Helpful tips for January 2022 – read more and keep informed

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Helpful tips =
for January 2022

In this issue:


General tips

Articles of the day

* salt stains on leather boots? old paint on carpet? =

From the pages of Donna’s travel =

* Travel in the new =



General =

Courtesy of the research team at =


Scams of the month:

Before giving you our scam tips of the month, here are =
some very valueable tips.

You need to =
remember that scams come in the following formats:

As emails, as phone calls both recorded and via a live =
caller, and o yes!  It can even show up at your door and in your =

And now they are targeting =
us through texts being sent to our cell phones.


Before =
giving you the latest scams making the rounds; we have some do nots to =
share with you.

Do not respond to =
emails that look strange to you.

Do =
not download attachments from unknown senders.

Do not share your username and password to your online =
banking and any other online payments facilities with =

Do not give out any banking =
or personal details on the phone to unknown callers.

Do not pay any attention to threats from automated =
phone recordings or from live persons with regard to your credit card or =
that you owe money to any revenue agency.

Do not entertain any offers either via email or by =
phone from senders and callers offering incredible service packages as =
they may pertain to cable and tv services, prizes that you have won, or =
any sort of any type of service package.

Do not answer the door to unknown =

Take extra caution to make =
sure that the details of your credit cards and debit cards are fully =
protected when you make payments at restaurants or at stores, =
pharmacies, and elsewhere.

Do not =
enter your password for Facebook or Twitter in response to a text =
request on your cell phone.

The same =
if you are asked for your Apple ID.

Do not fall prey to a text message telling you that =
your banking details have been Compromised online.


From Melanie =
Mama Peach


1) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Kitchen

Substitutions/When You Are Out Of What You Need, Plus =
Some Switches You May Prefer To Make:

No Unsweetened Chocolate? (For 1 Square – 1 =

* Use 3 tablespoons =
unsweetened cocoa plus 1 tablespoon shortening.



2) =
Substitutions/When You Are Out Of What You Need, Plus Some Switches You =
May Prefer To Make:

No =

* If you omit an egg in a =
recipe, increase the liquid by 3 or 4 tablespoons for each egg omitted. =
It’s risky, however, in delicately balanced cake or cookie recipes, or =
in recipes using lots of eggs.



3) =
Substitutions/When You Are Out Of What You Need, Plus Some Switches You =
May Prefer To Make:

No Fresh Herbs Or =

* Substitute dried herbs or =
spices. Dried are more concentrated. The ratio is about 1 to 3, so in =
recipes calling for 3 tablespoons of fresh chopped herbs, use 1 =
tablespoon of dried.



4) Best Of =
Helpful Hints: The Kitchen

Substitutions/When You Are Out Of What You Need, Plus =
Some Switches You May Prefer To Make:

No Honey? (1 cup)

* =
Use 1 1/4 cups of sugar plus 1/4 cup water (or the liquid called for in =
the recipe?. You’re taking a chance, however, whenever you substitute =
sugar for liquid sweetener, or vice versa, in delicately balanced =



5) =
Substitutions/When You Are Out Of What You Need, Plus Some Switches You =
May Prefer To Make:

No Cake =

* Use all-purpose flour. Sift, =
pile lightly into a 1 cup measure; level off. Then remove 2 tablespoons. =
Use this 7/8 measure for each cup of cake flour.

* To reverse the process when you have only cake flour =
and need all-purpose, use 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons cake flour for each =
cup of all-purpose flour.



6) Best Of =
Helpful Hints: The Kitchen

The =

How To Prepare A Hard-Boiled =

Don’t laugh, there’s more to it =
than you think. Place eggs in a pan, cover with cold water and sprinkle =
in some salt. The salt will keep the eggs from oozing out if the shells =
crack while cooking. Bring to a boil and simmer gently for 10 minutes. =
Drain off the hot water and place in cold water; be sure to crack all =
the eggs. Allow to cool. This will make peeling easier and will prevent =
a green ring around the yolk.



7) est Of =
Helpful Hints: The Kitchen

The =

More About Eggs

* To determine whether an egg is fresh without =
breaking the shell, immerse the egg in a pan of cool, salted water. If =
it sinks to the bottom, it is fresh. If it rises to the surface, it is =

* Fresh eggs are rough and =
chalky in appearance. Old eggs are smooth and shiny.

* To determine whether an egg is hard-boiled, spin it. =
If it spins round and round, it is hard-boiled. If it wobbles and will =
not spin, it is raw.

* Pierce the end =
of an egg with a pin, and it will not break when placed in boiling =

* A few drops of vinegar will =
keep poached eggs from running all over the pan.

* To remove egg yolk which has dropped into the white, =
use a corner of a wet cloth or a piece of the egg =

* Eggs beat up fluffier when =
not too cold. They should be at cool room temperature for best =

* By adding vinegar to the =
water, you can boil cracked eggs without having the white run out of the =

* By adding 1 tablespoon of =
water per egg white, you can increase the quantity of beaten egg whites =
for meringue.

* When eggs are stuck =
to the carton, just wet the box and the eggs can be easily removed =
without cracking the shells.

* Beaten =
egg whites will be more stable if you add 1 teaspoon cream of tartar to =
each cup of egg whites (7 or 8 eggs).

* A small funnel is handy for separating egg whites =
from egg yolks. Open the egg over the funnel and the white will run =
through and the yolk will remain.

* =
For baking, it’s best to use medium to large eggs. Extra large eggs may =
cause cakes to fall when cooled.

* =
Brown and white shelled eggs are of the same quality.

* Egg shells can be removed easily from hot =
hard-boiled eggs if they’re quickly rinsed in cool water =

* To keep egg yolks fresh for =
several days, cover them with cold water and store in the =



8) Best Of =
Helpful Hints: The Kitchen

The =

A Good Cup Of =

* One pinch of salt in the =
basket will remove some of the acid taste. For clear coffee, put egg =
shells in after perking. And remember, always start with cold =



9) Best Of =
Helpful Hints: The Kitchen

Temperature Control Part 1/Keeping Hot Foods =

In The Oven

* If your oven holds a very low temperature, Set it at =
140 degrees or warm. Cover the hot food with a loose tent of foil or the =
cover of a pan set slightly askew, not tight or the food will steam. It =
will keep hot an hour or more.



10) Best Of =
Helpful Hints: The Kitchen

Temperature Control Part 1: Keeping Hot Foods =

On Hot Trays And =

* Always preheat the tray =
and have the food hot and covered when it’s placed on the =



11) Best Of =
Helpful Hints: The Kitchen

Temperature Control Part 1: Keeping Hot Foods =

In Hot Water

* A small amount of food can be kept hot in the top of =
a double boiler, with boiling water in the bottom pan.

* Set a baking dish or platter holding hot food on top =
of a pan of simmering water. Cover with foil, the food should stay hot =
up to an hour.



12) Best Of =
Helpful Hints: The Kitchen

Temperature Control Part 1: Keeping Hot Foods =

Wrapping Up

* Wrap a roast in a double thickness of foil or 10 or =
more layers of newspaper to keep it hot for up to an hour. Food can be =
transported this way, too.



13) Best Of =
Helpful Hints: The Kitchen

Time =
Control Part 1: Keeping Hot Foods Hot

Boxing In

* Hot =
casseroles or a Dutch oven filled with hot foods, covered or =
well-wrapped, can be stored or transported in an insulated picnic =
carrier. The food will stay hot longer if the carrier is filled. Stuff =
any spaces with crumpled paper.

* Use =
an ice bucket with a cover to keep stews, soups, etc. hotfor an hour or =
longer. Rinse the bucket in hot water first to warm it. Don’t use the =
plastic foam types because the food may leak.



14) Best Of =
Helpful Hints: The Kitchen

Temperature Control Part 1: Keeping Hot Foods =

Vacuum Bottle

* To keep the contents of a vacuum bottle hot longer, =
first rinse in hot water. Fill again with scalding hot water and let =
stand until ready to pour in the hot liquid.



15) Best Of =
Helpful Hints: The Kitchen

Temperature Control Part 2 – Keeping The Cold Food =

In Refrigerator Or =

* Chill plates, serving =
bowls, platters and serving pieces about 15 minutes before adding =
chilled foods.

* Many foods, such as =
cut fruit and milk, can be given an extra chill by placing them in the =
freezer for 15 minutes, or so before serving. Don’t do it with salad =
greens because they will wilt.



16) Best Of =
Helpful Hints: The Kitchen

Temperature Control Part 2: Keeping Cold Food =

Canned Ice

* Use canned ice to set around foods on a buffet table =
or tuck in insulated bags in which cold foods are packed. To make it, =
fill sturdy plastic bags with ice cubes and water and freeze solid; or =
fill empty milk cartons three-fourths full with water, freeze and set =
upright in a picnic bag; or use plastic bowls with tight-fitting covers, =
then submerge them in bowls of food. Individual cans of frozen fruit and =
vegetable juices can be used in the same way, and they will also provide =
the mealtime beverage.



17) Best Of =
Helpful Hints: The Kitchen

Time =
Control Part 2: Keeping Cold Food Cold

In Ice Buckets

* =
Use an insolated ice bucket for serving chilled foods. To pre-chill the =
bucket, fill it with ice for 15 minutes; empty out the ice and put in =
the chilled foods. Covered, it will stay cold for an hour or =

* Set a bottle of wine or =
carafe of a beverage in an ice bucket filled about half full full of =





Articles of =
the day

Chosen by the Business Desk =


salt stains on leather boots? old paint on carpet? =

no worries! and lots =

salt. it’s mandatory in a =
human diet. but salt can be as destructive as it is needful due to its =
ability to eat holes through metal and leave ugly stains on footwear. =
here’s a

terrific way to take =
care of that problem—quick and easy!

salt stains. olive oil removes salt and stains from =
leather boots and shoes. shines the leather, too. it’s an italian =

super-quick dry. need to dry a =
pair of jeans or pajamas in a hurry? put them and a completely dry bath =
towel into the dryer. they’ll be dry in a fraction of the time =

would have taken on their =

ice bag. pour 1/2 cup water and =
1/2 cup rubbing alcohol into a quart-size ziploc bag and seal tightly. =
put it into another bag and seal it for double protection. label clearly =

as non-edible and freeze. it will =
remain slushy because the alcohol cannot

freeze. perfect to mold to the wounded area when you =
need an ice pack

paint stains. even =
if it’s been there for a long time, you can get latex paint out of =
carpet or fabric with lacquer thinner (not paint thinner), available at =
hardware or home

improvement =
centers. using a clean white cloth, wet the dried paint with the =
thinner. allow it to penetrate then gently blot with the cloth. be sure =
to test the

carpet or fabric for =
color fastness in an inconspicuous place first, keep the thinner out of =
the reach of children and pets and use in a well-ventilated =

closet strategy. when you =
change your closets over for a new season, put

the hangers on the rod backwards. when you wear an =
item, turn the hangers the conventional way. at the end of the season =
you can easily see what you haven’t worn and the items =

you need to evaluate for =

power brush.  if you =
use an electric toothbrush and are like me you hate

throwing away those old, not so cheap but need-to-be =
replaced toothbrush heads. hang onto them because i recently found a use =
for them. the stones in my wedding rings tend to

get dull and dirty from everyday wear but now i just =
place an old head on the toothbrush and spin the dirt away. once you =
decide to replace the entire toothbrush hang on to

the old one to be used for deep down house cleaning in =
smaller places such as baseboards, corners or between the knobs on your =


visit the men’s department. buy mens toiletries =
if you have a choice when

it comes =
to unscented deodorant, shaving foam and hair colorings, for example. =
products manufactured specifically for men are significantly cheaper =
ounce for ounce than those

made for =
women. go figure.

straight cut. =
ladies: need only the bottom of your long hair trimmed a barber can cut =
just as straight as a beautician. and the cost? typically, less than =
half the salon


heartbreak =
in the dryer. melted-on crayon can be removed by first

applying wd-40 to the area, working it into the stain =
with your fingers. once the wd-40 has begun to break down the petroleum =
base of the crayon, apply

concentrated detergent to remove both the stain and =
and the wd-40. put back into the washer and launder as usual. it works =
like a charm.

suede spot remover. =
most leather cleaning products caution that they should not be used on =
suede. recently i managed to some kind of ugly gunk on the suede portion =
of my

leather shoe. i grabbed the =
folex carpet spot remover (my favorite for carpet spots) and an old =
tooth brush and went to work on it. it worked fabulously to remove the =

stains treated with folex =
just don’t reappear either—in carpet or suede =

cucumbers. you know how the =
expensive english cucumbers at the store are wrapped in plastic? the =
guys at cooks illustrated tested wrapping regular uncut and cut =
cucumbers in

plastic wrap. both work =
and amazingly to allow you to keep any cucumber fresh for up to a =

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