Some of these may be old hat to you while others may be new. I learned a few new tricks.
- If the juice from a pie runs over in the oven, shake some salt on it which causes the juice to burn to a crisp so it can be removed.
- To prevent a one crust pie shell from shrinking, make a little tuck across the middle of the crust when fitting it in the pan.
- When an egg white is beaten, adding 1 tablespoon cold water to it will increase the bulk considerably.
- Juice saved from cooking a sausage makes an excellent base or broth for vegetable soup.
- Cauliflower cooked in water with a little vinegar or lemon juice will keep it snowy white.
- Cutting marshmallows may be simplified by dipping scissors in powdered sugar after each cut.
- Tough meat can be tenderized without affecting the flavor by the addition of several drops of vinegar while cooking.
- Onion odor may be removed from your hands by rubbing the hands with damp salt.
- Add a teaspoon of vinegar to frosting to prevent breaking when cut.
- To take odor out of Tupperware, stuff with newspaper and cover for a while.
- Potatoes soaked in salt water for 20 minutes before baking will bake more rapidly.
- When making cake icing or candy consisting of milk or cream and sugar, add 1 teaspoon of ordinary table syrup for each cup of sugar used. Boil in the usual way. Your finished product will be much smoother and not so apt to become sugary.
- A tablespoon of ammonia added to the final rinse water will keep most blankets fluffy after laundering.
- When making refrigerator or rolled cookies, keep them crisp by sprinkling with crushed peanut brittle while still hot from the oven. The brittle melts slightly giving the cookies a delightful topping.
- Dark corn syrup removes grass stains. Pour the syrup full strength on the stain and let it stand for a few minutes, then wash as usual.
- Use leftover suntan oil as a moisturizer to keep your skin soft and smooth in cold weather.
- To clean a canvas handbag, don’t wash it. Use dry baking soda, rubbing it on with a small brush. Soil will come off easily.
- Spraying shaving cream directly on a wood tick will make it let go.
- Liquid floor wax will preserve those autumn leaves that are so colorful. Pour the wax in a flat dish, dip the leaves, than hang or set them aside to dry.
- Vinegar removes fruit stains from your hands.
Household Hints – Part 2 to come later.
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