‘Broth-cicles‘ make tasty dog treats
I freeze water or diluted chicken or beef broth in a muffin tin for a fun treat for my dog, Bailey. These hot days she enjoys having an ice muffin to lick and chew on outdoors. It easily stores in the freezer and it’s a fun alternative for a cool treat.
Self-cleaning oven works on grill grates
The summer means lots of grilling, and that means lots of food and residue buildup on your grill grates. The wire brush does a good job, but after a while buildup remains. I have found the best way to get rid of that is to run the grates in a cycle of the self-cleaning oven. Just make sure to wipe them off with a damp cloth before reuse. Kevin Weaver, Concord
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