Can You Clean a Slow Cooker With a Dryer Sheet?

Sometimes you need any help you can get when the remnants of last night’s dinner refuse to part with the dirty dishes. But rest easy, weary scrubber: your cleaning methods can find a little extra oomph in unexpected places. Today we’re trying out a few cleaning tips that might save you time, if not sanity.

Source: Can You Clean a Slow Cooker With a Dryer Sheet?

Nooooo don’t put random household substances on your fancy metals! Buy a bottle of Brasso (liquid, use your own sponge/rag/etc) or a tin of “wadding” polish (it’s a can of dense woolly fluff soaked with cleaner — pull off a small tuft and use until it turns black, then grab another one). Both work well on unlacquered brass, copper, stainless steel, pewter, and similar alloys (they say you can use the Wilton Armetale polish on sterling, but I personally wouldn’t — Goddard’s works a treat and smells glorious).

Putting random acids on your metal holloware or utensils is a good way to ruin or even strip the finish, especially if they’re plated rather than solid.

Source : someone who inherited a whole mess of early 70s sand-cast Armetale dinner plates and serving pieces and fucking goblets, as well as a whole mess of sterling flatware and holloware and had no idea wtf to do with it.

Also, I bet a Mr Clean Magic Eraser would strip the baked-on gunk out of that slow cooker in a flash. But then a Magic Eraser works on damn near everything.

The Internet Thinks You Can Unspoil Wine With a Penny. Here’s the Truth.

People have leftover wine?

Hey, did you know that you can revive a spoiled wine by just dropping a penny into your glass? Well, at least according to the internet. The truth, though, is much more complicated.

Source: The Internet Thinks You Can Unspoil Wine With a Penny. Here’s the Truth.

For starters, pennies aren’t made with as much copper as they used to…  Copper is a commodity similar to lumber and oil. It’s price has exploded in the last 10 years. It’s this reason why many new construction homes forgo copper plumbing.

Getting a Tiny Bit of This Element on Your Skin Will Make You Reek of Garlic for Weeks

Tellurium is usually found stuck to various metals in the ground. It forms ores with gold, silver, copper, and lead. When refining these metals, some unfortunate people have come into contact with purified tellurium—and exposure means you reek of garlic for weeks.

Source: Getting a Tiny Bit of This Element on Your Skin Will Make You Reek of Garlic for Weeks

It’s standard practice to dissolve drug candidates in dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) when they are used. If you ever taste garlic, you’re instructed to drop what you’re doing and get to a hospital.  😉

Cooking Garlic the “Wrong” Way Can Make It Turn Blue

People who cook garlic have sometimes been alarmed to see their garlic turn green, blue, or turquoise as it cooked. What the hell happened? Bacterial infestation? Poison added by assassins? Actually, it was just chemistry.

Source: Cooking Garlic the “Wrong” Way Can Make It Turn Blue

Only time I’d be cooking garlic is to make garlic confit (vegan if you use olive oil).  Otherwise, I’ve followed the findings of how garlic is prepared to add garlic at the very end to get better flavour.  Don’t forget that stainless steel can get rid of the garlic smell (but I like it).

About an Obscure African Plant Tells Miners Where to Look for Diamonds

Diamonds you’re familiar with. Pandanus candelabrum, not so much. And until recently, botanists didn’t pay much attention to this rare, palm-like plant from West Africa either. But the discovery that P. candelabrum grows only over rock that may harbor diamonds has vaulted the plant out of obscurity.

Source: An Obscure African Plant Tells Miners Where to Look for Diamonds

Must grow on top of the DeBeers vault, where 95% of the world’s diamonds are stored to keep prices artificially inflated? 😉

Persimmon: How to Eat

There are several types of persimmons, and the key is to know which kinds are astringent and which are sweet. The astringent persimmons are still a wonderful food when they’re ripe. If you’ve ever had an unripe persimmon, the experience is memorable. Often described as “furry,” for me the experience was akin to trying to eat a sweet yet dense cotton ball. It doesn’t taste like a good idea, and eating a lot of unripe persimmon can cause digestive problems.

Source: How to eat a persimmon like a pro

According to this link, persimmons have 2.6 µg of vitamin K per 100 grams/3.5 oz.  That’s a low dose, which can become a large one if you eat larger quantities.

 

The Surprising Health Benefits of Beans

Beans are a super healthy, super versatile and super affordable food. Beans are high in antioxidants, fiber, protein, B vitamins, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper and zinc. Eating beans regularly may decrease the risk of diabetes, heart disease, colorectal cancer, and helps with weight management. Beans are hearty, helping you feel full so you will tend to eat less.

As we get older, we need fewer calories and beans are a great way to boost the nutrition power of your meal without boosting the calories. A half-cup of beans has only about 100 calories.

Source: After-40 Nutrition: The Surprising Health Benefits of Beans

They missed something you can do with beans – make vegan brownies (recipe).  I’m conflicted about eating them – it’s way too healthy for a brownie.  I also like to add salsa to my navy beans.