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Yesterday I bought three new plastic food containers .I soaked them in hot soapy water but it still left the gummy glue on the plastic.I didn't want to use nail polish remover or alcohol or scrape wit
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HELPFUL HINTS!

posted at 9/25/2011 10:13 AM EDT
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Yesterday I bought three new plastic food containers .I soaked them in hot soapy water but it still left the gummy glue on the plastic.I didn't want to use nail polish remover or alcohol or scrape with anything sharp. I did a little research and I thought I would share this bit of info: I sprayed on cooking spray over the gummy area and let it sit for a moment,I took a paper towel and started rubbing in a circular motion and the glue came right off.I washed again in hot soapy water.If you have a helpful hint please share and post here.

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posted at 9/25/2011 10:33 AM EDT
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thanks for the tip

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posted at 9/25/2011 11:21 AM EDT
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oh i don't use cooking spray
My mom always taught me it is not good for you health.....i use oil instead


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posted at 9/25/2011 11:36 AM EDT
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i make pasta sauce for 6 weeks dinners and freeze them in plastic containers and spray them with cooking spray so there isn't and stain on the plastec containers

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posted at 9/25/2011 11:42 AM EDT
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In Response to Re: HELPFUL HINTS!:
i make pasta sauce for 6 weeks dinners and freeze them in plastic containers and spray them with cooking spray so there isn't and stain on the plastec containers
Posted by Millie B


Thanks for the tip Millie B.,This is good to know.

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posted at 9/25/2011 12:19 PM EDT
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I just went in my vegetable crisper and my celery is limp.No need to throw it out I just cut off the base and put the stalks in a glass of water and put it in the fridge and in awhile it will be very crisp and ready to use.This is true for fresh herbs also.Happy cooking and baking !

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posted at 9/25/2011 12:50 PM EDT
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I just went in my vegetable crisper and my celery is limp.No need to throw it out I just cut off the base and put the stalks in a glass and put it in the fridge and in awhile it will be very crisp and ready to use.This is true for fresh herbs also.Happy cooking and baking !
Posted by gale g


Gale, I think you meant to say "glass of water", right? I do this and it does work.

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posted at 9/25/2011 12:53 PM EDT
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Thanks for all your hints, Gale!

Another good way to get rid of gummy things, and even oil marks, etc., is a product called De-Solv-It. It is safe and biodegradable.

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posted at 9/25/2011 1:24 PM EDT
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i make pasta sauce for 6 weeks dinners and freeze them in plastic containers and spray them with cooking spray so there isn't and stain on the plastec containers
Posted by Millie B


I also make my spaghetti sauce way ahead of time......I don't like cooking spray, so I bought some red Rubbermaid containers.  That eliminates the stain factor.  I keep those containers just for pasta sauces.
 

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posted at 9/25/2011 2:05 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: HELPFUL HINTS! : Gale, I think you meant to say "glass of water", right? I do this and it does work.
Posted by Verlee T

 Hi Verlee,I did thanks for catching that, I fixed itEmbarassed Sometimes my mind and hand don't work together.

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posted at 9/25/2011 2:08 PM EDT
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Thanks for all your hints, Gale! Another good way to get rid of gummy things, and even oil marks, etc., is a product called De-Solv-It. It is safe and biodegradable.
Posted by Verlee T


Thanks Verlee,for the info.It really makes you wonder what is in cooking spray.Undecided ???

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posted at 9/25/2011 2:19 PM EDT
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I also make pasta sauce ahead of time but store it in glass containers not plastic

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posted at 9/25/2011 2:50 PM EDT
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Thanks for all the good hints. I have used the celery one and it really works.

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posted at 9/25/2011 5:55 PM EDT
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GRANA  here; Thanks  for  the( new to me) helpful hintKiss
I bught three new plastic food containers .I soaked them in hot soapy water but it still left the gummy glue on the plastic.I didn't want to use nail polish remover or alcohol or scrape with anything sharp. I did a little research and I thought I would share this bit of info: I sprayed on cooking spray over the gummy area and let it sit for a moment,I took a paper towel and started rubbing in a circular motion and the glue came right off.I washed again in hot soapy water.If you have a helpful hint please share and post here.
Posted by gale g[/QUOTE]

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posted at 9/25/2011 5:58 PM EDT
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GRANA here; Using  red containers also makes it easier  to locate the  sauce in the freezer; rather than looking at/ for labelsWink

also make my spaghetti sauce way ahead of time......I don't like cooking spray, so I bought some red Rubbermaid containers.  That eliminates the stain factor.  I keep those containers just for pasta sauces.  
Posted by Darla M[/QUOTE]

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posted at 9/25/2011 6:04 PM EDT
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GRANA here;I use baking  soda on a damp sponge, abrasive noughbutwon'tdamage most containers.
.I soaked them in hot soapy water but it still left the gummy glue on the plastic.I didn't want to use nail polish remover or alcohol or scrape with anything sharp. I did a little research and I thought I would share this bit of info: I sprayed on cooking spray over the gummy area and let it sit for a moment,I took a paper towel and started rubbing in a circular motion and the glue came right off.I washed again in hot soapy water.If you have a helpful hint please share and post here.
Posted by gale g[/QUOTE]

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posted at 9/25/2011 6:49 PM EDT
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GRANA here;I also pkg ground beef in 4OZ patties ( 1/2 cup packed firmly) whenI get homefrom the store; hubby puts away the perishables, so I have time to do this. These patties thaw faster for browning meat to use in dishes & I can quickly & easily( no messy hands), make BIG brgers, whenever he wants burgers.
?Need more mea for yourrecipe; thaw 2p patties for 1/2 # or patties for a full #.
To make patties, fill 1/2cup measure w/ firmly packed ground meat, press into patty shapes o f even thickness on lids from cottage cheese containers; werap in plastic wrap & freeze in zip top bags.
A little time spent on this one day will save you much time in the weeks to come; deffinitely worth it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Cool

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posted at 9/25/2011 10:38 PM EDT
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I keep large amounts of - you guessed it - cookies in the freezer.  I just pile them in a Zip Loc freezer bag and remove all possible air.

I keep bags of pecans and chocolate chips in the freezer too.  I just toss those in because they will be used soon.  I use a BIG marker to write the expiration date on each bag so I use the oldest one first.

I keep a stockpile butter in the freezer stacked so I use the oldest first

I wish I could find a way to freeze eggs.

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posted at 9/26/2011 12:08 PM EDT
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You can store your used steelwool soap pad in a zip lock bag or air tight container and that will add to it's life and won't rust.

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posted at 9/26/2011 12:54 PM EDT
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http://www.stilltasty.com/

Hi Nancy ,you can freeze milk and eggs and a lot of other things too just follow the link and it will tell you how to store your perishables and expiration dates.I have saved this in my favorites and refer to it often.
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