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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 #405 on: June 23, 2020, 04:01:16 PM »
Sorry, I just fixed the original post.
Gotcha, been there done that:)

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« Reply #406 on: June 23, 2020, 04:12:39 PM »
+1
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(Pro tip: a drop of soap in the solution breaks the surface tension and makes them drown)
I know Google recommends that, but then you miss out on watching them through the entire life cycle. They eventually die either way.

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« Reply #407 on: June 23, 2020, 04:18:53 PM »
I know Google recommends that, but then you miss out on watching them through the entire life cycle. They eventually die either way.
Alright I'll edit:
For all those looking for a fruit fly aquarium, please leave out the soap.

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« Reply #408 on: June 23, 2020, 04:38:59 PM »
Alright I'll edit:
For all those looking for a fruit fly aquarium, please leave out the soap.
:D Perfect edit!

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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #409 on: June 23, 2020, 07:37:47 PM »
on the topic of tradition soup. I wouldn't recommend eating it, but for those that do eat it.
If you struggle to eat the long noodles, just try squeezing the cup BEFORE pouring in the hot water.
What a life saver!! My kids can finally eat them normally...

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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #410 on: June 23, 2020, 11:47:41 PM »
windows + L to switch users
Windows + E opens explorer (default loads to libraries but can be changed to load my PC)
Windows + X will show a list of useful things that can be accessed by one letter (example windows + x then k will open disk management)

There's more, but these I use most often.
I forget to mention one of the most underrated / unknown features, windows key + H, try it out and you'll know what i mean

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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #411 on: June 24, 2020, 12:47:28 AM »
More precisely for laptop specific use, clicking both the right and left click buttons will do the trick.
On that note:
windows + L to switch users
Windows + E opens explorer (default loads to libraries but can be changed to load my PC)
Windows + X will show a list of useful things that can be accessed by one letter (example windows + x then k will open disk management)

There's more, but these I use most often.

For Mac - I survive on keyboard shortcuts

Command q - quit program
Command w - close window
Command h - hide current app
Command tab - toggle through apps, hit the tilde symbol above tab to move in other direction
Command + number - change to browser tab #
Control + tab - switch  to next tab
Command + tilde - switch to next window in same app
Command + n - new window
Command + shift + n - new folder

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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #412 on: June 24, 2020, 09:51:50 AM »
on the topic of tradition soup. I wouldn't recommend eating it, but for those that do eat it.
If you struggle to eat the long noodles, just try squeezing the cup BEFORE pouring in the hot water.
Can you elaborate? My kids have this issue. Squeeze the cup? won't it crack?

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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #413 on: June 24, 2020, 09:57:30 AM »
Can you elaborate? My kids have this issue. Squeeze the cup? won't it crack?
Iím guessing he means to push down on the noodles to crack them before putting in water. Never tried but sounds like a good idea

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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #414 on: June 24, 2020, 10:29:27 AM »
Can you elaborate? My kids have this issue. Squeeze the cup? won't it crack?
The Gefen ones have pretty thick cups so if you squeeze it a little you won't crack the whole cup. Obviously dont squeeze the cup to a pulp but squeeze it enough on all sides and you will crack a lot of the noodles

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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #415 on: June 24, 2020, 10:50:30 AM »
The Gefen ones have pretty thick cups so if you squeeze it a little you won't crack the whole cup. Obviously dont squeeze the cup to a pulp but squeeze it enough on all sides and you will crack a lot of the noodles
And this also helps you get rid of pen-marks on your fingers when you start putting in the hot water and it seeps through the cracks in the cup...
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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #416 on: June 24, 2020, 01:44:06 PM »
If you have a mostly empty container ( mayo, PB, etc..) lay it down on its side and spin it, it should bring it all to the top.
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« Reply #417 on: June 24, 2020, 07:35:16 PM »
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« Reply #418 on: June 25, 2020, 01:35:57 PM »
Wash your glasses with soap and air dry, to add a fog preventing layer on them. Especially useful for wearing masks!
(You can in addition pull the mask up higher and put you glasses above the mask)

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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #419 on: June 25, 2020, 03:42:20 PM »
If you have a mostly empty container ( mayo, PB, etc..) lay it down on its side and spin it, it should bring it all to the top.

We just make sure the cover is sealed tightly, then shake downwards strongly 2-3 times - stuff slides right out.