Stir, Laugh, Repeat
I hate to fry bacon! And the microwave type never seems to cook evenly. I end up with some of the bacon being burned, some crispy and some limp... all 3 in just 1 piece of bacon! The other day I found that I had a package of bacon that needed to be cooked but I wasn't ready to eat it just yet. Soooo I preheated the oven to 400, lined a cookie sheet with sides with foil, put my bacon down trying to keep it from touching and stuck it in the oven. I couldn't get the full package to fit the one pan but that was ok too.
The 1st pieces of bacon were ready in about 8 minutes after being turned once about half way through. About half of the bacon was done after the 8 minutes and these were around the outer edges. I removed them and added the rest of the bacon. After about 4 minutes I was able to remove the rest of the 1st batch and turn the 2nd batch, removing them in about 4 more minutes.
When I fry bacon it pops and makes a mess of my stove. To get it to cook evenly and not curl I usually have to cut it in half and use a bacon press. Not with this method! It didn't curl, it stayed flat without the press and it didn't seem to shrink very much. My cooked bacon came out with the crispy texture I wanted and perfect for just about any use.
Now... I still didn't need a whole package of bacon so I put it in a plastic bag and put it in the refrigerator. To use it I simply put it in the microwave for about 20 seconds (700 watt) and it comes out warm and perfect with no burning.
This may sound like it takes longer but it really doesn't and it's so much better than frying or microwaving.
I love most fruit salads and normally make the one I grew up with which had oranges, nuts, marshmallows and cherries. A few days ago I decided to make my usual and found that I had no oranges but I did have a can of 'Citrus Salad' mix. This is a combination of a little orange but mostly grapefruit - red and white. When I spotted this I decided to give it a try. So here is what I used.
1 can of DelMonte Citrus Salad (15 oz.), drained
Shaved, unsweetened coconut
Pecans (or nuts of your choice)
1 bag mini marshmallows
1 can Pineapple chunks (15 oz.), drained
Mix it all together and let sit in the refrigerator covered for about 1 hr. Stir and serve. The grapefruit in this mixture gives the whole dish a deliciously, 'clean' taste that I simply love. I've made this 3 times now and can't get enough of it. I eat it at night as my dessert and whenever I find myself wanting something sweet. You got to try this one!
Sprinkle baking soda in sneakers. Allow to sit overnight. Shake out baking soda before wearing shoes.
Smelly towels are often caused by detergent build-up. To freshen smelly towels, wash in hot water and one cup vinegar, then again in hot water and ½ cup baking soda. Reichert recommends not using laundry detergent during this process. Detergent stays in the towels, even after rinsing, and can hold the smells.
What not to clean with baking soda and/or vinegar:
Do not use vinegar on anything shiny as it is an acid, and, over time, can remove the shine.
Do not use vinegar on sealed countertops such as granite or marble. It won't hurt the stone but it will slowly remove the shine.
Don't use baking soda as an abrasive scrub on surfaces that scratch easily.
When in doubt, first test products on a small, inconspicuous part of the item to be cleaned.
Oven cleaner (not for self-cleaning ovens)
Scrub bottom and sides of oven using baking soda and steel wool.
1 cup baking soda
2 cups white vinegar
Pour vinegar into a spray bottle. Sprinkle baking soda onto bottom of oven. Spray with vinegar to make a light foam. Keep baking soda moist by spraying vinegar as needed. For sides of oven, mix baking soda with water to make a thick paste. Spread this on sides then spray with vinegar. Allow it to sit for as long as you can. Wipe off and rinse with hot water.
Pots and pans
To remove burnt-on food, sprinkle baking soda over the burnt area, add hot water and let sit overnight. In the morning, scrub with an abrasive sponge or Teflon scrubbing cloth.
Shower walls, doors and curtains
To prevent mildew from forming, spray walls, curtains and shower doors with white vinegar after showering.
Sinks and bath tubs
Simply spray with white vinegar and wipe!