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Facebook Twitter The Finger Test to Check the Doneness of Meat. Print Photography Credit: Elise Bauer There are two basic methods to test for how done your meat is while you are cooking it—use a meat thermometer, or press on the meat with your fingertips.

The Finger Test to Check the Doneness of Meat

The problem with the meat thermometer approach is that when you poke a hole into the meat with a thermometer, it can let juices escape, juices that you would rather have stay in the meat. For this reason, most experienced cooks rely on a “finger test” method, especially on steaks (whole roasts are better tested with a thermometer). My mother has been trying to get me to test meat with my fingertips for years, and for years, being somewhat of a scaredy cat (won’t it burn my fingers?) Then my friend David showed me up. Now the point of this story is not to embarrass David (though that would be fun, if it were even possible) but to encourage you, if like me, you’ve been shying away from trying this approach. This is one of those things that gets easier with practice. MethodHide Photos. Creative Homemaking...Dedicated to all of Your Homemaking Needs. Microsoft Checklist Index. Blog Archive » Grandma’s Stain Spray. Grandma’s stain spray is so simple to make.

Blog Archive » Grandma’s Stain Spray

And saved my favorite shirt. Okay. One of my favorite shirts. It has penguins on it and I’m sure I’ll be wearing it for many years to come. The first time I wore the shirt (FIRST. I pretreated the EVOO stain with Shout spray, left it over night, then ran the shirt through the washer AND dryer. The penguin shirt came out of the dryer with the EVOO stain still there. The Perfect Pantry Article. Inspiration for Life's Celebrations. Printable Pages For Your Household Notebook. Homemade Febreze-Go Green by staying Cheap! I've seen this on the internet a few times, so I thought that I would bring it to the eyes of you fantastic readers at instructables.

Homemade Febreze-Go Green by staying Cheap!

Febreze- We all use it (I hope some of us do) to clean what we have dirtied, make that which is foul smell better, and generally add a hint of fragrance to our garments. In this short but sweet instructable, I'll show you how to make your own Homemade Febreze with things you should already have in your home. This is not my original idea. I see it on the internet a lot, but since it was not on instructables, I thought I'd share it with you here. The motive behind making your own Febreze type smell good cleaners is that the cost of making it yourself is lower than the cost of most cleaners today.

UPDATE: I just found this instructable by Bigbadjohn81 on how to make Homemade Fabric Refresher. 10 Tricks for Easy Entertaining - Martha Stewart Entertaining 101. Pantry List. By: Vered DeLeeuw A well-stocked pantry can save you from what happened to me yesterday.

Pantry List

It was 6pm, we had just arrived from the kids’ gymnastics class, and I had absolutely no idea what to make for dinner. Eventually I decided to make a quick pasta dish – spaghetti with olive oil and oregano. But alas, there was no pasta in the house and only a tiny bit of olive oil left. EverythingMom: Pregnancy Week by Week. 100 Ways for Your Family to Make a Difference.

Getting into the saving habit: Ten easy ideas for families. By Melanie Haiken En español Log your spending habits for one month It doesn't take a miracle to save money.

Getting into the saving habit: Ten easy ideas for families

It's as simple (and as difficult) as figuring out how to spend less than you earn. But before you can cut your family's spending, you need to know exactly where the money is going. So, for the next month, keep a log of all your daily, weekly, and monthly expenditures. Once you see what you spend your money on, you can make decisions about what's a must-have for your family and what can be cut. That morning latte you buy on the way to work can add up to a tidy $60 a month, or $720 a year, or $7,200 in ten years – a nice chunk of savings. And those impulse baby clothes purchases you put on your credit card? You don't have to go without caffeine, and you can still dress your baby in adorable outfits – just be smart about it. Housewarming Bucket - Martha Stewart Entertaining. Cleaning - Best Home Organization Tips at Helping You Be a Better Home Economist.

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