Thursday, March 26, 2009

A collection of natural remedies & cooking tips

I have NOT tried all of these but back in the day when there wasn't so much stuff to choose from I know that my grandparents, your grandparents, parents, great grand parents all used home remedies. Some they swore by, and even still use today.

Vinegar kills bacteria for a sore throat just mix
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup vinegar
Take 1 Tbs six times a day

To relieve a cough mix
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup vinegar
1 Tsp cayenne pepper
4 Tsp honey
Take one tablespoon at bedtime and when cough acts up

When you have the hiccups real bad. Eat a spoonful of peanut butter. (This one I use all the time!)

Sprinkle a lemon wedge with salt to stop onion or garlic breath

For Neck pain make a moist heat wrap with rice. Fill a sock with dry uncooked rice stopping two inches from the top. Close tightly with a string then microwave for two minutes and lay this over your neck and reheat when it cools

Post nasal drip-mix together a tablespoon each of honey and lemon juice and microwave for 20 seconds until warm (not hot) and swallow a teaspoon at a time

To clear up a stuffed nose try chewing a couple of strong Altoid Peppermints

Pam cooking spray will dry finger nail polish
Use a tomato paste compress over a boil, the acids from the tomatoes sooth the pain and bring the boil to a head

Rub some dry mustard on your hands after peeling onions, and then wash in the ordinary way. You will find that all odor will be removed

If parsley is washed with hot water instead of cold it retains its flavor and is easier to chop

When celery loses its crispness, place it in a pan of cold water with a slice of raw potato and let stand for a few hours. Remove the celery from the water and you will find that it has regained its original crispness

If you run out of baking powder, use two level teaspoons cream of tartar to one teaspoon soda. This is the equivalent of four teaspoons of tartrate baking powder, the kind you usually have in the kitchen

A teaspoonful of glycerine added to a pound of flour in cake-making will aid greatly in keeping a cake fresh

Always sift flour and powdered sugar before measuring. When a recipe calls for flour, baking powder, soda, salt, sift all these dry ingredients together before adding to the rest of the batter

When bread is baking, a small dish of water in the oven will help to keep the crust from getting too hard

To avoid lumps in a batter, add a pinch of salt to the flour before it is wet

Select a jar lid the proper size for hamburgers. Remove liner and wash lid well. Fill with meat and smooth top with knife or spatula; turn over and tap

Don't dispose of circular cardboard backs from frozen pizzas. Cover with foil and use as plates when taking round cakes away from home

When cooking pasta add a little salad oil and it won't boil over or stick to pan

A fork should never be stuck into a steak or chop that is being fried or grilled, because it lets the juice out

To cut fresh bread easily, cut with a hot knife




  1. great! some of these i've used. ;)
    guess you saw i pimped this blog, after yor first post. wish more people would help get the word out!
    have a good wkend.

  2. also have added you to J-Land Central. maybe you'll get more readers. ;)