From the January 2019 issue

How to Reheat Pasta Like a Pro, Open Bubble Packs and More

Get tips for metro Detroit parents on how to reheat pasta like a pro, open bubble packs with a kitchen tool and keep restless sleepers safer.

how to reheat pasta like a pro

Are you sick of pulling your lunch from the microwave only to find it’s still half cold? One local mom offers a microwave hack that’ll ensure your leftover pasta is al dente every time. Plus, she explains how a can opener can help you easily open a plastic bubble pack and how a pool noodle can keep restless sleepers safe in bed.

Do you have tip or a life hack that you swear by? Tell us about it. We could feature you in an upcoming issue of Metro Parent and give you $25.

Reheat food faster

Want that plate of pasta to get heated up and into hungry little tummies faster?

Leaving a hole in the middle of the food, creating a doughnut-like shape, eliminates that pesky problem of the grub not being heated through to the middle.

The reason? More science than we’ve got room for here, but bottom line: Heat is absorbed from the outer edges to the inside, so eliminating the inside allows more even heating.

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Open bubble packs easier

How many pairs of scissors have you ruined trying to unleash a dinosaur or doll from a hard plastic pack? How many curse words have you uttered as you’ve tried to free a toy from its tiny tomb?

Too many to count, right?

Well, free your family’s stuff more easily by using a can opener. This trick even works with irregularly shaped packages. Just use the can opener to cut through a corner or side, and you can rip into the rest of the package with less hassle.

Keep restless sleepers safer

Even after your kids are past the crib stage, a “big boy” or “big girl” bed can be a little scary. What if they roll out of the bed in the midst of a deep slumber?

Sure, you can push the bed against a wall, but that still leaves one side exposed.

A simple solution? Put a pool noodle under the fitted sheet on each side of the bed. That little bump will help kids stay on the bed in the middle of dreamland – where they belong.

Get wrinkles out quicker

Forget the steamer and iron. Get wrinkles out of a shirt, skirt or lightweight slacks while you busy yourself with other tasks by tossing the clothes in the dryer with a few ice cubes.

Place the dryer on the hottest setting to create steam, leave it for 10 minutes or so and voilà, your clothes are wrinkle-free and ready to wear.

Got a great tip or trick that you live for? Visit MetroParent.com/TipTrick and tell us all about it. If we like it, we’ll feature it in an issue of Metro Parent and send you $25.

Photo by Lauren Jeziorski

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