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Clean your coffee grinder

By on June 1, 2012
coffee grinder

You can clean your coffee grinder (or spice grinder) by dropping a few pinches of stale bread into the grinder. The bread will absorb any oils, and it will pick up any residual coffee or spice grounds. After the bread is processed, simply wipe it out of your grinder.
The first reader tip shares another idea:

 

Clean coffee grinder:

Clean it by running about a cup of white rice through it. The rice is slightly harder than the coffee, so it will clean out the old coffee from the grinder and absorb the oils that are trapped inside. Follow by grinding a handful of coffee to clean out the residual rice. Repeat this every couple of weeks. Brown rice may be a bit softer, but it should work just as well. You should probably avoid using instant rice. It may do an OK job, but for best results, use the “old school” version. — Niko, Florida

Cut drying time:

One of my favorite tips is how to cut drying time in half when drying laundry in the dryer. Put a clean, dry, lint-free bath towel in with each load of wet laundry. It’s amazing to me the difference in drying time for the clothes — it literally cuts the drying time in half. I hang laundry outside in the summertime to save money, but when that’s not an option, this trick sure works. — Lisa, forums

I’ve noticed that on the permanent press cycle, the spin cycle does not extract all the water it could. So I put in on the regular cycle’s spin cycle, and even just a few minutes extracts more water, which I can see pouring into the laundry tub. I don’t run the entire spin cycle; I just run it enough to get a bit more water out. This works really well for loads of blankets, jeans, towels and other pieces that hold a lot of water. — Saule, Illinois

Save chicken bones:

If you have the space, freeze your chicken bones until you have a decent amount, then make a richer broth. Throwing in some chicken necks or other very cheap pieces helps as well. If you have a crockpot, it’s wonderful to throw the bones in with some chunks of carrot and onion, a bay leaf and celery to make broth. The low temp keeps it from making a lot of scum, which does need to be skimmed off. I love using the crockpot to make broth from turkey or roast chicken carcasses. Even if you have just a few bones and are making a small amount, it is worth it — mix in a canned broth for a lower sodium and better-flavored broth. I do this myself to make a cup or so for various recipes. — Saule, Illinois

Quick pizza crust:

Pita bread makes a good crust. We make pita pizzas for a quick camping meal and bake them in a portable gas grill. — S.D., Minnesota

Leftover fruit:

Sunday we had a party for which I made a big pitcher of white sangria. In it, I added slices of orange, lemon and lime, as well as a can of pineapple chunks. The drink was great and everyone enjoyed it, but I was left with sangria-steeped fruit (not the ones that went in the glasses, but the slices that remained in the pitcher). I thought it was a shame to throw them out and wondered what to do with them. Then, it hit me: Marmalade! I looked up different recipes and then improvised my own version. I chopped up the fruit, making sure the rind pieces were tiny, then measured the fruit, which came out to three cups. I dumped the last of the sangria in a saucepan and brought it to a boil. I added three cups of sugar to it and boiled it a little longer. Finally, I added my chopped fruit and boiled the whole thing for about 60-90 minutes. It turned out great! The marmalade gelled, and it tastes like Jujubes with a sharp bite when you get a piece of rind! — Mrs. K., Canada

photo by Eli Hodapp

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