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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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« Reply #450 on: June 30, 2020, 12:28:00 AM »
@SwellCindy just curious do you also where gloves when cooking or are you willing to touch food then with appropriate hand washing?
Do you wear gloves when setting table as not to touch plates and silverwear? 
I find that fish in a disposable pan will allow the odor to leak into the rest of fridge and prefer a properly sealable container which is dedicated - fish only.
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« Reply #452 on: July 02, 2020, 10:50:20 AM »
Deep Frying Hack:
If you dont want to make any pots dirty and/or you dont know how to control the temp in a pot, you can put oil in to a silver pan and put into the oven at 400` + give it 5-10 min and add ur food.

tried this yesterday and came out great,
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« Reply #453 on: July 02, 2020, 10:55:37 AM »
I have been doing this for years,

if you have a half full back of snack, fold it inwards from the bottom to push up the chips for easy access and you can also use it as a stand so the bag doesn't fall on its side.
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« Reply #454 on: July 02, 2020, 11:11:37 AM »
Deep Frying Hack:
If you dont want to make any pots dirty and/or you dont know how to control the temp in a pot, you can put oil in to a silver pan and put into the oven at 400` + give it 5-10 min and add ur food.

tried this yesterday and came out great,
Great hack!
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« Reply #455 on: July 02, 2020, 11:47:07 AM »
Deep Frying Hack:
If you dont want to make any pots dirty and/or you dont know how to control the temp in a pot, you can put oil in to a silver pan and put into the oven at 400` + give it 5-10 min and add ur food.

tried this yesterday and came out great,

I assume it makes your oven all oil-splashed, though.
Or can you cover the pan?

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« Reply #456 on: July 02, 2020, 11:49:30 AM »
Deep Frying Hack:
If you dont want to make any pots dirty and/or you dont know how to control the temp in a pot, you can put oil in to a silver pan and put into the oven at 400` + give it 5-10 min and add ur food.

tried this yesterday and came out great,
USE EXTREME CAUTION! If the foil pan bends or if the oil sloshes over the edge, you can CH"V be facing serious burns.
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« Reply #457 on: July 02, 2020, 12:03:24 PM »
USE EXTREME CAUTION! If the foil pan bends or if the oil sloshes over the edge, you can CH"V be facing serious burns.
y would you take it off the rack?
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« Reply #458 on: July 02, 2020, 12:04:45 PM »
I assume it makes your oven all oil-splashed,
At 400` it was fine
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« Reply #459 on: July 02, 2020, 12:12:41 PM »
What do you do with the excess oil (stam shailah)

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« Reply #460 on: July 02, 2020, 12:17:56 PM »
What do you do with the excess oil (stam shailah)
i try to save it and use it for the next frying session (lots of flavor)  but wouldn't store it to long
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« Reply #461 on: July 02, 2020, 12:41:48 PM »
What do you do with the excess oil (stam shailah)
Sell it to your local mechanic :D
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« Reply #462 on: July 02, 2020, 12:42:51 PM »
y would you take it off the rack?
You maybe wouldn't, but someone else may. Hence the caution advisory.
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« Reply #463 on: July 02, 2020, 01:30:38 PM »
You maybe wouldn't, but someone else may. Hence the EXTREME caution advisory.
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« Reply #464 on: July 02, 2020, 11:15:35 PM »
Want to play pacman?
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Type on the google search box “google pacman” and press the “I’m feeling lucky” button. You’ll see google home page with pacman themes and you can play the game also.
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