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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 #420 on: June 25, 2020, 03:50:29 PM »
We just make sure the cover is sealed tightly, then shake downwards strongly 2-3 times - stuff slides right out.
Ummmm no sir.
As the world can attest, that does not work.
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« Reply #421 on: June 25, 2020, 03:53:16 PM »
I open a banana like a monkey.. I dont break off the top.. I use 4 fingers to pinch the bottom open

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« Reply #422 on: June 25, 2020, 03:59:45 PM »
We just make sure the cover is sealed tightly, then shake downwards strongly 2-3 times - stuff slides right out.
I think he may be talking about those big jars.

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« Reply #423 on: June 25, 2020, 05:11:00 PM »
I open a banana like a monkey.. I dont break off the top.. I use 4 fingers to pinch the bottom open
but you must also know how a duck opens bananas..  :P
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« Reply #424 on: June 25, 2020, 06:22:11 PM »
Too much fruit with the kid lunch program?  ;)

I just take a jar with a half cup or so of apple cider vinegar (or apple juice), cover it with a piece of plastic wrap held in place with a rubberband, then make holes with a toothpick (large enough for the flies to fly in).  These are dumb insects.  They usually can not find their way out.  Really cool if your jar is glass and you have the stomach for and can watch their entire lifecycle (just over a week).  Let me know how it works for you.

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« Reply #425 on: June 25, 2020, 06:41:46 PM »
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« Reply #426 on: June 25, 2020, 11:56:14 PM »
Tzaar baalei Chaim much?
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« Reply #427 on: June 26, 2020, 01:57:33 AM »
I open a banana like a monkey.. I dont break off the top.. I use 4 fingers to pinch the bottom open
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« Reply #428 on: June 28, 2020, 11:22:16 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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« Reply #429 on: June 28, 2020, 11:23:22 PM »

goes well with this (but here we are going off topic)

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« Reply #430 on: June 29, 2020, 01:43:19 AM »
- Serving & Refrigerating Shabbos Fish -

1 - Always wear disposable gloves when serving, so
a- can directly touch food to 'plate it' nicer / easier
b- hands don't get sticky & don't need to use so many napkins to clean them / don't need to keep washing hands (preventing dry skin)

2 - When storing over Shabbos, use only disposable pans. Not worth storing in a reusable container - washing, removing odor, etc. For a few cents every week, the pan can be tossed in the garbage and no hassle involved.

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« Reply #431 on: June 29, 2020, 01:49:51 AM »
Whoever posted here (can't find it now) the hack for screenshots - using the Windows-Shift-S keys - thank you! I started using it, and it's great! I also love the editing pane that you can open after taking the screenshot.
Is there a clever way to solicit likes without sounding like a classless wannabee?

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« Reply #432 on: June 29, 2020, 10:05:45 AM »
- Serving & Refrigerating Shabbos Fish -

1 - Always wear disposable gloves when serving, so
a- can directly touch food to 'plate it' nicer / easier
b- hands don't get sticky & don't need to use so many napkins to clean them / don't need to keep washing hands (preventing dry skin)

2 - When storing over Shabbos, use only disposable pans. Not worth storing in a reusable container - washing, removing odor, etc. For a few cents every week, the pan can be tossed in the garbage and no hassle involved.
This comes in clutch for BBQ especially at a park where you might not have a sink nearby
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« Reply #433 on: June 29, 2020, 11:27:55 AM »
Like reading jokes? Request Kindle samples of joke books from Amazon. You get to read a few chapters of each, and you don't get left in middle of a story like a regular book.

I did this with Uncle John's Bathroom Readers. I read more than a book's worth of content for free, just by requesting samples of all the books.
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« Reply #434 on: June 29, 2020, 01:16:37 PM »
Whoever posted here (can't find it now) the hack for screenshots - using the Windows-Shift-S keys - thank you! I started using it, and it's great! I also love the editing pane that you can open after taking the screenshot.
Is this much different from hitting the Print Screen button to save a screenshot to the clipboard?
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