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Learn One Thing: De-Gas Beans

Those of you visiting from Kristie’s blog, The Eid’s Have It, will already be aware of this tip, but since it’s new to me I figured I’d feature it here as part of my Learn One Thing series.  Apparently it is possible to remove/deactivate the gas producing attributes of beans!  Kristie discovered this process recently while researching ham and bean soup recipes.  Check out her post to read more about her experience and find out if it really works:

Beans, beans the magical fruit.


Learn One Thing: Replace Your Lost Cellphone Charger for Free

Just a quick update with a trick I learned today via a post on LifeHacker.  Apparently most hotels have a box of cell phone chargers just lying around, so if you lose yours you can go to a nearby popular hotel and pretend like you left yours there on your last stay, and they will let you peruse the lost and found box of chargers to see if you can find it.  If you’re lucky you find a charger that is compatible with your phone, if not, on to the next hotel down the street… What a clever trick!

Replace Your Lost Cellphone Charger For Free [LifeHacker]

Learn One Thing: Minimum Credit Card Purchase Requirements

Sorry for the lapse in the Learn One Thing series. It is really tough to write about one thing every day, along with all the other stuff I want to do in a day. Anyway, I just learned today that:

Businesses that accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover aren’t allowed to set minimum-purchase policies (these credit card companies strictly forbid it)

American Express does allow it, but discourages the practice to keep customers happy. I think this is interesting because I know I’ve run across a few places (one local bar here in CT that I play darts at occasionally comes to mind) and think that it is unfair to have a $10 or $15 minimum charge, causing me to use their in house ATM machine if I don’t have enough cash on hand. Next time I’m in this situation though, I will know that technically they’re not allowed to utilize this practice, and try to get them to waive the policy. At least they accept credit cards, unlike a very popular pizza place we visited recently here in New Haven that many people claim has the best pizza. I guess people still go there despite this fact!

Source: Don’t Get Intimidated By “Credit Card Minimum Purchases” [Credit Card Outlaw] (via Lifehacker)

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Learn One Thing: How to Make Turkey Gravy

At the last minute this year we decided to host some of Maggie’s PA friends over for Thanksgiving Dinner.  Maggie has been taking care of all the preparation and cooking (she likes to cook!) but since she doesn’t like gravy on her mashed potatoes or turkey (I know, weird huh?) she put me in charge of making it.

Never having hosted Thanksgiving (or any meal that required gravy), I had to learn how to make turkey gravy, and for that I turned to old faithful (when it comes to how to videos), YouTube:

Now that doesn’t sound too difficult, we’ll see how it turns out!  Next up I need to learn how to properly carve a turkey…

Learn One Thing: Make Bacon Using a Waffle Iron

Yup, that’s right, you apparently can make better bacon by grilling it on a waffle iron, as I found out in this blog post from Lifehacker today:

Make Better, Less Messy Bacon in a Waffle Iron

Check out the link for a video from some Food Network show with a couple of very corny hosts (you’ve been warned).

This seems like a good idea, since you can keep the grease away from the bacon and allow it to cook better than you could in a skillet.  When I cook bacon it always seems to be floating in grease by the end, so to not have to deal with scooping my bacon out of the grease would be nice!  I’ll have to give this a try sometime and see if the bacon in fact does taste better as well.

Learn One Thing: Squash

I recently joined the gym at Yale so I could get back into working out during the winter.  In order to get to the fitness center, I have to walk a sign designating the area behind the sign as the Brady Squash Center, but I couldn’t see inside.  Until I looked it up, I had no idea what Squash was, other than some sort of indoor sport that people at Yale play.  Wikipedia defines Squash as a racquet sport played by two players (or four players for doubles) in a four-walled court with a small, hollow rubber ball.”  Sounds like Racquet ball to me, which is a sport I’ve played before, but the more I read I found that there are some key differences between the sports:

  • Racquet Size (max of 22 inches in Racquet ball, 27 inches in Squash)
  • Ball Size (2.25 inches in Racquet ball, ~1.5 inches in Squash
  • Ball Elasticity (Squash ball is less elastic than the Racquet ball)
  • Court Dimensions (Squash is a smaller (32×21 ft vs 40×20 ft in Racquet ball)

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