How To Make Your Own Soda, Tidy A Room In Three Minutes, Cure A Hangover And Become A Movie Extra. Phew!

by Paul Michael on 23 March 2009 6 comments
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I’m a big fan of Howcast. Their website is a treasure trove of information, and you can also find their videos on popular sites like Metacafe and YouTube. Sometimes their advice is really useful, sometimes it’s just plain weird, but it’s always very entertaining. Howcast videos also end with a handy dandy fact; the icing on the cake so to speak.

I was recently searching their wonderful site for a how-to video on hard-boiling an egg. You may scoff, but the last few times I’ve done this the shell has been glued to the egg, making it impossible to remove. I figured Howcast would have a solution, but became increasingly distracted by some of the other great videos I found.

All in all, I watched about 25 videos and have selected my ten favorites for you to check out. They run the gamut, from simple recipes for laundry detergent and butter, to more complex issues like overcoming fear. All are relatively short and are well worth a watch. Some will save you time and money. Others are just an alternative way of doing things. Enjoy.

1: How To Make Your Own Soda. Cheap, quick and easy. 

 

2: How To Make Your Own Laundry Detergent (liquid and powder).

 

3: How To Cure A Hangover .

 

4: How To Start A Fire With A Battery.

 

5: How To Hard Boil An Egg So It Peels Easily.

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6: How To Overcome ANY Fear. Seriously.

 

7: How To Make Your Own Butter. Mmmmm

 

8: How To Tidy Up In Three Minutes. Start The Timer.

 

 

9: How To Peel A Potato In Ten Seconds.

 

10: How To Become An Extra In A Movie. 

 

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Tomcat

First put the water in the pan, then place your eggs gently in, turn the stove to med-high to get the water boiling. Once the water is boiling set timer to 15 mins. After 15 minutes, take pan off stove and drain water into sink. Fill the pan with cold water and ice. Let sit for 10 minutes or so. Take out the eggs and peel under cold, running water. Easy!

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Guest

Rachel Ray says (and I have used this method successfully) to put eggs in pot, bring to a boil, once you have reached boiling, turn the element off but leave the pot on the element. Cover and let sit for 10 min. She swears she gets perfect eggs every time. I personally fill the pot with ice cold water and change it once it warms up. I do this a few times, usually over a 5-10 min span, then CRACK AWAY! I rarely have trouble - trouble usually appears if the eggs are too fresh.

Paul Michael's picture

I thought that happened when they were too old. Now I know. Thanks guest.

Andrea Karim's picture

Yeah, really fresh eggs don't hard-boil well. I don't know why, but it happens whenever I get my eggs from the farmer's market. :)

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Nicki

See, I already know how to do that - I found out the hard way that you don't throw a 9 volt battery in a junk basket that contains steel wool. :) The smoke pouring out of the kitchen cabinet was my first hint. The friends that came over an hour later to watch a movie were very pleased that we have many blankets as the house had to be aired out afterwards and it was the end of October so was just a touch chilly.

Having said that, this site is fascinating. I predict that I will be glued to it for days...

Guest's picture

Cool post. I especially liked the initial image-- very funny!