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.