Do I NEED to buy this?
Jun. 14, 2012 10:59 am
Updated: Jun. 20, 2012 5:18 am
My plumber got the old "grey cells" working not too long ago... He'd been here to snake out my kitchen drain, which was running painfully slowly... He pushed me to buy their product, a drain cleaner, that when used regularly would keep the drain clear
(forever?) I asked for some info, and said I'd call if I wanted to purchase. Well, I did the math. It would cost about $100 per drain, per year... It was cheaper to have him come every 3 years to snake the drain!
This did get my brain wondering, however, so I did a little research... I'd been buying Baking Soda, and Vinegar at the wherehouse store (both in HUGE quantities,) and began a monthly regimen. Each month, I pour about 3/4 Cup of baking soda down the drain,
followed by about 1 C up vinegar. Without fail, I'm amazed as the mixture froths up, bubbles and sizzles, until the mixture has done it's thing. I then let the water run for a few seconds... maybe a minute, but I doubt that long. Does it help? Both kitchen
and bath sink drains are running as clear (or better) than when my "guy" was here last! Do I need his expensive drain "cleaner?" I think I'll pass! Now, don't get me wrong, this method will not open a clogged drain, but thus far (for me,) it's kept drains
clear and running freely.
No I'm seeing new products on tv that at first though, make total sense... until you think about it a bit!
One of the makers of fabric detergent has developed a remedy for a new trend of odor control. Now I have front loading, high efficiency, washer/dryer, but have NEVER had an odor problem in the washer - that I can tell, anyway. I simply LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN
on the washer when it's not in use, to allow the inside of the drum dry out. I have to wonder, however, if it did begin to produce a fowl smell, wouldn't a cup of bleach run through a short cycle do the same as this new product? (I'm seeing another for your
dishwasher now, also... try a cup of Vinegar?) Regardless, I'm thinking that if my first of say every time I wash whites, add some bleach to the wash water. Wouldn't that do about the same thing....?
The makers of plastic "zipper" bags have had a brainstorm. They now sell a light weight bag to use inside the zipper bag. You simply slip the new bag over your hand, grab the raw chicken (or whatever,) pull the bag off your hand and around the meat. Squeeze
out the air, twist the bag closed tightly, and then drop into a zipper bag. No muss, no fuss, and your hand "never" comes in contact with the actual raw meat! What a wonderful idea!! Yesterday, I needed to re-package some bone in chicken breasts. Once
the wrap was removed from the styrofoam tray, the breasts were swimming in juices from the meat (YUCK!) First, I grabbed a produce bag from the grocery (after shaking out any debris from produce) pulled it over my hand, grabbed some chicken, turned the bag
outside in, twisting it tight. When this was done with all 5 breasts, I simply popped them into yet another produce bag, twist tied the open end, and shoved the whole lot into the freezer... I will note, that for years I've never thrown away produce bags,
unless they're nasty by time I get them home! They have a number of 2nd time around uses!
Finally, I have a tip that I learned from a cooking network chef, back before I became an AllRecipes cooking "geek." She was making Taco Salad (on one of her shows.) Wanting tortilla bowls for serving, she demonstrated how she makes them...
What you need: 1 tortilla per serving, any size per your preference (I use "soft taco" size.)
1 15oz can, contents emptied out, paper removed, and washed.