Opening jars is easy in theory, but sometimes in practice somehow becomes a lot more difficult. Whether it was just someone really strong closing the lid or some residue around the edges sealing it closed, sometimes you need a little bit of extra leverage to get those jars open.
This is probably the easiest way to get a jar open if you are having trouble with it. Give it a try next time instead of asking someone else to try to open it for you.
If you are having a tricky time with it, there is one simple tool you can purchase at a dollar store to make it way easier.
Grab a pair of latex gloves. The rubbery texture will grip on the jar lids a lot better than your skin without hurting you!
Have you ever really wanted a slice of pizza but you didn’t want to waste the entire frozen pizza you bought? It happens all the time, you just want one or two slices but you can’t buy them that way!
Well, lucky for you there is a trick for that! It’s one of those things where it’s so simple you won’t believe you never thought of it, but seriously it will save you so much wasted pizza! Give it a try next time you pick up a frozen pizza!
It’s super simple, just pull the frozen pizza out of the package while it is still frozen.
Use a large knife to cut it into slices.
Take each slice individually and place it in a freezer bag.
Put those back in the freezer until you’re ready!
Next time you want to have a pizza night on your own you can grab out a slice and cook it up without wasting the whole thing!
A dash of cumin, a sprinkle of cinnamon, a sprig of rosemary…all of them have the power to take a simple dish to the next level.
But have you ever noticed that over time, your spices start to lose their effectiveness? It starts to take more of a certain spice to get that amazing flavor you remember.
It’s probably because you’ve been storing your spices all wrong in your kitchen. But don’t worry…you’re not alone!
According to Julia Collin Davison, an executive food book editor and on-screen test cook, there are certain spots in your kitchen that can ruin your spices and make them lose their flavor over time.
For fresh herbs, they need to be stored in the fridge, “preferably with some moisture.” Wrapping your fresh herbs in damp paper towels inside plastic bags can keep them fresh for a couple weeks. Davison also says you can snip off the ends of the herbs and put them in a small glass with a little water in the bottom.
As for dry spices, the biggest mistake people make is storing them above the stove, says Davison. “It’s just a place that will ruin them,” she says. Over-the-stove spice racks might LOOK great, but dry spices need to stay dry. The humidity from being stored above the stove will end up spoiling those spices and taking away their flavor.
“The key is when you open the jar and you put your nose close the opening, and you can’t smell it? Those things are dead,” says Davison, “There’s no point putting it in your cooking.”
Store dry spices in a dry, room temperature spot that isn’t near the stove.
Are you guilty of storing your spices wrong? I know I am!
Bread is a staple in most households around the world as it is an essential part of many diets. It is simple to make, pairs well with so many foods and easily fills you up. Also, there is quite nothing like the aroma of freshly baked bread. It truly is one of the simple pleasures in life.
However, some of us don’t have the time or skill to make homemade bread everyday so we have to rely on the grocery stores. But how do we know if the pre-packaged bread is fresh just by looking at it?
Turns out there is secret code that tells you exactly how fresh the loaves on the shelf are! You know those colored tabs and ties around the top of a bread bag? They’re not just for keeping your bread from going stale. They’re a simple visual code that indicate which day of the week a loaf was baked.
Click on the next page to find out what each of the colors mean.
Each of the colors correspond to a day of the week and it goes in alphabetical order:
Blue – Monday
Green – Tuesday
Red – Thursday
White – Friday
Yellow – Saturday
To make things even easier for you, Wise Bread shared a printable color key that you can stash in your wallet or purse, so you won’t have to test your memory every time you’re at the store.
There are a few exceptions to this rule because some companies have their own color-coded systems. The color coded system omits Wednesdays and Sundays because some bakeries don’t make bread on those days according to WiseBread. The best thing to do in this instance is to check their website or give them a call and inquire about their system.
Share this and let your friends in on the secret too!
You may have heard your friend warn you about the dangers of spaghetti after returning from a first date. It can be truly awkward and super messy to eat certain foods in front of someone you’re meeting one-on-one for the first time.
Eating soup or pho might splash your date, sushi would would make you look like an unattractive chipmunk, and anything with garlic is an automatic no-no. I know what you’re thinking: “That cancels out most of the foods I like, then! Might as well go for coffee and be done with it!”
Food is wonderful. You must have food. We’ve picked out 10 fool-proof foods you will not only enjoy, but will look great eating them.
1. Rice Dishes
Skip noodles of any kind. Trust me, it’s not going to go well. Rice is a beautiful alternative! You can order a risotto, steamed rice, or fried rice and it will be just grand.
2. Bow Tie Pasta
Most pastas are out, but bow tie pasta is probably the cutest thing you could eat. It’s easy to stab with your fork and usually has a light sauce to decrease the messy factor.
3. Appetizers or Tapas of Any Kind
Bite-size items are the way to go, because it leaves a lot of room for chatting. A cheese platter paired with wine is a lot of fun to share too! Just be careful of items that contain onions or garlic.
Leafy greens are a go-to because they’re likely going to be the healthiest thing on the menu. Also, salad is likely the messiest thing you can eat and still look great. Just be careful of getting bits stuck in your teeth.
5. Thin-Crust Gourmet Pizza
No hands allowed here! You’ll want to order your fancy Mediterranean-style pizza and eat it with a knife and fork. Trust me, you’ll impress your date.
6. Steak, Chicken, or Salmon With Side Veggies
This is the ultimate winner. A classic meal of protein and crisp green beans or asparagus on the side will be easy for you to cut up into small pieces and eat with ease.
7. Burger Sliders
Regular-size burgers are out. Grease and toppings will drip out onto your plate or lap and everything will be horrible forever. Opt for the small version of the burger: the slider.
8. Cake or Pie
Anything chocolate is always a winner on a date. If you can find a fudge cheesecake with whipping cream and caramel drizzle? Order it. It shall be delicious and ye shall not fail in the eating of it if you are careful.
Share with anyone you know going on a date soon! I bet they’d appreciate it.
Buttermilk is one of those ingredients that most people don’t keep on hand, but sometimes it’s needed to keep baked goods moist and tender. Sure, you can go out and buy some, but they’re usually only sold in large cartons, and it’s easy to end up wasting whatever’s left!
If you hate waste, this hack is for you! It’s so easy to freeze buttermilk in convenient divvied up batches, and it’s just as simple defrosting them as needed. We used a ½ cup silicone muffin tray to easily measure out, freeze and store buttermilk for later use. Read on below and have buttermilk on hand to defrost anytime!
Pour the buttermilk into each part of a muffin tin (ideally use one that has 1/2 cup slots).
Carefully place the muffin tin on a baking sheet and put in the freezer overnight.
Remove from the freezer and set on the counter for 5 minutes.
Pop the buttermilk cubes from the muffin tin, then place in a ziploc freezer bag.
Dogs are pretty wonderful, but sometimes they get into all kinds of things that might affect their skin. They get itchy and scratch away at it and you just don’t know how to help. Well, luckily for you there is an easy solution that will make both your dog and you feel better.
It’s so easy to make and doesn’t take long at all! Super handy to have around if they ever have a little itch they just can’t seem to scratch.
Grace Brett doesn’t care that she is 104 years old, she is still going to cover her town in her version of street art. She is part of the knitting club in Scotland known at the Souter Stormers and they took on an impressive project.
It took a year to plan and prepare, but the knitting club decided they would cover 46 landmarks in various knitting projects.
As the oldest member of the “guerilla knitters”, Brett was happy to be a part of the team. “I liked seeing my work showing with everyone else and thought the town looked lovely,” she said to a reporter for the Daily Record.
Her daughter thinks it’s funny that they are calling her mother a street artist, but can you blame them? Look at all the amazing things she helped create!
At 104 I hope I still have the same rebellious spirit and love of life as this wonderful lady!
Your dog is probably the light of your life. They are too precious and perfect and deserve all the love and pampering you can give them. Building them their own special Wooden Crate Dog Bed will prove to them just how much you care.
It also will look a lot cuter than those boring dog beds! Set them up with their own little nest to make them feel like the important member of the family that they are.
To make the coolest little bird feeder you have ever seen, you have to try out this Birdseed Wreath Garland. It spreads the snacks out for the birds so you are going to make a lot of of feathered friends very happy!
This is so easy to make and looks gorgeous out in the yard. It also will add a fun pop of color in the trees while you wait for all the leaves to grow back in the spring.
Peanut butter, organic
Twine or hemp string
Thick sewing needle
Start by cutting your apple into thin even slices.
Spread peanut butter over half of the apple on both sides.
Dip the peanut butter into the birdseed and press it until it is covered.
Set them aside for now.
Slice your orange into this slices.
Use your needle threaded with twine through the orange and alternate with apples.
Keep going until you have added all your apples and oranges and tie off either end.
Hang it on a tree and watch as all the birds come and find their new snacks!
It’s amazing that we’re all still willing to put up with bananas, because this tricky food is just right for only a short time before they start to rot.
There’s nothing worse than craving a banana when all of yours are still green, or finding out your can’t make a recipe because your bananas aren’t ripe.
The problem is that bananas give off a molecule called ethylene that breaks down the sugar inside the fruit. Luckily, with a little science knowledge you can make this work in your favor and ripen green bananas in no time.
Just don’t forget to say “abracadabra!”
The 2 ways to use ethylene gas to your advantage are by adding heat, which speeds up the ripening process, or by pairing up your fruit, to give them a bigger dose of ethylene.
The simplest way is to leave your bananas in a bunch. If you need them for a recipe tomorrow, but your grocery store only has green bananas, just let them be and they should ripen together.
To speed things along you could wrap them in foil or put them in a paper bag, both of which seal in the ethylene.
For some extra teamwork, mix a few apples or tomatoes in with your bananas, since these fruits also leak out the gas.
If you’re really desperate for ripe bananas, or a recipe calls for them dark, you can even ripen yellow bananas quickly.
Stick them in the oven at 300°F and they’ll ripen in a snap. Just watch them closely, because there’s no set time. Don’t be worried when they turn black, the banana inside is still tasty.
These tips will let you enjoy your bananas whenever you like, but to keep ripe ones fresh longer try these instead!
Lego is still one of the most popular toys ever. There are countless play sets, video games and even movies that are based on Legos! Now, one company wants to let you take even more creative control with your lego and use a special tape to play with it anywhere!
That’s right, a tape! This tape is adhesive on one side, then the other side has the design that will let legos click right onto it. So you can attach legos to anything you want, anywhere you want!
They started an Indigogo campaign with a small goal of $8000, but they have exceeded that by over 5000! They have raised over $400,000 and they still have a month to go before they stop campaigning!
The Lego Compatible Adhesive Tape will work on almost any surface so you can make a little playstation for your kids on the fridge, add some lego to a favorite toy, or even decorate your kids sink!
The tape is available for preorder on their campaign site with a few different color options available. I don’t know about about you, but I want some immediately! 2 rolls cost $11 so you can stock up for the kids (or those adults who still like to have a little fun!)