15 Household Uses for Table Salt.

by Chris Gardner

"Thousands of years ago salt was a valuable commodity and was used in place of money. Salt was given to the parents of the groom until the 8th century and by the 12th century it was sold for it's weight in gold. Salt has been used for many things through the years and in many ways but in our day we know it mostly for it's ability to enhance the flavor of our food."

15 Household Uses for Table Salt.
  • Discern a fresh egg.
  • Discourage ants
  • Cooking apples
  • Color pantyhose
  • Clean oven...

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30 Unique Uses for Dental Floss.

by Chris Gardner

You know you should floss daily. It removes the goo from in between your teeth that your brush simply cannot reach. While you have it out, check out 30 other uses from Gomestic.com.

30 Unique Uses for Dental Floss.

Some Highlights:

  • Hang things
  • Cut food into thin slices
  • Patch holes
  • Repair clothing
  • Separate stuck photographs
  • Remove food from a baking tray
  • Remove a tight ring from a finger
  • Repair glue joints in furniture
  • Clean inside small cracks and crevices
Floss illustration from...

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How To Use All Those Summer Vegetables.

by Chris Gardner

It's that time of year: all the plants to which you've so gingerly tended have returned the favor, with thousands of fruits and vegetables that you and your family can never eat.

Of course, you're thankful for the zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, and the tomatoes....the countless, countless tomatoes.

How To Use All Those Summer Vegetables.
Here's a couple options to use all that nature has provided. Please post your favorite tips below.
  • Kayln's Kitchen suggests slow roasting tomatoes...

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8 Ways to Make a Small Kitchen Sizzle.

by Chris Gardner

"Small spaces can sprain a design brain as much—sometimes even more—than large spaces, especially when you add storage and style in tight quarters to the typical kitchen challenges of fixtures and function. But whether you have a galley in a high rise or a small space in the suburbs, these decorating ideas will help you end up with a delectable kitchen cooked just the way you like it."

8 Ways to Make a Small Kitchen Sizzle.
  • Downsize It.
  • Open It Up.
  • Mix Up the Materials.
  • Look Into It.
  • ...

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Cocofruit: The Interactive Fruitbowl

by Chris Gardner

 

Cocofruit: The Interactive Fruitbowl
Take a bite out of Michael Bihain's Cocofruit, part of the incredible and edible "Fruit to Create" series.

 

I'm totally gonna make one of these: I dunno how, and I can't [yet] mold plywood, but it's gonna happen.

"Cocofruit teaches us how to play with the various weights and shapes of the fruit. You will be delighted to put them into it time and time again."

 

 

 

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DIY Microwave Popcorn.

by Chris Gardner
Store-bought microwave popcorn is kinda nasty: it tastes processed, gritty, and generally nothing like popcorn. Plus, when you can make your own, it becomes overpriced, and unnecessary. When one doesn’t have the time during a commercial break to stand in front of the stove shaking for seven or eight minutes, DIY microwave popcorn is a totally usable alternative that puts that toxic, yellow sludge-covered stuff to shame.
DIY Microwave Popcorn.

Ingredients:
A brown paper...

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Keep Your Garlic Fresh with a DIY Garlic Keeper

by Chris Gardner

 

Keep Your Garlic Fresh with a DIY Garlic Keeper

 

These little guys are pretty cool: they’re designed to keep fresh garlic, well, fresh. Garlic should be stored in a cool, dry place (like in a cabinet, not the refrigerator). Presumably, using a close terra cotta container keeps out light, and the unglazed ceramic surface absorbs moisture- all of which can double the shelf life of your garlic.


And they cost 5 dollars. You can build one for less than 1 dollar. Your choice- but either way, use...

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Say Goodbye to Clumpy, Hard Brown Sugar (for 30 cents)

by Chris Gardner
Say Goodbye to Clumpy, Hard Brown Sugar (for 30 cents)

Brown sugar gets hard. And crusty. And crumbly. And eventually unusable.

 


So, some genius Canadians came up with this adorable option: a bear-shaped chunk of terra cotta that keeps your brown sugar pliable and granulated.

And at the best price of three dollars (plus shipping), it’s a pretty good deal. But three dollars is three dollars, and when you can DIY one for 29 cents, you could better spend the remaining $2.70 on something else, perhaps...

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Create a pizza oven for $5.00!

by Chris Gardner

Create a pizza oven for $5.00!

Traditional bread and pizza ovens feature stone or brick floors (and walls), which retain heat and redistribute it evenly across the cooking surface. The intense and immediate heat from the preheated stone surface allows the dough to become crispy while maintaining a delightfully chewy texture.

To replicate this at home, one could spend $2,000-13,000 and buy a proper wood burning pizza oven, il forno di pizza. A more popular route is to...

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How to Salvage and Season Cast Iron Cookware

by Chris Gardner

Antique cast iron cookware is the best there is. If you have an old piece, this guide will show you how to clean, restore, and season those worn cast iron skillets and dutch ovens so that they're good as new. 

Cleaning cast iron cookware | Clean, restore and season cast iron skillet | How to salvage antique cookware

Cast iron is incredible. It’s like nature’s non-stick surface. I have a 12” skillet, a round griddle for tortillas, and a large, rectangular griddle/grill pan, all of which I absolutely baby, adding flavor layer by layer, and avoiding soap, and many times water, at all cost.   

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Use your spices, and use them well. (Volume II)

by Chris Gardner

Volume I resides here.


Use your spices, and use them well. (Volume II)
Curry Powder
    Though there is a tree called Curry Leaf that’s native to India, curry almost always refers to any number of spice blends used in Indian and Southeastern Asian cooking. There’s no standard blend, but most include cardamom, cumin, nutmeg, fennel, fenugreek, and dried chiles. Turmeric is used to give yellow curries their color, and paprika for red curries, and a combination of both for orange-colored curries...

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How to: Use Your Spices, and Use Them Well (Volume I)

by Chris Gardner

Spices are the dried seeds, fruits, or berries of plants and vegetables. [Dried herbs are the dried leaves, stems, or flowers of plants-and are rediculously inferior to their fresh counterparts.] So, throw away your 30-year-old rusty jar of nutmeg, and embrace the flavors of the world. There’s good reason the explorers of the late Middle Ages traveled the world, and started wars, for this stuff.

 

How to: Use Your Spices, and Use Them Well (Volume I)



A word about whole spices:
    Buying whole...

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Make Mylanta-Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream For St. Patrick's Day!

by Chris Gardner

I plan to have a tame St. Patrick's Day, but this is too cool not to pass on. I, unfortunately, gave up ice cream for Lent, but my mates agree: It's delicious!

See Original Post at TechSlut.net 

Make Mylanta-Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream For St. Patrick's Day!

(photo also from TechSlut)

 

Ingredients:

1 cup (1/2 Pint) Heavy Whipping Cream

1 Cup (1/2 Pint) Whole Milk

3 oz (by weight) Granulated Sugar

5 oz Chocolate Shavings

1 tps. Peppermint Extract

1/2 of large bottle of Mylanta

 

Simply mix in your ice cream maker...

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How To: Turn your Awful Rental Kitchenette into a Functional Culinary Workspace (Part 2)

by Chris Gardner

 

Part One of my experience/suggestions is documented here.

Herb Garden
    My townhome faces north, which means I only have Northern and Southern exposures in my windows. The Midwest winters only allow for outdoor planting from May-August, so I had to find a new option to maintain a supply of fresh herbs.
    The Aero-Garden is sweet, and it works, but is quite pricey. They sell special fluorescent fixtures for growing plants indoors, which are no...

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How To: Turn your Awful Rental Kitchenette into a Functional Culinary Workspace (Part 1)

by Chris Gardner

I rent an late 70's townhome, and the kitchen hasn't been updated since. My evil, corporate landlord could care less about how depressing and uninspiring the space is, so my only decorating options are a few colorful tea towels. So, I decided I could at least up the functionality of my kitchen, and I actually look forward to using the space. Here's my tips: (Disclaimer, I come from a totally culinarily-illiterate family, so these have been...

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