• 1. For cleaning smelly hands after chopping onions or garlic, just rub them on a stainless steel spoon. The steel is supposed to absorb the odor.
  • 2. Fresh coffee beans can also absorb nasty odors from your hands.
  • 3. If you happen to over-salt a pot of soup, just drop in a peeled potato. The potato will absorb the excess salt.
  • 4. When boiling eggs, add a pinch of salt to keep the shells from cracking.
  • 5. Never put citrus fruits or tomatoes in the fridge. The low temperatures degrade the aroma and flavor of these pernickety fruits.
  • 6. To clean cast iron cookwear, don’t use detergents. Just scrub them with salt and a clean, dry paper towel.
  • 7. Will milk curdle if it is allowed to boil? It turns out that this age-old piece of wisdom isn’t true, after all. Milk that has been boiled is perfectly safe to consume.
  • 8. To clean an electric kettle with calcium buildup on the heating element, boil a mixture of half white vinegar and half water, then empty.
  • 9. When storing empty airtight containers, throw in a pinch of salt to keep them from getting stinky.
  • 10. If you are making gravy and accidentally burn it, just pour it into a clean pan and continue cooking it. Add sugar a little at a time, tasting as you go to avoid over-sugaring it. The sugar will cancel out the burned taste.