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Household hints have been a mainstay of the Almanac for over a century. And people keep requesting more of them! So here they are.

When you arrive home with your lovely bunch of bananas, split them as soon as you get in. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen a lot faster.

Store your opened cheese in tin foil. It will stay fresh much longer and they will not get all mouldy.

Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.

Add a teaspoon of water when frying minced beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.

Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic.Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick frying pan on top of the stove, on a low heat with a drop of oil.  This keeps the crust crispy. Goodbye, soggy microwave pizza.

Do you have day-old bread, biscuits, pancakes etc that have been in the fridge? To freshen them, put them in the microwave with a cup of water while reheating them. The water will steam the freshness right back into them!

Have you got something gross under the couch of fridge? If so, add an empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.

If you seal an envelope and then realise you forgot to include something inside, simply put the envelope in the freezer. After an hour, the envelope unseals easily without tearing.

Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It makes them slippery and rashes and cuts will be a thing of the past.  And, it leaves your legs really smooth.

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