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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 #640 on: August 10, 2020, 11:29:37 PM »
Snack on craisins as a healthier substitute for sweet and tangy candy
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« Reply #641 on: August 10, 2020, 11:38:31 PM »
Since I can't get the masks that I have to fit I use it even though it leaks. The issue is that my glasses fog up.

A trick I learned a few years ago is to take regular dish soap and smear a very thin layer onto the glasses (both sides). Let it dry then buff it out with a cloth/tissue until it's perfectly clear. This will prevent any fogging up until the soap gets washed off.

Works extremely well. Try putting your glasses in the freezer with soap on only one lens for a few minutes and take it out to see the full effect.

Thought I'd share in case anyone finds it helpful.
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« Reply #642 on: August 10, 2020, 11:42:13 PM »

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« Reply #643 on: August 17, 2020, 02:44:21 AM »
A way to get a little kid to eat a yogurt is to pore it into an ice cream cone. (this can really work for anything)

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« Reply #644 on: August 17, 2020, 09:52:01 AM »
A way to get a little kid to eat a yogurt is to pore it into an ice cream cone. (this can really work for anything)
or open the cover a drop, stick a spoon in diagonally, and freeze it. Then it's ice cream :)
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« Reply #645 on: August 17, 2020, 12:48:40 PM »
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« Reply #646 on: August 17, 2020, 01:05:09 PM »
you can use tongs to serve spaghetti
That is like saying you can use a fork and knife to eat pizza.  :-[
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« Reply #647 on: August 17, 2020, 01:11:45 PM »
That is like saying you can use a fork and knife to eat pizza.  :-[
How do you serve your spaghetti?
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« Reply #648 on: August 17, 2020, 11:23:13 PM »
I just came up with a hack to remember passwords:

Use the same basic password for all sites, but insert the first letter or two of the site name into the password. For example:

Base password: Yitz5!
DDF password: DDYitz5! or Yitz5!DD
Amazon password: AMYitz5! or Yitz5!AM

This way you can have a diverse set of passwords that you will always remember.

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« Reply #649 on: August 17, 2020, 11:37:23 PM »
To make the password random, but still remember it, I use the first letter of each word of a sentence.
to use YitzyS's idea:
base password:  I like music at volume 17 >  Ilmav17     (has a number and a capital letter)
DDF:  DDIlmav17
Amazon:  AmIlmav17
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« Reply #650 on: August 17, 2020, 11:54:05 PM »
To make the password random, but still remember it, I use the first letter of each word of a sentence.
to use YitzyS's idea:
base password:  I like music at volume 17 >  Ilmav17     (has a number and a capital letter)
DDF:  DDIlmav17
Amazon:  AmIlmav17
Not a secure idea.
Better use a random password generator in collaboration with a password manager (such as made by google) for more secure and mostly faster experience.
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« Reply #651 on: August 17, 2020, 11:55:03 PM »
Life Hack: tell a bunch of internet strangers how to figure out your account passwords :)
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« Reply #652 on: August 17, 2020, 11:55:16 PM »
To make the password random, but still remember it, I use the first letter of each word of a sentence.
to use YitzyS's idea:
base password:  I like music at volume 17 >  Ilmav17     (has a number and a capital letter)
DDF:  DDIlmav17
Amazon:  AmIlmav17
Okay, so what's the story behind your username?

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« Reply #654 on: August 18, 2020, 12:07:12 AM »
Okay, so what's the story behind your username?
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« Reply #655 on: August 18, 2020, 12:54:37 AM »
Okay, so what's the story behind your username?
That's easy. Initial of first name and last name of self+spouse+street.

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« Reply #656 on: August 18, 2020, 02:00:33 AM »
To make the password random, but still remember it, I use the first letter of each word of a sentence.
to use YitzyS's idea:
base password:  I like music at volume 17 >  Ilmav17     (has a number and a capital letter)
DDF:  DDIlmav17
Amazon:  AmIlmav17
Those password examples are pretty weak.

The only time I'd use similar ideas is for sites that I don't care if someone hacks into.
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« Reply #657 on: August 18, 2020, 02:20:19 AM »
Not a secure idea.
Better use a random password generator in collaboration with a password manager (such as made by google) for more secure and mostly faster experience.

I never looked into password managers too much. It sounds good but I'm hesitant due to what ifs. There's definitely going to be some time when I'll need to know my passwords offhand. I don't know what that situation is though :)
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« Reply #658 on: August 18, 2020, 05:50:30 AM »
Not a secure idea.
Better use a random password generator in collaboration with a password manager (such as made by google) for more secure and mostly faster experience.
and then tbe password manager gets hacked and your back to square one.

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« Reply #659 on: August 18, 2020, 07:49:12 AM »
and then tbe password manager gets hacked and your back to square one.
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