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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 #360 on: June 20, 2020, 10:27:52 PM »
The best way (IMNSHO) to cook rice is in the oven!

I put 2 cups rice, some oil, soy sauce, and soup mix powder and I add 4 cups boiling water in the 9 x 13, cover it with foil and bake on 350F for 1 hour.

No sticky rice, no dry rice, no mixing, and no pot with rice stuck to it to clean!

If you make rice any other way, try this way and see the difference.

Quantities can be adjusted, just double the ratio of water to rice.
If you want plain white rice you can do it in the oven too. One part rice to two parts water in a 9x13, add some oil and salt (same amounts as you would in a pot). Cover and bake for an hour at 350.
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« Reply #361 on: June 20, 2020, 10:53:25 PM »
I'll see your instant pot and raise you a second monitor for work
Why stop at 2?

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« Reply #362 on: June 20, 2020, 10:55:13 PM »
Why stop at 2?
i dont have a second hdmi cable
although there is wireless connections options out there. youre right in theory
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« Reply #363 on: June 20, 2020, 11:28:51 PM »
i dont have a second hdmi cable
although there is wireless connections options out there. youre right in theory
You can buy an adapter or dock that lets you plug in more than one monitor. That's what I have :)
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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #365 on: June 21, 2020, 12:06:02 PM »
If you want plain white rice you can do it in the oven too. One part rice to two parts water in a 9x13, add some oil and salt (same amounts as you would in a pot). Cover and bake for an hour at 350.
I've mixed a can of mushrooms (including its liquid) into 2 cups rice and 4 cups (not boiling) water.
9 x 13 covered at 350 F for an hour.

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« Reply #366 on: June 21, 2020, 12:41:45 PM »
The best way (IMNSHO) to cook rice is in the oven!

I put 2 cups rice, some oil, soy sauce, and soup mix powder and I add 4 cups boiling water in the 9 x 13, cover it with foil and bake on 350F for 1 hour.

No sticky rice, no dry rice, no mixing, and no pot with rice stuck to it to clean!

If you make rice any other way, try this way and see the difference.

Quantities can be adjusted, just double the ratio of water to rice.
bake the chicken over the raw rice in the pan

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« Reply #367 on: June 21, 2020, 01:05:32 PM »
Opening a 12 pack of sodas, instead of grabbing inside for each can. Open both sides, push out all the cans from the other side. You can also do this straight into the fridge.

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« Reply #368 on: June 21, 2020, 01:17:06 PM »
If you are cooking hard boiled eggs and don't want to confuse them with your raw eggs, add some onion peels and they will turn brown.
I know someone who always put onion peels in when she boiled eggs, as that was her mother's "minhag". Turns out it was just for this
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« Reply #369 on: June 21, 2020, 01:19:07 PM »
Opening a 12 pack of sodas, instead of grabbing inside for each can. Open both sides, push out all the cans from the other side. You can also do this straight into the fridge.
I've personally done this many times. Works great!
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« Reply #370 on: June 21, 2020, 01:33:08 PM »
If you need to move a washing machine or other heavy appliance, spray some windex around its feet, you will be able to slide it with almost no effort (shown to me by my plumber, and fully appreciated and adopted by my appliance repair guy when I showed it to him).
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« Reply #371 on: June 21, 2020, 01:39:11 PM »
Maybe this is more of a deal?:)
If you want prime just for the shipping and you don't need the streaming services etc., Get business prime, it's $70 a year instead.
Didn't do it, but don't see why it wouldn't work.
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Maybe this is more of a deal?:)
If you want prime just for the shipping and you don't need the streaming services etc., Get business prime, it's $70 a year instead.
Didn't do it, but don't see why it wouldn't work.

Can it be shared across accounts? Any drawback?
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« Reply #374 on: June 21, 2020, 02:17:33 PM »
I've mixed a can of mushrooms (including its liquid) into 2 cups rice and 4 cups (not boiling) water.
9 x 13 covered at 350 F for an hour.
yup I do that too, also add a little margarine and onion soup mix
bake the chicken over the raw rice in the pan
same!
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