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Only Martha Stewart Would Know

Updated on March 1, 2013

The First Four

  1. Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips.
  2. Use a meat-baster to squeeze pancake batter onto the hot griddle to get perfect shaped pancakes.
  3. Place an apple in a bag of potatoes to prevent the potato from budding.
  4. To prevent egg shells from cracking, add a pinch of salt to the water before hard boiling.

The Next Four

  1. To get the most juice out of lemons bring them to room temperature and roll them under your palm against the kitchen counter before squeezing. 
  2. To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover the bottom of the pan, and bring to a boil on the stove. 
  3. Spray your Tupperware with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato based sauces and there won’t be any stains. 
  4. When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead and there won’t be any white mess on the outside of the cake.

Next Four

  1. If you accidentally over salt a dish while it’s still cooking, drop in a peeled potato and it will absorb the excess salt for an instant fix-me-up.
  2. Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.
  3. Brush some beaten egg white over pie crust before baking to yield a beautiful glossy finish.
  4. Place a slice of apple in hardened brown sugar to soften it.

Next Four

  1. When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corn’s natural sweetness.
  2. To determine whether an egg is fresh, immerse it in a pan of cool, salted water.  If it sinks, it is fresh, but if it rises to the surface, throw it away.
  3. Cure for headaches:  Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead.  The throbbing will go away.
  4. Don’t throw out all that leftover wine Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.

Next Four

  1. If you have a problem opening jars, try using latex dish-washing gloves.  They give a non slip grip that make opening jars easy.
  2. Potatoes will take food stains off your fingers.  Just slice and rub raw potato on the stains and rinse with water. 
  3. To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap on the area and you will experience instant relief.
  4. Ants are said never to cross a chalk line, so get your chalk and draw a line on the floor or wherever ants tend to march.

Next Five

  1. Use air freshener to clean mirrors.  It does a good job and leaves a lovely smell to the shine.
  2. When you get a splinter, reach for the scotch tape before resorting to tweezers or a needle.  Simply put the scotch tape over the splinter, then pull it off.  Scotch tape removes most splinters painlessly.
  3. Keep your washer working properly—Add 1 qt. of liquid bleach to the hottest , longest setting for your washer.  Let it run through the cycle when repeat using 1 qt. of white vinegar instead.
  4. To clean a softener container, add hot vinegar and let stand for ½ hour.
  5. To clean bleach container rinse in hot water.

Alka Seltzer has many uses

  1. Drop 2 tablets into the toilet, wait 20 minutes, brush and flush.
  2. Fill a sink ½ way with water and add 2 tablets. This cleans vitreous china.
  3. Fill a vase or cruet with water and drop in 2 Alka-Seltzer tablets to clean calcium deposits off the inside.
  4. Polish jewelry—drop 2 tablets into a glass of water and immerse the jewelry for two minutes.
  5. Clean a thermos bottle—fill the bottle with water, drop in 4 Alka-seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour or longer if necessary.
  6. Unclog a drain—clear a sink drain by dropping 3 tablets down the drain followed by a cup of white vinegar. Wait a few minutes, then run the hot water.

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