clever tricks and handy tips
READER’S PRIZE HINT
Keep some concentrated liquid fertiliser under your kitchen sink. Before putting each empty 2-litre milk or juice container in the recycling bin, make up a solution of fertiliser and water and give your plants and vegies a regular feed. K. Jones, Perth, WA.
To control powdery mildew on tomato plants and other summer vegies, mix one tablespoon each of bicarb soda, vegetable oil and dishwashing liquid in four litres of water and spray weekly.
Remove excess water from thawed or steamed spinach by rolling it in a sushi mat on a tea towel or paper towels.
A little loopy
Store feather or lambswool dusters in an empty cardboard tube of a paper towel. Add a hanging loop for convenience.
On a roll
For a quick way to remove dirt, dust and cobwebs from door and window screens, use a lint roller.
Storing an apple (just one) with your potatoes – in a dark place – will help to stop them sprouting.
To make an eye-catching “grazing board” sand a 30cmwide plywood plank, finish it with foodquality kitchen bench oil and support it on timber battens.
The easiest way to clean fish tank pebbles (or glass marbles from a vase) is to zip them into a laundry bag before washing and rinsing thoroughly.
A piece of cake, really
The simplest, non-stick way to cut brownies into squares is to use a plastic knife.
For a summer punch bowl that will “keep its cool”, make super-sized ice cubes from juice or water in a metal or silicone muffin pan – adding mint sprigs or citrus slices if you like. Prepare ahead of time, turn them out and store in sealed containers in the freezer.