Readers offer their best tips for making iced tea, sharpening scissors and checking Gmail for sending errors.
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Use Two Tea Bags for Perfect Iced Tea Every Time
My opinion on how to make a perfect glass of iced tea using “regular” black tea: boil water, pour 180ml or so into a mug. Use two teabags. Steep one minute. Stir in sugar if you like, and pour it into a large glass of ice.
A lot of people let the tea steep longer when they’re making iced tea, but tannic, over-extracted tea still tastes like crap when you water it down. The secret is to use twice the tea to account for the melting ice. This concept applies to coffee too — it’s actually the residual heat (or the heat from the hotplate) rather than the time, that makes old coffee taste crappy. If you brew the coffee using extra grounds and immediately add enough ice and/or milk to bring it to room temperature, you can store it in the fridge and drink it days later, and it will still taste good.
Photo by Tehusagent.
Sharpen Dull Scissors Without Any Extra Materials
Turn a dull pair of scissors into a sharper pair by pushing the two blades closer together while cutting.
This one’s a little hard to explain, but essentially, while holding the pair of scissors (by the handles, obviously) you’re using your thumb and fingers to force the two blades in opposite directions, pushing the blades closer together for a better cut. You can also do this to an already-sharp pair to get an even cleaner cut than normal.
Of course, you can also use the tried-and-true bottle method, notes seventhexile1:
You can easily sharpen your scissors by trying to cut the neck of a glass bottle several times or inserting one blade inside the bottle and trying to cut the top.
Photo by Alejandro Mallea.
Check Gmail for Sending Errors with a Hidden Link
I don’t know if this is known to you all or not, but there seems to be a way to check for unsent email in Gmail. If you click under the drop down account select arrow in Gmail, it loads a page where it lists any errors or unsent emails.
I couldn’t find any info about this tip on the net, but if you ever have any issues sending a message in Gmail, this could be a good place to check for more info.
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