alka-Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush, and flush. The citric acid and effervescent action
clean vitreous china.
(2)  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.

(3)  Polish jewelry:
Drop two Alka-Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immerse
the jewelry for two minutes.
(4)  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.
(5)  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.

Our heartfelt thanks to all
"Discoverers" of the above
valuable tips!

Contributed by Ginger Minor
A Square Dancer Friend

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