Monday, March 17, 2008

Top Tips each person should know

 got this from Elaine Mae's email..
super useful tips!
galeng galeng uleng!



Did you know?????



Peel a banana from the bottom and you won't have to pick the little "stringy things" off of it. That's how the primates do it.
JO-- doesn't matter to me :p

Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.
JO-- ooooh.. this one i should try!!!

Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!
JO-- oh! this is why cheese bought from supermarkets are contained inside alu foils!

Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating.
Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.
JO-- now i know which ones to buy when i want peppers in salad and peppers during shabu shabu nights

Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the
grease away from the meat while cooking.
JO-- doesn't matter to me also hihihi oil from beef is y-u-m-m-y!!!

To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up.
JO-- i like it better with milk

For a cool brownie treat, make brownies as directed. Melt Andes mints in double broiler and pour over warm brownies. Let set for a wonderful minty frosting.
JO-- hmmm.. i'm not a fan of brownies and i don't have the patience to make them. There's this food stall called "Brownies" hihihihi eh di bili nalang dun! why not poknat?

Add garli c immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic and
at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic.
JO-- yum! garlic! garlic! garlic! uhmmm... butter! butter! butter! hay! kagutom! gusto ko ng fried garlic rice with lotsa buh-ter! yum yum yum!

Leftover snickers bars from Halloween make a delicious dessert. Simple chop them up with the food chopper. Peel, core and slice a few apples. Place them in a baking dish and sprinkle the chopped candy bars over the apples. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes!!! Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream. Yum
JO-- no need na! eat the choco bars as is! yum yum yum!


1. Reheat Pizza
Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, set heat
to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works.
JO-- hihihi overn toaster na lang! easier to prepare! hihihi

2. Easy Deviled Eggs
Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.
JO-- what are these? how come i've never tried this before? kasing tamad ko ba magluto mga tao sa paligid ko????


3. Expanding Frostin g
When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.
JO-- whatever!

4. Reheating refrigerated bread
To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.
JO-- but didn't they say that it's dangerous to out water inside microwave ovens? katakut!

5. Newspaper weeds away
Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet
newspapers, put layers around the plants overlapping as you go cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not get through wet newspapers.
JO-- hay! i gave up on my plants long time ago!

6. Broken Glass
Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you
can't see easily.
JO-- it's easier to use a wet paper towel. You could also do the same to get the hair strands on the floor.

7. No More Mosquitoes
Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.

I wonder if that will work for fleas?


JO-- ayun naman pala! eto ang kelangan ko!!!


8. Squirrel Away!
To keep squirrels from eating your plants sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant and the squirrels won't come near it.
JO-- doesn't apply to our country! kc naman, if ever man may maktang squirrel, for sure, nanenok na yan ng mga kanto boys! :p

9. Flexible vacuum
To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.
JO-- kewl!

10. Reducing Static Cling
Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a
clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and -- ta da! -- static is gone.
JO-- i gotta try this to my favorite dress!!!!

11. Measuring Cups
Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water.
Dump out the hot water, but don't dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.
JO-- oh!

12. Foggy Windshield?
Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car. When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!
JO-- ay onga naman!

13. Reopening envelope
If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two.
Viola! It unseals easily.
JO-- hmmm... smart! but i'll probably just tear it all up and put them inside a new envelope hihihi not unless it's "the" envelope to be used.

14. Conditioner
Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's cheaper than shaving
cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It's also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn't like when you tried it in your hair...
JO-- no leg hair to shave

15. Goodbye Fruit Flies
To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass fill it 1/2" with Apple
Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid, mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!
JO-- a must try din when we have bananas!

16. Get Rid of Ants
Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it
"home," can't digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or s o,
especially if it rains, but it works & you don't have the worry about pets
or small children being harmed!

17. INFO ABOUT CLOTHES DRYERS
The heating unit went out on my dryer! The gentleman that fixes things
around the house for us told us that he wanted to show us something and he went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was clean. (I always clean the lint from the filter after every load clothes.)
He told us that he wanted to show us something; he took the filter over to the sink, ran hot water over it. The lint filter is made of a mesh
material - I'm sure you know what your dryer's lint filter looks like.


Well,...the hot water just sat on top of the mesh! It didn't go through it
at all!

He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh that's what burns out the heating unit.

You can't SEE the film, but it's there. It's what is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free -- that nice fragrance too, you know how they can feel waxy when you take them out of the box, well this stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen.

This is also what causes dryer units to catch fire & potentially burn your house down with it!

He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very long time (& to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out & wash it with hot soapy water & an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months. He said that makes the life of the dryer at least twice as long! How about that!?!

Learn something new everyday!

I certainly didn't know dryer sheets would do that.
So, I thought I'd share!


Note: I went to my dryer & tested my screen by running water on it. The water ran through a little bit but mostly collected all the water in
the mesh screen. I washed it with warm soapy water & a nylon brush & I had it done in 30 seconds.

Then when I rinsed it -- the water ran right thru the screen!

There wasn't any pudding at all!

That repairman knew what he was talking about!
JO-- so cleaning the lint after every load isn't enough?! now i know! gotta tell this to my auntie!!

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