Jan 10, 2010

Smart Uses for Your Freezer (besides freezing food)

While freezers are for freezing ice cream and frozen dinners, there are actually some other handy uses for this home appliance.

Here’s a list of 5 smart uses for your freezer:

  1. Remove odors — If you’ve got a plastic container that smells like fish, a musty-smelling book, or other small item with a bad odor, just stick it in the freezer overnight. By morning, it’ll be smelling fresh again.
  2. Unstick photos — If you’ve got a bundle of old photos that were stored someplace damp, they might be stuck together. Pulling them apart will ruin them, but if you stick them in the freezer for 20 minutes first, you’ll be able to salvage them. After they’re frozen, use a butter knife to carefully separate the photos (if they don’t come free, put them back in the freezer and try again when they’re colder).
  3. Extend candle life — Extend a candle’s life by putting it in the freezer for a couple hours before burning it. This will make it burn more slowly.
  4. Clean the impossible pot — If you’ve got a pot that has all sorts of burned-on food that’s a pain to remove, even by scrubbing, just stick that pot in the freezer for a couple hours. Once the burned food is frozen, it’s much easier to remove.
  5. Eliminate unpopped popcorn — Are there always a lot of unpopped kernels in the bottom of your popcorn maker after you pop a batch? You can eliminate duds by storing your unpopped popcorn supply in the freezer.

Source: Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things: 2,317 Ways to Save Money and Time [where: 75230]

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