Friday, October 14, 2011

Frugal Friday Link up--Uses for Butter

Good Friday morning.  I'm a little late posting this week because I chose to sleep in--at least my body chose to!

I'm doing a series in case you've missed it-- 31 Days of Tracking Spending.  It is a challenge put on through The Nesting Place blog.  There are over 700 bloggers who have taken the challenge to choose a subject to blog about for the 31 days of October.  There's some great stuff in the linky to check out.  I chose spending to ensure that I do keep track.  Hubby and I must track where the money is going to so that we can make up a budget of some sort.  All that "little" money adds up to big money in a months time. (The link above will take you to my Day 1, where there are links to all the rest of the days as I get them done)

On to those uses for butter.  These are out of the 99 Cent Solutions book.   The book doesn't state that you can substitute margarine for these, so I assume it's real butter that has to be used for these uses.

1.  Keep onions and cheese fresh.  Both benefit from butter when it comes to storage.  Rub the cut side of an onion with butter and wrap in plastic wrap.  The onion will stay fresh for days longer, and you can dice the buttery part right in to your skillet.
Hard and semi-soft cheese will stay mold free for weeks if you rub the cut sides with softened butter, sealing them to keep the air out before rewrapping in plastic and storing in the fridge.

2.  Get the medicine down.  Whether the pill is large or you just have trouble swallowing pills, try a dab of butter to ease the job.   Lightly rub butter all over the outside of the pill and it will slip gently down with a sip of water, no sticking awkwardly in your throat.

3.  Strip off sticky sap.  Tree sap on your hands is nearly impossible to get off, unless you rub it well with butter.  Use a generous amount and slather it on your hands like you are rubbing in lotion. Wipe it off with a paper towel and wash with soap and water.

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