Quickly Soften Butter With a Warm Glass

soften butter with warm glass

There’s nothing worse than needing room temperature butter for a recipe and not having it available. Thankfully there’s a hack to quickly soften butter to room temperature. Place warm water into a glass and let it sit for a moment. Place the butter on a plate. Empty the glass of water and place upside down over the butter. After a minute or so you will have softened butter.

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Store Berries in a Single Layer

store berries single layer

Berries have a tendency to mold and get mushy quickly. To keep this from happening so quickly remove them from the plastic packaging and spread them out on a baking sheet. Be sure to keep the berries in a single layer. This prevents the juices from one berry leaking over another, preventing them from decaying as fast.

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Use a Kitchen Glove to Open Stuck Jars in an Instant

open stuck jars

Are there jars that just make you want to scream or completely change your plan on what’s for dinner? If you have already tried sheer force, running it under hot water, or the very questionable banging of that glass jar against something when trying to open stuck jars, here’s a trick that will always work. Just find a kitchen glove (we know there is one somewhere in the kitchen), put it on, and then grab that lid to open stuck jars. The rubber surface will give you a much more secure grip, making jar opening a breeze.

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Need to Roast Coffee Without a Roaster? Use a Popcorn Popper

roast coffee without a roaster

Want the smell of freshly roasted coffee beans to fill your kitchen but don’t want to invest in an expensive home coffee roasting system? To roast coffee without a roaster, just get some green coffee beans and throw them into your popcorn popper. Seriously! Measure out approximately ¼ cup of green coffee beans, place them in the popper, put the lid on, and turn the machine on. Within about four minutes, you should start to hear popping noises and get that distinct coffee aroma. In another minute or so, it should start to smell smokey. You can turn the popcorn popper off at this point for a light roast, or let it continue up to another two minutes for a dark roast. After that, just wait until the beans are cool to the touch, grind them, and make your perfect cup of coffee. That’s all you need to roast coffee without a roaster!

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Make Reusable Swiffer Pads Easily

Make reusable Swiffer pads

A Swiffer can be a lifesaver, but remembering to buy replacement mop pads can be a pain for you and the environment. Grab an old dishtowel or microfiber cloth, soak it in a solution of water and floor cleaner or vinegar, and snap it into place the same as you would with any Swiffer pad. When you’re done, just toss it in the laundry. Now, you can make reusable Swiffer pads to save the environment and some cash.

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Inexpensive Eucalyptus Centerpiece

inexpensive eucalyptus centerpiece

Fresh, beautiful centerpieces can be costly. Save money without sacrificing the impact by using greenery such as eucalyptus. Not only will the eucalyptus add a wonderful aroma to the room but the cuttings will last approximately 2-3 weeks when watered appropriately. When the centerpiece is no longer needed hang the eucalyptus to dry for continued decor options.

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