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Things Your Mother May Not Have Known

* Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips.

* Use a meat baster to "squeeze" your pancake batter onto the hot griddle for perfect shaped pancakes every time.

* To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.

* To prevent egg shells from cracking, add a pinch of salt to the water before hard-boiling.

* Run your hands under cold water before pressing Rice Krispies treats in the pan - the marshmallow won't stick to your fingers.

* To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on stove-top. Skillet will be much easier to clean now.

* Spray your Tupperware with non-stick cooking spray before pouring in tomato-based sauces - no more stains.

* When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead - no white mess on the outside of the cake.

* If you accidentally over-salt a dish while it's still cooking, drop in a peeled potato - it will absorb the excess salt for an instant "fix me up."

* Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator. It will keep for weeks.

* Brush beaten egg white over pie crust before baking to yield a beautiful, glossy finish.

* Place a slice of apple in hardened brown sugar to soften it back up.

* When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corns natural sweetness.

* To determine whether an egg is fresh, immerse it in a pan of cool, salted water. If it sinks, it is fresh - if it rises to the surface, throw it away.

* Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead, the throbbing will go away.

* If you have problem opening jars: Try using latex dishwashing gloves. They give a non-slip grip that makes opening jars easy.

* Potatoes will take food stains off your fingers. Just slice and rub raw potato on the stains and rinse with water.

* To get rid of itch from mosquito bite: try applying soap on the area for instant relief.

* Ants, ants, ants everywhere. Well, they are said to never cross a chalk line. So get your chalk out and draw a line on the floor or wherever ants tend to march - see for yourself.

* Use air-freshener to clean mirrors: It does a good job and better still, leave a lovely smell to the shine.

* When you get a splinter, reach for the scotch tape before resorting to tweezers or a needle. Simply put the scotch tape over the splinter, then pull it off. Scotch tape removes most splinters painlessly and easily.


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