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Useful facts or tips that everyone should know

Discussion in 'off topic' started by fatmarley, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. Pete MB&D

    Pete MB&D Pete Maddex, the one and only!

  2. Big Tabs

    Big Tabs hearing problems

  3. Magic

    Magic pfm Member

    If you only have one knife it better be a good one! Ideally a quality Japanese style serrated cooks knife, although it’ll cost you over £50.

    The most important thing is it needs to be really sharp & the better quality blade will keep it’s edge for longer.

    I’ve “slummed it” with a half decent Ikea breadknife when cooking elsewhere, which worked better than cheapo kitchen knives.

    There is no substitute for knife skill. If you lack that practice until you get better.

    Just to pitch in elsewhere l always add spare cold coffee to meat based gravy or sauces (including Spag Bol). Restaurant trick that ramps up the flavour.
  4. Pete MB&D

    Pete MB&D Pete Maddex, the one and only!

  5. Linds

    Linds pfm Member

    I do not get this “one knife” thing. On fairly quick succession in a family home, one could chop an onion, slice raw meat, cut a baguette and then a sponge cake. Maybe the idea of washing the knife in between each task (in both logistical directions e.g. cut some other bit of meat then someone wants another slice of cake) just seems peculiarly inefficient vs having 3 or 4 knives.

    So my tip is probably don’t assume a “one size fits all” tip is really a tip. Wait, there’s irony in that!!!
  6. Linds

    Linds pfm Member

    Here are some:
    1. If you spill something on a carpet, kitchen roll (towel, paper) absorbs the spillage. Advice about Vanish and vinegar and bicarb and baby wipes presents an inferior solution to kitchen roll which absorbs & is then transferred to the bin
    2. If you drive a manual car and stall it in the wrong gear, learn to be in the correct gear. There are only 2 or 3 choices at a time - it can be mastered.
    3. A tablecloth is harder to clean than a bare table. Try and spill ketchup on each and work out which is quicker and easier
    4. If talking to your small children, get your head down to their level, else they’ll hear a voice but see a knee
    5. If faced with a DIY or repair challenge, google it cos chances are someone’s solved it already
    6. Read instructions — in many cases the mysteries of how things work have been written up by the manufacturer
    7. Don’t pin up paper on walls or noticeboards with a pin in the middle - it looks great in cartoons but the paper will fold in itself and hide the writing
  7. Dowser

    Dowser Learning to bodge again..

    I agree with 1 knife thing - just find a big flat blade sharp enough to slice tomatoe and away you go :)
  8. Big Tabs

    Big Tabs hearing problems

  9. Yomanze

    Yomanze pfm Member

    If you want your bus to turn up, simply light a cigarette.
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  10. Spike

    Spike pfm Member

    And tinfoil.
  11. Yomanze

    Yomanze pfm Member

    With a bit of practice, you can use a lighter to open a beer bottle, or indeed anything with the right edge, like a spoon.

  12. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    or your teeth.

    I knew a woman who could grip a beer bottle tightly between her thighs to facilitate opening the bottle
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  13. mykel

    mykel Perpetual Hack

    Opening beer with a lighter, stick or flat stone is something Canukistani youth master long before high-school graduation.
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  14. Jamie

    Jamie pfm Member

    Years ago, I recall you could use the ventilation louvre on the galvanized steel panel on a concrete lamp post.
  15. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    I used to have a bike pedal that could open bottles. It was a happy discovery somewhere in Wales when we were otherwise stuck.
  16. linnfomaniac83

    linnfomaniac83 I bet you can’t wheelie a unicycle!

    Do you still have her number?
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  17. Ibbots

    Ibbots pfm Member

    Eggy bread - use a very low heat so it sets rather than cooks for better effect. Spread thinly with Marmite before cutting into robot shapes.
  18. Linds

    Linds pfm Member

    Squeeze a teabag inside the edge of a cup using the spoon rather than taking out a saturated teabag and dripping tea all over the worktop, floor, outside of bin, etc.
  19. fatmarley

    fatmarley Registered User

    Rather than eggy bread, I wonder what it would taste like to just make an omelette with a piece of bread dropped into the raw egg, and then cooked?
  20. Ibbots

    Ibbots pfm Member

    bready egg?
    fatmarley and Cheese like this.

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