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sofi

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Posted on 01-19-18 07:17:06 PM Link | Quote
i’ve thinking a lot about ways to make my life better, lately, in small ways.

one of my favorite ways i’ve improved my life is by remembering the importance of frozen food. 「what」 you might be asking, 「frozen food ??」 the power of a freezer for retaining the positive qualities of food cannot be underestimated. how may a freezer be harnessed for this purpose then?

for example, when i cook rice, i’ll make more than i can eat and saran wrap the leftovers, portion-sized, and store it in a tupperware container in the freezer for later consumption. because the rice is frozen, the moisture stays in the rice instead of condensing onto the lid like it does when you refrigerate it. other foods work like this too, so you can make tons of fried chicken and enjoy it over the course of the month rather than for six meals in a row, fearing it going bad.

so tl;dr, my life hack is freeze your leftovers!

anyway, it’s time for you to share ways you’ve made your life more convenient, for the benefit of the other members of this forum. let’s hear it.
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Posted on 01-19-18 07:20:29 PM Link | Quote
The problem with freezing food is that, much like any time I try to cook something, it ends up burned. Freezerburned.
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Posted on 01-19-18 07:25:14 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Xkeeper
The problem with freezing food is that, much like any time I try to cook something, it ends up burned. Freezerburned.

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ahem, perhaps you should invest in containers w/ better sealing and be more careful about cooking. it overall seems to be more convenient to freeze. anyway, where’s your life hack, friend?
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Posted on 01-19-18 07:27:44 PM Link | Quote
I do this with a lot of meat products too, however, food placement is in accordance to the rate at which I eat them. I'll cook a bunch of piece of chicken and put it in the fridge, because it'll be mainly what I eat for 2-3 days, but I'll prepare homemade hamburger patties and freeze them and it'll last me a month or so. The thing that I don't like frozen is bread, because it gets damp and wrinkly when it's thawed, but aside from that, freeze away (in non-glass containers)!

All in all, though, the best life hack is, was, and always will be "carry a knife".
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Posted on 01-19-18 07:41:36 PM Link | Quote
I don't have much in the way of lifehackery advice, just because I'm a very boring person. I guess if you really insisted, though, my advice is just having a whiteboard or something on the fridge, so you can mark off when things expire. (Or even marking that on the package itself...)
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Posted on 01-19-18 07:44:59 PM Link | Quote
it doesn’t all have to be about food, btw.

another life-changing one is turning on the ceiling fan in reverse during the winter in combination with the heater. this allows air to circulate, thereby reducing the amount of money i spend on heating bills.

something that also dramatically changed my life was adding a fan to my bathroom, which has no windows or fans (i’m pretty sure this is illegal in several states).
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Posted on 01-19-18 07:45:59 PM (last edited by Xkeeper at 01-19-18 07:48:54 PM) Link | Quote
That sounds like a quick and easy way to get mold. (E: not having a fan, that is. yikes.)

I know it doesn't have to be about food, but I don't have much else in the way of thoughts. Our place is very boring and disorganized, and pretty much anything we do is boring as heck.
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Posted on 01-19-18 08:16:41 PM (last edited by Tarale at 01-19-18 10:45:57 PM) Link | Quote
I'd just like to add to the freezing one, as I'm right on the verge of making another batch of slow cooker bolognese sauce:

1. Slow cookers!
2. Label your leftovers! Write WHAT they are and WHEN you put them in the freezer! Things do not last in the freezer indefinitely, so it's very useful to know how long they've been there.

Also, bolognese sauce is very useful. Learn to make a bolognese sauce you like. Freeze portions of it for later, and you can use it for so many things. Well, OK so I mostly just use it in lasagna, on spaghetti, and on jacket potatoes, but… still!!

Also food related, I highly recommend a paginated bullet journal for your own recipe book. Then you can keep an index with your recipes and find them easily.



EDIT: You can make a fairly good home cleaner/disinfectant for countertops and mirrors and things with 1 cup shitty vodka, 1 cup water, and, I dunno a teaspoon full, of tea tree oil. Combined with a micro fibre cloth it makes counter tops, glass, stainless steel appliances shiny.
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Posted on 01-22-18 09:37:40 PM Link | Quote
Does Hackintoshing (OS X on a non-apple PC count)? Because if so, awesome, fuck Windows.
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Posted on 01-24-18 05:34:53 PM (last edited by Tarale at 01-24-18 05:35:31 PM) Link | Quote
If you have trouble with, I dunno, eating a whole bag of chocolate, I recommend these kSafe thingies. I got one ages ago for {redacted} and now I keep chocolate in it.

Basically, it's a box with a timer on it. You set the timer, let's say for 12 hours, push the button, and it locks. Then you can't get into that box for 12 hours. It'll unlock automatically then.

You can try taking the batteries out and stuff and you still won't get your chocolate or handheld game console or cigarettes or whatever.
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Posted on 02-08-18 01:53:28 AM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Tarale
If you have trouble with, I dunno, eating a whole bag of chocolate, I recommend these kSafe thingies. I got one ages ago for {redacted} and now I keep chocolate in it.

Basically, it's a box with a timer on it. You set the timer, let's say for 12 hours, push the button, and it locks. Then you can't get into that box for 12 hours. It'll unlock automatically then.

You can try taking the batteries out and stuff and you still won't get your chocolate or handheld game console or cigarettes or whatever.


How did I not know of this before?
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Posted on 02-08-18 03:27:25 AM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Gabu
How did I not know of this before?
They are seriously great!

So things don't taunt you from inside, and for privacy, I would recommend NOT getting the transparent one. Unless you're planning to put other people's things in there…

I found out because a friend got a green one to keep his smoking under control. It was a good idea, so I got one too. It's keeping me out of my fancy chocolate now, so I'm actually losing weight. Very slowly.
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Posted on 02-08-18 06:47:34 AM Link | Quote
Well, with regards to losing weight/health stuff, one big one I've found is - never eat straight from the packet, always pour out your snack/dessert/whatever into a small bowl/cup (like a 200mL one, not a full sized one) first, put the food packet away and then eat your entire bowl of snack. Even if it's a few biscuits with your tea or something.

Unless you're absolutely ravaged with hunger, you'll probably feel fuller from the snack than you would otherwise because your brain goes hey you ate an entire bowl of something! you must be full now!

It's pretty essential for me because I will absent-mindedly eat an entire packet of things if it is just left in front of me, but if I portion it out into small containers, I'll just eat it in portions and my snacks will last too.

The other one I really like is that bulldog clips are some of the best cable-ties known to man. I had an entire drawer full of them from all the drafts I had to write and get critiqued, but now they do things like keeping my computer cables untangled. They're also handy because the bigger ones you can attach to the sides of a cupboard/shelf or something to keep it there.
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Posted on 02-08-18 08:41:35 AM Link | Quote
You know, those rectangular cardboard bottles, bricks or whatever they're called in your place. They tend to have an off-center opening, that you naturally orient towards the bottom.

When your brick is mostly full, it doesn't work too well:


Works much smoother when it's oriented towards the top:


Which I 'accidentally' discovered while pouring me a glass of juice, and orienting it sideways and noticing it actually works better.
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Posted on 02-08-18 05:02:47 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by StapleButter
You know, those rectangular cardboard bottles, bricks or whatever they're called in your place.

"Carton".

Yeah, that could work better when the carton has a screw-top opening, but some of them just open with a spout and that wouldn't work very well then.

This isn't much of a hack, but… do your dishes straight away. When you're finished cooking a meal, just run some water in the pot or pan right away and then go eat. After you're done eating, don't sit there for too long, go clean it up right away. It's a lot easier, and the next time you have to go cook, you'll be thankful that past-you made everything ready for you.
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Posted on 02-09-18 02:15:36 AM Link | Quote
Save your change!

I always pick up coins I find on the ground and stash it away. If you get good at knowing where to look, you can actually save up a lot of money. Not SUPER quickly, but it's great for starting a little fun fund.

I actually saved up all my change for one summer and was able to buy Metal Storm for $90.
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Posted on 05-02-18 09:11:27 PM Link | Quote
masking tape is a nice cheap alternative to proper stick on labels
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Posted on 05-07-18 06:40:06 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Tarale
masking tape is a nice cheap alternative to proper stick on labels

Tape works as a good lint roller as well. Roll some around your fingers, sticky side out, and pat down the affected areas.
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Posted on 07-12-18 05:54:05 AM (last edited by Tarale at 07-12-18 05:54:24 AM) Link | Quote
rubber bands are super useful, especially for that drawer full of cables you have but don't throw away. Wind them up a little bit, throw a rubber band around the middle to keep it wound up. Chuck it back into the drawer of cables you keep just in case you might need them some day. Wonder why you still have so many RCA cables.
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Posted on 07-12-18 03:27:52 PM (last edited by Xkeeper at 07-12-18 03:30:09 PM) Link | Quote
The best feature of rubber bands is still making a ball out of them.

On that note, though, a sheet of tiny labels and a marker is really good for labeling shit like power supplies or cables. No longer will I have to wonder what this mysterious black brick is when it says OLD NES
THING
or ANCIENT
TOSHIBA
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(i'm so glad we have html here )
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