Grandma’s Kitchen Hints: No Bugs Here !

“In the childhood memories of every good cook

there’s a large kitchen, a warm stove, a simmering pot and a mom.”

-Barbara Costikyan-

journal entry:

Grandmothers often take for granted that younger people know what their grandmother’s knew.  That is because grandmothers have the mistaken impression that everything they taught to their own daughters is being passed along.  Wrong.  Every month someone has a new theory about something. A baking soda box in the fridge still takes away the same odors that it did fifty years ago.  Simple solutions to pesky problems have been around as long as people.   Home remedies have been around forever.  Easy and cheap is occasionally such a relief since most things today are difficult and expensive.   Here are two tiny hints for the kitchen:

  1. Always put bay leaves in your flour.  Pesky bugs hate them.  Just keep track of them so you don’t crunch them up in a cake. You can also put them loose in your cupboards to keep pests out of other foods such as pasta and cereal. Change them every six months.
  2. Always put soda crackers in with your sugar.  They will keep it from sticking together and getting lumpy.  Don’t ask me why ,but it’s true.  Stick a couple at the top of the container or the bag. Keep them at the top where you can see them and change them every six months, too.

Ask your friends if they know about bugs and lumps.  They will say “what?”  Bugs and lumps.  Nope.  Don’t know about them.

Then, you can tell them and be a hero.

“If you can organize your kitchen, you can organize your life.”

-Louis Parrish-

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