Grandma’s Wisdom Passed To Her Granddaughters

Recipes, homilies, traditions and wisdoms are passed down through every5 family.  We are never sure where or when they originated or even if the original author or discoverer was a family member, but we claim them as almost cellular level family genetic knowledge.

Several family members recently asked me for recipes, notes and other ‘sayings’ from the files of our grandmothers that I have collected in my family history quest.  A few of them from that collection that were attributed to an obviously recent ‘grandma’, be it her specifically or an amalgam of ‘grandma’ sayings from across the ‘grandma’ spectrum are listed below:

  • To achieve wrinkle-free clothes after dryer has stopped put a damp towel in the machine and set for 5 minutes.  The wrinkles will disappear.
  • To clean the interior of a microwave oven, boil a bowl of water inside. The steam will soften grease and spills and make it easier to wipe clean.
  • If a zipper is stuck rub it with a lead pencil to make it slide more easily.
  • Leftover sauce can be poured into ice-cube trays and frozen. This way when the recipe calls for sauce, you can defrost the cubes, use as much as you need and keep the rest for future use.
  • To achieve fresher air in the house without paying a fortune for canned spray, squeeze a few drops of a fresh lemon into the dust bag of your vacuum.
  • To achieve sparkling windows wipe the outside of pane with vertical strokes and the inside with horizontal strokes. If any streaks appear it will be easier to tell which side they are on.
  • When traveling with friends on an airplane make sure one piece of luggage has clothes from each of you…this way if some luggage gets lost each of you will have clothes to wear until the bag is returned.
  • To keep your car smelling fresh, put baking soda in the ashtray and refill once a month.
  • Lose a contact lens? Cover the nozzle of a vacuum hose with a nylon stocking and then vacuum the area. The lens will be sucked up against the stocking.
  • To avoid eyestrain from your computer…… place the monitor below eye Level and tilt it upward.
  • To remove grime from hands when no water is available try using shaving cream.
  • To unstick plastic wrap, place it in the refrigerator, no more Fighting with it.
  • To keep plants from wilting when your away on vacation, put them on old Bath towels folded in a tub with a few inches of water.
  • If a pill gets stuck in your throat, chew a banana well and swallow.
  • Use lifesavers candy to hold candles in place on your next birthday cake!  Kids love ‘em!
  • Poke an egg with a small sewing needle before hard-boiling, and the egg will peel with ease!
  • And hold that needle in place with a magnet refrigerator clip!
  • Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips!
  • Zap garlic cloves in the microwave for 15 seconds and the skins slip right off!
  • Organize your magazines into groups according to Seasons (Spring,  Summer, Fall and Winter). This way, you have several handy reference guides for the appropriate Season/Holiday!
  • Use a meat baster to "squeeze" your pancake batter onto the hot griddle. Perfect shaped pancakes every time! Always spray your grill with non-stick cooking spray before grilling to avoid sticking!
  • To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes!
  • To prevent egg shells from cracking, add a pinch of salt to the water Before hard-boiling!
  • Use a pastry blender to cut ground beef into small pieces after browning!
  • Sweeten whipped cream with confectioners’ sugar instead of granulated sugar. It will stay fluffy and hold it’s shape better!
  • For easy "meatloaf mixing", combine the ingredients with a potato masher!
  • If you don’t have enough batter to fill all cupcake tins, pour 1 Tablespoon of water into the unfilled spots… this helps preserve the life of your pans!
  • To easily remove honey from a measuring spoon, first coat the spoon with nonstick cooking spray!
  • Run your hands under cold water before pressing Rice Krispies treats in the pan. The marshmallow won’t stick to your fingers!
  • A drop of cooking oil spread in the palms of your hands works better than the cold water.
  • Mash and freeze ripe bananas, in one-cup portions, for use in later baking……no wasted bananas (or you can freeze them whole, peeled, in plastic bags)
  • To quickly use that frozen juice concentrate, simply mash it with a potato masher.  No need to wait for it to thaw!
  • 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!
  • 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 stove-top.  The skillet will be much easier to clean now!
  • Spray your Tupperware with non-stick cooking spray before pouring in tomato based sauces……no more stains!
  • Transfer your jelly to a small plastic squeeze bottle…..no more messy sticky jars or knives! This also works well for homemade salad dressing!
  • To aid in washing dishes, add a tablespoon of baking soda to your soapy water.  It softens hands while cutting through grease!
Copyright (c) Lee Drew 2011-05-09 17:19:00
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Family history research is a favored avenue of relaxation. It is a Sherlock-like activity that can continue almost anywhere at any time. By leveraging a lifetime involvement in technology, my research efforts have resulted in terabytes of ancestral data, earning me the moniker of Lineagekeeper. And yes - We are all related to Royalty.