Renovation & Design

Fresh eggs are the only way to scramble

Question: I seem to have a talent for cooking chewy scrambled eggs. They turn out kind of tough, every time. Any tips would be useful? Captain Spike

Answer: Here are a few tips for fluffy, restaurant-quality eggs. Start with fresh eggs, make sure that they are cooked before the expiry date. Whisk well, before cooking, either by themselves, or with water or milk. Grease pan to avoid sticking. Stir often with a wooden or plastic spatula. Remove from heat, before they are fully cooked. The heat from the pan will continue to cook the eggs.

Question: My daughter works as a server and says that people usually tip between 15-20 per cent. I am wondering what the standard rate is for tipping on takeout food. Thank you, Vanessa

Answer: It really depends on who you ask, in general it is optional to tip for takeout orders. However, knowing that servers typically receive minimum wage, it is kind to tip between 10-20 per cent on takeout orders.

Question: What is a fast and cheap solution for aching feet? I am a health-care provider, and I am on my feet for several hours at a time. Any suggestions? Chris

Answer: Thank you for your hard work during this very difficult time. The easiest and cheapest solution is to purchase Epsom salts. Fill a bucket with hot water and two tablespoons of salt per gallon. Soak your feet for at least 15 minutes. Dry with a soft towel and smother with skin cream.

Question: How can I prevent holes from forming on my old, concrete driveway this winter? David

Answer: Begin by taking time to shovel often. Avoid using salt and de-ice, products on the surface. Instead opt for: kitty litter, gravel or sand to add abrasion to the concrete. To improve longevity, add a sealer to the surface, if possible.

Question: How can I reduce the condensation build-up in the crisper drawers of my fridge? Food continues to spoil and is a waste of money. Thank you, Darlene

Answer: Place a tea towel on the surface layer of the drawer. The moisture will absorb excess condensation. Another option is to place a double layer of wax paper on the surface of the drawer, discard as needed.

Fragrant tips of the week

— Drop a cotton ball soaked with your favourite essential oil into a garbage can, before adding a garbage bag, to help mask foul odours. Replace the cotton ball every week. Jeremiah

— We have a large family and a busy kitchen, every few months the dishwasher smells terrible, and the dishes look grainy. Cleaning out the filter is a regular part of my cleaning routine, but recently I started buying cleaning tablets. These help to clean the basin, and the dishes come out much cleaner. Sarah

Note: Every user assumes all risks of injury or damage resulting from the implementation of any suggestions in this column. Test all products on an inconspicuous area first.

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