Shabbat of Sanctity Dirshu’s 20th Anniversary International Convention
By: Miriam Sasson
Forget About It
Uh oh! Someone forgot to roll up the cereal bag again! Ditto for the potato chips, rice cakes, tacos, and ice cream cones…. But don’t toss those stale cereals, chips, or crackers just yet! You can refresh so many household snacks by placing them on a plate and microwaving them for 30-45 seconds. Remove the item and let it stand for an additional minute. Shh! No one will ever know your snacks were once stale!
Looking for juicier results for your stovetop beef dishes? Marinating meat not only intensifies flavor, but yields a perfect meat dish. The trick is to add a little cornstarch to the marinade, which will keep the meat from being exposed to the high heat that dries it out. Although, many busy moms cheat on the amount of time they let their meat boil, a minimum of 1.5 hours (on a medium flame) yields the juiciest, most tender product. Once you’ve taken such care, even your macaroni and pizza addicts will clamor for more pepper steak and beef with broccoli!
This is one knife you will constantly remove from your cutlery drawer. (That is, if it ever fit there in the first place!) The double handle cheese knife and slicer, averaging 12 to 16 inches long, cuts a lot more than just cheese, and with little strain to your wrists. The length and double handles allow for sledgehammer-like cutting, ideal for cutting a whole watermelon. Plus, use the cheese knife to neatly and quickly slice brownies or biscotti into bars or sticks.
Polystyrene is commonly referred to by its popular trademarked brand, Styrofoam™. Despite their lightweight build (Styrofoam is composed of 98% air) and insulating capability, your disposable foam coffee cups and bowls have made waves over the years due to the potential hazards they cause. There have been reported
Styrofoam-related health concerns, including kidney damage, nausea, and other stomach ailments. Also, because Styrofoam is not biodegradable, it takes up valuable space in landfills. In July 2015, Mayor de Blasio banned the use of disposable foam products in New York City. That attempt didn’t last very long, however, and the ban was lifted roughly two months later. Still, the safety hazards remain. It’s best to limit the use of Styrofoam disposables to hot foods and drinks.
I would like to shrink-wrap my mishloah manot baskets for Purim. Any tips?
Shrink-wrapping is an easy way to lend an attractive and sophisticated edge to your Purim baskets. And the coolest (or should I say “hottest”) part is that all you need is your hair-blower!
Here goes: Place your mishloah manot in cellophane bags and seal them with strong tape. To shrink, hold a hair blower (or heat gun, if you own one of those) five inches from the bag. Working your way around the bag, heat it until it begins shrinking to your desired tightness. Be sure not to try this out if your baskets contain chocolate or other confections that will melt under the heat.
The Latke–Hamantash Debate
This academic debate, held annually on countless university campuses, weighs the pros, cons, and importance of these Hanukah and Purim favorites. The debate first originated in 1946 at the University of Chicago and has since gained popularity in other universities, including Harvard, MIT, Brandeis, and Princeton. The University of Chicago’s debate criteria stipulate that debaters must hold a Ph.D. or degree of equivalence and that at least one of those debating must not be Jewish. Past debaters were Nobel Prize recipients, philosophers, lawyers, professors, doctors, and essayists. In notable arguments, one lawyer declared that the U.S. is more dependent on oil due to latkes, and a Professor of Chemistry posited that latkes take the cake as far as fuel efficiency goes.