Some of these tips go back as far as the pioneer times while others are a bit newer and come from the golden era of homemaking: the 1950s. But, these simple tricks made a lot of women’s lives easier. Simple and cheap, these households and kitchen tips have helped solve or prevent many an issue in the kitchen and beyond. Check out these old-fashioned tricks for a better home.
To save from wasting shortening use the water method for measuring it out. For example, to get 1/2 cup shortening start with 1/2 cup water and drop spoonfuls of shortening in until the water level reaches 1 cup, then drain the water off.
Pennyroyal was used as an insect repellent since pioneer days and beyond. They planted it around the foundation of the home and in window boxes to keep rats, roaches, and flying insects away. They would also use the cuttings hung upside down from the rafters, sometimes in a bouquet with mint and other herbs, to keep the flies at bay inside their homes.
A simple way to make scrambled eggs lighter and make them stretch farther is to add a bit of cream to them before beating.
You can remove lumps from a gravy or sauce by shaking in a mason jar.
Too Much Salt
Adding a raw cut up potato to soups or gravies can fix them if you’ve accidentally oversalted. Remove potato before serving.
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