Used fresh lemon slices to clean your sink

reuse lemon slices from drinks

Don’t throw out fresh lemon slices that were used in drinks or any left-over fresh lemon. Keep them in a separate glass by the sink and use them to wipe the sink and prevent any build-up of lime scale. They are antibacterial too!

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How to get your Tomtom out of its protective case

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Having problems getting your Tomtom out of its protective cover or pouch? or any other device in a protective pouch for that matter? All you need is a length of ruban (or even a thin length of plastic bag, why not!), long enough to be pushed into the pouch and leave you enough grip to pull your Tom tom out when needed.

How to pick up brick dust from drill

how to pick up dust

 

I used to place my vacuum cleaner’s nozzle next to a hole being drilled to suck up any brick dust and prevent it from falling down. This was not ideal though because the motor filter is not suited to very fine dust. Now, I would like to share with you a great new tip, a much better way to pick up brick dust that cannot damage the vacuum cleaner.

Use a dust pan (because it has a wide brim and a nice handle!), place a wet kitchen towel over it and locate the dust pan right under the hole being drilled. The falling brick dust will be collected by the wet kitchen towel. When finished, simply put the kitchen towel in the bin. Try this tip and let me know what you think!

 

How to dry salad leaves

If you don’t have a salad spinner, here is how to dry your salad leaves. Take a clean kitchen towel and place your salad leaves in the middle. Take all four corners and hold them in your hand, making a tight fist. Lift your hand to the side of your body, ear height, and bring it down fast like you were trying to slap the air. Give two or three vigorous whips like this until no more water falls on the floor.

Cool food down quickly with ice packs

Ice pack under food for speedy coolingIn the winter, I often leave food outside to speed up the cooling process before placing it in the fridge or freezer, making sure that it is safe from any opportunistic thieves (whether my dog or the neighbour’s cat). In the warmer weather, this is not possible so you need to use another technique. Continue reading

How to keep boots straight

boots held straight with rolled newspaper

Keep the legs up using a rolled up newspaper or magazine

To stop your boots from falling down and keep them nicely straight, simply roll up a newspaper or a magazine and slide inside each boot. Alternatively, you could use an 12-egg box.

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Standing up, the boots will take less room in your cupboard and will last longer as leather damage is reduced.

 

Disaster cookies

Following my post on flopped croissants, you will find below my daughter’s flop. Just remember that a disappointing start can always be turned into a positive. You have used good ingredients, so don’t be too hasty throwing perfectly good food out…. unless you have burned it…

Everything looked great until it was time to remove the cookies from the tin…..I think it probably was my fault as I used the baking tray for my croissants so she had to use the fairy cake tin for her cookies…..

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They just did not want to be lifted out of the tin without a fight…

Her cookies were delicious though and they made a fantastic dessert at night served in a bowl with a couple of scoops of vanilla ice cream.

 

Make your own tomato sauce

Tomato sauce ingredients

Red wine, onion, chopped tomatoes, garlic, tomato puree, stock + water to dilute, seasoning, corn flour if sauce needs thickening and olive oil for frying

I know it is easy to buy a jar of tomato sauce while you do your weekly food shopping but it is actually easier…. and so much cheaper …. to make your own…. if you have a freezer that is!

It does not take long to chop the ingredients. Have you read my tips on how to cut vegetable efficiently? Once cooked and cooled, you might want to quickly zap your sauce with a blender then divide and place in containers to suit the space in your freezer.

Tip: to defrost your sauce quickly, stand your plastic bag in hot water.

Uses: Topping for pizza, sauce for pasta, meatballs, spice it up for curry sauces, etc.. the list is endless.

 

 

How to store liquids in the freezer

frozing sauce in plastic container and bagThis tip will show you how to store liquids, i.e. sauces and soups, in the freezer. First of all, don’t buy these fancy stand-along freezer bags, you would just be wasting your money. Storage in a rigid plastic container is not the best option either because i) the container will most likely be taller than the amount of liquid you want to store, taking uncessary space in the freezer, and ii) you would need to have a lot of containers in your cupboard to fulfil your freezer storage needs.

So, what I do is place a small easy-seal plastic bag inside a plastic container and fill it to the required level. Tip: fold the top of the bag towards the outside by about an inch to protect the seal from spills. Leave in the freezer overnight. Then, pull the bag out of the container. Seal the bag (if not done already), make note of content and date and return to the freezer. Tip: warm the container with your hands or dip it quickly into hot water if the bag is stuck inside the container.