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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
alternatively ctrl+number tab from left
   
  • 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 #500 on: July 12, 2020, 07:21:01 PM »
Instead of blowing on hot food for a small child, hold it in front of the A/C vent. It cools it much faster and with much less effort.
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« Reply #501 on: July 12, 2020, 07:24:03 PM »
Instead of blowing on hot food for a small child, hold it in front of the A/C vent. It cools it much faster and with much less effort.
I always do this for myself. Especially with friday afternoon cholent that you always scald your tastebuds on.

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« Reply #502 on: July 12, 2020, 07:32:19 PM »
or stick it in the freezer for a minute or two.
I prefer my method to the freezer method because I don't want the steam getting on everything in the freezer before it cools down.
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« Reply #503 on: July 12, 2020, 08:36:50 PM »
I prefer my method to the freezer method because I don't want the steam getting on everything in the freezer before it cools down.
Your food must be really hot!
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« Reply #504 on: July 12, 2020, 08:39:34 PM »
I always do this for myself. Especially with friday afternoon cholent that you always scald your tastebuds on.
I do this for my kool aid. The vodka ensures it doesnt freeze
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« Reply #505 on: July 13, 2020, 04:17:44 PM »
Instead of blowing on hot food for a small child, hold it in front of the A/C vent. It cools it much faster and with much less effort.
Also you can add ice cubes
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I wave my hand at it.
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« Reply #508 on: July 14, 2020, 11:34:19 AM »
I do this for my kool aid. The vodka ensures it doesnt freeze
Try a watermelon also.  ;)
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« Reply #509 on: July 14, 2020, 07:36:08 PM »
Instead of blowing on hot food for a small child, hold it in front of the A/C vent. It cools it much faster and with much less effort.

The added dust and skin cells cool down the flavor too.

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« Reply #510 on: July 14, 2020, 07:57:23 PM »
The added dust and skin cells cool down the flavor too.
Does your A/C not have a filter?
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« Reply #511 on: July 14, 2020, 08:31:31 PM »
A few things to do with soup chicken:
Shred the chicken and;
1) mix with BBQ sauce (or honey BBQ) and serve in a taco or bun [pulled chicken]
2) mix shwarma spice and oil and mix in and serve in pita with the works ["mock" shwarma]
3) mix with teriyaki sauce and serve over rice
much more of a patchka but
4) mix with diced pastrami and duck sauce and put into a crepe [chicken & pastrami blintz]

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« Reply #512 on: July 14, 2020, 09:33:10 PM »
To remove a stubborn bandaid, first use a blow dryer to blow warm air on it for about a minute. The heat will melt the glue and the bandaid will come off easily and painlessly.
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« Reply #513 on: July 14, 2020, 09:35:56 PM »
To remove a stubborn bandaid, first use a blow dryer to blow warm air on it for about a minute. The heat will melt the glue and the bandaid will come off easily and painlessly.
On that note:
Remove your band-aid by night and leave it open to air, to let the wound oxidize and heal nicely.
(Unless it's needed for pressure)
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« Reply #514 on: July 14, 2020, 09:52:00 PM »
I use silvadene on most any wound.  It's a prescription cream for burns, but is great to promote healing.
Bactroban, also prescription, works well, too.


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« Reply #515 on: July 14, 2020, 10:07:51 PM »
To remove a stubborn bandaid, first use a blow dryer to blow warm air on it for about a minute. The heat will melt the glue and the bandaid will come off easily and painlessly.
Use band aid brand and you will have less issues removing it...

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« Reply #516 on: July 14, 2020, 11:59:40 PM »
A few things to do with soup chicken:
Shred the chicken and;
1) mix with BBQ sauce (or honey BBQ) and serve in a taco or bun [pulled chicken]
2) mix shwarma spice and oil and mix in and serve in pita with the works ["mock" shwarma]
3) mix with teriyaki sauce and serve over rice
much more of a patchka but
4) mix with diced pastrami and duck sauce and put into a crepe [chicken & pastrami blintz]
or you can just use chicken bones and then discard it

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« Reply #517 on: July 15, 2020, 12:09:53 AM »
Use band aid brand and you will have less issues removing it...
As long as it's not the type that you need to replace each time you wash your hands!
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« Reply #518 on: July 15, 2020, 12:23:15 AM »
When flying a budget airline (which charges for water), ask them for ice in the beginning of the flight, they commonly don't charge and it's quit refreshing to suck on. (not to mention the satisfaction of seeing your seatmate's face who just bought water for $4!)

If you actually want it to melt, you may want to do as directed here:
I wave my hand at it.

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« Reply #519 on: July 15, 2020, 02:20:14 AM »
When flying a budget airline (which charges for water), ask them for ice in the beginning of the flight, they commonly don't charge and it's quit refreshing to suck on. (not to mention the satisfaction of seeing your seatmate's face who just bought water for $4!)



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A drink water on Spirit usually costs $3.
But you can get it free by ordering ice cubes (which is the only free thing on Spirit) and wait for it to melt.

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