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Last Minute Thanksgiving Hacks!

DHREA 25/11/2019

With Thanksgiving just days away, the “how am I going to get this all done?” anxieties are inevitably going to start to kicking in. But before you start agonizing over a dozen things at once, we might have a few solutions right here for you:

1. No rack? No problem. 

Use large carrots and celery sticks as a makeshift rack on which to cook your turkey. This is especially helpful if you’re using one of those aluminum disposable pans, which don’t come with a rack.

 

2. Get a head start on the spuds.

Peel potatoes for mashed potatoes hours ahead of time (or even the night before) and leave them in a mixture of lemon slices and water in a salad spinner with the cover on. When it’s time to boil the potatoes, just pull up on the inner basket and they drain themselves. Toss the lemon, add the potatoes to a pot of water and you’re good to go.

 

3. Kitchen shears are your secret weapon.

Use them for more than cutting butchers’ twine and opening bags of pecans. You can quickly cut green beans, snip herbs, and trim excess fat off of the raw turkey.

Cutting up herbs with kitchen scissors.

 

4. You don’t need a food processor to make pie dough.

Place flour in a pie plate and, using a box grater, grate frozen butter into the flour. You get the perfect little “pea-sized” crumbs that every recipe is talking about, no pastry cutter, butter knives, food processor, or sweating necessary.

 

5. Put your melon baller to work on apples.

Yep, you can use a melon baller to core apples for pie. You won’t mangle the fruit and even little kids could help. It also works for pears, which are often too soft to core.

 

6. Salt is the key to chilling wine faster.

Put a handful of salt in a bucket of water and ice to chill wine in a fraction of the time. The salt allows the mixture of ice and water to be colder than just ice and water alone, plus the water is a more efficient conductor of cold than just ice.

 

 

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Winterize Your Vehicle

DHREA 22/11/2019

 

 

Traveling for Thanksgiving next weekend? Maybe your work commute is a little longer than you’d like, especially in the looming cold weather. No matter the reason for your commute or travel, one thing we can’t deny…winter is coming.

One of the most overlooked assets we tend to utilize winter care on is our automobiles! Here are some great tips and tricks to prepare your automobile for the best, and potentially worst, Pittsburgh winters can give us.

Check or have a mechanic check the following items on your car:

  • Antifreeze levels – ensure they are sufficient to avoid freezing.
  • Battery and ignition system – should be in top condition and battery terminals should be clean.
  • Brakes – check for wear and fluid levels.
  • Exhaust system – check for leaks and crimped pipes and repair or replace as necessary. Carbon monoxide is deadly and usually gives no warning.
  • Fuel and air filters – replace and keep water out of the system by using additives and maintaining a full tank of gas. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
  • Heater and defroster – ensure they work properly.
  • Lights and flashing hazard lights – check for serviceability.
  • Oil – check for level and weight. Heavier oils congeal more at low temperatures and do not lubricate as well.
  • Thermostat – ensure it works properly.
  • Windshield wiper equipment – repair any problems and maintain proper washer fluid level.
  • Install good winter tires – Make sure the tires have adequate tread. All-weather radials are usually adequate for most winter conditions. However, some jurisdictions require that to drive on their roads, vehicles must be equipped with chains or snow tires with studs.

Update the emergency kits in your vehicles with:

  • A shovel
  • Windshield scraper and small broom
  • Flashlight
  • Battery powered radio
  • Extra batteries
  • Water
  • Snack food
  • Matches
  • Extra hats, socks and mittens
  • First aid kit with pocket knife
  • Necessary medications
  • Blanket(s)
  • Tow chain or rope
  • Road salt and sand
  • Booster cables
  • Emergency flares
  • Fluorescent distress flag

 

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The REAL(ish) History Behind Black Friday!

DHREA 23/11/2018

 

 

Black Friday has become as synonymous with Thanksgiving as pumpkin pie, but there are a lot of myths surrounding the origins of the shopping event, some even going back as far as the 1800s.

Turns out, you don’t have to rewind quite that far to find the source.

Along with cheesesteak, the term Black Friday is rooted in Philadelphia (a city synonymous with chaos 😉 ). In the 1950s, police in The City of Brotherly Love used the term to describe the horde of shoppers from the suburbs that descended into the city for the days after Thanksgiving, according to Bonnie Taylor-Blake, a neuroscience researcher at the University of North Carolina. The city promoted big sales and decorations, ahead of the Army/Navy football game on Saturday.

“It was a double whammy. Traffic cops were required to work 12-hour shifts, no one could take off and people would flood the sidewalks, parking lots, and streets. The cops had to deal with it all and coined the term.”

City merchants also started to use the term to describe the long lines and shopping mayhem at their stores. “It became this comical reference to downtown Philadelphia following Thanksgiving.”

In 1961 there was a push to rebrand the day as “Big Friday”, as a concern grew that the negative connotation would keep people from going to the city. Clearly, the effort didn’t catch on. In the years since, retailers have learned to embrace the name, and have even expanded the one-day shopping event into a four-day marathon.

Among other ridiculous urban legends, Black Friday is most commonly mistaken for being named after the day retail companies would become profitable for the year. Retailers used to record their losses in red ink and profits in black.

Now you know the real story behind the “Black Friday” moniker. Use this information wisely. You never know when facts could come in handy!

 

(This article was originally published on November 24th, 2017.)

 

 

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