Grocery stores often have special sprinkler systems over their produce bins that periodically mist the vegetables to keep them crisp and fresh looking. Our refrigerators tend to dry things out, which leaves us with veggies that appear to have given up the ghost.
To revive your wilted produce, add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to a pan of cold water. Soak the veggies for about one hour and they should be good to go. (You can substitute lemon juice for the vinegar.)
This tip is for homes with small children (or grandchildren). Although it doesn’t technically fall under the rubric of timesaving advice, I think it’s such a great home safety tip.
Whenever you have a plastic bag that needs to be disposed of, immediately tie it into knots so that no harm can come to small children before or after the bag reaches the trash can.
Washing your blender after use can be time consuming and risky considering the sharpness of those little blades.
Here’s a tip on how to clean your blender safely and efficiently. Fill the blender with hot water until it is half full. Add a generous amount of dishwashing liquid, cover, and push the on button. The blender will clean itself in no time.
If there are food particles stuck to the sides, add a few ice cubes to the mix before turning on the blender. (Make sure the cover is attached securely.)
Life happens. We put something in the oven or on top of the stove and forget about it. Removal of baked and burnt-on foods can be a time consuming task if we turn to scrubbies or sponges.
Instead, relax and let baking soda come to the rescue. Sprinkle a generous amount on the pot, pan, or casserole dish (but not aluminum) and add hot water to a level that covers the burnt food residue. Let the mixture soak for about 15 minutes and check to see if the food has softened. Finish cleaning as usual.
If the food is really stuck, let it soak overnight. This method has worked for me every time and made cleanup super easy.
Do you ever struggle to find the end of tape on a roll? I often run my finger over the surface several times hoping to feel the edge. Here’s a helpful tip to put an end to the problem.
Place a button at the end each time you use the tape. It will separate the end from the roll, making the edge immediately visible. Simple and 100% effective.
Since most American homes have some degree of hard water, mineral deposits build up in coffee makers over time. Here is a safe and effective way to remove deposits. Fill your coffee maker with equal parts white vinegar and water. Run this solution through one brew cycle and then run plain water through one cycle.
Do this every few months to keep your coffee maker working efficiently.
Spices should be stored away from light and heat. An easy and space saving method for spice storage is to purchase a hanging shoe organizer (a child’s size works well) and place your spices in the individual compartments. You can hang the organizer from the door or anywhere within your pantry.
As an added benefit, the clear plastic will make each spice easily identifiable, which will also save you time in the kitchen.