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“Why Didn’t I Think Of That?” – Part Eighteen

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Here on my blog, I strive to share simple, everyday tips and tricks that can help make your life a little bit easier. But sometimes, the tips that I want to share aren’t something I can write a whole blog post about!

And since I simply cannot waste a good idea, I tuck them away to use at a later date. Today I’ll be sharing some of those tips and tricks with you in the eighteenth edition of my ongoing series “Why Didn’t I Think Of That?”

Missed the last installment, or want to revisit some of your old favorite tips? Check out the entire archive of the “Why Didn’t I Think Of That?” series at the bottom of this post!

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1. Hidden Kitchen Storage

Need a convenient place to keep your measuring cups or spoons in your kitchen? The inside of your cabinet doors makes the perfect place to store small items, and you can do it easily with the help of a few Command hooks!

Not only are Command hooks easy to install, they’re easy to remove too. That means you can try out several different layouts or locations without worrying about doing any permanent damage to your kitchen cabinets.

For more creative ways to get organized with Command hooks, read this post.

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2. Picture Perfect Deviled Eggs

While it may not matter as much for egg salad or potato salad, you probably want your deviled eggs to have their yolks as close to the center of the egg as possible. And the trick to achieving dead-center yolks is surprisingly simple!

The key is storing the eggs on their sides overnight before you cook them. To do this, you can either tip the whole egg carton on its side and support it with other items in your fridge, or you can open the carton and tip each egg so that it’s resting on its side rather than on its end.

Either way, when you cook the eggs the next day, the yolks should stay right in the center of them. Your deviled eggs will turn out picture perfect!

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3. Better Buttered Popcorn

I’ve always liked extra buttery popcorn, but pouring melted butter on top has its drawbacks! It’s impossible to evenly distribute the butter into the popcorn, which usually results in parts of it getting a bit soggy while the rest stays bone dry.

But I recently learned about a much more effective method that butter lovers like me will love! Make your own sprayable butter by adding 2 tablespoons of melted butter and 2 teaspoons of a neutral-flavored oil to a small food-safe spritzer bottle. You’ll find it much easier to achieve evenly buttered popcorn with this spray method!

(Oh, and one more thing… if the spritzer starts to stream rather than spray, the butter may have solidified. Just drop your spritzer bottle in a mug of hot water for minute or two to remelt the butter!)

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4. Honey Fix

If your jar of honey is looking a bit rough after a few too many trips through the microwave, never fear! There’s a simple way to restore a crystallized or even nearly solidified jar of honey to its previously gooey and pourable state.

Make sure the jar of honey is tightly sealed, then place it in the top rack of your dishwasher and run a load of dishes. As strange as it may sound, it’s an easy and effective way to warm, agitate, and revive your honey without lifting a finger!

Watch this video to find out why you might want to keep a bottle of honey in your FREEZER:

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Honey is amazing in any form!
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5. Hanging Cleaning Tools

Ever notice how the holes on the ends of your cleaning tools (like brooms, mops, dusters, etc.) are often too small to make them useful for hanging? As annoying as it is, there’s a simple way fix this problem.

Loop a zip tie or a piece of string through the existing hole, then secure it leaving a good amount of slack. Then you’ll be able to hang your tool on a hook using the zip tie or string rather than the too-small hole!

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6. Sturdier Shopping Bags

One of my favorite things about my set of reusable shopping bags is that they each have a sturdy insert that keeps them standing upright. If you’re tired of your shopping bags toppling over, here’s an easy DIY solution to make them sturdier!

Find a cardboard box that is about the same size as your shopping bag, then cut the top flaps off and slide it into the bottom of the bag. The cardboard will keep the bag open and upright, making it much easier for you to use!

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7. Green Onion Growth

Instead of buying a new bunch of green onions every time you use them as a garnish, you can triple their lifespan by storing them in a glass of water in a sunny spot. The tops will continue to grow as long as you don’t cut off too much at once!

Learn more tips for keeping your food fresh longer by reading this post.

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Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

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Bright Ideas

  • There was a video about freezing honey. I would be concerned about germs if you consume straight from the bottle. Everyone should have their own bottle especially if some one is sick. Maybe the freezer kills the contaminents?

    • Yes, they keep growing in just water. You’ll want to replace the water every couple of days and the roots may need to be trimmed after so long but they will definitely keep growing.

  • If you appreciate all the “good stuff” that raw and unfiltered or natural, or local honey brings you, then never, ever put it in the microwave, don’t put it in the dishwasher. It will kill all the nutrients you are looking for: all the good things that help with allergies, all the natural antibiotic properties, all the natural healing properties. Instead, warm it in hot water, or set it in sunshine until it returns to it’s natural consistency.

    Bonus tip: Honey never goes bad. The crystals are only the natural sugars in honey, they are not anything that should be taken out. Honey has been found in ancient tombs in Egypt and it has weathered the test of time and been perfectly good. So treat it well, and it will continue to keep you well and healthy.

  • For camping trips or every day, crack eggs into a pitcher. Because the Yellow is the cell nucleus the white is attached and just pours out! Pour out one or more eggs and each will pour out with its corresponding white. No more worries or messes with cracked egg shells!

    • I don’t understand why you would do this….Also, I would think that you’re very possibly introducing bacteria into the eggs by taking them out of their natural protection.

  • We actually have few customers that they just cut the bottom part off the boxes- they usually the ones I’ve seen cover that part with fabric. Then when you put the groceries in it makes it very sturdy.

  • Never microwave honey! It destroys all of the nutritional value!! Instead, heat a pan of water, remove from heat and set jar of honey in it and let set for an hour… repeat if necessary…
    I am a beekeeper

  • Brooms/ Mops, duster I use a pipe cleaner or simple piece of string/yarn thru the hole in the top. Sometimes the zip tie digs in to your hand.

  • when we want to coat our popcorn, we pour it into a paper bag! As one person shakes the bag so the popcorn rotates in a circular motion, the other person slowly pours the butter on – always hits all of the popcorn and never is there any soggy!

    • I invert a slightly smaller bowl over the popcorn bowl and clamp the two rims together with my hands. After adding a little “butter” (oil+butter powder) and salt I hold the bowls together and shake them in a circular motion. Add a little more butter/salt, shake again, add, shake, and so on until the popcorn tastes right.

  • Hi Jillee,

    Had to tell you I have bought the same honey brand as yours! It’s so good!

    I’ve been reading about crystallized honey n found out that’s how the bees store honey in a hive. Comb honey in a hive lasts indefinitely that way. Honey presses rupture the little wax cells the honey flows.

    Loved your idea of using the DW to warm the jar! One question: does the label wash off?

    You are THE BEST!

    Nancy Robison

    • My honey is in a plastic bottle. Would that tolerate the heat of the dishwasher? I’ve been afraid to microwave it for the very same reason. I have heated it in a pan of hot water but it seems to take so long.

      • Never put your honey in the microwave it will ruin the property of a raw honey. Put your honey in a crockpot on low fill it up to about halfway with water put your bottle of honey in it will slowly melt the honey without ruining the health properties that are in honey you don’t want to cook the honey then it’s no longer considered raw and it’s actually really bad for you to heat your honey in a plastic container

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