Christmas is only a few days away. Check out our list of holiday survival tips from our community of experts. From tree tips to using the last of your vacation, we’ve got it covered.
1. Haven’t bought a tree yet? Make an environmentally friendly choice.
David Kulieke recently posted a Reward in our marketplace asking for advice on which types of holiday trees are environmentally friendly. Artificial or real trees?
Check out this answer from Angiewirth92:
Real christmas trees are more environmentally friendly as they aren’t made with PVC (polyvinyl chloride). This is a non-renewable, carcinogenic (cancerous) material.
2. Already have a tree but looking for a way to keep it alive through the end of the month?
Talocklear09 had a similar question.
Check out this answer from Duce114:
Mix sprite half and half with water. The sugars will make it thrive. Sprite has little to no caffeine.
3. Need to keep a family pet away from the holiday tree?
Ginger is having the same problem.
Check out this answer from Alishanewton8:
Put aluminum foil around it! Cats hate the foil! Not pretty, I know, but it should work.
Or this alternative answer from Lliszcz12:
Use pet block. It’s an odorless spray designed to keep cats off of certain things. Spray it on and around the tree…it should do the trick. You can find pet block at Petsmart.
4. Employer closing early, and making you use vacation time on Christmas eve?
Jgaskin is in a similar situation.
Check out this answer from Lkelly2323:
No! This is illegal, the best bet is to speak to the manager and other work employees and if they don’t listen give the manger of the manager a call! As you’re losing out on money!
5. Making a pumpkin pie for Christmas dinner?
Jeanette Ginevan was having problems with her crust, it kept coming out soggy.
Check out this answer from Katelynmills1992:
I’ve listed 3 different methods for you to try! Good luck!
The most frequently recommended way to eliminate a soggy pie crust is to blind bake it. This is a simple process that involves prebaking your crust, rather than putting your pie filling into a raw crust. To blind bake your pie crust, preheat your oven according to your pie crust recipe. Next, in order to prevent the crust from puffing up, weigh your crust down by laying a sheet of aluminum foil into the bottom of the crust. Place enough dried beans or rice to cover the bottom onto the aluminum foil. Bake just until the crust starts to turn light brown. This will take approximately 15 minutes, but keep your eye on it. You do not want to bake it all the way, as it will bake more after you add the filling.
Another method for eliminating soggy pumpkin pie crust is to increase the oven temperature for the first 15 minutes, allowing the crust to get a head start on the filling. To do this, when you first place the pie in the oven, turn the temperature up to 450 degrees for 15 minutes. At the end of the 15 minutes, reduce the heat to your recipe’s recommended temperature. Again, keep your eye on it, and set a timer—-burnt pie is not much better than a soggy pie.
The last technique for eliminating a soggy pumpkin pie crust is a combination method. First, blind bake your pie; then, coat the bottom with a barrier that will prevent it from getting soggy. There are several alternatives for moisture barriers; choose the one whose flavor appeals to you most. You can use egg whites, melted chocolate or melted preserves of any flavor. Whichever one you choose, simply apply it with a brush to the bottom of the crust three minutes after removing it from the oven.
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Happy holidays from the Rewarder Team!