Tips for Tuesday 3/12/13

Tips for Tuesday | Zim on a Whim

Has it been a week already since I posted the first Tips for Tuesday? Oh my. I’m a little surprised, not only in that, but also that I remembered it’s Tuesday to post a few more!

1. EGG FRESHNESS TEST

Do you ever wonder if your eggs are really fresh? Do the stamped dates on the carton really matter? Here’s a great way to tell if they are fresh or if you need to toss them. Get a bowl and fill it with water. Place your eggs in the water and see if they sink or float.

Egg Freshness Test | Zim on a Whim
If they sink, they are fresh.

If they stay submerged, but the wide end doesn’t want to stay on the bottom, they are still good but use them up quickly.

If they float, toss them.

2. KEEP APPLE SLICES FROM BROWNING

If you have to pack lunches for the little ones, this tip might come in handy for you. When the kids are little, it’s hard for them to bite into a big apple so they prefer apple slices. But if you pack them, they turn brown. You don’t need to buy the overpriced prepackaged apple slices anymore!

Keep apple slices from turning brown

Just slice up your apple and put the slices in a bowl. Add some lemon-lime soda or ginger ale and soak them for about 10 minutes. Either soda works and it can be flat – it doesn’t matter. I usually do this and then make the rest of the lunches. I’ve had them soak for less than 10 minutes and it still works in case you’re crunched for time. I don’t dry them; I just let the excess drip off and put them in a resealable bag.

They will stay good all day. I am not sure if they last longer than a day, but if I test it out I will update.

3. HELP LOWER YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE

If you have high blood pressure or you were told you were borderline, you might consider having these items as a snack: Raisins and dark chocolate!

Raisins and Dark Chocolate to Lower Blood Pressure

It is suggested to eat a snack of raisins 3 times a day, but even once a day can’t hurt!

We’ve all been hearing about the benefits of dark chocolate for some time now because of the flavanols it contains, from lowering your cholesterol to lowering your risk of heart disease. It has also been shown to reduce the dilation of blood vessels which in turn lowers the blood pressure.

Hope you can use one or more of these tips…and if you have any tips you’d like to share, feel free to add them in the comments section. I’d love to hear from you!
Micha

Make Your Celery Last Longer!

celery saver

Do you buy celery for a recipe and then have to toss it because it goes bad before you use it again? Does it get wilted and soft and lose its crispiness too soon for you? I have a tip for you that really works in saving that celery! {I sound like a commercial, I know, but I love this tip.}

I know it’s a pain to have to do anything to your produce when you get home from grocery shopping, especially if you shop for a large family. Try to do this within a day of buying your celery if you don’t do it right away. See? Not so hard.

Start by chopping off the ends and washing each stalk.

celery cut

Dry each stalk with a paper towel or clean kitchen towel.

Grab a big piece of foil and stack up the celery in a nice, neat pile.

celery washed

Fold over the sides, and wrap it up tightly.

celery wrapping

If your celery isn’t completely covered, you can add another piece. You just want it completely covered and tight!

celery wrapped

Refrigerate and enjoy a longer celery relationship. Ahhh…

I do this every time I buy celery. I think it doubles the life of it. I hated tossing that rubbery celery all the time. Sometimes I’d leave it out of recipes just because I didn’t want to buy it for just a few stalks when I knew the rest would be useless. Plus, my daughter loves to munch on it and it’s good to have it handy for a snack. {Bonus tip: Eating celery is good for constipation!}

Micha

Homemade Eye Makeup Remover

eye makeup remover

I’ve been making my own eye makeup remover for over a year now, ever since I saw it here. It takes only 3 inexpensive ingredients and it works just as well as what you can buy in the store! Because the ingredients are gentle, it is safe for all skin types and it doesn’t sting.

You will need a clean bottle to put it in. I purchased mine in the travel bottles/trial size aisle in Target. It has a pop top like a shampoo bottle, but you can use anything that will be easy for you to pour a little on a cotton ball or makeup pad. You can even use the bottle from your current eye makeup remover when you run out!

So here are the easy instructions:
1. Wash out your bottle and set aside.
2. Boil 1 cup of water and let it cool.
3. Add in 1  1/2 tablespoons of baby WASH*
4. Add in 1/4 teaspoon baby oil (or olive, coconut, or almond oil)
5. Stir together and pour into bottle. You may need to use a funnel.

*FYI: When I made this originally, I used baby shampoo. I didn’t like the residue that settled in the bottom of the bottle, so I switched to baby wash and it stays nice and clear. I use the Target store brand of baby wash to save even more money! I buy the biggest size because I also use it for my homemade foaming hand soap found here!

{You may want to buy 2 bottles or have something clean in which to store the leftover remover. The recipe makes a little more than what fits in my bottle.}

This is one of my favorite homemade products that I regularly use, along with the foaming hand soap, hair detangler, and laundry detergent. It’s nice to know exactly what’s in the products you use everyday. Hope you try it!
Micha