Friday, November 25, 2011
Let's Talk Potatoes...!
I know, I know! The day after one of the biggest meals you've eaten all year and the Hermit wants to talk about food!
I realize it seems a little crazy, but this article might provide some useful information! I have to admit that there were a few things I found while studying about the spud I didn't know. Seems like I learn something new nearly every day...and I love that!
Here are just a few of the unusual uses for the potato!
Remove a broken light bulb from its socket safely. Just cut a thick slice from one end of a large, raw potato and press the cut surface of the remaining potato into the jagged glass. Twist to unscrew and toss into the trash, potato and all. (Probably a good idea to make sure the socket is switched off).
Remove excess salt from a soup or stew. Just cut up a raw potato or two and add to the broth.
Reduce puffy under-eyes. Lay a slice of raw potato over each eye and lie back for a few minutes.
Remove stains on clothing, carpets, upholstery. Grate a couple of raw potatoes into a cup or two of water and allow to soak. Squeeze out the potato shreds and daub the water on the stain. Alternatively, try rubbing the stain with the cut edge of a raw potato.
Remove stains on hands that come from working with berries, beets and other plant materials. Just rub hands with the cut surfaces of a raw potato.
Hold decorative arrangements (flowers, branches) in place. Poke holes in a large potato set at the bottom of a bowl and arrange your flowers, herbs or branches in the holes to keep them in place. Add water if needed.
Remove tarnish from silverware and other items by soaking them in potato water (left after boiling potatoes). Of course, if you don’t have any tarnish to remove, add the potato water to a soup stock. (Or soak your feet in it. Many swear by this folk remedy for tired, aching feet.)
I got this information from the pages of the Old Farmer's Almanac and wanted to share it with you, food related or not! You can read the whole article if you want right here!
If you want some really interesting reading, I suggest you drop by the Almanac at one of the above links and read the complete article! There is just no way I can do it justice here today. OK?
Let's have our coffee at the kitchen table this morning. It's still a little chilly outside!