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November 25, 2021

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Happy Thanksgiving Handy Hint Subscribers! Enjoy your turkey, stuffing, and time with your family today!

The inevitable result of holiday parties is the clean up afterward, but with a few shortcuts you can help mess-proof and stress-proof all your holiday cooking and baking - so you can get back to spending quality time with friends and family.

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Today's Hints:

Blend your blender clean

No need to scrub every cranny of your blender after you mix up your squash soup. Just fill it with warm, soapy water and give it a whirl. The spinning soapy water will wash off the sides as well as the pesky, hard to clean blades in 30 seconds flat. If the soapy water alone isn't doing the trick, try adding some ice and salt. This combo helps scrub off any stubborn, stuck on bits.

Wash baking tools by using a laundry bag

Key baking essentials like measuring spoons, pipettes and cookie cutters are often too small or awkward to fit easily in a dishwasher. The easier, more efficient tactic: simply toss these tiny tools into the same laundry bag you use to wash your delicates. Lay the bag on the top or bottom rack and it'll keep any smaller items you have from getting knocked about while the cleaning cycle runs.

Prevent batter platters with a paper plate shield

Fashion a splash guard from a paper plate and place it over your handheld mixer. Using the shafts of the beater, poke two holes into a paper plate, then insert the beaters into the mixer. The plate prevents batter from flying around your kitchen as you add ingredients to the mixing bowl.

Grease-proof surfaces by using your dishwasher

The best place to grease your pans is over your dishwasher. Just open the dishwasher and lay your pan on the top rack, then spritz with cooking spray. Any overspray will go into the dishwasher, where it will get washed away in your next load of dishes. So much easier than washing the grease off your countertops!