Libbie’s Life Hacks: 4 Clever Uses For Leftover Pickle Juice

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

So you just ate the last pickle in the jar…now what do you do with the juice?

Clever Uses For Leftover Pickle Juice! 
1. Cleaning Copper! From pennies to pots, dip a clean rag into pickle juice and rub the dirt away!
2. Season a Dish! A little pickle juice stirred into pimento cheese will take it to another layer or use pickle juice to brine your chicken before you fry it!
3. Weed Killer! Strain the pickle juice into a spray bottle and spray on your weeds.
4. Shooter! The Southerners call it a Pickle Back –A shot of pickle juice you drink after a shot of bourbon.

3 Easy Uses For Too Many Oranges!

Recipe and Styling by Libbie Summers
Photography by Chia Chong
Food Stylist’s assistant Candace Brower

It’s winter so you know what that means… snow? NO, its Citrus season and I have 3 easy hacks for what to do with all those oranges!

Segment an orange to garnish a treat!

Create fresh homemade candles

Create your own preserves to spread on your morning biscuit 

Recipe here

 

Food Beauty: 2 Homemade Citrus Skincare Products

By Libbie Summers
Photography by Chia Chong
Assisted by David Dempsey
Models: Anna Heritage and Candace Brower

1. Anti Aging Citrus, Green Tea and Turmeric Face Mask
As much as we had a fun time playing with the video for this beauty secret, the truth is it really worked. My face felt so good after using this. Firm and a little tingly each time from the citrus.

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Anti Aging Citrus Green Tea and Turmeric Face Wash
makes approximately 1/3 cup/application for a day
2 cups/x6 (Anna holding above) makes a great gift for a week of treatments
What you need:
1/4 cup prepared Matcha, cooled (can substitute any green tea)
1/2 half lemon, juiced
1/4 teaspoon ground turmericWhat to do:
In a small mixing bowl, stir together all ingredients.
Use a cotton ball to apply all over face and neck.
Wait 10 minutes.
Rinse with cool water.
Pat dry.
Repeat twice a day (morning and night)

2. Grapefruit and Rosemary Salt Scrub
Trust me, your skin will feel amazing after using this rub. The bonus is the citrus keeps you alert and the rosemary is calming. Somehow it all works without driving you crazy. 

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Grapefruit and Rosemary Salt Scrub
makes about 1 ½ cups

What you need:
1 cup kosher salt
zest of 1 grapefruit
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, finely minced
½ cup pure organic almond oil
a few drops grapefruit essential oil (optional)

What to do: 
In a small mixing bowl, stir together all the ingredients. Pour into a sterilized jar with a tight fitting lid. (I sterilize mine by running through the dishwasher.)

To use: Stir mixture and apply to a clean body in the shower. Rinse and pat dry with a towel.

Note: Scrub will keep in an air-tight container at room-temperature for 4 months.

 

 

Libbie’s Life Hacks: The Trick to Softening Butter FAST!

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by Candace Brower

I’m celebrating my favorite shade of yellow (butter yellow) this week and starting off with a trick that has saved my life on many occasions. It’s magic and genius and butter…what else would someone need?

Directions:
1. Fill a drinking glass or glass jar that is just bigger than a stick of butter with super hot water.
2. Wait 1 minute.
3. Pour out the water and immediately place the glass or jar over the butter.
4. Wait 2-3 minutes (just depends on how cold your butter was. NOTE: this will not work with frozen butter) before removing the glass from the butter.
5. Boom! It’s magic! Spreadable butter.

Libbie’s Life Hacks: The TRICK To Peeling Ginger

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by Candace Brower

I couldn’t tell you how much ginger I wasted over the years peeling it with a knife. I’d start out with a big beautiful bulb and then murder it. Then, while speaking at an event for CookNScribble last week in Los Angeles I watched chef Kian Lam Kho peel ginger THIS WAY in no time and leaving a whole beautiful bulb when he was done. I fell in love with Kian and adored his food. If you haven’t already, you MUST purchase his award-winning book, Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees.

This little video is proof that there’s always something to learn.