7. How to Make Your Own Blender Bottle: Making your own salad dressing is such a great way to save money. To make it even easier and avoid pulling out measuring cups, I made my own blender bottle. Most oil & vinegar based salad dressings call for 1/2 cup of oil and 1/4 cup of vinegar. To make this simple blender bottle, you’ll need a pint-sized Mason jar, 1/2 cup of water & 1/4 cup of water, electrical tape, scissors, and a permanent marker.
First, wrap the electrical tape loosely around the jar to get a general length. I cut the electrical tape in half since it’s rather wide. Leave the tape on the cutting mat.
Pour 1/2 cup of water into the jar. Carefully wrap one half of the electrical tape around the jar as shown.
Pour 1/4 cup of water into the jar. Repeat with the second half of the electrical tape.
Write oil and vinegar on the electrical tape. You now have a simple blender bottle and can use this to whip up a simple vinaigrette dressing.
8. Use a Wooden Spoon to Prevent a Boil-Over: How many times have you had a mess to clean up due to boil-over when cooking pasta or potatoes? If you’re like me, this has happened plenty of times! I discovered this quick tip by accident and have used it ever since! By simply setting a wooden spoon over the pot, you’ll avoid the mess. The spoon, being wooden, does not reach the same high temperature as the boiling water. When the bubbles touch the wooden spoon, they dissipate. Do take care if you have a gas stove, as I do. Place the handle of the wooden spoon over the pot handle. Otherwise, the handle of the spoon will become very hot!
9. How to Freeze Stock for Quick Gravy: One of my favorite quick meals is to grill chicken breasts. To change things up a bit, sometimes I will then add a little rice and vegetable to make a comforting bowl of yumminess. Since the meat was grilled, there is no liquid to turn into gravy. By having frozen cubes of stock, I can make a quick gravy. To freeze these cubes, allow the stock to cool completely. For this batch, I refrigerated it overnight in order to remove some of the excess fat. Spoon the stock into a silicone mold, place the mold on a tray, then freeze until solid. Once frozen, place the cubes into a zip-top bag that is marked with the contents and date. When ready to use, pull a few stock cubes out to proceed with a quick gravy.
10. The Quickest Way to Soften Butter: This homemaking hack is genius! How many times have you wanted to make cookies or another treat, but the butter is frozen? It happens here far too frequently. Someone will use the last stick of butter from the refrigerator and forget to pull more butter from the freezer. Now, you could place the butter in the microwave and use the defrost setting. However, it’s far too easy to end up with melted rather than softened butter using this method. Instead, pull out a cheese grater and grate the butter! It will thaw in no time!
11. Take advantage of the shortcuts: I am a homemaker that likes to make things from scratch. But, life has gotten way too “big” on more than one occasion over the past 25 years and all things from scratch simply wasn’t possible. Give yourself permission to buy the convenience products. One of the best items that I keep on hand from Family Dollar is Tide Pods. No mess, no cup to keep track of, just pop a pod into the washer, add your laundry, and start the load. It couldn’t be easier. Well, if someone else was to do the laundry, THAT would be easier!
12. Quickly cut an onion: Here is the easiest way to cut an onion! Be sure your knife is sharp (all kitchen knives should be sharpened regularly for safety and ease of use.) Cut the onion in half and peel. Next, make slices horizontally, then vertically, taking care to not cut all the way through the stem. Slice as shown. You’ll have chopped onions in no time!
What are your best homemaking hacks? I’d love for you to share your tips too!
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