Hack: clever or quick fix; finesse something for use in a new way–or a way to save yourself time, effort and or money.
**A huge time saving tip–brown several pounds of ground beef at once. After much trial and error, here’s the best way–put your still wrapped still frozen directly from the deep freeze beef in your crock pot; as much as will fit. Cook it on low until it’s soft enough to unwrap. Mush it around with your spoon, and cook on low for several hours until browned (My crockpot has automatic shut off so I set mine to cook overnight for 8 hours). Suck out the grease with a turkey baster and spoon in two cup increments into freezer bags. Freeze FLAT.
If you are ever running late for dinner, it takes about two minutes to defrost these. Awesome–and not much work to begin with.
**Reuse single serve applesauce containers as paint pots
**Save on paper towels by using yesterday’s newspaper or newsprint to clean windows and mirrors. The newspaper especially will keep from streaking much better than paper towels.
This also works amazingly well for toddler entertainment.
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