Pizza, bananas, and jam are some of our favorite things, so we couldn’t resist sharing these quick tips. Just don’t feel compelled to use them all at the same time—but who knows?
Bananas: Even More Magical Than You Thought
Did you know that you can use a banana peel to polish tarnished silverware? After you enjoy a banana, rub the inside of the peel along the silver and you’ll see the magic happen. Just wipe it off with a clean cloth afterward to have sparkling silverware again. It doesn’t work with really dark spots, but this trick works great with lightly tarnished utensils.
Best Way to Reheat Pizza
Microwaving cold pizza makes the crust soggy, and reheating it in the oven takes almost 30 minutes. The best way to reheat cold pizza is to put a few slices in a cold skillet, cover it, and turn the burner to low. About 8 minutes in the pan gives the cheese time to melt while the bottom crisps perfectly. No more soggy slices.
DIY Salad Dressing with Leftover Jam
To savor every last morsel of homemade or storebought jam, add olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, and herbs/spices when the jam jar is nearly empty, screw the lid on, and shake away. In seconds you’ll have delicious fruity salad dressing, and nothing is wasted from the precious jams.
We’ve got the coolest food tricks for hot days. Summer, bring it on.
Guacamole: It’s Easy Being Green
Here’s a nifty trick to help keep guacamole looking fresh longer. Before storing the dip, pour an inch of water over the top. When you’re ready to serve, just pour off the water; the guacamole is dense enough that it doesn’t absorb the water. You’ll have guacamole that looks like you just made it.
Keeping Summer Berries Fresh
To extend the life of blueberries and strawberries, wash them in a light white vinegar solution: 1 cup vinegar to 3 cups water. Then dry them in a salad spinner (our favorite model is the OXO Good Grips) and store them in a container with the lid slightly open to allow moisture to escape. The vinegar kills bacteria without imparting flavor. Your berries will stay fresher for longer.
Sip Easy with a Better Way to Clean Straws
Brightly colored plastic straws are perfect for sipping summer coolers, but we’ve found that a dishwasher does a lousy job of cleaning them. Secret trick: Use denture cleaner tablets (really!) to help get them clean. Fill a big glass with the directed amount of water, drop a denture cleaner tablet in, and add the straws (flipping them over after a few minutes so both ends get clean). The straws are as fresh as new in no time.