Tips for Tuesday 3/5/13

Tips for Tuesday

I hope you’re having a good week so far! Who can’t use a few tips to make life easier, right? I have been wanting to do some Tips for Tuesday posts for a while now. While I can’t promise they will roll out every Tuesday, I will try to make it a regular thing to some degree. (Like how I’m giving myself lots of leeway, here?) Last week I posted a great way to keep your celery fresh. Are any of you trying that? I just love that tip. Here are a few more you might like to try…

In the laundry room:

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KEEP THE WASHER LID OPEN TOP KEEP ODOR AWAY ~ I have a top loading washing machine and I always keep the lid open after every wash. I never close it. I have never had a problem with mildew odor coming from my washer like I hear a lot of people complaining about. Granted, I do a lot of laundry so the lid doesn’t stay open for longer than a few days. If you only do laundry once a week, just give it 24 hours before closing the lid. It needs air to dry it out so if you close it as soon as you put the clothes in the dryer, it won’t get a chance to do that. I don’t know anything about the front loading washers (apparently they smell worse?) but I’m guessing you can do this with them as well, provided they are not in a high traffic area. (Nobody wants to bang their leg into that!)

First aid friend…
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USE KETCHUP PACKETS FOR ICE PACKS ~ We all get those little ketchup packets from time to time, so keep a few in your freezer for a handy ice pack! This is especially great for kids when they get hurt. Their size makes it easy for the kids to hold and put it right where it hurts. They start to defrost quickly so it conforms well to the hurt area in no time. Just give them a quick wash before freezing – you don’t know how many people have touched those packets. *shudder*

For your pets…

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USE GROUND OATS TO HELP FIGHT THE ITCH ~ If your dog has dry, itchy skin, try this in between his regular baths: Put some rolled oats into a food processor or blender and make into fine crumbs or powder. Add it to his/her bath and try to let your pet sit in it for as long as they can. (This is easier said than done – I can hear you!). Try to work it into the fur and skin with your hands. Rinse, but not completely so it can keep working it’s magic for a bit longer. Note: This is to help alleviate some of the itching due to dry skin, but it is not a cure. Your dog might have an allergic reaction or other condition causing the itch, so make sure you check with your vet as to the cause. P.S. you already knew you could do this for YOUR bath, didn’t you? :)

That’s all for now! I will have more on another Tuesday so make sure you follow this blog! You can also follow along on facebook. Have a great week…
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

Grow your own green onions!

When I first saw this genius idea here, I had to try it to see if it was really true. I can’t tell you how many times I go to make a Mexican dish and, low and behold, forget the green onions at the store! They are also wonderful sprinkled on fried rice, or swirled around in a big bowl of soup. When I do buy them, I end up only using a small amount and then I usually have to toss the rest because they get all mushy. This is the answer to my green onion mental block and food waste dilemma! This, my friends, is a good find. (By the way, I have tried growing them in my Northeastern garden and they just came up like sad, little, withered stalks…)

Here’s all you need to do:

After you cut what you need from your stalks, save the white ends and place them in a small glass of water, leaving the tops exposed to air. Stick your glass in a sunny area, such as on a kitchen windowsill.

You won’t believe how quickly they start growing. In a day or two, you will start to see the green shoots. In less than 2 weeks, you will have usable green onions! Just take some kitchen shears and cut off what you need. They will continue to grow and grow and can be harvested indefinitely! Just make sure to change the water in the glass every so often, rinsing off the slimy ends as well. I do this every few days, or at least once a week. If you notice your new stalks keep coming up thinner and thinner, try to remember to cut them off whether you use them or not. This will keep them healthier. I alternate stalks so I always have some to use!

Green onions at your fingertips ~ whenever you need them! Thank you “Homemade Serenity” for this money saving idea!

~Micha