The sound of breaking glass is common in our house. That crack you hear followed by a loud shatter as a glass hits the ceramic tiles and shards scatter across the floor is normal during a playdate. It’s usually followed by an adult yelling,”careful, feet-up, no walking” as a dustpan and brush are hurried in to deal with the fallout. What’s not normally accompanied by the event is a friend casually saying, “pass me a slice of bread, I’ll clean it up!”
Bread. I’ve obviously been misguided all these years thinking the only thing a simple slice was good for is eating, toasting or baking into a calorific bread pudding. How wrong I was! I thought my mate was crazy as she grabbed a slice and, having picked up the larger pieces of glass and disposed of them, started mopping up the splinters with a humble piece of sandwich loaf. But it worked. By the time I had found the hoover all danger had gone and the kids were once again chasing each other around the room in socks.
“I do this a lot”, she said, “it’s a bread hack!” A bread hack? What? – What the hell is a “bread hack?”
She went on to tell me that a teacher in her kid’s Turkish school had used a slice of bread on her little boys head to take the swelling down following a fall. Eh? Bread on the head? I couldn’t really figure how that could possibly work so, once normality had returned and everyone had pottered off on their way, I set about Google on a bread hack fact-finding mission.
Blimey, bread really is amazing! (said eyebrows raised and genuinely surprised) Check out my findings below – these crazy, who would have thought it, bread hacks.
No more onion tears. Don’t you just hate it when you’re chopping an onion and your eyes start stinging and watering? This is caused by a gas that the onion gives off rising towards your face as you’re busily dicing away. Well, reach for the Warburtons! Pop a half slice in your mouth with a little poking out and the bread will suck up the gas before it reaches your eyes. I’m sure everyone will think you’re nuts if they catch you sucking on a piece of loaf, but maybe, just maybe, it works?
- Bread can save your burnt rice and bulgur. You have cooked your rice, either Turkish style or having drained it and left it over the pan in a colander, and it’s starting to go crusty on top. Or, maybe you have burnt a little on the bottom so it smells a little ropey and you’re not looking forward to the burnt taste. According to Google, break up a slice of bread into large chunks and scatter it on top of the rice whilst it’s still warm. Cover and the moisture from the bread will revive the rice and rid it of bad burnt odours.
- Pop bread in the bottom of your bin bag to avoid the dustbin dash! We use plastic carrier bags in our kitchen bin and all manner of sloppy food scraps, muck, and corruption is thrown into it on a daily basis. We often have to do the dustbin dash when removing the carrier bag and running it through the kitchen to the main bin outside. Invariably there’s stinky slop that’s slowly dripping through the bottom of the bag into the base of the little bin, or a few inevitable drips on the floor that occur during the run. Well, this can now be avoided! Pop a couple of slices of stale sliced bread in the bottom of your kitchen bin bag and it will sop up the spill meaning dustbin dashes and stinky bottoms are done for!
- Skim the oil from your spag-bol with a hunk of Hovis. Remove the oily layer that rises to the top of many soups and casseroles by skimming it off with a lightly toasted piece of bread. It’s absorbent so will soak it up avoiding the use of ladles and utensils. You can also use a slice to get rid of excess fat when frying meat. If you are trying to cut fat out of your diet, fry off the meat, tilt the pan gently to one side and use a little bread to sop up the unwanted fat.
- Rid your home of the stench of cooking sprouts! Christmas is next month and in true festive form, brussel sprouts will get their yearly appearance on the Christmas table. But if you hate the smell of the little fellas cooking, pop some bread in the pot, it is supposed to get rid of the smell.
- Revive marshmallows. We often get bags of marshmallows and I rarely let the boys eat the whole bag. Even when I seal the bag tightly, the following day they are hard and crusty, they have lost their fluffy yummy stuffy! Pop and piece of bread in the bag and seal it. Wait for a couple of days and the moisture from the bread is supposed to bring them back to life. (Trying this at the moment so will let you know if it works).
- Use bread to soften brown sugar. Once a bag of brown sugar is opened it hardens quickly. You normally have to loosen the granules with a knife or fork to free it up. To avoid this place a slice of bread in the bag and seal tightly. A few hours later it will be back to its original form.
- Take dust and grime off wallpaper or an oil painting with a bit of bread. Remove crusts and rub the surface of the oil painting or paper with the slice to get rid of dusty crud and fingerprints.
- Keep your cakes fresh. Haven’t managed to finish all that birthday cake or saving some leftover sponge for later? You know the inside will go stale quickly. Keep it fresh by popping a slice of bread against the exposed middle and just take it off again when you fancy a nibble.
- Treat boils and draw out splinters with a bread and milk compress. This is an old wives remedy and is supposedly very effective. Heat a little milk in a pan until hot but still comfortable to touch. Soak some bread in the milk, wait until it softens and stir into a paste. Apply the mix to the boil, wait until it hardens then remove. Apply twice a day until the boil ruptures. For splinters, apply to the splinter, cover with gauze and leave, the mix will draw the splinter out.
- Clear glass shards from tiled or marble floors. Well, we have established that one works above!
Have you tried any of the above? Do you know any more bread hacks? The observant buggers among you may have spotted that number twelve is missing. There’s a reason for this, I can’t find any evidence on Google suggesting a slice of dry bread helps a sore head. I am guessing, knowing Turkey and their weird remedies, this may be a Turkish thing. If you have ever heard of bread on the head please do comment and let me know what that’s all about – I’m saving number 12 for the entry!
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