FYI: Helpful Hints 2


Household Tips

Posted By: Cory Date: Tuesday, 2 May 2000, at 7:31 p.m.

Gardening tips -- The Worm Turns -- Plant dill around your tomato bed. It's a great way to keep tomato horn worms from getting the better of your plants.

When to Pick --The best time to harvest fruits and vegetables for maximum flavor is in the morning.

Save That Leaky Hose -- Don't throw that leaking hose away. Simply add more holes and you'll have a sprinkler for your lawn.

Smart Substitutes

Recipe call for Buttermilk? Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to a cup of milk and let it stand 10 minutes. Or add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to a cup of whole milk.

Chocolate Trick: When you haven't any unsweetened chocolate in the house, make 1 ounce by adding 1 tablespoon fat to 3 tablespoons cocoa.

Short of Bread Crumbs? Stretch what you've got by using your blender to grind up crackers, unsweetened breakfast cereal or potato chips. Cornmeal and wheat germ will also work in a pinch.

Missing an Egg: When your one egg shy for a recipe that calls for several, substitute one teaspoon of cornstarch.


Removing adhesive from vinyl floors

Posted By: bkayeg Date: Friday, 21 April 2000, at 4:08 p.m.

For the adhesive on the vinyl floor try charcoal lighter fluid (believe it or not.) I was in property management for 5 years and my housekeepers told me about this and I tried it out and wouldn't ya know it!


General Shelf Lives For Common Items:

Posted By: Sharon Date: Sunday, 21 May 2000, at 10:43 a.m.

Flour unopened: up to 12 months. Opened: 6-8 months.
Sugar unopened: 2 years. Sugars do not spoil but eventually may change flavor.
Brown sugar unopened: 4 months.
Confectioners sugar unopened: 18 months.
Solid shortening unopened: 8 months. Opened: 3 months.
Cocoa unopened: indefinitely. opened: 1 year.
Whole spices: 2-4 years. Whether or not opened.
Ground spices: 2-3 years. Whether or not opened.
Paprika, red pepper and chili powder: 2 years
Baking soda unopened: 18 months. Opened: 6 months.
Baking powder unopened: 6 months. Opened: 3 months.
Cornstarch: 18 months. Whether or not opened.
Dry pasta made without eggs unopened: 2 years. Opened: 1 year.
Dry egg noodles unopened: 2 years. Opened: 1-2 months.
Salad dressing unopened: 10-12 months. Opened: 3 months if refrigerated.
Honey: 1 year. Whether or not opened.
Ground, canned coffee unopened: 2 years. Opened: 2 weeks, if refrigerated.
Jams, jellies and preserves unopened: 1 year. Opened: 6 months if refrigerated.
Peanut butter unopened: 6-9 months. Opened: 2-3 months.



Posted By: Darlene Date: Monday, 10 April 2000, at 8:00 p.m.

1 c. Cascade
1 c. Clorox II
1 bucket hottest tap water

Dissolve completely. Soak clothes overnight. Wash as usual. Use only when all else fails, gets out 90% of stains.


Substitutes for Alcohol in Cooking

Posted By: dj Date: Thursday, 24 February 2000, at 3:24 p.m.

Yield: 1 Servings

For 1 cup of wine, try 7/8 cup chicken stock for savory dishes or fruit juice for desserts and the remaining 1/8 cup lemon juice or vinegar. OR try tomato juice and add some fresh herbs.

For 1-2 Tbsp. dry wine substitute lemon juice or vinegar eg. for dips.

For Amaretto, try 1/2 tsp almond extract for each 1/4 cup liqueur. Add extract gradually and taste as you go along.

For orange liqueur such as Grand Marnier use equivalent amount of frozen orange juice plus a little orange rind.

For coffee liqueur, use coffee made with 4-6 times the amount of coffee you normally use or double-strength espresso.

Other fruit liqueurs, use the syrup from canned fruit (reduced by boiling).

Rum - try small amount of rum extract or vanilla.


Even cakes every time...or HELP! My Cakes don't rise even, Huge middle!

Here's a trick that requires no special equipment. I had the same trouble. after wasting half my food cost cutting and throwing out perfectly good, yet mis-shapen cake.

When your baking the cakes, place an oven safe dish of water in the oven with your goodies. You end up with the water bath effect and your cakes will come out moist and level everytime. (Oven temp doesn't matter with this trick. sometimes I make temp adjustments and still get good results.)

Usually I use a small bowl, it doesnt take much.

Here are four possible reasons
Have you tested your oven to see if it is really heating at the temperature the dial says it is at? That is a common problem. Just get yourself an oven thermometer and check it to make sure. It sounds to me like one of four possible things:
1. Perhaps the oven is running really hot and overcooking the edges before the middle can get done.
2. If you are using a black baking pan that can be the culprit sometimes- I always use pans that are shiny so they can reflect some of the heat instead of absorbing all of it.
3. Perhaps you greased the sides of the pan too much. I do not grease or oil the sides of cake pans at all- I do the bottom but the batter needs something to 'crawl' up and if you are overgreasing the sides, it can't do anything but fall.
4. It could be old cake mix if you are using boxed mixes- or old flour, baking powder or other ingredients you are using.

Here's atrick that requires no special equipment: After you fill your pans and even out the batter, give each one a good spin, like you were spinning a roulette wheel! this will send batter up the sides of the pan a bit, and when the cake bakes, the middle will not rise so much higher than the sides, because that extra batter up the sides will even out the rise!


How To measure the size of a cake pan

Posted By: MarianSoCa Date: Friday, 30 June 2000, at 1:43 p.m.

Measure on the top from end to end, side to side. I would fill up a glass cup measure too and see how many cups it holds - that way if the recipe calls for a 2 qt. baking dish, you'll know if it's the right size, etc.


Summer Drink Tips

Posted By: Cory Date: Wednesday, 22 March 2000, at 6:42 p.m.

Add an extra frosty burst of flavor to your drinks by making ice cubes out of juices, cider, or herbal tea, or drop in frozen lemon or orange slices (arrange them on a tray, freeze and store in a freezer bag until ready to use.)


Lemon Juice Measurement (Dani)

Posted By: Missy in Ga Date: Wednesday, 21 June 2000, at 3:10 p.m.

1 lemon=3Tbsp /nt


Clean copper with lemon and salt.



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