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How to open a bag of rice sealed with string

There is a "right" and a "wrong" side to start. Note that the seam is typically made with one string, which is exactly the reason it's so easy to unravel. Look at the side with the loops. You'll ...
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What is an easy way to drain a can of tuna?

I discovered a great way to press out the water or oil from a can of tuna using only the can and a cup. Start by opening the lid with an old style can opener. (Sadly a safety can opener will not work ...
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How to decarbonate ("make flat") beverages more quickly?

I despise carbonated beverages so I often flatten my drinks. In order to meet all your acceptance criteria (namely, portable and works for cans) the solution I suggest is simple. Carry around a ...
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How can you get algae out of of a glass bottle?

Use sand. If you are close to some source of sand, you could put some into the bottle and swirl it around to "scrub" the bottom of the bottle with some hot soapy water. Sand is fine in size, abrasive,...
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How to share food fairly with three people?

Have the first person cut off an estimated 1/3, the second person divides the remainder in half, and the third person get first pick, then the second person get second pick. If the first makes the "1/...
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Keeping quiet in the kitchen at night while other people sleeping

I am in a similar situation at home. I get up to go to work at around six in the morning whilst my wife and two very young children (2 and newborn) continue to sleep. If I make too much noise and ...
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Induction based fry pan not working on induction cooktop

The actual induction heating process will work with any conductive material -- steel, aluminum, copper, even gold (even salted water in a glass pot). Your issue appears to be because the cooktop is ...
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How to avoid food spill/stain on bedsheet?

Get a sturdy tray with a rim. I would recommend a model that can be cleaned easily (e.g. plastic) and is rather sturdy, so that it doesn’t warp or bend when it’s lifted up or set on the bed. That ...
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How to eat loud food (chips, celery) quietly

To me, this is more of a manners question, as crunchy foods are meant to be crunched. So, offer some chips (etc.) to your workmates before snacking. Explain they are welcome to any and apologize for ...
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Keeping the spoon on the surface of a sucralose container

Pour the Splenda into a bowl (temporarily). Put a tall glass inside the now-empty cereal box. Put the spoon in the glass. Pour the Splenda back into the cereal box, around the glass. Now you have a ...
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How to break an egg without making noise?

Mask the sudden crack of the eggshell behind other, gentler noises. For example, you could gradually turn on the water in the sink, slowly increase the stream until it's a loud (but gentle) hiss, and ...
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Keeping small containers cool on long trip

To keep your items cool over 5 to 6 hours you may need an insulating thermal bag designed to keep content at their temperature a bit longer than from a conventional bag. Such bags may be available at ...
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How to Dry Small, Freshly-Washed Produce (Blueberries, Raspberries, Grapes, etc.)

Salad spinners are one of those more useful multipurpose tools in your kitchen. You can wash the berries inside spinner itself, pour off the dirty water, then spin-dry to remove the excess water. ...
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Which style of ice cream scoop is most effective?

The HACK: It ain't the tool. It's the temperature. … How to Set Your Ice Cream Freezer Thermostat to Hit the Optimal Scooping Temperature Ice Cream is Best Scooped at a temperature of zero to +6 ...
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How to get all the rice out of the pan?

It sounds like you're most likely boiling your rice. If that is the case, here is a quick explanation of what could be happening. 1.) The rice is burning in the pan, and becomes fixed to the bottom. ...
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How to make hot chocolate come out right?

You can try this experiment: add the cocoa, add a small amount of hot water (just a few tablespoons should do), and stir thoroughly. Completely dissolve the cocoa in the small amount of hot water. ...
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How to avoid crumbs when cutting a crispy bread?

I also came across this problem some time back. The reason why it happens is that the upper part of the loaf is kept usually fluffy in most of the breads hence causing it to crumble when cut. The ...
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How to roll a dough to a certain thickness

Get a straight (not tapered) rolling pin. Get 2 long strips of something (cardboard, wood, plastic, etc.) that are each 5mm thick. Roll your dough out so it's fairly thin, but more than 5mm thick. ...
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When dining alone at a restaurant, how can you indicate you're coming back when temporarily leaving the table?

When dining alone at a restaurant, how can you indicate you're coming back when temporarily leaving the table? Simply put a note on the table that you will return momentarily. Some restaurants do ...
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How to avoid doing dishes (after microwaving food)

The best way to avoid doing dishes is to not use dishes. Dish hack: Eatable dishes. This is not original but inspired from advertising which suggests crackers, rusks, toasted bread, pita were "...
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How to store bananas and keep fruit flies away?

IF you already are seeing fruit flies around your bananas, try this to get rid of them quickly: Get a glass, fill it about 1/4 - 1/2 full of RED wine. Wrap the glass in saran (clear plastic wrap) ...
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How can you get algae out of of a glass bottle?

If you let some chlorine bleach stand in the bottle overnight any and all organic stuff will have been de-colourised and softened up enough to most likely rinse out. We soak out water bottles ...
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How to remove oil without soap while washing?

I would try a putting few drops of dishwashing soap on a paper towel, then put that in a Ziploc bag with your lunchbox. One more idea that I got from cleaning cast iron skillets in my home. You're ...
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How to remove rotten meat odour from the fridge?

The human nose is extremely sensitive for the chemicals causing the smell of rotten meat as it has been a decisive evolutionary advantage to smell when meat has gone off and is not fit for consumption ...
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How can you get the first brownie out of the pan without destroying it?

I always bake brownies over a "sling" of parchment, which is a strip of oven-safe parchment paper that is draped across both sides of the pan so I can lift the brownies out onto a platter or cutting ...
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How do you open a tin of corned beef with a broken lid?

Run around the big end with a conventional can opener (a P38 type will work best for the short radius corners).
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How can I toast chocolate chip bread?

You can toast bread in a flat frying pan on a stove top. Be sure to flip the bread to toast both sides. Some of the chocolate may melt out, but you should be able to scrape it off of the pan with a ...
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How to extract a cracker from a wrap with many crackers, without tearing the whole wrapping?

You aren't stuck with the nylon / cellophane of the packaging; you can reinforce it! Image 2: Apply adhesive (Scotch) tape around one end. That's shown as purple. Image 3: Cut the left, top, and ...
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Cutting fruits so that it lasts longer without refrigeration

Most acidic food liquids can be used to keep your apples (and other fruit) from turning brown. Lemon and lime juice are well known. Vinegar is another that is often used. If you plan to use your ...
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What is an easy way to drain a can of tuna?

Start opening the can and stop after a short bit. (1 to 5 cm, 1/2 to 2") Repeat on the other side of the can, ideally you have the shorter length on one side and the longer length on the other. Hold ...
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