February 11, 2009

TT #87


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13 Household Tips

1. Peel a banana from the bottom and you won't have to pick the little 'stringy things' off of it. That's how the primates do it.

2. Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.

3. Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!

4. Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.

5. Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.

6. To really make scrambled eggs or omelet's rich add a couple of spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up.

7. For a cool brownie treat, make brownies as directed. Melt chocolate mint patties in double broiler and pour over warm brownies. Let set for a wonderful minty frosting.

8. Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic.

9. Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works.

10. Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.

11. When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.

12. Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can't see easily.

13. Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.

23 comments:

Adelle said...

These are some great tips. Thanks! Have a Happy Valentine weekend!

Carol said...

You are a stinkin', flamin' genius!!!

These are fantastic tips and I am so going to use them!

Okay, question: in #10, what are we making here? Cooked egg yolks and other ingredients? Squeeze into egg? Is it...deviled eggs??

Great T-13! One of my all-time faves.

aliceaudrey said...

I've heard peeling a banana from the bottom is how they do it in the countrys where they grow too.

Nicholas said...

I'm going to try both those banana ideas!

janetfaye said...

I will have to remember to peel my banana from the bottom up!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Carmen Shirkey said...

My boyfriend peels bananas that way. I still can't get used to it!

Brenda ND said...

So that's how you get rid of those banana strings. Cool. Happy TT!

Kristen said...

How do you open a banana from the bottom? I love these tips. I hadn't heard of most. I am going to try the cheese thing for sure.

Karen said...

I love your list. I love household hints.

Happy TT and Valentines.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

We wrap our cheese in plastic wrap. It keeps just as well. Then again, we could leave it unwrapped and it'd keep just fine -- yep, I've got a cheese eater here in the house.

Lazy Daisy said...

Great tips....thanks. I'll pass them along to my daughters. These are great.

kandyblossom said...

Some of these I've heard before, some are new. I didn't know about the peppers. I will definitely have to check that out.

Happy TT!

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YellowRose said...

Great tips! Some I knew, some I didn't so I can't wait to try them out!!

Lori said...

Now, these are some tips I really can use. Thanks . . . From a fan of bananas and brownies (smile).

Janet said...

re: #10, or cut it open when you're done and lick out the rest!!! YUM!

thornesworld said...

#7 sounds yummy!
Happy TT! Im up with TT#26- A Lil Too Straight?

Crazy Working Mom said...

I never knew that banana tip! Thanks for that one. My son won't eat 'em if there is even ONE of those "stringy things" on 'em!

Lori said...

Carol...the answer to your question is deviled eggs for #10:)

tommie said...

Those are great tips. My mom told my kids that about the bananas. They refuse to peel them any other way!

Thanks for visiting my T13

An Eerie Tapestry said...

Great bunch of tips (I'm not much of a cook, but I'll be trying out the banana ones).

The Bumbles said...

I came across #2 a while ago and have followed it ever since - it works as advertised. A friend of ours follows #13 when he mows the lawn - but he keeps it under his hat. And #10 reminded me of a post we had for omelettes...

storyteller said...

What wonderful tips ... a few are familiar to me but most are new. I'm going to let my sister know about #13 and I'm going to break my bananas apart right now!
Hugs and blessings,