More Useful Everyday Tips

Jun 28, 11 More Useful Everyday Tips

If you loved our first crop of useful household hints but thought you could use a few more to help stem the flow of domestic havoc that is the direct result of leaving the comfort of Hotel Mami and setting up shop on your own, then you are in luck. The following tips will hopefully help you avert those mundane calamities that, while minor, can put a damper on your whole day.

  • If you’ve over-salted the ajiaco (or any type of soup), drop in a peeled potato into the pot. The potato will absorb the excess salt.
  • Latin meals are just not Latin without the accompanying rice. So if you burned el arroz, simply place a piece of white bread on top of the rice for 5 to 10 minutes to draw out the burned flavor, and be careful not to scrape off the burned rice off the bottom of the pan when serving it.
  • Rub a little vegetable oil on your hands before chopping chili peppers, that way your hands won’t absorb the spicy chili oil and accidentally transfer to your eyes or nose (although, let’s face it, that’s a mistake you only make once anyway).
  • If ants have invaded your kitchen, trace back where they’re coming in and cover the hole with petroleum jelly and they won’t be able to get through. If they’re coming in under the door, draw a line on the floor with chalk. For some reason, they won’t cross it.
  • To keep salt from clumping up in the salt shaker, put in a few grains of uncooked rice to absorb the excess moisture and keep the salt flowing freely.
  • If you can’t seem to be able to finish a carton of milk before it goes bad and impregnates your entire fridge with the stench of sour milk, try adding a pinch of salt to the carton as soon as you open it. The milk will stay fresh much longer.

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