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DID YOU KNOW?
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If in doubt about the freshness of an egg, place uncracked egg in a glass of water,if it sinks it's Ok if it floats throw it out.Please share your little hints with all of us.Thanks.
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Re: DID YOU KNOW?

posted at 6/7/2011 4:10 PM EDT
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Thanks for all the hints ladies.  Sometimes we need little reminders.

Re: DID YOU KNOW?

posted at 6/7/2011 6:32 PM EDT
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This cleanup trick works while you sleep!  Lay your dirty barbecue grill rack on the
lawn overnight--the dew will combine with the enzymes in the grass to loosen any
burned on grease.  Try it with messy oven racks too!  Happy grilling!Smile

Re: DID YOU KNOW?

posted at 6/7/2011 9:06 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: DID YOU KNOW?:
This cleanup trick works while you sleep!  Lay your dirty barbecue grill rack on the lawn overnight--the dew will combine with the enzymes in the grass to loosen any burned on grease.  Try it with messy oven racks too!  Happy grilling!
Posted by Carol P


Are you sure it isn't the neighbors dog or a racoon nibbling the bits from the grill grate?..just kidding!

I always just turn up the gas after I am done to burn off any bits.  I just let it go a few minutes and that does a pretty good job.  (sort of like a self cleaning oven.)

Re: DID YOU KNOW?

posted at 6/7/2011 10:02 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: DID YOU KNOW?:
This cleanup trick works while you sleep!  Lay your dirty barbecue grill rack on the lawn overnight--the dew will combine with the enzymes in the grass to loosen any burned on grease.  Try it with messy oven racks too!  Happy grilling!
Posted by Carol P


Thanks Carol,I'll have to try this.

Re: DID YOU KNOW?

posted at 6/7/2011 10:54 PM EDT
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That turning a store bought pineapple  upside down for 24 to 48 hours before cutting it makes the sweet juices  on the bottom run back to the top sweetening the whole pineapple. A pineapple farmer in Hawaii told my sister that when she was there 10 years ago and it works. I do it everytime I buy one. 

Re: DID YOU KNOW?

posted at 6/8/2011 1:17 AM EDT
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In Response to Re: DID YOU KNOW? : Are you sure it isn't the neighbors dog or a racoon nibbling the bits from the grill grate?..just kidding! I always just turn up the gas after I am done to burn off any bits.  I just let it go a few minutes and that does a pretty good job.  (sort of like a self cleaning oven.)
Posted by nikki p


Nikki,  I learned this when I was a teenager living on a dairy farm.  Who knows what
kind of animals were around.  It was a big round charcoal grill so Dad would always
toss it on the grass, but he would always take a brush and water to clean it before
using it again.  I hate to think about it but there was always cats, dogs and chickens
running around! lol lol  We have done this with our little weber while camping when
there is grass!  I have also seen this tip in one of my Amish Cookbooks.  Hubby will
also turn up the heat on our gas grill to clean it!  I have never tried this tip with my
oven racks!!

Re: DID YOU KNOW?

posted at 6/8/2011 7:14 AM EDT
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In Response to Re: DID YOU KNOW? : But first put the flour in the freezer for about a week, to kill anything that might be lingering in the flour.
Posted by Verlee T


Good hint about the flour going into the refrig first. I sometimes put a bay leaf in the flour which is also supposed to prevent bugs. If you took a health course as my children did in high school, you would be a little upset with what the government allows to be in our food to pass inspection and go on our food shelves.

Re: DID YOU KNOW?

posted at 6/8/2011 7:32 AM EDT
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In Response to Re: DID YOU KNOW?:
That turning a store bought pineapple  upside down for 24 to 48 hours before cutting it makes the sweet juices  on the bottom run back to the top sweetening the whole pineapple. A pineapple farmer in Hawaii told my sister that when she was there 10 years ago and it works. I do it everytime I buy one. 
Posted by linda b


Thanks for sharing,no I didn't know.

Re: DID YOU KNOW?

posted at 6/8/2011 8:07 AM EDT
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I knew the egg hint and do store my flour in the freezer all the time.

Re: DID YOU KNOW?

posted at 6/8/2011 9:19 AM EDT
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tHANKS LOVE THE HINTS DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT THE COFFEE GRINDER.

Re: DID YOU KNOW?

posted at 6/8/2011 9:31 AM EDT
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We should have a page where we could print out all of these hints without having to read each one.
  

Re: DID YOU KNOW?

posted at 6/8/2011 10:58 AM EDT
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Any suggestions about the type of plastic container?  My sister keeps her flour in a plastic container with a snap on lid (big name brand, too).  She still found bugs in the flour.  Sure changed our plans for dinner that night.

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 Keep ALL of your dry goods (flour, sugars , etc) in a tight-lid plastic container so insects can't invade.
Posted by Nancy G

Re: DID YOU KNOW?

posted at 6/8/2011 1:01 PM EDT
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Thanks for all the hints They are good and I made a copy to keep them.

Re: DID YOU KNOW?

posted at 6/8/2011 1:42 PM EDT
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Her's a great hint,don't leave plastic bags and paper's within reach of your dog's.I was making my pasta salad and both my little sweetie's tore through a bag that had about 20 other bags in and they schredded them all to bits in the living room. lol lol lol.Surprised I still love them !

Re: DID YOU KNOW?

posted at 6/8/2011 1:51 PM EDT
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i have 2 coffee grinders 1 for coffee beans the second i use for mustard seeds. ground mustard cost so i buy the seeds and  use the coffee grinder i get twice the amount for less money .you can use the grinder for any for the hard herbs  just wipe the grinder out good

Re: DID YOU KNOW?

posted at 6/8/2011 1:56 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: DID YOU KNOW?:
Any suggestions about the type of plastic container?  My sister keeps her flour in a plastic container with a snap on lid (big name brand, too).  She still found bugs in the flour.  Sure changed our plans for dinner that night. In Response to Re: DID YOU KNOW? :
Posted by Jean M
   sometimes you buy the flour with the eggs of the bugs i use a plastic zip loc bag then put it in a plastic conainter

Re: DID YOU KNOW?

posted at 6/8/2011 7:18 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: DID YOU KNOW?:
Any suggestions about the type of plastic container?  My sister keeps her flour in a plastic container with a snap on lid (big name brand, too).  She still found bugs in the flour.  Sure changed our plans for dinner that night. In Response to Re: DID YOU KNOW? :
Posted by Jean M

Jean, the eggs are often in the flour or grain product.  Storage in a plastic container will assure that the bugs don't leave the flour or rice and migrate to another product.  So you are not so much preventing them from getting in as you are preventing them from getting out.
One of the biggest "culprits" is birdseed.  The birdseed is often not heat treated so eggs will survive for some time. 

Re: DID YOU KNOW?

posted at 6/8/2011 8:15 PM EDT
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After using a steel wool soap pad,store in a ziplock sandwich bag and this will prevent it from rusting. Bacteria breeds in moisture to sanitize your dish cloth and sponge place on a small plate and zap in the microwave for a few minutes.Take care before using, it will be very hot.I do this before washing my dishes.

Re: DID YOU KNOW?

posted at 6/9/2011 12:16 AM EDT
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Cold tea, coffee grounds, or egg shells make  a good fertilizer for house plants and act as insecticides, too.

Rubbing alcohol will remove ball point pen ink marks.

Candles chilled for 24 hours in refrigerator will burn longer and will not drip.

Baking soda on a damp cloth will remove grime and grease from glass on oven door.

Re: DID YOU KNOW?

posted at 6/15/2011 4:59 PM EDT
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Marie F, I recalled the baking soda idea the other day while I was trying to clean my stove.  The house I moved into has a stove with a glass cooktop.  It is a bear to clean when something gets spilled and baked on.  The baking soda does the trick without scratching the glass top.
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