The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #24868   Message #287755
Posted By: sian, west wales
30-Aug-00 - 09:07 AM
Thread Name: Household Folklore and Tips
Subject: RE: Household Folklore and Tips
Break off a leaf of aloe vera and rub it on a burn.

Clean windows with scrunched up newspaper.

A few gooseberries in with the strawberries is supposed to help the jam to set.

Bread doesn't rise right when it's thundery.

If you're blind-baking pie shells, 'paint' the crusts with beaten egg before you bake 'em. They won't get quite so soggy when you fill them. (And use *really* cold liquid when you're mixing the dough up, and don't use your hands any more than you have to - 'cause it's flakier when it's colder.) (I get a bit flakey when cold too.) (But don't mind if you use your hands ...)

A lump of charcoal in the fridge also absorbs smells.

And a broken piece of a terracotta flower pot in your brown sugar will also keep it soft. Don't know why ...