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Food:
  • If you get a piece of eggshell in with the eggs while cracking them, use the other half of the eggshell to fish it out instead of trying to use your fingers or anything else.
  • If you want to separate the yolk from the white, take an empty clean water bottle, squeeze the bottle, place the mouth over the yolk and slowly release the bottle. The yolk will get sucked up into the bottle with minimal/no white.
  • When boiling eggs, add 1/4 teaspoon baking soda to the water. Makes them really easy to peel and doesn't affect the taste.
  • If you have a room temperature bottle (and esp can) that you want to get cold fast, wrap a wet paper towel around it and put it in the freezer. It'll be ice cold pretty quickly.
  • Microwave rice from TJ's
  • Open a can of corn,put salt pepper and cheese on top, microwave or oven it (super easy lunch)
  • 2 slices of old pizza from the fridge, lay them cheese sides on top of each other and put them in a sandwich maker. Instant calzone.
  • For chulent of course.. Using only navy beans, chulent mix a big no no.
  • If you're going to freeze ground beef, put it in a gallon ziploc and squeeze/spread it flat to fill the bag. You can stack them in the freezer and it'll defrost much faster (without the outside spoiling while the inside is still frozen).
  • To easily melt a small amount of chocolate / butter, put it in a ziploc bag and put that into a mug of hot water for a few minutes. No mess! You can cut a hole in the corner to pipe chocolate too.
  • Shredded cheese lasts longer in the freezer, but will clump up, before freezing add a little bit of cornstarch (1tbs) and shake vigorously. The pieces will stay separate and it'll be easy to use.
  • To cool down baby food without blowing at it (which may add your bacteria to the food) wave your hand at it.
Travel:
  • If you want a hot meal on any plane, bring a tradition soup or oatmeal packet and use the free hot water they offer with tea. Great for traveling in general.
  • Before you go on a long flight, freeze a JJ cappuccino.  If it's frozen they let it on the plane. Once you get up from your nap on the plane there is nothing as refreshing as an iced cappuccino. It should still be freezing but not frozen.
  • When packing a suitcase, put your socks inside your shoes. It will save a little space and stop your shoes from getting crushed.
  • The aisle seat armrest usually has a little button underneath by the hinge that allows you to lift it. Makes it much easier to get in and out of your seat, especially if your tray table is open with stuff on it.
  • When we go on trips My wife packs the childrens clothing in individual ziplocs for each day of our trip. Like that she doesn't have to look for all the matching stuff.
Computers:
  • You can open links a in new tab by clicking with the scroll wheel.

    Quickly toggle between tabs.

    1) Excel and most internet browsers: Ctrl + PgUp/Dn
    2) Google Sheets: Ctrl + Shift + PgUpDn
    3) chrome: control-tab / control-shift-tab
alternatively ctrl+number tab from left
   
  • Widows+V will open up your clipboard with all recent stuff copied.
Every day/Home:
  • If you are drilling into a wall, open an envelope and tape the flap to the wall under where you are drilling and it catches all the plaster/dust that comes out. Makes cleanup after a small drilling a breeze
  • Open glass jars with rubber gloves, Or a rubber band around the lid.
  • When you first open a bottle of soda or seltzer or pop, begin by slowly turning the cap one-quarter turn and wait about 10 seconds, watching for the small bubbles to slow down, and listening as the sssst of escaping gas gets quieter.  Then turn another 1/4 turn, and wait another 10 seconds till it quiets down.
  • If you get chewing gum on your clothes, put the clothes in the freezer for a bit, it will be much easier to remove the gum afterwards.
Stores:

  • Check out at the pharmacy in the grocery store when the regular lines are long.
Perscriptions:

  • GoodRX.com, even for meds that are covered. My insurance can have a $15 copay, but coupon from GoodRX gets me the medication for $7. When insurance doesn't cover the medication, it's a fraction of the cost. I've seen discounts of 90%
Holidays:
  • After Yom Tov, especially Pesach, make a spreadsheet. What on the menu went over well with guests and kids. What did you run short on and need to have more next time around. What did you way overbuy on. That way there is no need to reinvent the wheel next year.

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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #1160 on: June 21, 2023, 03:27:57 PM »
If you want a glass of cold water and you don't have any in the fridge or ice in the freezer:
Fill up a cup and stir with a few freeze-pops.


(You can also do this for other drinks, just rinse before putting the ices back)
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« Reply #1161 on: June 21, 2023, 03:51:37 PM »
If you want to say something that might be taken offensively, just preface your statement with something like, "No offense, but...". That way, the person knows you are a kind, thoughtful person, and the jerk will be more likely to listen to you.

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« Reply #1162 on: June 21, 2023, 07:25:15 PM »
If you want to say something that might be taken offensively, just preface your statement with something like, "No offense, but...". That way, the person knows you are a kind, thoughtful person, and the jerk will be more likely to listen to you.
The work "hacks" in the thread title means a clever shortcut, not the thing a person can do to murder another. Just clarifying.

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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #1163 on: July 04, 2023, 06:18:24 PM »
Take two paper straws, and save the second for when the first one dissolves.

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« Reply #1164 on: July 04, 2023, 08:10:14 PM »
Take two paper straws, and save the second for when the first one dissolves.
Workflowy. You won't know what you're missing until you try it.

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« Reply #1165 on: July 04, 2023, 10:40:21 PM »
Not sure if this qualifies, but unclaimed funds. Check your name and your family, in any states you've lived in.

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« Reply #1166 on: July 04, 2023, 10:42:50 PM »
Not sure if this qualifies, but unclaimed funds. Check your name and your family, in any states you've lived in.
https://missingmoney.com/ will search all states for you
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« Reply #1167 on: July 04, 2023, 10:47:54 PM »
Got excited by it when I got a relative to do it, and they got over $2k. Since then, a few nice finds, as well.

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« Reply #1168 on: July 04, 2023, 10:48:43 PM »
Got excited by it when I got a relative to do it, and they got over $2k. Since then, a few nice finds, as well.
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« Reply #1169 on: July 04, 2023, 11:17:43 PM »
I once checked for myself (and checked again now) I have some money from doing jury duty. I by mistake filled out the form wrong and they ended paying me for it. They sent me a check but I never cashed it since I didn't qualify for it. So it's still sitting there now.
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« Reply #1170 on: July 05, 2023, 12:00:03 AM »
Just checked a bunch of people's names that I know, and found three. No idea how much it is.

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« Reply #1171 on: July 05, 2023, 12:03:35 AM »
What is the process of actually getting the money? Has to be worth the effort.

If anybody has done it, I would appreciate.

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« Reply #1172 on: July 05, 2023, 05:31:25 AM »
Yerushalayim observation:
Sharei Harevacha shopping bags cost about a quarter of the cost of garbage bags. They are also nearly as big as garbage bags.
Now I know they don't have exactly the same shape and usage (especially with bins), but I find it cool. (Ever since the government makes us pay for them, they don't care how many we buy.)
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« Reply #1173 on: July 05, 2023, 08:14:09 AM »
What is the process of actually getting the money? Has to be worth the effort.

If anybody has done it, I would appreciate.

It depends on the state, but it usually is pretty easy.

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« Reply #1174 on: July 05, 2023, 10:29:46 AM »
What is the process of actually getting the money? Has to be worth the effort.

If anybody has done it, I would appreciate.

If you use the same address, you can do it in less than a minute - you put in your SSN, address, contact info, you're done.

If you can't use that address anymore, it becomes a bit more involved, I think you may need to send proof that you used to live at the address they have listed.

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« Reply #1175 on: July 06, 2023, 01:05:26 AM »
What is stopping it now? Is it by the red dots, rubbing against the bar (which should hold up, unless it gets too light)
Seems like it reduces the unrolling by half even when it's lighter. That's a very significant improvement.
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« Reply #1176 on: July 06, 2023, 01:38:09 AM »
Want your schnitzel/nuggets tender and soft like the great restaurants have? Toss baking soda on both sides of the cutlets and keep marinated for 20 min, then rinse well and tap dry with paper towel. A game changer!

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« Reply #1177 on: July 06, 2023, 09:27:18 AM »
Want your schnitzel/nuggets tender and soft like the great restaurants have? Toss baking soda on both sides of the cutlets and keep marinated for 20 min, then rinse well and tap dry with paper towel. A game changer!
the technique is called "velveting", here's an online link:
  http://www.thejoykitchen.com/joy-community/velveting-chicken-you-get-chinese-take-out
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« Reply #1178 on: July 06, 2023, 09:32:13 AM »
Keep avocados fresh by keeping them in water in the fridge.

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« Reply #1179 on: July 06, 2023, 09:56:13 AM »
Keep avocados fresh by keeping them in water in the fridge.

Is storing avocados in water safe?
To be clear, the answer to this question is a definite NO an opinion shared widely by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after the avocado storage hack began trending on social media. https://health.clevelandclinic.org/how-to-store-avocados-safely/