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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 #330 on: June 18, 2020, 11:33:23 AM »
Never have such issues eating watermelon using a knife and fork.
Spoon works too
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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #331 on: June 18, 2020, 11:37:51 AM »
Spoon works too

Not as well, watermelon isn't soft ice-cream to be scooped and will require more counter support than using a knife and fork..
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« Reply #332 on: June 18, 2020, 11:38:28 AM »
Not as well, watermelon isn't soft ice-cream to be scooped.
Use it like a knife but with 2 sides so you can get a piece with one cut.
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« Reply #333 on: June 18, 2020, 10:48:17 PM »
Enlarge one of the drawer holes to make it 1/16" closer to the other hole.  The handle would now be able to be screwed into place, but the handle on that one side would be wobbly inside of the hole that is now too big so....insert a wooden match in the drawer hole (yes, wood glue will help, but not essential) and NOW screw in the handle. A piece of a skewer will also work.
Sounds like a nice idea, but I don't think I want to be making holes in a rental. Any idea if there's a type of glue or something that could work to attach the handle, instead of screwing it in?
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« Reply #334 on: June 18, 2020, 10:55:01 PM »
When eating a piece of watermellon you always get your cheek all wet when you get closer to the bottom by the green part. I always cut the corners of the peel leaving just the center of the peel part to hold and that way you dont get dirty at all when you get to the bottom.
Remove peel first especially for guest.  ;)
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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #335 on: June 18, 2020, 10:59:09 PM »
Sounds like a nice idea, but I don't think I want to be making holes in a rental. Any idea if there's a type of glue or something that could work to attach the handle, instead of screwing it in?

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« Reply #336 on: June 18, 2020, 11:35:13 PM »
Sounds like a nice idea, but I don't think I want to be making holes in a rental. Any idea if there's a type of glue or something that could work to attach the handle, instead of screwing it in?
Another sort of out of the box, but very doable idea:  cut a straight piece of wire hanger so that one end will fit into the length of the handle, bend it 90 degrees, for 1/16" or so on the outside of the drawer, then another 90 degree bend so it can go through the drawer hole, then another 90 degree bend towards the direction of the handle to secure it on the inside of the drawer.  The force of a pull on the handle may bend the wire out of shape (you'll have to try it) so you may want to glue the bent hanger piece (or possible blue tack or glue dot it) to the drawer.

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« Reply #337 on: June 18, 2020, 11:45:35 PM »
Another sort of out of the box, but very doable idea:  cut a straight piece of wire hanger so that one end will fit into the length of the handle, bend it 90 degrees, for 1/16" or so on the outside of the drawer, then another 90 degree bend so it can go through the drawer hole, then another 90 degree bend towards the direction of the handle to secure it on the inside of the drawer.  The force of a pull on the handle may bend the wire out of shape (you'll have to try it) so you may want to glue the bent hanger piece (or possible blue tack or glue dot it) to the drawer.
The problem is that since the hole is only a drop off where it needs to be, I think the handle will just slide right off the handle as soon as it gets a little tug.
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« Reply #338 on: June 19, 2020, 12:31:09 AM »
The problem is that since the hole is only a drop off where it needs to be, I think the handle will just slide right off the handle as soon as it gets a little tug.
It most likely will.  I'd gorillaglue the hanger end inside and then wedge in a wooden match or two.

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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #339 on: June 19, 2020, 01:01:10 AM »
This is a great topic! Iím surprised itís not holding by 100 replies already.
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« Reply #340 on: June 19, 2020, 06:34:35 AM »
Apparently you can take liquids through security as long as they are frozen. Great way to take a drink for your trip without over paying after security.
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« Reply #341 on: June 19, 2020, 09:46:38 AM »
Apparently you can take liquids through security as long as they are frozen. Great way to take a drink for your trip without over paying after security.
thats like the 100th post saying this idea. but i'll give it a like for your persistence  :)
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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #342 on: June 19, 2020, 11:49:03 AM »
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.

We do the same ;D
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« Reply #343 on: June 19, 2020, 11:50:03 AM »
Oh try telling that to my wife ;D

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« Reply #344 on: June 19, 2020, 11:54:10 AM »
To warm up pizza and get the best crust, heat up a skillet throw the slice in for a few min... :P :P :P
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