Handy Home Hints

11 food freezing tips to save time and money

  1. Make smoothie packs and freeze for a quick and easy breakfast.
  2. Freeze some grapes to keep your wine cool without watering it down.
  3. Freeze freshly made coffee in an ice cube tray for an iced coffee (or an espresso martini!)
  4. Freeze fresh herbs in oil in an ice cube tray, then store in a container or zip lock bag.
  5. Make a big batch of cookie dough, shape into a log and freeze. Then just slice off the number of cookies you want to make.
  6. Freeze mince in zip lock bags and flatten it out. Then it’s easier to store flat and will defrost faster.
  7. Wrap meat in individual portions so you’re not defrosting more than you need.
  8. Freeze cooked pasta in portions then just pour over boiling water to defrost.
  9. Grate cheese and freeze in portions to avoid waste.
  10. Freeze homemade or leftover stock in ice cube trays and then pop them into a container.
  11. Cook up a batch of rice, freeze flat in a zip lock bag and microwave when you want to use it.

7 uses for lemons around the home

  1. Scatter lemon peel around to deter stray cats.
  2. Add lemon peel to your bag or container of brown sugar to keep it soft.
  3. Remove sweat, mildew and rust marks on cotton fabric by making a paste of lemon juice and salt. Rub it in and leave for half an hour before washing as usual.
  4. Prevent rice from sticking by adding a few drops of lemon juice to the boiling water before you add the rice.
  5. Add half a lemon to the dishwasher for a streak-free rinse and a lovely smell.
  6. Clean your chopping boards with half a lemon and salt Read more
  7. Soak a sponge or cotton ball in some fresh lemon juice and place it in your fridge for several hours to absorb any odours.
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Lock-screen information

Add an emergency contact number to your mobile phone’s lock screen photo. This way if you lose your phone there’s a way for someone to contact you if they find it.

Earring storage

Keep your earrings and necklaces under control by storing them in a tackle box. The small compartments make organising easy!

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No more stray dice

Love playing board games? Shake dice inside a clear plastic container so they don’t go flying and knocking pieces over.

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3 uses for aluminium foil

  1. Don’t have a roasting rack? Shape a sheet of foil into a coil and place it under your meat to keep it from sitting in the roasting liquid.
  2. Use scrunched up foil as a scrubber to clean your bbq or cast-iron pots.
  3. Place foil under your ironing board cover, shiny side up, and get rid of wrinkles faster.

Reduce food waste

Place a “Use First” box in your fridge to store opened and soon-to-expire ingredients. Check the box daily and try to use what’s in there to plan your weekly menu.

Suitcase packing tip

Turn light coloured clothing inside-out to avoid stains and reduce creasing by rolling your clothes instead of folding them.

See your 4-legged friend in the dark

If you’re exercising your dog in the park at night, attach a glow stick to the collar so you don’t lose sight of your dog in the dark.