Get the last bit of shortening from the can by filling it with boiling water. After it cools, the shortening will rise to the top and harden.
Get the last of the chocolate syrup, pancake syrup, or corn syrup out of the bottle by putting it in the microwave oven for 10 seconds or so. Heat it with the top open to let it vent.
To ripen fruit quickly, put it into a bag along with one ripe piece of fruit. The ripe fruit gives off a little “ripening gas” called ethylene.
To prevent fruit from getting overripe, use Debbie Meyer Green Bags , which absorb 97% of the ethylene gas.
Put a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to keep the ice cream from dripping out the bottom.
Soften brown sugar that has turned rock hard by cooking it in the microwave oven for a few seconds.
To get the most juice out of oranges, lemons, limes and other citrus fruits, place whole fruit in warm water for several minutes before juicing.
Before juicing a lemon, put it in the microwave for 10 seconds. You will get twice as much juice.
Rolling an orange or lemon under your hand a few times on the counter before cutting will produce more juice.
Don’t throw away lemon or orange peels. Put them in a small bowl on the picnic table to keep bugs away.
To see if an egg is still fresh, put it into a glass bowl of water with a little salt. If the egg sinks, it is good. If it floats, it should not be used.
If honey becomes crystallized, warm it in the microwave oven or put the jar into a pan of boiling water for a few minutes. Stir afterward, and it will be as good as new for flavor — but will no longer be any good for healing since heating kills its nutrients.
Make your own instant oatmeal by putting regular oatmeal in a blender. Smaller bits of oatmeal cook faster than larger ones. Save money, and yours doesn’t come full of extra sugar.
Fruits and vegetables can be cleaned of pesticides and bacteria with Natural Apple Cider Vinegar . Spray it on, wait 5 minutes, then rinse it off. Or, use grapefruit seed extract (30 drops of grapefruit seed oil to a quart of water in a spray bottle).
Keep salt from getting hard by putting a few grains of rice in your salt shaker.
Water will prevent the gas caused by eating beans. After boiling the dry beans in water, let them soak overnight (covered), remove the water, rinse the beans, and rinse the beans again – and then cook them in new water.
Cut the Fat
Reduce your fat and calorie intake by rinsing and blotting ground beef after it is cooked. The rinsing will also cool it down, but this is irrelevant if it is to go into a casserole that will be cooked further.
Reduce the fat in gravy by making it ahead of time then allowing it to cool. The fat will rise to the top and can be removed easily. Heat the de-fatted gravy again before serving.
When a banana gets dark spots, it is extra sweet and less firm.
Most people don’t like eating an overripe banana. But, they are the best kind for making banana bread. If you don’t have enough bananas yet, or enough time, they can be stored in the freezer.
A ripe banana can be used to speed up the ripening of other bananas, or any other fruit. Put them together in a brown paper sack and close it up. The ripe banana gives off a gas that ripens whatever else is in the bag.
Banana peel is reported to remove warts in as little as 3 days when bound on with gauze or a sock.
People taking medication for high blood pressure lose potassium, and one banana a day should replace what is lost.
Eating bananas regularly is reported to reduce the risk of a stroke by 40%.
Blended with milk and honey, bananas are said to cure a hangover.
Eating a banana will stop diarrhea, and is safe enough for babies.
The skin of a banana can be rubbed over leather shoes for an emergency polish.
Bury a banana peel down under the roots of a rose bush for more blooms than ever.
It is tough for vegetarians to get enough protein. Beans are an “incomplete” protein since they don’t provide one of the essential amino acids needed from food for building protein in the body. Grains, which lack a different essential amino acid, provide the amino acid missing from beans and vice versa. Together, make complete protein. Examples of complementary protein include beans and rice, a bean burrito (beans in a tortilla), and beans and corn.
The health benefits of garlic are lessened by roasting, boiling, or microwaving. Whole garlic has little or no odor until it is chopped or crushed. The chopping or crushing also bring out more health benefits than whole garlic. Garlic that is chopped or crushed will still offer plenty of health benefits if it is allowed to set for at least 10 minutes before heating.
Carrots and broccoli must be eaten with at least 3 grams of fat, or the body will not be able to absorb the beta-carotene they contain. Cooking and processing will also lessen the amount of beta-carotene available in carrots or broccoli — raw carrots contain much more than canned carrots. The beta-carotene from food offers much higher benefits than that from supplements