way #1: Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar
cone to prevent ice cream drips.
My way: Just suck the ice cream out of the bottom of the
cone, for Pete's sake, you are probably lying on the couch with
your feet up eating it anyway.
Martha's way #2: Use a meat baster to "squeeze"
your pancake batter onto the hot griddle and you'll get perfectly
shaped pancakes every time.
My way: Buy the precooked kind you nuke in the microwave
for 30 seconds. The hard part is getting them out of the plastic
Martha's way #3: To keep potatoes from budding, place an
apple in the bag with the potatoes.
My way: Buy Hungry Jack mashed potato mix and keep it in
the pantry for up to a year.
Martha's way #4: To prevent egg shells from cracking, add
a pinch of salt to the water before hard boiling.
My way: Who cares if they crack, aren't you going to take
the shells off anyway?
Martha's way #5: To get the most juice out of fresh lemons,
bring them to room temperature and roll them under your palm
against the kitchen counter before squeezing.
My way: Sleep with the lemons in between the mattress and
Martha's way #6: To easily remove burnt-on food from your
skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water
to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on stovetop.
My way: Eat at Chili's every night and avoid cooking.
Martha's way #7: Spray your Tupperware with nonstick cooking
spray before pouring in tomato based sauces and there won't
be any stains.
My way: Feed your garbage disposal and there won't be any
Martha's way #8: When a cake recipe calls for flouring the
baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead and there
won't be any white mess on the outside of the cake.
My way: Go to the bakery. They'll even decorate it for you.
Martha's way #9: If you accidentally over salt a dish while
it's still cooking, drop in a peeled potato and it will absorb
the excess salt for an instant "fix me up"
My way: If you over salt a dish while you are cooking, that's
too damn bad. My motto: I made it and you will eat it and I
don't care how bad it tastes.
Martha's way #10: Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting
in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.
My way: Celery? Never heard of the stuff.
Martha's way #11: Brush some beaten egg white over pie crust
before baking to yield a beautiful glossy finish.
My way: The Mrs. Smith frozen pie directions do not include
brushing egg whites over the crust and so I don't do it.
Martha's way #12: Place a slice of apple in hardened brown
sugar to soften it.
My Way: Brown sugar is supposed to be "soft"?
Martha's way #13: When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch
of sugar to help bring out the corn's natural sweetness.
My Way: The only kind of corn I buy comes in a can.
Martha's way #14: To determine whether an egg is fresh,
immerse it in a pan of cool, salted water. If it sinks, it is
fresh, but if it rises to the surface, throw it away.
My way: Eat, cook, or use the egg anyway. If you feel bad
later, you will know it wasn't fresh.
Martha's way #15: Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it
in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.
My way: Martha, dear, the only reason this works is because
you can't rub a lime on your forehead without getting lime juice
in your eye, and then the problem isn't the headache anymore,
it is because you are now blind.
Martha's way #16: Don't throw out all that leftover wine.
Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.
My way: Leftover wine?
Martha's way #17: If you have a problem opening jars: Try
using latex dishwashing gloves. They give a non slip grip that
makes opening jars easy.
My way: Go ask the very cute neighbor to do it.
Martha's way #18: Potatoes will take food stains off your
fingers. Just slice and rub raw potato on the stains and rinse
My way: Mashed potatoes will now be replacing the anti-bacterial
soap in the handy dispenser next to my sink.
Martha's way #19: Now look what you can do with Alka Seltzer.
* Clean a toilet. Drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets, wait
twenty minutes, brush and flush. The citric acid and effervescent
action clean vitreous china.
* Clean a vase. To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass
vase or cruet, fill with water and drop in two Alka-Seltzer
* Polish jewelry. Drop two Alka-Seltzer tablets into a glass
of water and immerse the jewelry for two minutes.
* Clean a thermos bottle. Fill the bottle with water, drop
in four Alka-Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour (or longer,
My way: Put your jewelry, vases, and thermos in the toilet.
Add some Alka-Seltzer and you have solved a whole bunch of problems