When making hamburger patties ahead for the freezer, clean a liner from an empty cold cereal box.  Cut it into about 5" squares.

Lay a square of the liner on a cottage cheese lid (these lids make a great mold for hamburgers to fit the buns).

Make the patties as thick as you like. Lift the square of liner with the meat formed out of the ‘mold’ and repeat to use up all of the meat.  If you like quarter-pound patties, simply divide two pounds of hamburger into eight pieces and voila!

You can place the patties on a sheet pan and freeze (when frozen, remove from the pan and put into freezer bags) or if you choose to stack them, be sure to leave the liners on so they won’t stick together in the permanent container. – MP, MT

Tip-submitter comment: “I use these when the grandkids come for an unexpected meal.  I don’t eat a lot of cold cereal and so I do keep the liners – wash well – and reuse them.”  This ‘makes cents’ as they are plastic and easily washed, sterilized and reused!


A subscriber wrote that she uses her dad’s old leather carpenter’s belt with a double pouch when she’s out fixing fences. (A true rancher’s dream woman – a woman that fixes fence!)  She says the belt holds quite a few staples, and has places to hang her fencing pliers and a hammer. 

She has back trouble, so bending over to get supplies out of a bucket limits the time she can work comfortably, but the belt solves the problem.

I found one of those old magnetic kitchen knife strips at a yard sale last week for a quarter and snapped it right up!  When I got home, I found a couple of screws in my junk drawer and headed for the workbench area in the garage.  I took my bargain magnet strip and screwed it to the wall. I then rounded up all of the screwdrivers I could find scattered all over the garage and put them on the strip.– MS, IA

Tip-submitter comment: “I will probably find a screwdriver the next time I need one without searching for a half an hour!”

Use an old dish drying rack to store your cutting boards of various sizes on the pantry shelf.  They stay clean and out of the way until you need them. – BA, OK

When cooking cabbage, there will be less odor if you put half a lemon in the cooking water.

Once an onion has been cut in half, rub a little butter on the cut side to keep it fresh longer.

Make more rice than you need and put the surplus into freezer bags and freeze.  This can be thawed and heated in a microwave or added to any dish you make that calls for cooked rice.  This is great for people cooking for just one or two. – BB,SD

Egg whites can be frozen for up to a year.  Just put them in a wide-mouth canning jar in the freezer and add to it as you get extra whites.   You can use them in angel food cakes just as easily as fresh egg whites.   Seven to eight egg whites equals 1 cup.

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As always, if you have tips or ideas to share, send them to me at Pennywise, Box 518, Kadoka, SD 57543 or better yet, email me at [email protected]
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My neighbor lady made some of these last year and they worked so well, I thought I’d share her idea with your readers:

You will need some kind of a narrow board and for of those wire coat hangers we all seem to have around the house.

We used an old piece of picket fence because one end needs to be sharp so it can be pounded into the ground.   We didn’t have a big enough hammer, so we used a big rock from her flowerbed to pound the sharpened end of the picket into the ground.

She used a big upholstery stapler to attach her hangers to the board. Staple them on upside down so the hook is aimed at the ground and the wide part of the hanger ‘hangs out’ over the edges of the board.   I suppose you could use fencing staples like the ranchers use when they fix fence. (I think you can buy just a few at a hardware store.)

My neighbor and I put three of these up in her yard, and she planted her tomatoes in front of them.  She used some strips of old nylons (think pantyhose) to tie up her tomatoes and keep them out of the dirt. The nylon is soft enough it won’t cut the plant stems.

Last fall after the tomatoes were done, we pulled up the stakes and put them in her garage for the winter.

We put them up recently and they look just as good as they did last year.

We didn’t paint her boards, but I think if you paint the boards with left over paint before you put them out they should last a long time – LG, NE 

A Few Words About Spring Cleaning…
In the spring, many of us take the time to clean out the closets – sorting out items that are no longer needed because they are too small/large, outdated or you are just plain tired of them.

Most items are sold at yard sales, taken to consignment shops or donated to charity, which I think this is wonderful. However – please look at what you are giving.  If it’s stained, torn and dirty beyond washing clean, stretched out of shape and discolored, please put these items in the trash.

Years ago, my husband and I hauled two large bales of clothing (all that would fit in a pickup box) 100 miles from a drop point to a local church for distribution.

When my husband cut the metal bands holding the bales together, we realized what had been sent. The clothing was old, stained, faded and torn, mouse infested, urine soaked and just plain moldy and awful!

At that time, we could burn things openly in the yard so the minister took two days to burn the bales of ‘garbage’ clothes.  He [the minister] later discovered that the folks that had sent out this miserable mess had received a large charitable tax deduction. – TC, CO