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50 Amazingly Helpful Time-Tested Tips for the Kitchen


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You know all of those helpful kitchen-related suggestions that old-timers are so willing to share with the younger generations? These little tips and tricks might be called “kitchen hacks" these days, but they’re still the same good old nuggets of wisdom that they always were. As with any old wives’ tale, hack, or tip, your mileage may vary. Some of these gems have been around for several lifetimes - and according to most grandmas, they really work.

1. For cleaning smelly hands after chopping onions or garlic, just rub them on a stainless steel spoon. The steel is supposed to absorb the odor.

coffee beans2. Fresh coffee beans can also absorb nasty odors from your hands.

3. If you happen to over-salt a pot of soup, just drop in a peeled potato. The potato will absorb the excess salt.

4. When boiling eggs, add a pinch of salt to keep the shells from cracking.

5. Never put citrus fruits or tomatoes in the fridge. The low temperatures degrade the aroma and flavor of these persnickety fruits.

6. To clean cast iron cookwear, don’t use detergents. Just scrub them with salt and a clean, dry paper towel.

7. Will milk curdle if it is allowed to boil? It turns out that this age-old piece of wisdom isn’t true, after all. Milk that has been boiled is perfectly safe to consume.

8. To clean an electric kettle with calcium buildup on the heating element, boil a mixture of half white vinegar and half water, then empty.

9. When storing empty airtight containers, throw in a pinch of salt to keep them from getting stinky.

10. If you are making gravy and accidentally burn it, just pour it into a clean pan and continue cooking it. Add sugar a little at a time, tasting as you go to avoid over-sugaring it. The sugar will cancel out the burned taste.

11. Burned a pot of rice? Just place a piece of white bread on top of the rice for 5-10 minutes to draw out the burned flavor. Be careful not to scrape the burned pieces off of the bottom of the pan when serving the rice.

burnt rice

12. Before you chop chili peppers, rub a little vegetable oil into your hands and your skin won’t absorb the spicy chili oil.

13. If you aren’t sure how fresh your eggs are, place them in about four inches of water. Eggs that stay on the bottom are fresh. If only one end tips up, the egg is less fresh and should be used soon. If it floats, it’s past the fresh stage.

fresh eggs

14. To banish ants from the kitchen, find out where they are coming in and cover the hole with petroleum jelly. Ants won’t trek through the jelly. If they are coming under a door, draw a line on the floor with chalk. The little bugs also won’t cross a line of chalk.

15. Before making popcorn on the stove or in an air popper, soak the kernels in water for 10 minutes. Drain the water, then pop as normal. The additional moisture helps the popcorn pop up quicker and fluffier with fewer “old maids."

popcorn16. Don’t store your bananas in a bunch or in a fruit bowl with other fruits. Separate your bananas and place each in a different location. Bananas release gases which cause fruits (including other bananas) to ripen quickly. Separating them will keep them fresh longer.

17. To keep potatoes from budding in the bag, put an apple in with them.

18. If you manage to have some leftover wine at the end of the evening, freeze it in ice cube trays for easy addition to soups and sauces in the future.

19. To clean crevices and corners in vases and pitchers, fill with water and drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets. The bubbles will do the scrubbing.

20. After boiling pasta or potatoes, cool the water and use it to water your house plants. The water contains nutrients that your plants will love.

21. 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.

22. 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.

23. 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.

24. Taking the top layer off of a onion can also reduce the amount of eye-watering misery.

toothpaste25. Toothpaste is a great silver cleaner.

26. 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.

27. Baking soda is an extremely effective cleaner, though. Use it with vinegar to deodorize drains and clean stovetops and sinks.

28. 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.

29. 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.

30. 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.

31. When you burn yourself in the kitchen, just spread mustard on the affected area. Leave it for a while and it will ease the pain and prevent blistering.

32. For aluminum pans that are looking dull, just boil some apple peels in them. This will brighten up the aluminum and make your house smell yummy.

33. To keep cookies fresh, savvy grannies like to put some crumpled-up tissue paper in the bottom of the cookie jar.

cookie jar

34. If your salt is clumping up, put a few grains of rice in with it to absorb excess moisture.

35. To clean fruit stains off of your fingers, rub them with a fresh, peeled potato. White vinegar can also do the trick.

36. Keep iceberg lettuce fresh in the fridge by wrapping it in a clean, dry paper towel and storing lettuce and paper towel in a sealed baggie in the fridge.

37. If your loaf of bread is starting to go stale, just put a piece of fresh celery in the bag and close it back up. For some reason, this restores a fresh taste and texture to the bread.

celery

38. Always keep an aloe vera plant in your kitchen. It’s invaluable when you scrape your arm or burn your finger. Just break off a leaf and rub the gel from the inside on the injury.

39. When making a soup, sauce, or casserole that ends up too fatty or greasy, drop in an ice cube. The ice will attract the fat, which you can then scoop out.

40. To reuse cooking oil without tasting whatever was cooked in the oil previously, cook a 1/4″ piece of ginger in the oil. It will remove any remaining flavors and odors.

41. If your milk always goes bad before you can finish it, try adding a pinch of salt to the carton when you first open it. It will stay fresh days longer.

42. Water that has been boiled and allowed to cool will freeze faster than water from the tap. This comes in handy when you’re having a party and need ice pronto.

43. Remove tea or coffee stains from your fine china by mixing up a paste of baking soda, lemon juice, and cream of tartar. Rub it over the stains and they’ll come off easily.

milk44. If two drinking glasses become stuck together after stacking, it’s not impossible to unstick them. Just put ice in the inner glass and dunk the outer glass in warm water. The warm glass will expand and the cold glass will contract, making the glasses separate easily.

45. For splinters under the fingernail, soaking the affected finger in a bowl of milk with a piece of bread in it is said to draw out the splinter.

46. Did grandpa ever give you a drink of cola for an upset tummy? It turns out that this is actually a pretty effective remedy. The sugar and carbonation can soothe many tummy problems - but it can also exacerbate others.

47. Putting salty bacon on a boil is said to “draw the poison out" of boils.

48. To help old wooden drawers (without runners) open and close smoothly, rub a candle on the tracks.

49. A cotton ball soaked in white vinegar and applied to a fresh bruise will reduce the darkness of the bruise and help it disappear sooner.

50. Drinking cranberry juice and eating blueberries regularly will help stave off urinary tract infections.

163 Comments so far

  1. Lanie on May 23rd, 2008

    Love the web sight! It gives you lots of food for thought!

  2. Steve on May 24th, 2008

    Not sure about most of those. But # 42 is an old wives tale. Big, big myth…can’t believe the author would be dumb enough to post that.

    Don’t believe me, go take a physics class at your local community college. Call me when you’re done.

  3. Jennifer on May 25th, 2008

    #31 is likewise an old wives tale, and can seriously aggravate any burns. As a trained EMT who has seen many cases of people following such kitchen lore, I understand that these myths are popular - but for your own sake! Slease, please do not put mustard, butter, or anything else on a wound, other than to run it under cold water if it is a burn.

  4. jack on May 25th, 2008

    just a further comment: I enjoyed the list. Very cute. But a word of warning as the EMT said: salves ointments or in this case mustard applied to a burn will actually make the injury worse because it will seal in the heat and prolong the burning process. Additionally, broken skin that may occur, will obsorb mustard and whatever else is shmeared on, increasing the chance of infection. Flushing continuously ( read as: Longer then you think is needed! Like 15 mins) with cool water for superficial burns, and dial. 911 for more serious burns!

  5. Delana on May 26th, 2008

    Thanks for all of the helpful comments, everyone!

    @Jennifer: my grandmother always used to put butter on burns. I still have a scar or two from those. I told her that they hurt MORE after the butter, but she swore that it was the best treatment…

    @Steve: the author was simply making a fun list of old wives’ tales from the kitchen. No dumbness involved, I assure you. :)

  6. Delana on May 26th, 2008

    @Jack: Good point: flushing a minor burn with cool water is the best treatment. Ice and other home remedies often just make the situation worse. Thanks!

  7. Mike Toler on May 26th, 2008

    Nearly all of these are complete lies - I know because I’ve tried most of them at one time or other in the past 30 years. Why do people keep passing this nonsense around?

  8. Cosmo on June 2nd, 2008

    Toothpaste is NOT a good silver cleaner. In fact, it’’s bad for the silver - it scratches it up, which might not necessarily be a problem, but if it’s polished silver, then never use anything with grit in it.
    I’m a jewelrysmith, btw, and this is a very common old wives’ tale for some reason. Also, the red stuff that is sold as silver cleaner is even worse. Windex with ammonia is the best thing I know to clean (not polish or anything) silver.

  9. Ruthanne R. Robbins on June 3rd, 2008

    I have a question - we have class mugs that we have repeatedly washed in the dishwasher - and now they have foggy residue on there, that will not come off. So they are no longer clear clean-looking glass mugs like they used to be. Does anyone know how to get them clear again?

  10. Joel on June 3rd, 2008

    #22 is also a myth, at least the part about vinegar “tenderizing” meat. An enzymatic reaction can tenderize meat, but just pouring an acidic solution on does nothing but add flavor.

  11. Wil on June 3rd, 2008

    2. So don’t handle the coffee beans…

    12. Wear rubber gloves like the recipes tell you to.

    18. Why not just leave the leftover wine in the bottle?

    33. Forget the tissue paper. Use some apple slices like my grandmother.

    36. Don’t, in the first place, use iceberg lettuce. No taste, no nutrition. Other lettuce keeps beautifully if loosely wrapped in newspaper (best to wash and spin it first).

    37. If your bread goes stale, make bread crumbs or French toast.

    39. Easier to make the soup, sauce or stew a day early and chill it, then just spoon the congealed fat off the top. Also, the soup, sauce or stew taste better on the second day.

    42. Completely stupid. If you need ice ‘pronto’, why would you take the time to boil water and cool it first so it will freeze quicker?

    46. Try Coke syrup instead.

  12. seb on June 5th, 2008

    #44 is bogey. You should cool both glasses. Primarily the temprature of the glass will not change as much if you heat the outside and cool the inside. And if the idea of heating respectively cooling the glasses individually would work very well, the heat would swell the outer glass and tighten the grip around the inner one, therefore cancelling out the cooling effect to a certain degree. Heat does not make a material expand in just one direction, which is a commen misperception. Just putting ice in the inner glass would do it though.

  13. seb on June 5th, 2008

    and @ delana, its just a matter of cooling the tissue as much as possible, a job that ice does just as well, or anything that is cold. They key is to cool a burn over a long time. Preferrably ½ an hour.

  14. midlkid on June 6th, 2008

    Ice is a bad deal for burns, as it can really do damage to blisters if they form. Aloe is really the best, as it is non-greasy and will actually help with healing. As a former EMT _AND_ a trained chef, I can vouch for quite a few of the kitche n hints. Perhaps some of you have a lack of patience, since many are solutions that require time, and are not instant cures. So many of the responses from readers are sarcastic and not well founded.

  15. FlowerMantra on June 7th, 2008

    1 more, I couldn’t resist..
    Store your ripe bananas with an unripe avocado to ripen it up in no time

  16. Kate on June 10th, 2008

    Ruthanne:

    That’s not a “Foggy build-up”. It’s minute scratches on the surface of your glassware from the scrubbing agents in your dishwasher. You can’t “fix” it.

    Best solution? Buy new glassware if it really bothers you, and don’t put it in the dishwasher.

  17. Kate on June 10th, 2008

    That should read: Scrubbing agents in your dishwasher’s detergent…

  18. Kate on June 10th, 2008

    …and please, people. Stop putting the juice of your houseplants on your wounds. Just stop. It does not help. As a matter of fact the “cooling” sensation you feel is nothing more than WATER evaporating from the plants juices.

    Plants, including aloe, can contain harmful bacteria. Their surfaces can harbour harmful molds and bacteria. For the love of whatever deity you hold dear, please stop doing utterly stupid things because you “Heard somewhere that this is an old folk cure”.
    Did you know how they used to cure fainting form low blood pressure in the “old days”? They’d bleed you. With a lancet. Into a bowl. until you’d filled it.

    Wanna know how they used to cure earaches? Hot oil and the juice of an onion poured into your ear. Mmmmmm….. Bacteria and mold growing in your ear from raw vegetables and rancid oil! Fantastic!

    Now, I know you folks all like to think you’re trying to live more “naturally” and embrace “the wisdom of ancient cultures”, but in reality all you’re doing is perpetuating dangerous, potentially fatal myths.

    Please leave the medical advice to those who have dedicated their lives to the study and understanding of the human body. I don’t want to have to subsidize your medical care with my tax dollars because you chose to do something utterly devoid of intelligence.

  19. Ben on June 10th, 2008

    That’s really clever about the chillies. I know that it’s really painful to get chillies in your eyes. I will need to try that trick the next time I chop up some chillies. Thanks.

  20. DRR on June 10th, 2008

    Wow, why all the hostility? I thought the list was an interesting read, and it included a few good tips. Thanks for the diversion!

  21. Kate on June 11th, 2008

    It’s not hostility as much as it is frustration. When I see someone perpetuating a potentially dangerous myth I’ve got to speak out. Kitchen Tips should be that, tips to help you with cooking and clean up. Medical advice is best left to those who are experts in that field. All too often people give “advice” that they “heard from my neighbour’s friend’s cousin’s hairdresser”. Advice that is incorrect and most often harmful.

    Mustard? On a burn? That’s oil, vinegar, salt, tartrazine, ground mustard seed… Do any of those sound like they would be good things to put on damaged skin? Would you put mustard on a cut or blister? Would you put plant juice on an open wound? People can end up being badly scarred by following this advice and some may end up with nasty infections and a great deal of pain, with a needlessly increased recovery time.

    I’d rather get the right information out there and actually help people to be smarter and make better informed choices than simply congratulate someone for getting it “almost right”.

  22. Dean on June 11th, 2008

    An entertaining but largely useless list. Kate is right, some of the recommendations are a bit dangerous and shouldn’t be promoted in any way. Others are just silly - adding a potato to a pot of oversalted soup, stew, or anythign won’t absorb salt to any noticable amount; there are plenty of articles available dispelling this old “remedy.” Putting oil on your fingers when chopping chili’s sounds dangerous; why grease your hands when handling a knife? If you’re sensitive to the oils, wear rubber gloves with a gripping texture on the fingers.

    The cleansing tips seem pretty good; vinegar and baking soda seem to work well on lots of things. I don’t know about the issue a commenter raised about toothpaste harming silver.

  23. Fash on June 11th, 2008

    Uh, putting an open aloe vera leaf on a burn is totally acceptable and in most cases prevents scarring, etc. It’s not like the list is recommending that you run out to the yard and grab the first green thing you see, so “plant juice” isn’t a cause for concern. Aloe is proven to be a superior agent in healing sunburns and other minor skin trauma. It suppose it should be noted we’re talking about a minor kitchen burn here, not those from a five-alarm house fire. Obviously, it takes some common sense to determine which tips from the list might be worth a try.

    The majority of this list is for entertainment value - who doesn’t at least SMILE when they read advice from a time when we didn’t know what we know now? Get a GRIP, people. Once we thought the earth was flat, now we know that it’s round…so once we thought mustard was good for a burn, now we know it isn’t.

  24. Patrick on June 11th, 2008

    The headline states explicitly that these are “time-tested” tips; they are later called “gems” and “nuggets of wisdom.” Granted, there’s a YMMV disclaimer in the lede, but between the headline and the tone it’s clear that the tips were not merely presented for readers to laugh at (as some have suggested).

    It’s not a *huge* deal, certainly not worth hostility — but mixing tips that actually work with wives-tales that have long been debunked is a smidge irresponsible, especially when some of them (like the butter tip) are now known to be somewhat dangerous.

    Bottom line, this blog is all about useful stuff, so when we spot something false (or, heck, dangerous) it’s our responsibility to point it out — not make knee-jerk defenses of a poster we happen to like.

  25. Kate on June 11th, 2008

    Fash:
    Aloe Vera is a plant. Plant juice = potentially full of nasty bacteria as well as a breeding ground for more bacteria once it’s spread on your skin. (It contains sugars and water, which are a paradise for microscopic nasties). Yes, even Aloe Vera. I’m very, very, very tired of attempting to explain the basics of basic first aid, so I’ll make this my last comment, and if you want to cause yourself and your family harm, then you go right ahead. I’ve done my best to give you the truth, based on actual research by actual doctors.

  26. Michael ODonnell on June 11th, 2008

    Most of these are “psychofacts” - vague notions and confused half-truths (re-re-re)repeated in an authoritative tone with the hope that you’ll be mistaken for somebody with a clue. Yet another collection of rehashed junk lifted from other such collections, none of which were actually verified in rigorous fashion. The fact that a few of these are accidentally true does not excuse the larger fact that most of them are not…

  27. James Bucanek on June 11th, 2008

    This would be interesting and useful if a third of the items weren’t myth or just plain wrong.

  28. William Young on June 11th, 2008

    The title given and the intro does makes this list of 50 things sound like they would work, though I hope most people reading this have figured that some are still just old-wives tales. Have to admit though, that this post does give a smile and is fun to read. There are a few things in this list that DO work, but I think most people have enough logic to give some other ones a second thought, like adding salt to milk to make it last longer. But there are a few that seem like its harmless enough to try, like the egg floating one. As for medical treatments for burns and such, I would still have to agree with Kate, leave it to the trained professionals. And besides, if you get burns enough that you need to raise a plant in your kitchen just for burns, why don’t you go buy some ointment. But honestly, this sounds like a fun list of things to try out, minus some of the questionable ones. Definitely trying the boiling apple peels to shine the aluminum one, seems harmless and I need a cheap air freshener :)

  29. Deaner on June 11th, 2008

    I’ve gotta throw my two cents in here. I bought mini terracotta pots (about 2 tablespoons or so) and soaked them in warm water for 20 minutes, dried them off and threw them into my brown sugar. It’s a great trick 1) keeps it really moist and 2) it’s a little sugar scooper for when I just need a little bit!

    And no, I would NEVER put mustard (hmm, HOT tasting thing) on a burn. Just to reassure you EMTs out there - some of us do know better :) you probably just always get the other ones.

  30. Claire on June 11th, 2008

    I can not find ANYWHERE online, or in my medical books, where anyone says that you should NOT put aloe on 1st degree burns, which is what most people use it for. In fact, aloe has been shown to HAVE antimicrobial properties (google “Antimicrobial Activity Aloe” for references). What we do question is the efficacy of aloe once it’s been mixed with other things. In most aloe compounds you buy in the store, it is usually only the evaporation of the alcohol in the gel that gives you the cooling sensation. Really, it is BETTER to use the straight “plant juices” than something you paid too much money for.

    If you want to rant about how something is totally unproven, and maybe harmful, why don’t you post your references too, Kate?

    The only fault I can find with #38, is that it doesn’t say when it’s helpful to use aloe on a burn, and when it may not be. Given the cursory info given in the other 49 snippets, well….what the heck do you want? Other comments have addressed the problems with butter/mayo/ice on burns.

  31. CulinaryInstitute of America on August 13th, 2008

    Joel:In response to your accusation that 22 is a myth. Actually vinegar denatures the protein in meat thus \

  32. MOMZILLA on August 14th, 2008

    OH Dear,
    It is just so very fun to read the reply\’s from the youngsters on this planet. Now I just can\’t resist adding an old woman\’s view. This list is just that a list, no one is holding your feet to a fire demanding that you try any of them. Some of these DID work before the ingredients were not changed and made \

  33. Debi Burnett on August 14th, 2008

    I beg to differ…………………..I use mustard all the time for burns -as a matter of fact, I accidently spilled boiling hot coffee on my hand-washed it off with cold water- dried it off -smothered it with plain yellow mustard-it didn\\\’t blister or scar or continue to be swollen or sore-Don\\\’t let anyone fool you -mustard does work on burns…………….I have other otc burn treatments but I reach for the mustard!

  34. ab on August 18th, 2008

    Ice does NOT attract fat by any stretch of the imagination. Water is polar. Oil is non polar. Like attracts like. In other words, that\\\\\\\’s why you need soap (an emulsifier/detergent) to wash oil off your hands, because water won\\\\\\\’t bind with the oil.

    What a bunch of B.S. this list is.

  35. Daniel hughes on August 23rd, 2008

    Toothpaste on silver does not work, it only scratches the surface. Instead use cigarette ash. the nitrogen in the ash takes off any oxidization to the silver without scratching!

  36. Cora on August 24th, 2008

    Fun list! Hard to imagine ice attracting fat, although fat may congeal on the ice if it\’s pulled through a fatty dish. Makes sense and I\’m going to try it. Usually, I chill it and pick the solidified fat off the top before rewarming.

  37. Maarten on September 4th, 2008

    Although #42 seems to be illogical there are some theories to support this … check out this website: http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/physics/General/hot_water.html

  38. Colin on October 18th, 2008

    Concerning the glasses stuck together - any way that you can heat the outside glass more than the inside glass or cool the inside glass more than the outside glass will make them easier to separate. When an object is heated it expands in all directions - that is, any two points on the object get farther away from each other (like if you made several dots with marker on a deflated balloon, when you inflate the balloon each dot is getting farther away from every other dot). So if you look at two points on opposite sides of the inside of the glass, when the glass is heated, those points will move away from each other thereby increasing the diameter of the glass (not tightening its grip on the other glass) and therefore making it easier to remove the stuck glass inside it.
    The trick of course is getting the outside glass to heat and expand before the inside glass. Dipping just the outside glass in boiling water (or just run it under hot water from the faucet) is a good way to heat the outside glass up slightly before the inside glass.

  39. Chuck on October 22nd, 2008

    Rub oil on your hands to prevent your fingers getting all spicy while chopping chiles? BRILLIANT!!

    That way you can handle both your knife and food with slippery hands!!

    The oil won\’t do a damn thing to stop the capsicum from sticking to your skin, oh no! Rather it aids in the separation of your digits from your hand. Voila! No spicy fingers!

    Jesus-Chainsaw-Juggling-Christ it saddens me that there are people who will read this nonsense and do it. After all, if it\’s on the internet it must be true!

  40. Mary on November 4th, 2008

    On 39, the best way to get rid of over greased food in my experience is to use a piece of bread. Let the sauce or soup sit for a moment without heat and a layer of grease should form, then take a piece of bread and run it over the surface to absorb most of the bad stuff. Then you can toss the bread outside as a treat for the birds, especially in the winter when they need all the fat they can get.

  41. Robert Mowbray on November 5th, 2008

    Bananas placed in the fridge will turn brown. BUT bananas in the fridge will keep the flesh nice and firm and white twice as long than at room tempture even if the skin has turned brown

  42. Chris on November 5th, 2008

    There should be a disclaimer everytime someone logs onto the net stating that 1) not everything you read is true and 2) just because it’s there doesn’t mean it’s true.
    I do recall from my first aid class that the best things for burns is to cool the burn immedately since skin will continue to burn after removed from the source of heat.
    Also, if you keep your house plants clean (i.e. dusting and wiping to keep off said nasty cooties) there really shouldn’t be much to be worried about. As long as the wound is kept clean I don’t see any problems.
    If plant juices are so terrible why is it recommended that we eat several servings of fruits and vegetables everyday to maintain a healthy body?

  43. Asterope on November 5th, 2008

    Kate: where on earth did you get the information that plants contain bacteria??

    The internals of a plant are absolutely sterile - even having ANTIMICROBIAL agents in them to kill/ward off invading biota including microbes and fungi.
    If they didnt, there wouldnt be any plants left on this planet at all!! - I guess you havent heard of the beneficial effects of tea tree oil, lavender oil, citrus oils in both folk and modern medicine… just naming a few!

    That is why putting aloe vera juice (the INTERNALS) of the plant on your minor burns actually facilitates healing - all that sterile, antomicrobial goodness from inside the plant is transferred onto you.

    If you want to debunk a well known, and extensively tested old time/modern remedy, I suggest you really get your facts straight.

  44. ron on November 6th, 2008

    i don\\\\\\\’t think i would do the boil water and let it cool and then freeze for fast ice. i\\\\\\\’m pretty sure that takes longer than freezing tap water.

  45. Atomic Shrimp on November 7th, 2008

    Some of the items on the list are bogus, but folks pooh-pooing number 42 should perhaps not be quite so hasty.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mpemba_effect

  46. plantjuiceman on November 7th, 2008

    Kate:

    You are a dumb bitch.

  47. plantjuiceman on November 7th, 2008

    Kate:

    ur mean.

  48. mare on November 7th, 2008

    Great amusement with the banter. Minor burns Aloe does help as does REAL vanilla extract–it helps pull out the heat. Don\’t even think about the artificial type.Do NOT use if skin is punctured though like Aloe. As for salt in cast iron pans? Are ya nuts? A \

  49. Bojangles on November 12th, 2008

    After reading the banter here I realize why this country is so messed up. KATE…for the love of God…SHUT UP! Aloe helps burns and if it contained all the massive bacteria you claim I would be dead or missing a hand or foot by now from infection. Haven\’t tried mustard but I might next time I get burned.

    Many of these do work. Some are indeed old wives tales. Not nearly as many are as claimed here though. In fact almost none. Boiled water does freeze faster and if the person posting actually TOOK the physics class he recommended would already have known that. HOWEVER, it does not take less time than freezing tap water unless you use hot water from the faucet.

    What I really see here is a bunch of dingbats that have never done anything themselves.

    Most of this list is VERY good information.

  50. SS on November 14th, 2008

    Mustard on a burn sounds scary…partly because cold water works so well, I’d hate to skip cold water for something less effective?!

  51. Justin on November 18th, 2008

    Article was great fun.
    All comments not stating how fun the article was really takes away from it.
    Just read it and smile!

  52. christina on November 18th, 2008

    I really enjoyed this, thanks for posting it. A lot of it did remind me of my grandmothers and mother. I love this kind of stuff, regardless of its accuracy.

  53. Mattress on November 21st, 2008

    wonderful site!!! i will definitely try the stainless steel spoon on my hands to take away the smell of onions after I prepare my special sauce each Sunday.

  54. Elena on November 28th, 2008

    There’s a few i want to add:
    -spreading honey on a burn prevents blisters (works, though im not sure why)
    -if you are boiling eggs, after they’re done, put them under cold water as soon as possible and leave them like that for a few minutes. That will make cleaning the shell off a lot easier.

  55. mommyB on November 30th, 2008

    I got some more here

    1)Try using bacon grease on your face to get rid of acne,
    2)Or if you have posion ivy, try using posion sumic on the area. (the two posions will fight for domination on the affected area, therefore canceling each other out)
    HA HA SERIOUSLY JOKING!
    No come on, thats cute old timey grandmas magic solutions, but lets not continue tradtions that can cause an ignorant person harm. Many people are unaware of what they might be doing, so using the title “AMAZINGLY HELPFUL TIME TESTED TIPS” just may lead a reader into belief that these are safe/”helpful”

    Some of these are ok, like a pinch a salt isnt going to hurt milk or aloe on a burn..but Mustard? WTF people seriously? this isnt the depression era or dark ages. Lets let some of these harmful traditions die along with the period they came from. I understand wanting to be thrifty and resorceful, but some times you have to just say, “oops I f*cked up the soup” or “I should clean my burn with mild soap and water and put some burn cream from the drug store” this is the ERA of information, so lets be informative and help each other out with realistic tips like, dont take advice on how to put food condiments on your wounds from grandma.

    if thats not enough for you, check on the web about all the dangerous crap that we use to do “back in the day”
    kitchen tips are cute, but like they said, lets leave the medical advice to the professionals..

  56. phil on November 30th, 2008

    lmao although the title may need to be changed most of this is just interesting and entertaining. Im sure anyone with more than two brain cells can figure out the myths from the facts, so dont get your panty’s in a wad.

  57. sarah on November 30th, 2008

    to cosmos plain toothpaste is fine just with no bleach or the chunks of freshening strips and/or baking soda thats what scratches it up. NEVER put mustard on a burn, if anything you should put a mustard SEED on the burn and even then a lot of people get bothered by that.

  58. sunny on December 1st, 2008

    lol, reading these comments was almost as much fun as reading the article that sparked them! Kudos to Fash, Deaner, Momzilla, chris, Bojangles, and phil:) You guys are a breath of fresh air! I enjoyed this piece, especially since I have found from PERSONAL EXPERIENCE that most of these work. I also have experimented enough in my life that I know that some of the tips don’t work. And some new ones that look fun to try! I surf the web a lot, so know to take stuff “with a grain of salt”, as my granny used to say:)But one thing that never ceases to amaze me is when people strain so hard to find fault with others… and get all steamed if someone disagrees with them. Why bother?! If you have something worthwhile to say, it would certainly be advisable to research what you base your opinion on, then the rest of us wouldn’t wish you’d just shut up.

  59. darshan on December 4th, 2008

    nice blog and stuff helpful for all user, nice HEALTH TIPS
    thanks

  60. Tara on December 4th, 2008

    OMG I LOVE THIS WEBSITE! I stumbled upon it and I instantly loved it! My dad and I already tried half the tips on here! They work! I love cooking, so does my dad, so we have a blast looking at this, THANKS!!!

  61. Jessica on December 5th, 2008

    Wow, who knew people could get so upset about a silly little list that’s just supposed to be fun. Some of you need to get a life.

  62. aquadraw on December 5th, 2008

    the info you provide is ace

  63. The Glonkonator on December 5th, 2008

    #18 - Leftover wine? What leftover wine?

  64. d on December 8th, 2008

    Jeese Louise. Medical experts? Dangerous? Poor ignorant people might get hurt? Come on! Lighten up folks. The way the American mindset works these days makes you wonder how anyone ever has any fun…. oh that’s right, they don’t.

  65. d on December 8th, 2008

    Except Glonkonator…

  66. Dharma on December 12th, 2008

    Satu portal buat duit yang amat canggih dan baru

  67. syrhiz on December 17th, 2008

    nice site for helping tips for kitchen… thumbs up!!

  68. Whit on December 17th, 2008

    I have to tell you that using ice cubes to the fat off of something really does work. When ever I make gravy with meat drippings I always use I to get the fat out. Of course I doesn’t get all of it, but I does get a lot.

  69. Sam on December 17th, 2008

    I hadn’t heard the one about stainless for smelly hands. I usually just use lemon.

  70. hgfhkh on December 18th, 2008

    good site!

  71. DFSIOAJDAS on December 18th, 2008

    Love your SIGHT!!! You can see so well.

  72. Comma on December 19th, 2008

    Wonderful site! I wear a lot of jewelry from Tiffany’s, so it’s great to know that toothpaste is a good cleaner for silver.

  73. kristen nicole on December 20th, 2008

    yeahhhhhhh. FOOD FOR THOUGHT. that’s the most uncanny thing i’ve ever heard.
    you should be a comdedian!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! go ‘head jo ed.

  74. kristen nicole on December 20th, 2008

    why would you ever want to drain the fat? that’s the flavaaaaa flav!

  75. Trudy on December 21st, 2008

    I believe #42 was actually taken from the fact that to make crystal clear ice cubes, start with hot water from the tap instead of cold. The hot water has far fewer air bubbles than cold, resulting in clearer ice cubes.

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  77. Jim on December 26th, 2008

    A lot of great hints. #29 - The jury is in- Put a slice of fresh bread in a zip-lock bag with a rock solid brick of brown sugar and it will be soft and fresh as new in a couple of days. Ive been doing this for years.

  78. fearghais on December 28th, 2008

    Because one cannot scientifically prove a method that natural substances can cure does not make the cure incorrect or dangerous. I am of the medical field and know, just as well as you do, Kate, that the “medical expert” methods of healing the human body often times fail. Does that make them dangerous? Maybe it does. Many times we “treat” cancer with totally toxic substances, knowing it will destroy even healthy parts of the being we’re trying to cure and know that it most likely will not pardon the life within the body we’re treating, however we do it anyway. Please don’t use your “smarter than thou” attitude to make those you feel are inferior look ingnorant. At best you are making a few weak pojts and making youself look really incompassionate and narrow-minded. And, do not try to insinuate that you have never used a home remedy for your own first aid needs, because you havbe. Everyone has and you will in the future. Contrary to your belief that only medical experts should be able to care for the human body, average people who have taken the wisdom of the one’s before them can and will forever more use simple, natural, everyday items that are at our quick disposal to treat minor irritations and ailments. What’s the harm in that? Nothing.

  79. Siggmundo on December 28th, 2008

    I really enjoyed laughing at all the comments - especially exasperated Kate trying to save the “ignorant” masses (us) from ourselves. I think people worry about germs too much. Or maybe it’s just worried people worry too much about germs. And while rubber gloves would be a very sensible, but tedious way of avoiding chili oil, I think a light film of oil is not going to make using a knife appreciably more dangerous than without oil. The ice thing: It’s not that the ice “attracts” the oil, its that the oil in proximity to the ice congeals making it easy to remove.

  80. Kathy on December 30th, 2008

    Some if these actually are good advice — especially keeping tomatoes out of the fridge — breaks their sugars down and makes them tasteless. Also — I have heard that you shouldn’t put potatoes in the fridge because it increases their carb load — but who knows???

    On all the discussion re: putting plant juice on an injury — many plants and other substances (garlic, onions, honey, etc) have antibacterial properties — I am wondering if aloe juice does as well — does anyone know?

  81. Zachary on January 1st, 2009

    Haha. Kate I’m not surprised you haven’t responded. Your advice and input was ridiculous.

    Also…Kudos to those who realize these don’t all work. Anyone with a 5th grade level of education knows to take this site with a grain of salt. Just putting it up is not promoting the harm of people, rather it’s providing us all with entertainment and a good laugh. Our society is too uptight these days and litigation is so prominent that we forget to just use common sense.

    Let us learn to laugh and pick and choose battles that are actually worth fighting.

  82. Rick on January 2nd, 2009

    This almost made my day at work. Gotta love this country…. :D

  83. jimmyc on January 2nd, 2009

    almost every single ‘helpful tip’ in this list is either complete crap or downright stupid. Congrats to the author for wasting his time and effort compiling this list of junk

  84. Wanda K on January 5th, 2009

    i like most of them I`m ole school so my granny told me alot of those remedies above,don`t think they aren`t true they r,try them before u cut out their hearts,and if u don`t be in the kitchen then why talk crap!!

  85. Billy Bob on January 6th, 2009

    #3 is false. The only way to fix a dish that is too salty is balancing it with something sweet.

  86. Tyler on January 7th, 2009

    Wtf..
    Iv tried most of these
    46 is true
    38 also is true
    And
    31 Also works.
    It also depends on the person.
    Half the ppl like pain.
    And the other dont.
    So I gess if your having problems puttting mustured on your burn then you cant handle the pain or your doing it wrong.
    I have done most of these.
    I drink coke when Im sick in bed.
    And 39 the, aloe vera plant thing,,.. That also works.

  87. Catering on January 8th, 2009

    Fantastic list. I will definitely post a link to this from my business newsletter.

  88. Joe on January 9th, 2009

    I just boiled my kettle then got all messed up, burnt myself on it then couldn’t remember what I had to do next…..remembered something about boiled water so I tipped it on the burn, I’ll tell you it doesn’t work

  89. Donna on January 11th, 2009

    For minor burns try coating the area with hydrocortisone cream, the strongest you can get otc, it takes away the inflammation & stops the burning…my pharmacists recommended this after I scalded my hand taking soup out of the microwave…I was amazed how well it worked….of course I cooled the area with cold water & ice cubes first..before I was able to get to the drugstore.

  90. sincity on January 12th, 2009

    Everyone who replied to this with saying that they are wrong.. why do you need to go making stuff up?! you could just say they dont work! As for most of your “thats completely untrue my science proves it”… go to college! Theres alot more to life than they teach you when you 16!

  91. 337boy on January 13th, 2009

    Wow I found those list very interesting.1!!!1

  92. Heyguys on January 17th, 2009

    Kathy, potatoes cannot gain carbs by bein gput in the fridge. That is dumb. The only way a food can gain carbs is to put something carby in it (Boil in sugar water, etc)

  93. Jomon on January 18th, 2009

    Hi I found its very interesting

  94. Jomon on January 18th, 2009

    Hi my experience is to use a piece of bread. Let the sauce or soup sit for a moment without heat and a layer of grease should form, then take a piece of bread and run it over the surface to absorb most of the bad stuff.

  95. Jomon on January 18th, 2009

    Many of these do work. Some are indeed old wives tales. Not nearly as many are as claimed here though.

  96. andrew on January 19th, 2009

    Kate, you are paranoid and should probably live in one of those sterile Bubbles…. ok a little rude but It is making a point that I get to in my last paragraph.

    After reading these comments I think I would be afraid to publish anything online for fear of being assaulted by a bunch of prats who think they know better. If your life is so bad that you need to login online and bash other people to raise your self esteem then you need a life. you are a bunch of bully’s.

    also, STOP being so scared! we are not made of glass! put mustard on your cuts, kate, eat a raw vegetable, they are good for you and not so dangerous, and if it DEFIES physics try it anyway, because the beauty of science is that it always changes, and if it doesn’t work then just don’t do it again…. Its not the end of the world. We need to live in a world where we are responsible for ourselves, because we are all capable of doing so. People like you kate are turning this world into a bunch of fat wusses. And if you are so scared of everything then go live in a padded bubble.

  97. Thom on January 19th, 2009

    The author put these out as helpful and time-tested tips, not silly jokes to have a laugh over. It’s a shoddy article with bad advice mixed in with the good, and some of that bad advice is dangerously bad. Not life-threatening, but major cuts and infections bad. Better to have less content than content that is of negative value.

    Since the author didn’t bother to check any of these (i.e. toothpaste is a good silver cleaner) or think very hard about them (i.e. put oil on your hands while using a knife) I think people are right to treat the whole list with some hostility.

    At the very least, the author ought to edit the piece.

  98. kiura on January 20th, 2009

    wow. thought this was just about tips….. but found the drama queen stuff, most entertaining. wow…. kate, where did you put your claws? aren’t you going to continue the dinner and a show? where’s your next hit? I wanna see.

  99. mambo on January 22nd, 2009

    The boiling water tip is known as mpemba effect, it only works if you put still boiling water into a fridge that has around 0°C. Basically the boiling water has much time to evaporate into the air at 0°C thus leaving less water to freeze. As you may guess less water means less time till frozen ;)
    In the end you’re better off putting less water into the fridge from the beginning. You a) won’t have to cook thee water and b) your fridge won’t look like a glacier afterwards.

    This won’t work at all at typical fridge temperatures since the water will cool down too fast thus leaving more liquid and less evaporated water.

    Putting mustard/oil/flour on a wound isn’t good at all. In best case it will simply hurt, in worst case you get yourself a nice little infection. Ice or water are better.

    If you want to put aloe an your cuts do as you like, I prefer some zinc paste or medical alcohol (depending of the wound either onto the cut or into the head ;))

    Nail polish for cuts? I use liquid bandages but if you like that burning sensation… ;)

  100. gpower on January 28th, 2009

    i’ve tried a few of these and they work however i don’t think i’ll be putting any grey poop on burns…cold water works best.

  101. Andrew on January 30th, 2009

    @Kate

    While in general you would be right about “plant juice”, you’re wrong about Aloe. Overall, it’s not beneficial or harmful to put on your skin. However, it does have natural antibiotic and antifungal properties against very particular strains including Streptococcus. It is NOT “full of bacteria” as you claim. However, the overall affect isn’t beneficial.

  102. Alicia on February 3rd, 2009

    haha.

    Honestly, this is like the adult version of kids facebook/ myspace bashing.

    You are all hilarious! keep it up its a good read!

  103. Tom on February 7th, 2009

    For burns the best remedie is honey. It is so good that if it is applied quickly enough there is no pain and no blister.
    I have tried this several times with amazing results, Tom

  104. Zu on February 10th, 2009

    42 isn’t exactly a wives tale…
    Boiling DISTILLED water and then freezing prevents the ice from getting cloudy and having bubbles in it, but it does not make it freeze faster.

  105. Ewan the plumber on February 11th, 2009

    Oh Steve, never be opinionated and wrong in the web! Water that has been boiled does freeze easier! (I am not alone here, Myth-busters agree with me)
    Well Steve, you should go take Physics class as you are 100% wrong. Boiling the water forces the dissolved gases out of solution, the end result is that the water is then easier to freeze. I have repaired frozen pipes in dozens of houses, in all but one case it was only the hot water lines that froze!

  106. Miz Helena on February 11th, 2009

    wonderful cost effective kitchen tips!! thanks for sharing! just learnt kool new ways to deal with stuff I normally toss out !!

  107. Autumn on February 12th, 2009

    wow - lots and lots of replies. lol My mother-in-law burned her hand at Christmas (minor burn - no blisters but very red) and immediately put toothpaste on it, just the regular paste kind. I thought she was nuts. 30 minutes later, there was no sign of redness and the burn was gone. WTF??? I still thought she was nuts. Not long after that, I burned my hand, right on the nuckle making pudding. I licked the boiling pudding off my knuckle and saw a bright red spot (minor with no blisters). I decided to try the toothpaste business and holy sh*t - it worked. Was irritating to keep something on my knuckle while I finished up in the kitchen, but seriously, it worked great. It does NOT work if you have blisters, just for a very minor burn. My nephew can vouch for that. He burned both hands (2nd degree burns and lots of blisters) on the stove and the toothpaste only made it worse. Blisters + toothpaste = a bad time. You have to use your best judgement people. But really, on minor burns - next time you get a little scald, go out on a limb, get out of your padded bubble and try something new, like toothpaste or mustard, you might find it works. so… w/e it was fun reading all these silly remarks. :P

  108. Laurie Stroupe on February 12th, 2009

    If you boil water before freezing it, a lot of the air will go out of the water and the resulting ice will be clearer and more sparkly. But I can’t imagine that it actually freezes faster.

  109. sir jorge on February 15th, 2009

    these tips are absolute life savers.

  110. mrs. rogers on February 20th, 2009

    well i have to say that regardless of what anyone will think about this i PERSONALLY have found something interesting…

    if you didnt get your laundry done or need to get a spot (such as one from food) off of you clothing
    if you need to remove lipstick…from various surfaces
    if you need to remove marker or crayon from various (not stating all) surfaces
    such other things you will have to test
    and of course what they were designed for…

    BABYWIPES WILL DO THE TRICK!!!

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  112. Jade on February 22nd, 2009

    to stop brown sugar from going from going hard once it has been opened, secure it well (with a rubber band) and keep it in the fridge. Even after several months it will still be lovely and fresh

  113. Foosas on March 1st, 2009

    I have used aloe plant leaves on sunburn for ages and it is fantastic. I haven’t used it on anything worse - but for sunburn, it’s amazing.

    I have used a cut/peeled potato in a sauce that was oversalted and it brought the sauce back to edible. I also tried it in macaroni salad a while back (mayonaise based) and believe it or not, it made a huge difference as well. Went from a salad that was going to get tossed to one that we enjoyed for dinner.

    I have rubbed my onion/garlic scented hands on whatever stainless steel piece is nearby when washing up after cutting them up and my hands are scent free. I have proven this by not doing that and regretting it later when all I smelled was the onion/garlic when my hands were near my face. A trip to the sink and a stainless piece of cutlery work every time.

    Brown sugar? A resealable bag works great.

    Popcorn? Just buy Orville and it will be big and fluffy every time ;-)

  114. Leanne on March 2nd, 2009

    All I have to say is; Don’t knock it until you try it.

  115. gazzali on March 4th, 2009

    I stumbled upon this site and found it to be loaded with new ideas. This site definitely enriches lives. All the best

  116. Morem on March 7th, 2009

    Wow these are some great tips. I only knew a few of them.

  117. mimi on March 8th, 2009

    wow, i enjoy’d the list it was entertaining, some of the tips do work i found a few new ones that i may or may not try. and i agree with some of you, people need o lighten up. i suppose i should be offended by kate for her assumption(sp?) that we are all ignorant and are in need of her “educated” help but that would be a waste of my time ( i have been to college, Kate, and have a degree in nurseing.). for those i dont agree with, it doesentreally matter as we are all entitled to our oen oppinons ect.

  118. David Lowe on March 11th, 2009

    Kitchen Burns: A tip I got from a student years ago and REALLY works amazingly well: If you get a kitchen burn immediately drench in cold water: dry carefully and coat burn with your Washing Up Liquid. No pain. No blister. A miracle. Everyone has it next to the sink! Definately better than expensive Burn Eze spray which I found was really painful and useless - and often hard to find! No idea how it works but it does EVERY TIME! :D

  119. kitchens on March 14th, 2009

    ooh.. thats a lot of tips. but i think many of them are not quite true.. but again, that only me.. boiling water, cooling it and then freeze it to faster ice?? is it so? nah..

  120. mosh on March 14th, 2009

    You know michael o donnell it’s funny you say that the author uses an authoritative tone to make them sound as if they have a clue. Seems to me like you’re using the very same tone, also …

  121. pama541 on March 17th, 2009

    Instead of cola, ginger ale works best because ginger is proven to be one of the best natural cures for nasea.

  122. Anne Walk on March 18th, 2009

    Great tips and all of them useful! I’m going to post some of these ideas on my site!

  123. Berry on March 29th, 2009

    #42 is not an old wives tale!
    It all depends on the area in which you live!
    Boiling water takes away many of the impurities, and its these that slow down the speed in which water freezes!
    Boiled water will also be more clear when frozen, giving you a better ice cube.

    Im from a hard water area, works for me!

  124. bababa on March 29th, 2009

    put a bit of orange peel in the brown sugar! it works like a charm.

  125. Rummy on March 30th, 2009

    Hey good site , few of the remedies r interesting also but yes after trying only i ll know better… But the replies are very very interesting i enjoyed a lot hee hee…

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  127. charlotte on April 2nd, 2009

    as for the cola for nausea…any flat soda with phosphoric acid and sugar (NOT diet soda) will work, as it contains the same ingredients as over the counter anti-emetics like emetrol.

    REAL ginger ale or ginger tea will work as well, most commonly found ginger ale (like canada dry, etc) does not contain ginger, just flavoring, so it won’t work.

  128. jj on April 2nd, 2009

    #42 is something i do all the time when i need ice quick on them hot days :P i have heard these before, great site ^^

  129. Lorrie on April 3rd, 2009

    Just a note about the aloe. It’s really just water suspended in a gel so it stays where it’s applied. When I was undergoing radiation therapy for cancer, the radiologists were adamant that the only thing I was allowed to apply to the area being irradiated was pure aloe gel. After so many sessions, your skin gets burned and that’s what I was told to use by mymedical professional.

  130. Teri on April 4th, 2009

    First, the bacon thing works.
    Second, so does the toothpaste thing…but you have to use it like a polish, let it sit for a bit and then gently remove, then buff.

    Also, I prefer super glue over nail polish.

    A couple of more tips: if your food is too spicy, add some lime juice. And when cooking with milk, the best way to clean your dishes afterwards is to rinse with cold water first.

  131. Tamara on April 10th, 2009

    Stainless steel for garlic - works like a charm! Aloe on burns… of course this works! Although I prefer cold water.
    Regarding health care professionals/experts… they aren’t actually experts. They are “practicing!” When I was a kid, my mom fought to keep my tonsils; now it’s not recommended to remove them except in extreme cases. Shock therapy has gone by the wayside as well as bloodletting and labotomies… but all were originally performed with the help of your “medical expert!” If you really want to see what blind trust can get you, take a gander at the Tuskeegee Syphilis Experiment.
    As for me, I’m prett confident that I can diagnose and treat a minor malady without “expert” assistance. Cancer? I’ll see a doctor. Severed limb? Doctor. Deep cut, not spurting? Debatable. Kitchen burn? Seriously… if I have to run to the doctor for that, I might as well move in and save the gas :)

  132. Munki_C on April 29th, 2009

    There’s a lot you can say about “Old Wives Tales” and natural remedies. One might be the fact that they really do work. Yes, not all of them work and some have actually caused more harm than good. On the other hand, science is discovering all the time what indigenous peoples have known for years. Bush medicines are not only effective but many of them are what our own “scientific” remedies are based on. Ever hear of willow bark tea? Natural aspirin. Or how about the leaves that are used to make cocaine that native peoples use to help them in high altitudes? Just because something is old and your grandmother used to do it doesn’t mean it’s wrong.

  133. Rachel on April 30th, 2009

    These were surprisingly helpful. Thanks! :)

  134. cyphertek on May 1st, 2009

    I’m gunna share these hacks…I mean tips with my twitter fam lol.
    Thanks 4 sharing

  135. Deb on May 1st, 2009

    OMG the comments are funnier than the tips, seriously some ore not going to hurt you if you try them, others well……………its up to you if you want to give them a try.
    As for Kate PMSL get a life you stupid holier than though muddy road slime fish toad, we all know that what we read on the internet is true so true and dont you dare say otherwise (ROFL) again get a life, and stop dribbling your oppinions onto unsuspecting people who come here for some light entertainment. This was a great read and kudos to the author for posting it.

  136. dnarb on May 7th, 2009

    Vinegar as tenderizer - this is not a myth. The acidity in the vinegar weakens and breaks some of the hydrogen bonds in the collagen proteins and cause them to relax. Collagen is the key protein that can cause meat to be tough. Obviously proteolytic enzymes can do a faster and more effective job of breaking down proteins, but, unfortunately it also breaks down other proteins in the meat and can cause loss of flavour and texture, especially if the enzymatic reaction is left to proceed fro too long.

  137. dnarb on May 7th, 2009

    The tip about adding an apple to potatoes to avoid sprouting is completely false!!! It will achieve in fact the opposite!

    Apples releases high amounts of a gas substance called ethylene when ripening. Ethylene accelerates the ripening process (also of other fruit in the vicinity). Several scientific articles have shown that ethylene will hasten the sprouting of stored potatoes. see: Effect of exposure time of ethylene on potato sprout development
    Journal American Journal of Potato Research Volume 63, Number 11 / November, 1986

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  139. Naomi on May 13th, 2009

    Some of these are great tips- 34, for example. And 27. Some, however, are absolutely idiotic- 22? Really? All that does is ruin the flavor of the meat. And 14 is ridiculous. Ants don’t give a crap about whether they are walking over chalk or not. Some of these are true, but most are just plain stupid. Use you common sense, people- or find a better list of “tips.”

  140. emboo on May 16th, 2009

    I cannot believe there are people here who are afraid of aloe vera. Yes, a doctor will tell you that any home remedy is ‘dangerous’; dangerous because they can’t charge you for the office visit! Society seems to think that the only cure for anything is a pill or something else manufactured in a chemist’s lab. Grow a brain, people.

  141. Thomas on May 20th, 2009

    You can also use the inside of banana peels to cure lip and cold sores.

  142. debtfree on May 21st, 2009

    i like this site.

  143. razza on May 24th, 2009

    dear people

    get lives.

    i’m outta here!

  144. Karan Kumar on May 27th, 2009

    These tips will come in handy if a start a kitchen in my car. Yes my car is big enough for me to start a kitchen inside. You already have flight trays in the back of the seat in this one. I’ll be able to make god use of the flight trays if I start cooking Inside my Mahindra Xylo.

    Its damn spacious, I’m serious. Have a look http://www.mahindraxylo.co.in

  145. Dean on May 31st, 2009

    re: 42 Hot water takes longer to freeze. (A simple energy transfer formula from physics can show this) Assuming the water was boiled and then allowed to cool to the same temperature as the non-boiled water, it might freeze a tiny bit faster or seem to because boiled water has less dissolved gasses in it. This is why some ice is completely clear, while other ice seems to have a lot of bubbles in it. As water temperature drops the ability to dissolve gas in it drops to and bubbles are forced out, fogging the ice. This may account for the perception that boiled water froze faster. It certainly makes ice that is clearer and may be more attractive. Boiling water and allowing it to cool in a sealed jar will form a vacuum and further remove dissolved gasses. The more gas removed the clearer the ice.

  146. AJR on May 31st, 2009

    I was a chef for 40 years. This is the biggest crock of shit ever

    Bye

  147. Ancy on June 1st, 2009

    Hi
    It was nice and useful reading your article.

    Regards,
    Ancy

  148. dean on June 2nd, 2009

    my two cents…
    #42 my friend does this all the time, putting hot water in the cube trays. the obvious reason is because the heat causes the freezer to kick on faster. There are a few it depends here, but if your freezer has a blower this is forced convection, getting the blower to turn on definitely will freeze it faster.

    Instead (better, and greener for the environment and better for your electric bill) try turning down the freezer temperature to kick the freezer on, (if a duel fridge freezer control set the freezer to have more of the cold mix too) also use water that was in your fridge as another shortcut with this method. also make sure the ice cube trays are where the freezer vent blows on them. we all know how in the winter blowing cold air (wind chill) cools you more than stagnant air.

  149. Wayne on June 5th, 2009

    I really just have to comment on the diatribe that has ensued over this. Yes, it takes common sense to know that this is stuff that is to be taken with a grain of salt… use it if you like. I have not seen one PHYSICIAN actually comment on here. Anyone care to know why? They don’t have time for this sort of triviality. As for Kate, if you want to save people, get a M.D. degree and go do it, but quit espousing your drivel just to make yourself feel superior. There are things that it is helpful to point out are not perhaps in the best interest of a patient who needs serious care. CLEARLY… wow I am glad you had to call people names just to clear that up. As for people saying that the best course is to run to the doctor at every moment and then saying that an eventual doctor trip if the condition worsens cause economic stress for the taxpayer… please think before you say things like that. Really.

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  151. lija on June 25th, 2009

    OMG, i enjoyed the comments more than the site itself, i have read them all and it was sooo jokes! i must say it has given we a laugh while i sit hear at the office with nothing to do acept answer calls! you people are too funny. keep it up so that there is more to laugh about. BTW im sure people that decide to use thse “tips” no that they are doing so at there own risk. i dnt think its anyones peoplem acept that persons. LOL

  152. Michael on June 26th, 2009

    #42 - Boiled water freezes faster than ‘normal’ water - has drawn a lot of comments.
    This effect does really exist and is called the Mpemba effect and works not only for mere boiled water but even for heated water that starts the freezing process at a higher temperature than the comparison water. Amazing, isn’t it!
    Re-discovered by a NZ school boy and waved off for a while by the scientific community because it seems contradictory to physics laws. It was then investigate more and recognized. Multiple trials of explanation have been done, read more at (hope the links are allowed, if not, search for Mpemba on Google):
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mpemba_effect OR
    http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/physics/General/hot_water.html
    So, to everyone who wrote that this was nonsense, keep an open mind next time, not everything is what it seems at first sight.

  153. sobi on July 23rd, 2009

    loved the tips! the lettuce in foil really works amazing. so does putting sugar to take out hte burnt taste and potato to absorb salt. i’ve tried quite a few others too (aloevera, seperating glasses, white vinegar to tenderize etc) and so far have not been disappointed!

    for all of u that are criticizing, my advice? TRY them FIRST!!

  154. Scottie on July 31st, 2009

    You whiners have way too much time on your hands. Enjoy the tips you like and then move on with your life.

  155. CarolQ on July 31st, 2009

    Goodness, I’m surprised at all the poor spellers out there in the world.

    First off, I suggest to all the people who talk about mustard not working/helping a burn: Go burn your hand on a BBQ or grab a metal pan that has been in the oven for 30+ minutes. Sure, an OTC item will work but if little Billy is screaming, grab the mustard and squirt it on the burn. Pretty soon he’ll tell you it feels all better. DO NOT wash it off, the heat returns slowly but surely. Allow the mustard to dry on the skin (Yeah, it’s messy but just do it), when it flakes off, the burn will be gone.

    Aloe vera works and you can even make a tea from the “leaves” and drink it for “what ails you.”

    Drop an ice cube into hot grease-covered food and the oil/grease will harden when coming in contact with the ice (it’s like putting the pot of soup or what ever you have in the refrigerator overnight). Works like a charm.

    BTW, if you re-read Kate’s last post, she left the site right after that post (or maybe she’s lurking) so ranting on her is useless.

    I, for one, liked the helpful hints and will copy onto a file for future reference to have on hand. The comments portion is hysterical. I stumbled upon this and will stumble off to somewhere else and check out the comments section. What fun.

  156. Kevin on August 6th, 2009

    Regarding #42, boiled water freezes faster:

    One of the things that causes freezer burn is temperature fluctuations in the freezer. To avoid freezer burn, you want to keep the temperature in the freezer as constant as possible.

    Putting an ice cube tray of hot water into the freezer will cause the exact kind of temp fluctuation that contributes to freezer burn.

    So you have to ask yourself; is throwing out meat that should otherwise still be good a price you’re willing to pay to get your ice cubes 5 minutes sooner?

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  158. Sickofit on August 25th, 2009

    Lost me after “Steel is absorbant”

  159. sandrar on September 10th, 2009

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. :) Cheers! Sandra. R.

  160. hope on September 29th, 2009

    i don’t know if anyone said this in the comments or not, but my great grandmother taught me to put a piece of bread into the cookie jar to keep home made cookies fresh (and to make slightly burned/crunchy cookies soft)! works EVERY time!!

  161. pickgreen on October 20th, 2009

    Great tips, did not know 49 of them!

  162. Be on November 8th, 2009

    If you have a splinter tape a piece of bacon over it. The salt will draw the splinter out. This has been tested and proven many times.
    This list of tips is accurate and useful, but people have lost faith in the old ways.
    As for plants being harmful…the medical community stopped using the natural plants in favor of man made substances. The old ways are still good. If they weren’t none of us would be here today. Our ancestor would have died from using them.aq

  163. tobalog on November 9th, 2009

    Ummm, WOW! Hostility! But seriously hilarious postings! What fun it was reading the comments. Thanks for amusing me for free!(roflmao)

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