Oct 042017
 

Lots of us like to stock our refrigerators with delicious fruits and vegetables during a trip to the supermarket. Especially in the summer!

Fruits, like strawberries, are refreshing and packed with vitamins and minerals that are good for us and keep us healthy.

Strawberries are filled with antioxidants, vitamin C, folate, potassium, manganese, fiber, and magnesium, according to Organic Facts.

 
The are even said to improve eyesight, brain function, high blood pressure, arthritis, gout, and several cardiovascular diseases. Strawberries are even linked to boosting the immune system and preventing certain cancers, as well as premature aging.

Farmer Shares Brilliant Tips To Keep Strawberries Fresh

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It’s a shame to spend all that money on our strawberries only to find that they get slimy or covered in mold when we reach for them in our refrigerators after having only bought them a few days prior.

It’s a total bummer and a giant waste.

 
Thankfully Hip2Save has shared a brilliant way to make sure that your strawberries stay fresh and last longer in your refrigerator. This hack will extend the life of your strawberries for days, or maybe even a week or two after you take them home and put them in your fridge.

You’ll need:
  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • A Colander or salad spinner
Directions:

Step 1) Pour 1 part white vinegar and 5 parts water into a large bowl. About 1/2 cup of vinegar and 2 1/2 cups of water should do the trick.

Step 2) Soak your berries in the mixtures for a few minutes. The vinegar will get rid of mold spores and bacteria. That’s the stuff that makes your strawberries spoil quicker.

You’ll probably be grossed out by what the water looks like after your rinse your berries in this solution.

Step 3) Dry your strawberries thoroughly. You can place some paper towels into a salad spinner or let them air dry in a colander.

Making sure you remove all of the moisture will prevent them from getting moldy.

Step 4) Place your strawberries into the refrigerator on top of a paper towel.

Don’t worry your strawberries will not taste like vinegar after using this method.

Here are a few other tips that will help your strawberries last longer:
  • The Kitchn says you should keep the stems of your strawberries on until you’re about to eat them. this will prolong their shelf life.
  • Also, if you notice any spoiled berries in your bunch that has mold on them, be sure to immediately remove them. This will prevent the mold from spreading and ruining the rest of them.

Enjoy your delicious tasting, longer lasting strawberries!

 

 
 
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Why You Should Always Put A Coin In The Freezer Before You Leave Home

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Mar 292017
 
Simple, effective – and definitely a money saver, because you don’t have to toss loads of food unnecessarily.

Why You Should Always Put A Coin In The Freezer Before You Leave Home

Have you ever come home from vacation, business trip or maybe a weekend away with the family – and noticed your digital clocks flashing the wrong time?You quickly realize that you had a power outage while you were away, but it’s basically impossible to tell when it occurred or how long it lasted. It’s therefore also impossible to tell just how long the food in your freezer may have thawed, gotten destroyred, and then frozen again.

Or is it?

In connection with Hurricane Matthews which swept over parts of the United States, a woman named Sheila Pulanco Russell shared a clever trick on her Facebook wall with anyone who was forced to evacuate their home.

But the trick is certainly also good to know in case of any prolonged departure from your home – and will ease your mind about whether or not the food in your freezer is good to eat – or best be thrown out right away.

The trick lies in the magical combination of three simple but effective tools everyone already has at home: a mug, a coin and some tap water.

In a Facebook post which quickly received hundreds of thousands of reactions and shares, Sheila explains how to proceed. She writes:

“For those of you that are evacuating from the coast, I just heard a great tip. It’s called the one cup tip. You put a cup of water in your freezer. Freeze it solid and then put a quarter on top of it and leave it in your freezer. That way when you come back after you’ve been evacuated you can tell if your food went completely bad and just refroze or if it stayed frozen while you were gone.

If the quarter has fallen to the bottom of the cup that means all the food defrosted and you should throw it out. But if the quarter is either on the top or in the middle of the cup then your food may still be ok. It would also be a great idea to leave this in your freezer all the time and if you lose power for any reason you will have this tip to fall back on.

If you don’t feel good about your food, just throw it out. The main thing is for all to be safe. Please SHARE this on your page. 😀”

Please share this nifty trick on to all your friends!

 

 

Simple Tip To Keep Ticks Off Of You All Summer Long

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Mar 272017
 
Simple Tip To Keep Ticks Off Of You All Summer Long

When winter is coming to a close and we are getting ready for the warmer weather, many of us look forward to heading outdoors and enjoying some sunshine. There are many reasons to go outside and it certainly can be a wonderful time of year. Unfortunately, it is also the time of year when we need to be cautious about getting ticks. It can really ruin the day.

If you are somebody that tends to spend a lot of time outdoors, you need to be able to effectively protect yourself from ticks. They are more than just a nuisance or a pest that makes us uncomfortable, they carry diseases, some of which are very dangerous and even deadly. The next time you’re out enjoying what the great outdoors has to offer, consider this simple trick and you can keep ticks from latching on and causing problems.

Simple Tip To Keep Ticks Off Of You All Summer Long

Lint roller and essential oil

In order to use this tip, you will need a roller and some essential oils. The lint roller should use adhesive layers. Take it with you when you’re going outside and roll it on your clothing every once in a while. You might be surprised with what you pick up in a very short amount of time.

Simple Tip To Keep Ticks Off Of You All Summer Long

Adding some essential oil may help to keep the ticks from climbing on you while you are outside. Spray the essential oil on your clothing and rub it into your skin and the ticks may just stay away. It also works for mosquitoes and black flies. It’s a good alternative to insect repellent and reduces your chemical exposure.

Here are 5 essential oils that repel bugs.

1. Lavender – This smells sweet to us but bugs absolutely hate it. It works on mosquitoes, flies and other insects.

2. PennyRoyal – this is a member of the mint family and it is toxic to insects.

3. Lemongrass – This essential oil comes from tropical lemongrass and has a citrusy sent. It is a natural flea and tick repellent and can be sprayed directly on the skin.

4. Eucalyptus – use this alone or along with citronella oil to keep bugs away. According to the Journal of medical entomology, Eucalyptus extract can reduce tick bites and infections.

5. Lemon – some lemon essential oil can work against fleas and other bugs. Slightly dilute it and spray it on your clothing and skin.

Be sure to share this with your friends.

 
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Genius Uses For An Iron

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Aug 072016
 

7 Quick and Awesome ways to put your iron to good use.

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Fewer and fewer people use irons as today’s culture becomes more and more laid back. Even business attire has gone casual. When billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg wear T-shirts and jeans, why should regular office workers wear suits and ties? To bring new life to the iron, Household Hacker explains seven life hacks to try using the hot metal.

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How To Of The Day: How To Revive Stale Bread

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May 122016
 

Whenever you eat half a baguette but can’t get to the other half before it gets hard, do you admit defeat? Justin Chappel never does. He’s figured out the key to reviving stale bread and brining it back to its former glory. The first step, believe it or not, is to douse it in some water.

Enjoy!

F&W Test Kitchen whiz Justin Chapple demos a genius trick for reviving stale bread.

 
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Genius Cleaning Tricks For Your Bathroom

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May 102016
 

Houshold Hacker is here to help you with a seven handy tips to clean your bathroom.

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Learn 7 awesome life hacks to quickly clean your bathroom, leaving it looking shiny and new! Many common household items can be used to clean up even the worst messes and stains so save your cash.

 

How To Of The Day: Perfect Pie Dough

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Nov 162015
 

How to make perfect pie dough every time.

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When it comes to pie, the crust will make or break your baked treat. This video demonstrates three simple tricks you can use to ensure that your pie dough bakes into the perfect balance of chewy and flaky.

Baking a pie from scratch can be daunting, but in this video from the America’s Test Kitchen YouTube channel, chef Ashley Moore will show you how easy achieving the perfect pie crust really is. It all comes down to three easy tricks:

  1. Use a perfect balance of butter and shortening (you may have to tweak things to fit your preference).
  2. Put one cup of your recipe’s flour to the side. Mix the butter and shortening with the remaining flour, then mix in the cup you set aside afterward.
  3. Use vodka instead of water to avoid tough, leathery crust.

Vodka works so well because it’s comprised of 60% water and 40% ethanol, and less water means less gluten to toughen up your crust. Keep in mind, however, while most of the alcoholic content will burn off in the baking process, this still should be avoided if you have any alcohol allergies or intolerance. Use these tips and you’ll be ready to take on your holiday pies without fear.

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