Don't bother with antibacterial cleaners

Antibacterial household cleaners and soaps won't keep you any safer from infectious illnesses than regular types, a recent study found, and they may do more harm than good.

 

Ice Cream

Product

Per half-cup serving

Comments

Cost

Calories

Fat

VANILLAWithin groups, listed alphabetically

Excellent

Ben & Jerry's World's Best

88¢

250

16 g

Balanced, full, and creamy. Real vanilla flavors.

Dreyer's/Edy's Dreamery

83

260

15

Balanced, full, and creamy. Real vanilla flavors.

Häagen-Dazs

88

270

18

Balanced, full, and creamy. Real vanilla flavors.

Very good

Breyer's Calcium Rich A CR Best Buy

32

130

7

Balanced dairy and real vanilla flavors. Supplies up to triple the calcium of others.

NEW Breyer's Lactose Free Natural Vanilla A CR Best Buy

32

130

7

Balanced dairy and real vanilla flavors.

Breyer's Natural A CR Best Buy

32

150

9

Balanced dairy and real vanilla flavors.

CHOCOLATE Listed alphabetically

Excellent

NEW Ben & Jerry's World's Best

88

260

15

Dense and intense, complex, high-quality bittersweet chocolate mellowed by dairy.

Godiva Belgian Dark

83

280

17

Intense, rich, and complex high-quality bittersweet-chocolate flavor.

Häagen-Dazs

88

270

18

Balanced big-dairy and high-quality chocolate flavors.

 

 

Recalls

All governments recalls can be found at www.recalls.gov

 

Carpet

Consumer Reports rates Stanley Steamer as the best commercial carpet cleaner and the Hoover Wind Tunnel Self Propelled Ultra as the best vacuum.

 

Egg Freshness

The freshness of eggs can be tested by placing them in a large bowl of cold water; if they float, do not use them.
 

Mashed Pototoes

A little vinegar or lemon juice added to  potatoes before draining will make them extra white when mashed.

 

Keeping Knives Sharp

 Nothing's more important than keeping your knife sharp. How does the blade become dull? Every time you use your knife, a microscopic portion of the edge is bent. By passing it over a sharpening steel before each use, you unbend the edge and won't need to sharpen (actually grind away metal) more than once a year. Pull your knife lightly across the steel at a 20-degree angle, covering the entire blade and alternating sides.

 

How does kosher salt differ from regular table salt?

Kosher salt is mined salt, not sea salt, as is sometimes believed. It has a large, coarse grain and is additive-free (additives make table salt free-flowing). The size of kosher salt grains makes it easy to pinch them between your fingers to sprinkle on foods, whereas the tiny grains of table salt are easier to shake from a shaker. From brand to brand, kosher salts differ in their weights and volumes, but in general, if substituting kosher salt for table salt, use about 30 to 50 percent more kosher salt than table salt.

 

Lipstick

 

Name

Price

Description

# of hours it stayed on for our testers

Tester comments

Cover Girl Outlast

$9.50

Paint-on color with a gloss stick

8

"I went to the gym, showered, ate a salad, and it still kept its color."

Max Factor Lipfinity

$12.75

Paint-on color with a gloss stick

7

"Whenever my lips got dry, I just used the moisturizer."

Revlon ColorStay Overtime Lipcolor

$9.25

Double-ended wand with paint-on color and gloss

7

"Very little transfer all day."

Estée Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick

$22.00

Traditional lipstick

5

"Moist and creamy."

Igia Permanent Kiss

$19.95

Set of four paint-on colors and one paint-on gloss

4.5

"It starting peeling off before it even dried."

L'Oréal Endless Lipcolor

$9.75

Traditional lipstick

3

"Gone after lunch."

 

 

Nail Polish

RevlonColorstay Nail Polish - Awesome

 

 

Tuna Ratings

The results were, well, uncanny. Pouch-packed varieties (both chunk white and light) swam rings around their canned rivals. The reason: Pouch tuna is firmer and fresher-tasting than canned, because it takes less than half the time to process.
Overall, the panelists' number-one choice: Chicken of the Sea Albacore Pouch. Here's how the leading brands ranked (from favorite to least favorite):

Chunk light in water:

#1: Chicken of the Sea Light Pouch
#2: StarKist Pouch
#3: Bumble Bee Pouch
#4: Bumble Bee Can
#5: StarKist Can
#6: Chicken of the Sea Can

Chunk white in water:

#1: Chicken of the Sea Albacore Pouch
#2: Bumble Bee White Pouch
#3: StarKist Albacore Pouch
#4: StarKist White Can
#5: Bumble Bee White Can
#6: Chicken of the Sea Can.

Good Housekeeping
 


 

 Keeping Things Hot (for a Potluck)


A cooler works just as well keeping food hot as it does cold when transporting food or if your oven is full.

 

Power Dissolver

Dawn Power Dissolver sprayed on burnt-on pans does a great job of cleaning them.

 

Keeping Drinks Cold for a Party - Salt and Ice

 Adding 1/2 cup of kosher salt to a quart-size ice bath was very effective in keeping cans and bottles cold. In side-by-side buckets, we chilled six cans of Coke in salted ice and plain ice. After 15 minutes, the plain bucket measured 32 degrees, while the salt bucket had dropped to 26 degrees--a difference of approximately 6 degrees that held steady for an hour. In fact, one hour in the salt
bath chilled the cans to 24 degrees and turned the Coke itself to slush.
 

How Long to Keep Things   -  Link

 

Flour

Both King Arthur and Pillsbury unbleached flours regularly baked up highly recommended baked goods, producing a more consistent range of preferred products than the other seven flours in the taste tests.

Ketchup

In color, consistency, and flavor, none of the interlopers could match the ketchup archetype, Heinz. In fact, in answer to the question "Please characterize your ideal ketchup" on the tasting sheet, one respondent wrote simply "Heinz."