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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 #75 on: June 10, 2020, 11:49:53 PM »
Try it
Don't have to, I have science 😏
All kidding aside, I'm sure it will help a little to heat up whatever pan you are using, it just won't work nearly as well as a baking stone or baking steel will. Cast iron is a great alternative if you don't want to buy a baking stone.
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« Reply #76 on: June 10, 2020, 11:51:03 PM »
So how does one get the raw pizza on to the fiery hot Pizza stone?
Best way is with a pizza peel obviously but if you don't have one you can use a cutting board or something, just put some cornmeal or flour on top before you put the dough on it so it slides off easily.
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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #77 on: June 11, 2020, 12:00:19 AM »
Yep, can't really get anywhere close to a real pizza oven without at least a stone, a pizza steel is even better.
A betty crocker does the job for me.

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« Reply #78 on: June 11, 2020, 12:21:15 AM »
A betty crocker does the job for me.
I didn't know she was turned into a cooking vessel but cool.
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« Reply #79 on: June 11, 2020, 12:26:18 AM »
So how does one get the raw pizza on to the fiery hot Pizza stone?
With foil which can stay between
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« Reply #80 on: June 11, 2020, 12:30:51 AM »
I didn't know she was turned into a cooking vessel but cool.
You need to get out more.

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« Reply #81 on: June 11, 2020, 12:32:40 AM »
I use a pizza stone in my oven.  Get crispy through and through

If you use a pizza stone, make sure to pre-heat the stone before you put the pizza on it. Otherwise it won't cook evenly. (Doughy inside with scorched top)
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« Reply #82 on: June 11, 2020, 01:59:30 AM »
Yep, life is better when you shred your own cheese. I'm still guilty of buying pre-shredded cheese though, it's too convenient.
I used to shred my own, but they keep selling the shredded packages for the same price per pound.  Why do the work?


As far as freezing together, I try to take it out a few minutes before I actually  need it.  I freeze it flat and bang it into the edge of my counter and pieces loosen.

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« Reply #83 on: June 11, 2020, 02:35:55 AM »
You need to get out more.
You do realize that there is a lot of different types of cookware with the Betty Crocker name on it right? Saying you use a Betty Crocker is like saying you use an Analon, Cuisinart, or Calphalon; wonderful to hear, but not giving any information about what you're actually using to bake.
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« Reply #84 on: June 11, 2020, 02:37:24 AM »
I used to shred my own, but they keep selling the shredded packages for the same price per pound.  Why do the work?
Have you been following along? The reason to shred your own is to avoid the starch which is present in basically all pre-shredded cheese.
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« Reply #85 on: June 11, 2020, 04:24:51 AM »
Have you been following along? The reason to shred your own is to avoid the starch which is present in basically all pre-shredded cheese.
I have followed.  I never knew about the starch.  In lasagna, eggs, and lots of other foods, I don't have a problem.  In mac and cheese, the cheese sometimes clumps but I don't find it that bad and I didn't know it may be avoidable.

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« Reply #86 on: June 11, 2020, 07:24:42 AM »
When packing for a trip you can make it more easier to be ready in the morning.
My shirts come from the cleaners folded in a bag.
You can fit in there socks and underwear. In the morning on your trip you can just take one shirt which has everything else  no need to start fishing in the suitcase for underwear amd socks.

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« Reply #87 on: June 11, 2020, 07:31:30 AM »
When packing for a trip you can make it more easier to be ready in the morning.
My shirts come from the cleaners folded in a bag.
You can fit in there socks and underwear. In the morning on your trip you can just take one shirt which has everything else  no need to start fishing in the suitcase for underwear amd socks.
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.

And when we went to Israel for a month i vacuum sealed them together so we can shlep less and still have it bunched together by day

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« Reply #88 on: June 11, 2020, 08:26:27 AM »
the matching stuff.



Belongs in the useless as thread.
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« Reply #89 on: June 11, 2020, 08:30:07 AM »
Widows+V will open up your clipboard with all recent stuff coiped. (Maybe it's sympol but for me it came in very helpful)