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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
  • 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 #280 on: June 15, 2020, 08:21:32 PM »
Also if you dont want your beer to get warm... finish it before it can get there
FTFY  ;D

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« Reply #281 on: June 15, 2020, 08:22:17 PM »
FTFY  ;D
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« Reply #282 on: June 15, 2020, 08:33:55 PM »
Posted bkavana that I would be getting this reply
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« Reply #283 on: June 15, 2020, 08:38:11 PM »
Hmmm, not sure if it qualifies for a hack then
Just as a response of 'interesting' is tantamount to saying "I didn't know that", maybe a 'hack' can mean something that is useful that I didn't know.  That would include a real, yet obscure, purpose of an item.  At worst I would say the straw "hack" qualifies as being a good "hack" vs. a hack.   

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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #284 on: June 15, 2020, 08:38:45 PM »
When you open a can of soda, turn the tab slightly and insert the straw into the gap, like shown. This way the straw won't keep popping out.
Interesting but that is probably because I never seen someone use a straw with a can of pop.
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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #285 on: June 15, 2020, 08:48:42 PM »
Interesting but that is probably because I never seen someone use a straw with a can of pop.
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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #286 on: June 15, 2020, 08:54:24 PM »
When you open a can of soda, turn the tab slightly and insert the straw into the gap, like shown. This way the straw won't keep popping out.

If you are drinking soda with a straw, you may as well just buy a Snapple. It will have about the same amount of carbonation...
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« Reply #287 on: June 15, 2020, 08:55:59 PM »
You need a Rosh Yeshiva for this one
or be on a date.

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« Reply #288 on: June 15, 2020, 08:58:31 PM »
or be on a date.
Ok but dont put the straw through the hole in tab.
Correct me if I'm wrong
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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #289 on: June 15, 2020, 09:32:57 PM »
Quarantine hack:  push a popsicle stick through the foil top of an OJ SunCup, freeze.  "Instant" ices.
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« Reply #290 on: June 15, 2020, 09:33:58 PM »
Quarantine hack:  push a popsicle stick through the foil top of an OJ SunCup, freeze.  "Instant" ices.
Alternatively, open a yogurt just a little bit, insert a plastic spoon at a slant, freeze. "Instant" frozen yogurt (might be more exciting for kids than regular yogurt)
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« Reply #291 on: June 15, 2020, 09:44:32 PM »
What languages are you looking for?

Primarily Hebrew (or Yiddish). I have SwiftKey installed with English and Yiddish. Some modified Latin characters can be typed on the English keyboard by using a long press. Though I am not sure how they decide what to make available and what not.
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« Reply #292 on: June 15, 2020, 09:48:09 PM »
If you are drinking soda with a straw, you may as well just buy a Snapple. It will have about the same amount of carbonation...
What a hack!

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« Reply #293 on: June 16, 2020, 05:06:31 PM »
Not sure if this is well known or not but I just found this out by accident. When using Whatsapp web, type a colon followed by the word that describes the emoji you want and it will bring up the matching emojis. You then use the arrow keys to get to the one you want, hit enter, and the emoji is inserted automatically.
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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #294 on: June 16, 2020, 08:23:13 PM »
Not sure if this is well known or not but I just found this out by accident. When using Whatsapp web, type a colon followed by the word that describes the emoji you want and it will bring up the matching emojis. You then use the arrow keys to get to the one you want, hit enter, and the emoji is inserted automatically.
On that note, when using Whatsapp or Gboard, in the Emojis there is a search and you can search for emojis.
120 characters? Hmm, I wonder what I could write with 64 characters. Boy, it's gonna be hard to use up 15 characters. W-

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« Reply #295 on: June 16, 2020, 08:27:31 PM »
download ditto on your computer to be able to copy many different things and then have a clipboard with recall as opposed to copy paste copy paste

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« Reply #296 on: June 16, 2020, 08:33:57 PM »
download ditto on your computer to be able to copy many different things and then have a clipboard with recall as opposed to copy paste copy paste
Same idea on Android, Gboard has a setting called clipboard.

You have to turn it on in the settings but it's really useful.

It saves anything you copy onto the clipboard for 1 hour.

I use it if I want to copy multiple links from WhatsApp/an article, or if I want to copy a link and a promo code that goes with it (think deals on DDF ).

Saves you going back and forth each thing you copy.
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« Reply #297 on: June 16, 2020, 08:46:43 PM »
If you want to insert a few words of Hebrew or Yiddish into your text, and you haven't yet figured out how to do this in the usual way  :-[, go to Google Translate and input the English word in the English > Hebrew (or Yiddish) translator. You can copy and paste the answer.

If this doesn't get you the word you want,  use the Hebrew > English translator.  In the corner of the Hebrew side, there's a tiny Hebrew keyboard that you can use to spell the word, then copy and paste.

At least this works on the PC, IDK about the phone app.
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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #298 on: June 16, 2020, 08:52:01 PM »
download ditto on your computer to be able to copy many different things and then have a clipboard with recall as opposed to copy paste copy paste

Same idea on Android, Gboard has a setting called clipboard.

You have to turn it on in the settings but it's really useful.

It saves anything you copy onto the clipboard for 1 hour.

I use it if I want to copy multiple links from WhatsApp/an article, or if I want to copy a link and a promo code that goes with it (think deals on DDF ).

Saves you going back and forth each thing you copy.

All the above apps are portals to the built in clipboard.
On many androisd you can hold down cursor when typing and sometimes there will be 3 dots to tap on then tap clipboard.
Samsung phones with edge have a very good clipboard on Quick Tools with categories.
Microsoft word/ office has a built in clipboard
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« Reply #299 on: June 16, 2020, 08:53:17 PM »
I do this all the time, and think every time that there must be a better way.
Did you try installing other languages for the main keyboard? You can then search for on screen keyboard in the start menu or under accessibility settings
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