Pistachios are a treat to eat, but they do take a little work. Most pistachios pop right open, but some can have very stubborn shells. That’s when I discovered it was time to fight fire with fire. Simply take a single half shell from another nut, and insert it in the gap between the stubborn nut’s shells. Then just twist the half shell like a screwdriver and the stubborn nut will easily open up and reward you with a tasty nut for your clever efforts.
Slamming doors is a personal pet peeve of mine. The only thing worse is a door that slams that also has a poorly aligned latch that rattles around. The good news is you don’t have to be a master carpenter or construction engineer to silence slamming doors and the disharmony they bring. Just head to your local home store and pick up a package of felt pads (used to protect delicate surfaces from not-so-delicate objects). While the pads shown here are by the strike plate, I prefer to apply mine to the upper and lower corner of the door jamb where they are less visible. The pads won’t completely silence the wrath of an angry teenager, but you’ll find your doors closing in a much more civilized fashion.
This hack doesn’t require a whole lot of explanation. Make sure your jar lid is dry, get about a foot of duct tape, stick one end firmly to the left edge of the jar (with the loose end of the tape coming towards you). Then just get a firm grip on the jar with one hand and pull smoothly on the tape with the other. That’s it, you’re ready to spread your marmalade or whatever you’re trying to get at. Enjoy!
Do you need to divide materials into even increments but don’t want to divide odd fractions in your head? By rotating your tape diagonally until an even number comes across the face of the stock, you’ll be able to evenly divide material without a calculator.
My family likes to shop at Trader Joe’s. We also like to buy organic whenever feasible. For whatever reason, our Trader Joe’s never carries pre-sliced organic mushrooms. So, it’s either buy conventionally-grown with no prep time, or buy organic and spend an eternity slicing mushrooms by hand. Then, one day it dawned on me that our old egg slicer might do a brisk job of slicing the ‘shrooms. Sure enough, the egg slicer made quick work of the mushroom slicing, and it made for much more consistent slices than the old-fashioned way by hand.