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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 #585 on: July 27, 2020, 10:30:34 PM »
for this week add a little fresh ginger, youíll thank me for this one.
What?? Please no.
I had chummus taken away from me. Agent claimed it's considered a liquid cause it gets you wet. Dont ask.
Happened to me once, too.

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« Reply #586 on: July 27, 2020, 10:31:50 PM »
Try turkey necks if you really want to be ambitious and try something different.
Good or bad that is a different thing that chicken soup.
Just because things turned out a certain way doesn't mean you were right.

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« Reply #587 on: July 27, 2020, 10:37:13 PM »
Good or bad that is a different thing that chicken soup.
Correct.
That's why I said something different.

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« Reply #588 on: July 28, 2020, 05:55:59 AM »
Try turkey necks if you really want to be ambitious and try something different.
that's a big soup

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« Reply #589 on: July 28, 2020, 08:00:08 AM »
I had chummus taken away from me. Agent claimed it's considered a liquid cause it gets you wet. Dont ask.
they tried to take away Tuna fish from me Claiming its a liquid

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« Reply #590 on: July 28, 2020, 05:33:02 PM »
they tried to take away Tuna fish from me Claiming its a liquid
Because there is liquid inside of it.
I was once traveling with someone who had cans of tuna in his handbag and was fully prepared to open it up on the spot, drain the water, and put the tuna straight up in his pocket, but thankfully we were able to send another checked piece.

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« Reply #591 on: July 28, 2020, 05:35:35 PM »
they tried to take away Tuna fish from me Claiming its a liquid
Does it make your matza gebrukts?
Workflowy. You won't know what you're missing until you try it.

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« Reply #592 on: July 28, 2020, 05:49:38 PM »
Because there is liquid inside of it.
I was once traveling with someone who had cans of tuna in his handbag and was fully prepared to open it up on the spot, drain the water, and put the tuna straight up in his pocket, but thankfully we were able to send another checked
That reminds me I once by mistake left my toothpaste in my carry-on, when they discovered it, they pointed to the size printed on the tube and showed how it's over the limit. it was half empty I told them! To no avail..
TSA = Toiletry Search Agency

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Print a replacement 1ml water bottle label, and enjoy a safe passage! (YMMV)
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« Reply #593 on: July 28, 2020, 06:25:04 PM »
That reminds me I once by mistake left my toothpaste in my carry-on, when they discovered it, they pointed to the size printed on the tube and showed how it's over the limit. it was half empty I told them! To no avail..
TSA = Toiletry Search Agency

ETA: The life hack:
Print a replacement 1ml water bottle label, and enjoy a safe passage! (YMMV)
You can't expect the guidelines to be bent and have the TSA start measuring how much actual liquid is in containers in everyone's handbags. For the sake of efficiency, they should follow the guidelines.   

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« Reply #594 on: July 28, 2020, 06:27:14 PM »
You can't expect the guidelines to be bent and have the TSA start measuring how much actual liquid is in containers in everyone's handbags. For the sake of efficiency, they should follow the guidelines.
True but when it's clearly less it's the guys mood that decides

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« Reply #595 on: July 28, 2020, 06:39:13 PM »
True but when it's clearly less it's the guys mood that decides
If I was a supervisor and I saw my unskilled worker making judgement calls on guidelines that pertain to national security, I would fire him on the spot, even if he claimed it was clear to him.

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« Reply #596 on: July 28, 2020, 06:58:25 PM »
Because there is liquid inside of it.
I was once traveling with someone who had cans of tuna in his handbag and was fully prepared to open it up on the spot, drain the water, and put the tuna straight up in his pocket, but thankfully we were able to send another checked piece.

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Iím referring to tuna salad. Basically tuna and mayonnaise

The guidelines they told me was anything spreadable.

I escalated to a supervisor. That didnít help much, but eventually I convinced her

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« Reply #597 on: July 28, 2020, 07:11:11 PM »
Iím referring to tuna salad. Basically tuna and mayonnaise

The guidelines they told me was anything spreadable.

I escalated to a supervisor. That didnít help much, but eventually I convinced her
In that case, for the sake of fellow passengers, I certainly hope they confiscate tuna salad at security, lest one decides to break it open during flight.  :)

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« Reply #598 on: July 28, 2020, 07:11:46 PM »
In that case, for the sake of fellow passengers, I certainly hope they confiscate tuna salad at security, lest one decides to break it open during flight.
And you thought it was because of the liquid...
Workflowy. You won't know what you're missing until you try it.

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« Reply #599 on: July 28, 2020, 07:13:07 PM »
And you thought it was because of the liquid...
Well, there's a smaller chance of someone using a can opener on a can of tuna mid flight, than opening a container of tuna salad. Much smaller.