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Amazing Kitchen Tips (Part III)

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So have you read my Amazing Kitchen Tips Part I and II? Here’re another 10 for you to try!

  1. When you clean your fish tank, the water you drain can also be used to water your house plants. The nitrogen and phosphorus in fish droppings make aquarium water a great fertilizer.
  2. When defrosting meat from the freezer, pour some vinegar over it. Not only does it tenderize the meat; it will also bring down the freezing temperature of the meat and cause it to thaw quicker.
  3. The substance in onions that causes your eyes to water is located in the root cluster of the onion. Cut this part out in a cone shape, with the largest part of the cone around the exterior root section.
  4. Taking the top layer off of a onion can also reduce the amount of eye-watering misery.
  5. Toothpaste is a great silver cleaner.
  6. Baking soda isn’t as effective a deodorizer for the fridge as that baking soda company would like you to believe. Activated charcoal is much better at absorbing fridge and freezer odors.
  7. Baking soda is an extremely effective cleaner, though. Use it with vinegar to deodorize drains and clean stovetops and sinks.
  8. A favorite tip of thousands of grandmas: when you nick your finger while cutting veggies, wait until the bleeding stops and paint on a layer of clear nail polish. It will keep juices out of the wound and won’t fall off into the spaghetti sauce like a bandage.
  9. The jury is still out on what to put in the bag of brown sugar to keep it from going hard: a slice of apple, a piece of bread and a shard of a terra cotta pot have all been used.
  10. Got a nasty invisible splinter from your kitchen tools? Put a piece of adhesive tape on the area and then pull it off to remove the splinter.

Anyone tried Tip 2? I wonder if the vinegar will make the pork taste sourish. I've yet to try Tip 3, but I'd always put the onion into the freezer for a while after peeling the outer layer. It cuts down tearing for me. Read on for Part IV. Have a great weekend, everyone!


  1. Just to share Shirley, since I use plenty of onions for cooking, I soaked in water for about 10 mins and then peel it. Not only the skin comes out easily, its does not make you cry.

  2. Thank you for sharing more great tips, Shirley. I was also wondering about the sour taste for tip number 2. I've heard if you put a big container of water by you while chopping onions, that helps too. I've tried it, It worked for me the first time, then never again...hmm..

  3. Thanking you for more tips! I bet they'll be come in handy one day.

  4. Nava, will give it a try next time. Thks!

    Lequan, thks for the interesting hint! Hahaha!

    Kristy, thks for heading over!

  5. These are all new to me but they sound like great tips...well not sure about the vinegar one ;)
    As for the onion one, I just make sure that I use a very sharp knife to prevent the juices from spraying, then slice mid section instead of top to bottom...

  6. Alisha, I do that too - mid-section :) Thks for sharing!


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