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Ammonia!
February 28, 2008, 10:28 pm
Filed under: Cleaning | Tags: , , , ,

Yeah, so I felt bad not posting anything about ammonia whilst having all that stuff about vinegar. I’m doing my part to make ammonia feel better, so shush.

Aside from washing the floors and WINDOWS (8 parts hot water 1 part ammonia, Windex wishes it was this good) the place I use ammonia the most is, surprisingly, the kitchen sink.

It cuts grease, no, REALLY. You know how you leave some yummy baked mac and cheese in your spiffy Gladware, and then soak it in your nasty baking pan with soap…and then it all gets grimy? Yeah, I know, it sucks. Half a cap of ammonia, no more ick!

It rocks in the bathroom (kills soap scum, woot!)

It gets all the junk off of your oven (Leave a bowl/pan of HOT, maybe even boiling water and ammonia in your oven overnight, with the gas and pilot light off, then scrub the sides.)

And, it cleans up tarnished silver (not that I have any).

Oh, and for the gardeners, there’s a few alkaline loving plant food recipes that have ammonia.

Last, but not least, put it on mosquito bites. It burns, but the bite won’t itch anymore.

One more thing: Don’t EVER, EVER mix it with bleach. I know you already knew this, but I had to say it. Kay?

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Not Tempering an Egg
February 27, 2008, 6:29 pm
Filed under: Food, How To Cook (In College) | Tags: , , ,

    So, you get tempering, but why did you temper that egg?

Well, it’s basically to keep from scrambling the egg in your sauce base, right? Scrambled eggs don’t belong in baked mac and cheese. Tempered eggs do.  Now, what about adding eggs to a base (maybe a chicken stock?) without tempering? That’s the basic idea behind egg drop soup. Which I love. I usually do this with noodle soup. (Those Lipton packet thingies.)  For the recipe (if you can even call it that…) you’ll need an egg (or two), a packet of noodle soup, and maybe frozen veggies at the end. Easy!

College student egg drop soup:

  • Make packet of noodle soup by recipe on box. When soup is almost done boiling/rehydrating, scramble egg in a separate bowl then pour SLOWLY into the soup pot, making sure to stir the whole time. You should get long ribbons of eggy yummyness.
  • Add frozen veggies, cook until they’re warm.
  • Eat. Out of pot if you’re me. Or too lazy to do more dishes.

So basically, that’s it. Now you have the skill, and a fake recipe to make with it! The best part about this recipe is that it’s cheap, and it has protein, and veggies.

Yay.



VINEGAR!!!
February 27, 2008, 6:16 pm
Filed under: Cleaning, Obsessions | Tags: , , ,

Ask any of my friends. I love to use distilled white vinegar to clean.

My girlfriend likes to HIDE the vinegar if she knows I’m going to head out on a cleaning frenzy. Vicki knows how much I love vinegar. Why? I just recently cleaned her kitchen. She watched. What? I ate her food, so I cleaned up everyone’s mess!

Anyway, vinegar has a million and one uses. My favorite? Cleaning. Floors. Hot as hell water + one or two sploshes of vinegar + a squirt of dish detergent (if it’s really yucky)= cheap, easy and REALLY effective cleaning solvent. Don’t be afraid to get on your hands and knees with a sponge, this stuff can’t hurt you.

Also, use a shallow dish or bowl of vinegar as an ashtray to get rid of cigarette smoke smells.

I’ve used it to get basic stains out of fabric, disgusting gunk off of dishes, disgusting gunk off of shoes, sticker goo off of most surfaces, clean eye glasses, and pretty much everything else. I’m just saying, we use H2SO4 in labs, and using acetic acid at home is pretty much the same idea.

My other favorite cleaning solution additive? Ammonia.



My Layout
February 27, 2008, 5:06 pm
Filed under: Housekeeping | Tags: ,

No, I’m never going to settle on one.

Sorry.

Except not really.



How To Temper An Egg
February 27, 2008, 2:18 am
Filed under: Food, How To Cook (In College) | Tags: , , ,

Hey, the average college student doesn’t know how to do this. How do they make hollandaise sauce? It’s a mystery.

Step 1: Cut a Hole in the Box.

  • Have whatever pot of hot stuff you wish to temper the egg into ready.
  • Put egg into another bowl, scramble it.
  • Have fork/whisk and a spoon to move hot stuff with ready

Step 2: Put your junk in the box.

  • Whisk/beat egg.
  • While whisking, add small spoonfuls of the hot liquid to the egg, slowly, a little bit at a time
  • DON’T STOP WHISKING

Step 3: Let her open the box.

  • Keep adding until you either add all the hot to the cold, or the cold is warm enough to add to the hot.
  • Continue on with your regularly scheduled recipe.

The End!



My Friends Made Me Do This
February 27, 2008, 12:15 am
Filed under: Housekeeping | Tags: , , ,

The title of this post is pretty self explanatory, my friends made me do this. Really. Here I am, all on my lonesome caving to peer pressure. Why did they make me do this? Because they suck. Here’s the basic deal:

Most of my friends have blogs upon which they write their daily annoyances, trivial bull-shit, entertaining things, life stories, gay drama, and actual constructive stuff too. I have a livejournal, which I never update, and don’t really care about. I’m usually either too busy, or too lazy. Pick one.

So, I was sucked into the blog black whole. In passive-aggressive retaliation, I plan on making this a blog that will annoy/bore them to tears. If done right it will be one long “southern exposure moment.”  (This is a term coined by Wicki, used to describe me explaining something that bores her to tears. We were in Ikea and I was explaining the advantages of southern exposure of plants versus northern exposure. She was almost comatose. I enjoyed this.) Since I like to cook, I’m pretty obsessive about cleaning, I love books, and I’m a walking gay pride parade, guess what the main topics will be.

Realistically? I will probably never update this again. Or I will get bored some time next week. Enjoy. I suck at code, I suck at writing, I suck at actually having/wanting something to blog about. I generally won’t care too much. IT’S JUST THE INTERNET. Did I say that? Oops.

Well, insert other crap here, I’m bored already.