Renovation & Design

SOLUTIONS: Make turkey stock like grandma's

QUESTION: I have leftover turkey and I don't want to waste it. Please tell me how to make homemade turkey stock like my grandma used to make. Thanks, Melinda (Warren)

ANSWER: Great question! There are hundreds of variations for making homemade stock. Here is one recipe that will yield about two quarts of stock. Into a large stock pot drop two onions, two celery sticks and two carrots, all of which have been cut in half. Add one tsp. of each seasoning such as pepper, garlic, basil, oregano, salt and 1 bay leaf.

Remove as much fat as possible from bones and place turkey carcass into pot (a little meat on the bones will add to the flavour). Add enough water to cover bones. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and let simmer for one to two hours. Strain contents through a fine colander into a proper container and leave to cool slightly. Refrigerate. Use a large spoon to skim fat off of the surface.

At this point you can either make soup with the broth or freeze the broth. You can freeze the broth in ice-cube trays and add to soups as needed. Note: Taste the broth and add seasonings to your liking. Some people like more flavourings and salt than others.

QUESTION: I am 75 years old and do not have a garage or shed for my vehicle. What can I use on my car windshield to make ice removal easier? David (Letellier)

ANSWER: If the snow is not heavy, your easiest solution is to cover the window of your vehicle with a tarp or a sheet and bungee cords to hold the sheet in position. This technique should only be used when heavy snowfall is not expected or if you are parking for a short time (i.e. while grocery shopping or visiting a friend).

There are products on the market made for spraying onto the windshield to prevent ice from hardening. You will still need to scrape, but the ice will come off with ease. Or make your own ice softener: In a spray bottle, combine 1 part vinegar and one part water. Spray onto windshield at night. Or in a spray bottle mix 1 part 70 per cent rubbing alcohol and 1 part water and spray windshield and scrape.

QUESTION: I have a problem with gum on a pair of travel pants. I put them in the freezer overnight and the next morning any surface gum was easily removed. However, some of the gum seems to be embedded right into the fiber and I don't know what to try next. The pants are black (93 per cent polyester and seven per cent spandex). I would appreciate any advice you can give me. Thanks and kind regards, Barb (St. Andrews)

ANSWER: Spray the area with a little WD-40 (or rubbing alcohol) and wipe the gum away or scrub the spot with non-crunchy peanut butter (test them on an inconspicuous area first). Next apply dish soap and water onto the clothing to avoid a lasting grease stain. Blot and wash as usual.

Recycle Christmas Cards

* Cut up old Christmas cards into gift tags for next year.

* Save cards for scrapbooking pages.

* Make gift holders for next year. Cut up cards and glue them to the outside of an empty and clean coffee can. Purchase a jar of Modge Podge (available at craft stores). Paint the outside of the can with Modge Podge to seal the cards to the can and create a shiny finish. Instead of purchasing gift bags for next year, use the decorated cans. They are also great as candy-cane holders for your front entrance.

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