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Did You Know – 09/18/2018

An acre of hemp produces more paper than an acre of trees. Paper made from hemp lasts for centuries, compared to 25-80 years for paper made from wood pulp. The US Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.

 

2. 10 Good uses for salt –

1. Deter ants
Sprinkle salt in doorways, on window sills and anywhere else ants use to sneak into your house. It’s a sure way to keep them out!

2. Kill grass and weeds growing in cracks in your driveway
Tired of weeding your driveway? Sprinkle salt on the grass and pour very hot water over it. Not only is this a highly effective way to kill unwanted plants, it’s also eco-friendly and cheap.

3. Say goodbye to fleas
If your dogs have fleas, simply wash their doghouse and blankets in salt water. If you’re worried your dogs may have brought fleas into your house, simply sprinkle your carpets lightly with salt and then brush it in. Leave it for 12 hours and vacuum thoroughly.

4. Pick up a dropped egg
If you drop an egg on the kitchen floor, sprinkle salt on the mess and leave it there for 20 minutes. You’ll be able to wipe it right up.

5. Clean up oven spills quickly
If a pie or casserole bubbles over in the oven, pour a handful of salt on top of the spill. It won’t smoke, smell and, most importantly, will bake into a crust that makes the mess easier to clean once it’s cooled.

6. Clean brown spots off your iron
Simply sprinkle salt on a sheet of waxed paper, slide the iron across it and rub lightly with silver polish. Your iron will look like brand-new in no time.

7. Remove stains from your coffee pot
Fill it with 1/4 cup of table salt and a dozen ice cubes. Swish the mixture around, let it sit for half an hour, fill it with cold water and rinse. Your coffee pot will look brand new.

8. Keep your windshield frost-free
Dip a sponge into salt water and rub it on windows, and they won’t frost up even when the mercury drops below zero.

9. Shell nuts more easily
Soak pecans and walnuts in salt water for a few hours before shelling them. Doing so will make it easier to remove the meat.

10. Drip-proof candles
If you soak new candles in a strong salt solution for a few hours, then dry them well, they won’t drip when you burn them.

And some more uses

11. Tame a wild BBQ
Toss a bit of salt on the flames caused by fat dripping from the grill. It’ll reduce the flames and calm the smoke without cooling the coals (like water would).

12. Soothe a bee sting
Wet the sting right away, then cover it with salt.

13. Stop a grease fire
Pouring salt on top of a grease fire will smother it. Completely.

14. Cooking tip
If a soup or stew is too sweet, add a pinch of salt.

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3. Aspirin discovered during experimentation –

Bayer died on May 6, 1880, while the company was still in the fabric dye business. The company went on to employ chemists to come up with innovative dyes and products and in 1897 that’s exactly what one of the chemists, Felix Hoffmann, did.

While experimenting with a waste product of one of the dye components to find relieve for his father’s rheumatism, Hoffmann chemically synthesised a stable form of salicylic acid powder. The compound became the active ingredient in a pharmaceutical wonder product: Aspirin.

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4.  In Texas, two categories of men are exempt from peeping tom charges: men over 50 and men with only one eye.

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5. Can’t remember if an egg is fresh or hard-boiled? Just spin the egg. If it wobbles, it’s raw. If it spins easily, it’s hard boiled.

eggsA fresh egg will sink in water, a stale one will float.

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True Friendship Amongst Golfers – LOL

I thought this was funny. Good laugh to start the day – well here in Australia anyway

 

 


This guy brings his best golf mate home, unannounced, for dinner at 6:30 p.m., after golf. His wife screams her head off while his friend sits open mouthed and listens to the tirade. 

“My bloody hair and makeup are not done, the house is a bloody  mess, and the dishes aren’t done. Can’t you see I’m still in my damn  pyjamas and I can’t be bothered with cooking tonight!

Why the devil did you bring him home unannounced, you stupid idiot?” 

“Because he’s thinking of getting married.”

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Guide to Cooking and Baking Substitutions

This is a very handy chart because how many times have we started to cook something and found we don’t have a particular ingredient needed. Well now you may find a substitute ingredient.

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Guide to Flavoring with Spices

This is a very handy guide as sometimes we inclined to forget to put spices in our cooking as we are not sure what to use with some foods

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Healthy Oil Cooking Guide

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October 5, 2016 · 8:57 AM

Grill Time for Fish Fillets

This is a handy chart as sometimes its hit and miss when cooking fish fillets. Salmon fillet is a fish you do not want to spoil. Too long – Too dry.

I was asked after I posted this was this time too long? 

Well no. This is what I do. Cook it for 5min at reasonably hot temp, then turn it over and turn element off and let it cook in that heat for another 5 min. If its thicker then longer. The salmon then stays moist and cooked to perfection. I actually put the skin down first as I like to eat the skin nice and crispy.

Grill guide to get fish fillets grilled to perfection- http-::bit.ly:2bcHlQj

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Beef Cuts and Recommended Cooking Methods

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December 29, 2015 · 12:11 PM

Camp Oven Cooking

This is a very Aussie thing to do when camping. I have been known to make a blackberry pie this way as well and then go the the nearest shop and get ice-cream. We kinda didn’t rough it.
Very Very yummy

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Did You Know – 06/02/2014

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1.If you Add half a teaspoon of baking soda to the water when hard-boiling eggs to make the shells incredibly easy to peel off.

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2. You can Use bread tags to label power cords.

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3.If You Use non-stick cooking spray in votive holders to prevent wax from sticking to the sides.

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4. That WD40 can be used to remove crayon marks from any surface!

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5. When hanging a picture frame, put a dab of toothpaste on the frame where
you need the nails to be. Then simply press against the wall to leave marks
(which can later be wiped) as guides for hammering in.

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6. Put a dry towel in with a wet load to reduce the drying time (this really works, I’ve been doing it for years!)

 

 

 

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7.  How to test if an egg is ok to use

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15 Ways To Use White Vinegar

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I have to say this is incredible stuff. I actually have tried some of these things and they do work. I suggest when you go to the store next get a big bottle of this stuff and keep it in the kitchen for some of these purposes. Already got some – Use it.

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1. Add Sparkle to Glasses – Drinking glasses looking cloudy? Rinse in one part vinegar to three parts warm water.

2. Freshen Dishcloths – Place cloths in a container and cover with water and a half a cup on vinegar. Soak for a few hours, then thoroughly rinse before using.

3. Spruce Up a Lunch Box – To banish the aromas of meals past, add a few drops of vinegar to a piece of bread and leave it in the lunchbox overnight. In the morning it should smell as good as new.

4. Rid Surfaces of Mould – Dilute vinegar with equal parts of water and spray onto walls, tiles or floors. Wait a minute, then wipe off with a clean cloth.

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5. Brighten Laundry – Add a capful of vinegar to your washing and clothes will come out looking brighter and fresher.

6. Banish Cooking Smells – Add a few spoonfuls of vinegar to a pot of water and let it simmer on the stove to remove any cooking smells in the kitchen.

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7. Rescue Boiled Eggs – If an egg starts to crack while its being boiled, adding a little vinegar to the water will stop the egg white seeping out.

8. Revive Chopping Boards – Wipe over wooden chopping boards which white vinegar to clean and disinfect them between uses.

9. Oust Deodorant Marks – Spray deodorant stains on shirts with vinegar before putting them into the washing machine.

10. Survive Sticky Situations – To remove stickers from plastic or glass surfaces, or from walls, simply dab the sticker with vinegar until its completely wet and then scrape off. If there is any residue left behind from the sticker, apply vinegar again, wait a minute, then wipe off.

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11. Keep Flowers Blooming – Add 2 tbsp vinegar to a container, fill with water and add flowers to help keep cut blooms looking fresh for longer.

12. Remove Stains From Mugs – Tackle stubborn coffee and tea stains by scrubbing the stain with equal parts vinegar and baking soda. Rinse well with warm water.

13. Clean a Drain – Mix vinegar with equal parts bi-carb soda, wait till it starts fizzing then pour it down the drain. Follow with warm water.

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14. Descale A Kettle – To get rid of lime deposits in a kettle, fill it with water and 2 tbsp of vinegar and bring to the boil. Pour out the vinegar water and rinse throughly with cold water.

15. Work wonders On Windows – Spray dirty windows with a mixture of 2 tbsp vinegar and 4 L warm water. Wipe with a squeegee or lint free cloth for a sparkling shine

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