1. Keeping peaches with a gentle care ;-)
Fresh peaches are not easy to keep long. But there are still some ways to help peaches stay better and longer:- Put them in a way that they don’t touch each other.- Keeping them upside down (the stalk down) helps, too. - Avoid the direct sunlight. - In order to avoid fruit flies, clean the fruits well with water before keeping them (you need to dry them well after cleaning). Some do it with very hot water quickly, but we didn’t tried it yet. In general, give a try to observe and understand how your fruits stay. Depending on the surrounding, you will see different reactions. Maybe you will enjoy some days with your fruits or you will need to have all the fruits as a dinner to consume them, or make jams or marmalade. By trying this, you will understand how much and which fruits to buy. This will bring you a little but big and healthy change on your consumption on food! :-)

    Keeping peaches with a gentle care ;-)

    Fresh peaches are not easy to keep long.
    But there are still some ways to help peaches stay better and longer:

    - Put them in a way that they don’t touch each other.
    - Keeping them upside down (the stalk down) helps, too.
    - Avoid the direct sunlight.

    - In order to avoid fruit flies, clean the fruits well with water before keeping them (you need to dry them well after cleaning). Some do it with very hot water quickly, but we didn’t tried it yet.

    In general, give a try to observe and understand how your fruits stay. Depending on the surrounding, you will see different reactions. Maybe you will enjoy some days with your fruits or you will need to have all the fruits as a dinner to consume them, or make jams or marmalade. By trying this, you will understand how much and which fruits to buy. This will bring you a little but big and healthy change on your consumption on food! :-)

     
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  3. Flour and bay leaves
My grandmother always put a couple of dried bay leaves in a newly opened bag of flour.  This kept the bugs away. 
-Maureen

    Flour and bay leaves

    My grandmother always put a couple of dried bay leaves in a newly opened bag of flour.  This kept the bugs away. 

    -Maureen

     
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  5. Preserving citrus with sand

    When you buy citrus you should always rinse it in a 10-to-1 water to bleach ratio (10 parts water, 1 part bleach) and let them air dry.

    To store citrus longer you can get a 5 gallon bucket and fill it with clean sand.  Bury the clean citrus in the sand and lightly pack it down.

    The sand fills the pores of the citrus and it takes longer to go bad.

    - Lynn from LA, USA

     
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  7. I introduced a little corner of my kitchen occupied by oral knowledge on my twitter long time ago. I just realized that I did not give answer for it. So here it is:
In this picture, there are three knowledge:
1. To keep lettuce fresh longer outside the fridge, keep their roots in the water.
My lettuce was directly from the garden. So it was with roots. I did not try this method with the ones without roots but my German friend says it works well! Fresh veggies’ seasons are just here, what about keeping your lettuce beautifully on your table or kitchen? :-)
2. To clean the grease on the pan, spread dry flour directly without water.
Flour will absorb the grease, so you don’t need to clean it with soap at all after it! It looks like a magic! Concerning flour is also food, I am researching other ways for the same effect. For example, one girl recalled that her dad used to clean the greasy pen with soil/sand before cleaning at the camping place! Do you know any other know-how? Let me know! oh, let’s share!!
3. To clean the burnt grill, scrub it with aluminum foil.
I keep aluminum foil after I use it because it is a very strong tool to clean burnt grill. Just try it after the barbeque this summer, you will definitely start to keep aluminum foil as well. :D

    I introduced a little corner of my kitchen occupied by oral knowledge on my twitter long time ago. I just realized that I did not give answer for it. So here it is:

    In this picture, there are three knowledge:

    1. To keep lettuce fresh longer outside the fridge, keep their roots in the water.

    My lettuce was directly from the garden. So it was with roots. I did not try this method with the ones without roots but my German friend says it works well! Fresh veggies’ seasons are just here, what about keeping your lettuce beautifully on your table or kitchen? :-)

    2. To clean the grease on the pan, spread dry flour directly without water.

    Flour will absorb the grease, so you don’t need to clean it with soap at all after it! It looks like a magic! Concerning flour is also food, I am researching other ways for the same effect. For example, one girl recalled that her dad used to clean the greasy pen with soil/sand before cleaning at the camping place! Do you know any other know-how? Let me know! oh, let’s share!!

    3. To clean the burnt grill, scrub it with aluminum foil.

    I keep aluminum foil after I use it because it is a very strong tool to clean burnt grill. Just try it after the barbeque this summer, you will definitely start to keep aluminum foil as well. :D

     
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  9. potatoes in a brick house with sand inside

    My father used to harvest our potatoes before the frost, clean off the dirt by hand and sort them at the same time to make sure they were perfect for keeping (no bug holes or rot).  Usually he would put them in a sack and cover them, but at other times he would bury them in a funny little brick house he had built to keep sand clean and dry.  The “roof ” was a slanting weather proof lid, which we had to lift when we sorted through the sand for potatoes.  We thought this was a great game, but sometimes being kids we would play a bit too wildly and then would have to tidy up.

    I always remember what fun it was to help in that way and how good the potatoes tasted when we roasted them under the fire grate.  We were always hungry in those days and there was nothing left to waste!

    - Barbara Robson, UK

     
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  11. Gli sgami della nonna (Grandma’s trick)

    Italian grandma tells her tips for the house!

    So nice to see sharing know-hows from Grannies!! Let’s share it!!

    Viva Nonna! ;-)

     
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  13. Keep sugar with an apple cut in half

    To prevent brown sugar from hardening, store it with an apple cut in half.

    - Stephanie Wright, Canada

     
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  15. Keep avocados from browning

    If you cut an avocado in half and want to save for later, put a little lemon juice on it.  This will keep it from browning for several days.

    - Reid, Brooklyn

     
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  17. parsley, cilantro and dark leafy greens

    I keep market purchased parsley and leafy greens fresh like bouquets in a glass jar with water. Make sure to recut the stem ends just before placing in water and to keep the water level below the leaf portions. Leafy greens are beautiful and keeping them out in your view will encourage you to eat them while they are still very fresh and vital. Of course if you can grow your own picking just before cooking is best!
    This technique does not work for lettuce since there are no elongated stems. However, I have been known to put very beautiful heads of garden lettuce in a bowl with just a bit of water for table centerpiece for a summer dinner party.

    - Shari Trnka

     
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  19. Storing bread

    If you put freshly baked bread (after cooling!) into the box made of unvarnished wood it stay fresh even until one month (bread does not moldiness).

    -Jacek, Poland

     
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