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Monday, October 24, 2011


TODAY'S I wanted to share some daily tips from the book I got from the Library.
Penny Saving Household Helper, by Rebecca Diliberto.


***Marinate inexpensive cuts of meats in a mixture that contains at least one of the following: tomatoes, citrus juice, vinegar, papaya, pineapple, or beer.  All contains enzymes that combat toughness.  Then slow roast. 

***With the cost of high-quality meat a pound of hamburger doesn't go far.  Try mixing a few handfuls of crushed cereal or bread crumbs into your hamburger to make it go further.

***If you are not sure whether an egg is fresh, don't throw it our right away.  Instead see how it behaves in a cup of water.  If the egg is bad it float...If it's fresh it will sink.

***Do you have molded cheese?? Wrap a few sugar cubes in with your cheese.  The sugar will absorb moisture.  

***If you burn milk on the stove when heating it on the stove, add a pinch of salt to take away the scorches smell and taste....( I have so many times did this)

****A bay leaf slipped into a container of flour, pasta, or rice will help keep the bugs away.

***Mushrooms can get slimy when stored in a refrigerator, at room temp they seem to spoil or harden overnight.  Control their moisture level by storing them in a refrigerator  in a brown paper bag, or in paper towels.  

***Storing you brown sugar in the freezer will keep it from hardening..

***Turn a tissue box into the perfect dispenser for plastic grocery bags....

***Need ice for a party?  Use Empty Styrofoam egg cartons make great ice-cube trays when you need extra ice.

***Next time milk is on sale and you have room in your freezer, buy several gallons.  You can freeze milk without affecting its taste or quality for up to 3 months.  When your ready to use it, thaw in the refrigerator for 12 hours, and them shake to counteract any separation.  

***When crackers, pretzels, or chips have gone stale, revive them by spreading them out in a single layer on a jelly-role pan or cokkie sheet and broiling for a minute.  (I am definitely going to try this- my kids always leave the chip bag OPEN)... 

*****THESE ARE SUGGESTIONS FROM THE BOOK...I have not tried any of these, but tend to give a few a shot.  If you have every tried these tips and they work...let us know!


1 comment:

Melissa said...

Some good ideas.

I didn't know that about the brown sugar. I don't use it much and always end up having to throw at least half a bag away when it gets too hard to even chisle it off.

Never thought about broiling stale crackers either! We always end up with stale Saltines for some reason.