I love a cold beer on a hot day. I am not picky, I don’t discriminate. I like all. I will actually even crave it sometimes. However, when I am trying to diet (avoid these 4 diet mistakes), beer may not be the best option for a mid-afternoon snack. Needless to say, I usually have some kind of beer in my fridge for those emergencies. I have found some wonderful uses, when I am not drinking the delicious nectar, and some even better recipes (see below.) Check out all of the uses. I was really surprised by some, and find some others really useful, by that I mean, beer in my dinners.
Get Rid of Fruit Flies – I am sure you have all had those annoying fruit flies around. Especially now that it is summer. They can come from fruit, or even a dying plant. Well fruit flies love beer almost as much as me. Try this: Put some beer in cup. Cut the corner off of a sandwich bag and place the cut corner in the cup; folding the rest around the cup and securing with a rubber band. The flies can’t resist and you can throw the whole thing away.
Cure Brown Spots on Your Lawn – The acids in the beer would help kill off bugs and the other ingredients would help promote green growth. I think I want to go try that right now!
Polish Copper Pots – Because of beer’s subtle acidity, it can help boost shine without staining the metal like a higher-acidity liquid would. Try an inconspicuous test spot first–dampen a soft towel with beer, and buff.
Stain Removal – A stain on your carpet, might be a regular occurrence at some houses. Try using a light beer will help get that stain out. Sometimes a little club soda first will also help. Then use a regular carpet steam cleaner after to lift out the liquid and the smell.
Try Cooking Rice – If you want to spice up something plain like white rice, try cooking it in beer. A brown ale or stout will give it the most flavor. The rice will absorb the beer and give it a tasty flavor.
Marinate Meat and Mushrooms – Beer has a high acidity that will allow the food to absorb and tenderize. It tastes a lot better than vinegar.
Get rid of Slugs and Snails – They can do a number on your garden that you have worked on so hard this year. Pour some beer into a bowl or empty juice carton. Bury it into the ground so the top is about 1/2 inch out of the ground. The snails will be drawn to the beer and fall in, and not able to get back out. It is great because it is hard to find these things, and it will bring them all out.
Boost Your Limp Hair – The vitamin B and natural sugars in beer add body and shine, while acting as a natural setting lotion that increases resilience, vitality, and hold. Pour one cup of beer into a glass and allow it to go flat and warm. Shampoo and rinse hair as usual. Pour the flat warm beer on your hair and work it through. Rinse thoroughly with cool water.
Revive Wooden Furniture – If your wooden furniture needs a little pick-me-up, you can use flat beer to perk it up. Just pour some flat beer onto the microfiber cloth and rub gently into wood. It should give it a polish and bring back some color.
Bring Bees On – Well not to you. But you can make sure they stay in one spot. Bees are attracted to beer, so to keep them out of your family bbq, just place a few bowls of beer around the perimeter of the party and the bees will be distracted with those bowls and not your food.
Beer Foot Bath – Your tired and aching feet can actually be revived and feel better after a beer foot bath. You can do hot or cold.
Add to Chili – If you put in beer in place of chili, you will get a stronger more robust flavor that is delish!
Real Beer Batter –
1 12oz bottle of beer
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons paprika
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1 egg, beaten
Beer Bread –
1 12oz can of beer
2 1/2 cups self-rising flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
2. Lightly grease a 9×5 inch baking pan.
3. In a bowl, mix the dry ingredients.
4. Add the beer and sugar, mix well, place in pan.
5. Top with melted butter.
6. Bake 45 to 55 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
I am incredibly tempted to go pour a beer over my tomato plants! Something is eating them up!
Jamie @ http://www.mamamommymom.com
You don’t have to rinse the beer out of your Hair….I have used this many times.. Works great’ But I do not rinse’