Make your own steak sauce
I’m looking for a homemade steak sauce recipe. I’d like something similar to A.1. — Lori, Florida
Here’s a recipe shared by a reader:
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup white vinegar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon dried grated orange peel
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons chili sauce
Mix all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Boil and stir continuously for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, cool 10 minutes, dump mixture into blender and puree. Pour into bottle or jar and cover tightly. Will last approximately three months.
I think it tastes better if you let it sit for a couple of days in the fridge to let the flavors come together. My own batch didn’t last two weeks, so if you have a big family or teenage boys like I do, I would double the recipe. (Thanks to Brenda, from the Frugal Village forums.)
Can I put used dryer sheets in a compost bin? — Shannon S., forums
I wouldn’t put them into your compost bin. They contain chemicals, and I wouldn’t want that mixed in with my compost. I’m sure some will argue this and have probably tossed their sheets into their compost bin for years, but I suggest if you use dryer sheets, rather than adding them to the compost bin, seek out ways to reuse them. For some ideas, visit frugalvillage.com/2010/11/10/alternative-uses-for-dryer-sheets.
Do you have a great bubble recipe? — H. McGregor, Ohio
Dear H. McGregor:
Visit bubbleblowers.com/homemade.html for various bubble recipes, or try this one:
1 gallon water
2/3 cup liquid dish soap (Dawn or Joy work well)
2 to 3 tablespoons glycerin or corn syrup
Stir together. Test and adjust ingredients until desired results are reached.
I have half a dozen scratch-baked cornbread muffins I stashed in the freezer, and I’m trying to come up with a way to use them up that isn’t a casserole. Any ideas? — C.H., Missouri
I would simply reheat them and eat them. You can make croutons for salad by crumbling the muffins onto a baking sheet and baking in the oven at 250 F until golden brown. The croutons will taste great on salads, soups, stew and chili. Try this cornbread salad recipe: allrecipes.com/Recipe/cornbread-salad-i/Detail.aspx.
If you prefer something sweet, you could heat them and add some strawberries and whipped cream.
Do you think medical alert bracelets are useful? How do they work? Do the paramedics call the number and get your medical history while they are working on you? What about for a child? If they are always with parents or at school, where their history is known, is there any benefit? — M.W., Canada
I certainly think medical alert bracelets are useful, especially for people with medical conditions or allergies. Some of these pieces of jewelry are simply something to wear to alert emergency responders or medical personnel. Others are tied into a service that has your medical history, advance directive, family contacts and DNR order available 24/7. Your information can be accessed via phone or computer. They’re useful for children, too, if, for example, there’s an accident or emergency where the child is rushed to the hospital by ambulance before a parent or guardian is able to provide the information.
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