“Crisco Candle for emergency situations. Simply put a piece of string in a tub of shortening, and it will burn for up to 45 days….good to know for the zombie apocalypse.”
I didn’t have a string so I twisted the corner of a napkin into a two-inch wick. Then I pushed it into the Crisco with a pair of tweezers.
When I lit it, the flame was very weak and went out after about a half-hour. I pulled my paper wick out, turned it over and stuck it back in. It was now saturated with melted Crisco. I lit it again and the flame was much stronger and burned for hours. I don’t know how long it would have continued, but I was tired, so I blew it out and went to bed.
The key to preventing moldy berries… Berries are delicious, but they’re also kind of delicate. Raspberries in particular seem like they can mold before you even get them home
from the market. There’s nothing more tragic than paying $4 for a pint of local raspberries, only to look in the fridge the next day and find that fuzzy mold growing on their insides.
Well, with fresh berries just starting to hit farmers markets, we can tell you that how to keep them fresh! Here’s a tip I’m sharing on how to prevent them from getting there in the first place:
Wash them with vinegar. When you get your berries home, prepare a mixture of one part vinegar (white or apple cider probably work best) and ten parts water. Dump the berries into the mixture and swirl around. Drain, rinse if you want (though the mixture is so diluted you can’t taste the vinegar,) and pop in the fridge. The vinegar kills any mold spores and other bacteria that might be on the surface of the fruit, and voila! Raspberries will last a week or more, and strawberries go almost two weeks without getting moldy and soft. So go forth and stock up on those pricey little gems, knowing they’ll stay fresh as long as it takes you to eat them.