Renovation & Design

Grilling the perfect steak is all about the timing

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Put a combination of flavours and textures alongside grilled steaks with a creamy avocado-lemongrass sauce and a tomato-lemon relish.

Question: What is the secret to grilling perfect steak, I like it about medium? — Kendall

Answer: In a large container, combine half teaspoon salt, one teaspoon pepper, two chopped garlic cloves, two tablespoons soya sauce, one teaspoon Worcestershire and one tablespoon olive oil, press onto meat. Close container and refrigerate for a few hours. Preheat the grill to medium/high temperature. Lay each steak on the grill for about seven to 10 minutes. Turn the steaks and continue to grill for five to seven minutes for medium (140 F). The total grill time depends on the heat of the flame, and the thickness of the beef. For medium steak, the meat should feel like the top of your ring finger.

Question: I would love to know what to use to remove a bathtub ring. Thanks, Kayla

Answer: Clean the bathtub on a regular basis. You probably will need to wash out the bathtub weekly or more often, depending on how many people use it. While wearing gloves, sprinkle a dampened green abrasive cloth with either baking soda or washing soda and borax. Wet and scrub until the tub is clean. Rinse and dry with a rag. For tough stains apply hydrogen peroxide/baking soda or cream of tartar and hydrogen peroxide. Put cream of tartar in a bowl and drip in hydrogen peroxide until you have a thick paste. Apply the paste to the stained area and let dry; scrub away the dried paste and watch the eye soar disappear. For really, really tough stains, clean your tub with Iron Out.

Question: I would like to put my snow boots in storage, but they smell like urine. I need an immediate solution and was wondering if you would be so kind as to give me some assistance. Thank you, Wendy

Answer: It is difficult for me to advise you on the boots without knowing the fabric of the boots and whether the smell is on the inside or outside. If the boots are waterproof wipe the exterior with dish soap and water or white vinegar and water. Clean thoroughly and allow the boots to air dry. If the smell is coming from the interior of the boots on washable fabric, clean in the same manner and stuff the boots with crumpled up newspaper. Leave for a few days, the newspaper will do a wonderful job absorbing the smell. Air outside if possible. If the linings are removeable, soak them in vinegar and air dry.

Question: Embarrassing question, do you have a suggestion for a homemade foot powder? Maria

Answer: Combine 50/50 cornstarch and baking soda and rub it onto your feet. For a bonus, reduce foot odour by soaking your feet in warm tea. In other words, make a cup of tea to drink, and another one for your feet!


Re: Stuck Zippers

Rub a pencil lead on both sides of the zipper. — Tom

Re: Removing corn from the cob

We have just purchased a product made by Norpro which works perfectly to remove corn kernels from cob. The blade is the same curvature of the cob and works like a potato peeler. — Mike

Use baby powder to remove oil or grease stains off clothes. Rub it in and brush it off, once or twice. — Vince

I pour Ivory Liquid Soap around anthills to get rid of ants; this has worked great for me. — Elmer

As a former caterer, I would like to share my best hint with you for making fancy sandwiches. Ask your baker to slice a loaf of bread lengthwise instead of bread slices. Colour cream cheese with food colouring to make dainty sandwiches. Spread each layer with a different colour cream cheese, roll and slice as you would a jelly roll. — Tara

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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