Ready or Not #73: More Handy Hints

Here are a few more hints that might be helpful to you.  These hints are to help you in the kitchen.  I put these in here because gardens are coming to full fruition right now and kitchens all over town are canning and bottling.  Hopefully some of these suggestions will make your life easier while you try to build your food storage.

A dampened paper towel or terry cloth brushed downward on a cob of corn will remove every strand of corn silk.

An easy way to remove kernels of sweet corn from the cob is to use a hard plastic or metal shoehorn.  It is built just right for shearing off the kernels.

To make removing corn kernels cleaner and easier, place the cob in the center of a Bundt cake tin and cut the kernels into the Bundt pan.  Very easy clean up and measuring.

To remove fat from soup, if you have time, place in the fridge and cover it with wax paper.  After it cools, just peel the wax paper off and the fat should stick to it and come off with it.

To make hamburger healthier, after you cook it, put it in a colander and let it drain the fat into another container.  After it has drained for a short time, rinse the hamburger under hot water to get rid of the excess fat (you drain first because you don’t want to have the extra fat going down your drain).  You do not lose any of the hamburger flavor from doing this.  If you are going to season your meat, rinse the meat before adding the seasonings.

Remember, handy hints are meant to make life easier, try the ideas once and see if they help.  Better yet, when something is a hassle, look at the problem from a different angle and come up with your own handy hint that you can pass on.

Another tip to make your life easier: get your water stored.  Yes, I want to talk to you about water storage again.  I know, I know, I sound like a broken record, but it is one tip that I am going to keep playing again and again and again.  I am so concerned; there is flooding in Texas and other southern states, but with all that water they lack drinking water.  Hurricane Dean played havoc with several smaller countries and Mexico and a good share of people are lacking safe drinking water.  You will die in less than a week without drinking water.  Then, there was the 7+ earthquake in Peru and again, what do the people desperately need?  That’s right, water.

Someday we are going to have an earthquake here in Utah.  Please get your water stored.  I talk to so many people that have good intentions, but good intentions won’t satisfy your thirst; water will.  Repeat with me – Two gallons of water, per person, per day, for a two-week period.  Get past the good intentions and just do it.

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