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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 #560 on: July 27, 2020, 12:00:55 PM »
Burnt soup can sometimes be salvaged with a bit of cinnamon (weird, but works! And worth a try when you have nothing to lose...)
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« Reply #561 on: July 27, 2020, 12:49:34 PM »
Burnt soup can sometimes be salvaged with a bit of cinnamon (weird, but works! And worth a try when you have nothing to lose...)


Uhhhh the cinnamon  ???
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« Reply #562 on: July 27, 2020, 01:01:07 PM »

Uhhhh the cinnamon  ???
Okay. ALMOST nothing to lose. We're talking like 1t - 1T...
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« Reply #563 on: July 27, 2020, 02:13:21 PM »
will a frozen water bottle pass through TSA so it can be drunk on a plane when it defrosts?
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« Reply #564 on: July 27, 2020, 02:17:37 PM »
will a frozen water bottle pass through TSA so it can be drunk on a plane when it defrosts?
I've heard to bring empty waterbottles and fill them at the water fountain / sink after you go through security
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« Reply #565 on: July 27, 2020, 02:23:43 PM »
I've heard to bring empty waterbottles and fill them at the water fountain / sink after you go through security
Ya but who wants to use a public water fountain during these times. Plus, they're prob all taped up...
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« Reply #566 on: July 27, 2020, 02:25:42 PM »
will a frozen water bottle pass through TSA so it can be drunk on a plane when it defrosts?
Someone posted that they bring frozen J&J cappuccinos.
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« Reply #567 on: July 27, 2020, 02:31:14 PM »
Someone posted that they bring frozen J&J cappuccinos.
right. hence my question. wonder if ppl tried this trick with water bottles...
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« Reply #568 on: July 27, 2020, 03:01:24 PM »
Ya but who wants to use a public water fountain during these times. Plus, they're prob all taped up...
I've seen the drinking part disabled but the bottle refill part on

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« Reply #569 on: July 27, 2020, 03:19:41 PM »
will a frozen water bottle pass through TSA so it can be drunk on a plane when it defrosts?
I believe it can, as long as not too much melts by the time your there.
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« Reply #570 on: July 27, 2020, 04:16:18 PM »
will a frozen water bottle pass through TSA so it can be drunk on a plane when it defrosts?

When the TSA first banned water bottles through the gate, a college friend of mine was pregnant, and traveling to Taiwan with her husband. He said that they should try this. I told him I'd love to be a fly on the wall when you try to explain to the TSA that it's really a solid and not a liquid.


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« Reply #571 on: July 27, 2020, 05:20:24 PM »
When the TSA first banned water bottles through the gate, a college friend of mine was pregnant, and traveling to Taiwan with her husband. He said that they should try this. I told him I'd love to be a fly on the wall when you try to explain to the TSA that it's really a solid and not a liquid.
https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/items/ice

Problem is, not all TSA agents are familiar with this and some will give you a hard time. Not worth the time and effort of trying to show them and escalating to a supervisor.

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« Reply #572 on: July 27, 2020, 08:01:21 PM »
interesting. This is once its fully cooked already? You dissolve the same amount of salt you would normally put?
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« Reply #573 on: July 27, 2020, 08:12:23 PM »
https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/items/ice

Problem is, not all TSA agents are familiar with this and some will give you a hard time. Not worth the time and effort of trying to show them and escalating to a supervisor.
Thanks for the source!
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« Reply #574 on: July 27, 2020, 08:34:17 PM »
or you can just use chicken bones and then discard it
We actually used chicken bones for this past Shabbos' soup (because we weren't going to use the leftover chicken anyway) and while it's not bad, it's a different chicken soup.
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« Reply #575 on: July 27, 2020, 08:34:56 PM »
We actually used chicken bones for this past Shabbos' soup (because we weren't going to use the leftover chicken anyway) and while it's not bad, it's a different chicken soup.
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« Reply #576 on: July 27, 2020, 08:38:19 PM »
Try necks
Why? I'm happy with my regular chicken quarter soup and I get an extra supper out of it:
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 #577 on: July 27, 2020, 08:46:22 PM »
right. hence my question. wonder if ppl tried this trick with water bottles...
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« Reply #579 on: July 27, 2020, 08:52:37 PM »
We actually used chicken bones for this past Shabbos' soup (because we weren't going to use the leftover chicken anyway) and while it's not bad, it's a different chicken soup.
for this week add a little fresh ginger, you’ll thank me for this one.