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Time-saving kitchen hacks that will make your life easier

People have been sharing their best life hacks online – and they're very clever
They include fi..

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  • People have been sharing their best life hacks online – and they're very clever
  • They include fixes for common problems, such as how to keep a straw in place
  • They also include new uses for everyday objects, such as a clothes hanger

By Imogen Blake For Mailonline

Published: 05:17 EST, 8 January 2018 | Updated: 05:17 EST, 8 January 2018

When we're busy, anything that can save time and make our lives easier is a godsend.

It's why people have come up with some very clever food hacks that can make mundane tasks that little bit easier.

Their tricks, including the best way to make a sandwich so the meat covers all of the bread, have now been shared online so that everyone can copy and enjoy them.

From using a clothes hanger as a cheap cookbook holder to cutting cakes and cheese with unscented dental floss, these tips could change the way you use everyday household objects forever.

It's certainly not the prettiest way of holding up cookbooks as you whip up a meal but if you don't have a cookbook holder, a clothes hanger with grips will do the trick just as well. You can hang it from the handle of a kitchen cupboard

It's certainly not the prettiest way of holding up cookbooks as you whip up a meal but if you don't have a cookbook holder, a clothes hanger with grips will do the trick just as well. You can hang it from the handle of a kitchen cupboard

If you live alone, it's difficult to do a big shop as you can only carry so many bags at once. However using a karabiner to hold bags will help you to carry many items in one tripIf you live alone, it's difficult to do a big shop as you can only carry so many bags at once. However using a karabiner to hold bags will help you to carry many items in one trip

If you live alone, it's difficult to do a big shop as you can only carry so many bags at once. However using a karabiner to hold bags will help you to carry many items in one trip

The tips were first shared on a now-viral blog post by Darragh Doyle which is regularly shared on Pinterest.

He compiled a list of the best life hacks he could find on the web, which include a handful of very handy tricks for the kitchen.

They include tips for ingenious solutions to common problems, such as how to ensure your iced coffee doesn't water down when you add ice, and how to keep a straw in place when drinking from a can.

Others suggest clever ways of using ordinary objects in a new way, such as a karabiner to hold several grocery bags at once, and the best method of microwaving leftovers.

People have worked out that you can use unscented dental floss - or thin string - to cut cakes, cheese and other soft foods into neat slices, which works better than a knife if you have an unsteady handPeople have worked out that you can use unscented dental floss - or thin string - to cut cakes, cheese and other soft foods into neat slices, which works better than a knife if you have an unsteady handYou can keep bread fresh by cutting off the top of a plastic bottle, looping the plastic wrapping through it, folding it over the cap and then screwing the lid on top over it to seal itYou can keep bread fresh by cutting off the top of a plastic bottle, looping the plastic wrapping through it, folding it over the cap and then screwing the lid on top over it to seal it

People have worked out that you can use unscented dental floss – or thin string – to cut cakes, cheese and other soft foods into neat slices, which works better than a knife if you have an unsteady hand (left). Meanwhile, you can keep bread fresh by cutting off the top of a plastic bottle, looping the plastic wrapping through it, folding it over the cap and then screwing the lid on top over it to seal it (right)

This hack could change your life! If you cut circular slices of sandwich meat in half, you can layer them as above so that all the bread is coveredThis hack could change your life! If you cut circular slices of sandwich meat in half, you can layer them as above so that all the bread is covered

This hack could change your life! If you cut circular slices of sandwich meat in half, you can layer them as above so that all the bread is covered

If you're picking up a takeaway, use the seat warmer in your car if you have one to keep it hot on the journey homeIf you're picking up a takeaway, use the seat warmer in your car if you have one to keep it hot on the journey home

If you're picking up a takeaway, use the seat warmer in your car if you have one to keep it hot on the journey home

Iced coffee needs ice, but when it melts, the drink will be watered down. To avoid this, try pouring coffee into ice trays and freezing so that you can add them to your homemade iced coffees, which then won't water downIced coffee needs ice, but when it melts, the drink will be watered down. To avoid this, try pouring coffee into ice trays and freezing so that you can add them to your homemade iced coffees, which then won't water down

Iced coffee needs ice, but when it melts, the drink will be watered down. To avoid this, try pouring coffee into ice trays and freezing so that you can add them to your homemade iced coffees, which then won't water down

Who knew Doritos were so flammable? If you need to start a fire and don't have any firelighters or kindling, try using a few crisps insteadWho knew Doritos were so flammable? If you need to start a fire and don't have any firelighters or kindling, try using a few crisps instead

Who knew Doritos were so flammable? If you need to start a fire and don't have any firelighters or kindling, try using a few crisps instead

Making pancakes can be messy if you ladle them from a mixing bowl. To avoid spillages, try putting the mix in an empty ketchup bottle or other utensil so you can squeeze it straight into a panMaking pancakes can be messy if you ladle them from a mixing bowl. To avoid spillages, try putting the mix in an empty ketchup bottle or other utensil so you can squeeze it straight into a panAnother useful hack from the blog is serving up condiments in a muffin tray at a barbecue to save on washing up lots of ramekins and bowlsAnother useful hack from the blog is serving up condiments in a muffin tray at a barbecue to save on washing up lots of ramekins and bowls

Making pancakes can be messy if you ladle them from a mixing bowl. To avoid spillages, try putting the mix in an empty ketchup bottle or other utensil so you can squeeze it straight into a pan (left). Another useful hack from the blog is serving up condiments in a muffin tray at a barbecue to save on washing up lots of ramekins and bowls (right)

No need to throw away empty Pringles cans! They can become handy cupboard organisers and a make a great holder for dry spaghettiNo need to throw away empty Pringles cans! They can become handy cupboard organisers and a make a great holder for dry spaghetti

No need to throw away empty Pringles cans! They can become handy cupboard organisers and a make a great holder for dry spaghetti

The glass of water can be used to absorb excess microwave radiation when heating a dry piece of pizza, which means the crust will stay crusty instead of going soggy. If the water wasn't there, the microwave would evaporate the moisture from the pizza, which would then permeate the bread, making it go floppyThe glass of water can be used to absorb excess microwave radiation when heating a dry piece of pizza, which means the crust will stay crusty instead of going soggy. If the water wasn't there, the microwave would evaporate the moisture from the pizza, which would then permeate the bread, making it go floppy

The glass of water can be used to absorb excess microwave radiation when heating a dry piece of pizza, which means the crust will stay crusty instead of going soggy. If the water wasn't there, the microwave would evaporate the moisture from the pizza, which would then permeate the bread, making it go floppy

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Sydney seaplane crash: Exhaust fumes affected pilot, report confirms

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The pilot of a seaplane that crashed into an Australian river, killing all on board, had been left confused and disorientated by leaking exhaust fumes, investigators have confirmed.

The Canadian pilot and five members of a British family died in the crash north of Sydney in December 2017.

All were found to have higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide in their blood, a final report has found.

It recommended the mandatory fitting of gas detectors in all such planes.

British businessman Richard Cousins, 58, died alongside his 48-year-old fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, her 11-year-old daughter Heather and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, and pilot Gareth Morgan, 44. Mr Cousins was the chief executive of catering giant Compass.

The family had been on a sightseeing flight in the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane when it nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River at Jerusalem Bay, about 50km (30 miles) from the city centre.

The final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed the findings of an interim report published in 2020.

It said pre-existing cracks in the exhaust collector ring were believed to have released exhaust gas into the engine bay. Holes left by missing bolts in a firewall then allowed the fumes to enter the cabin.

“As a result, the pilot would have almost certainly experienced effects such as confusion, visual disturbance and disorientation,” the report said.

“Consequently, it was likely that this significantly degraded the pilot’s ability to safely operate the aircraft.”

The ATSB recommended the Civil Aviation Safety Authority consider mandating the fitting of carbon monoxide detectors in piston-engine aircraft that carry passengers.

It previously issued safety advisory notices to owners and operators of such aircraft that they install detectors “with an active warning” to pilots”. Operators and maintainers of planes were also advised to carry out detailed inspections of exhaust systems and firewalls.

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Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official

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Australia is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021 even if most of its population gets vaccinated this year as planned, says a senior health official.

The comments dampen hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country could resume as early as July.

Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy made the prediction after being asked about the coronavirus’ escalation in other nations.

Dr Murphy spearheaded Australia’s early action to close its borders last March.

“I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.

“Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” he said, adding that he believed quarantine requirements for travellers would continue “for some time”.

Citizens, permanent residents and those with exemptions are allowed to enter Australia if they complete a 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.

Qantas – Australia’s national carrier – reopened bookings earlier this month, after saying it expected international travel to “begin to restart from July 2021.”

However, it added this depended on the Australian government’s deciding to reopen borders.

Australia’s tight restrictions

The country opened a travel bubble with neighbouring New Zealand late last year, but currently it only operates one-way with inbound flights to Australia.

Australia has also discussed the option of travel bubbles with other low-risk places such as Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.

A vaccination scheme is due to begin in Australia in late February. Local authorities have resisted calls to speed up the process, giving more time for regulatory approvals.

Australia has so far reported 909 deaths and about 22,000 cases, far fewer than many nations. It reported zero locally transmitted infections on Monday.

Experts have attributed much of Australia’s success to its swift border lockdown – which affected travellers from China as early as February – and a hotel quarantine system for people entering the country.

Local outbreaks have been caused by hotel quarantine breaches, including a second wave in Melbourne. The city’s residents endured a stringent four-month lockdown last year to successfully suppress the virus.

Other outbreaks – including one in Sydney which has infected about 200 people – prompted internal border closures between states, and other restrictions around Christmas time.

The state of Victoria said on Monday it would again allow entry to Sydney residents outside of designated “hotspots”, following a decline in cases.

While the measures have been praised, many have also criticised them for separating families across state borders and damaging businesses.

Dr Murphy said overall Australia’s virus response had been “pretty good” but he believed the nation could have introduced face masks earlier and improved its protections in aged care homes.

In recent days, Australia has granted entry to about 1,200 tennis players, staff and officials for the Australian Open. The contingent – which has recorded at least nine infections – is under quarantine.

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Covid: Brisbane to enter three-day lockdown over single infection

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The Australian city of Brisbane has begun a snap three-day lockdown after a cleaner in its hotel quarantine system became infected with coronavirus.

Health officials said the cleaner had the highly transmissible UK variant and they were afraid it could spread.

Brisbane has seen very few cases of the virus beyond quarantined travellers since Australia’s first wave last year.

It is the first known instance of this variant entering the Australian community outside of hotel quarantine.

The lockdown is for five populous council areas in Queensland’s state capital.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the measure on Friday morning local time, about 16 hours after the woman tested positive.

Ms Palaszczuk said the lockdown aimed to halt the virus as rapidly as possible, adding: “Doing three days now could avoid doing 30 days in the future.”

“I think everybody in Queensland… knows what we are seeing in the UK and other places around the world is high rates of infection from this particular strain,” she said.

“And we do not want to see that happening here in our great state.”

Australia has reported 28,500 coronavirus infections and 909 deaths since the pandemic began. By contrast, the US, which is the hardest-hit country, has recorded more than 21 million infections while nearly 362,000 people have died of the disease.The lockdown will begin at 18:00 on Friday (08:00 GMT) in the Brisbane city, Logan and the Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands local government areas.

Residents will only be allowed to leave home for certain reasons, such as buying essential items and seeking medical care.

For the first time, residents in those areas will also be required to wear masks outside of their homes.

Australia has faced sporadic outbreaks over the past year, with the most severe one in Melbourne triggering a lockdown for almost four months.

A pre-Christmas outbreak in Sydney caused fresh alarm, but aggressive testing and contact-tracing has kept infection numbers low. The city recorded four local cases on Friday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has pledged to start mass vaccinations in February instead of March as was planned.

Lockdown interrupts ‘near normal’ life in Brisbane

Simon Atkinson, BBC News in Brisbane

At 8:00 today I popped to the local supermarket for some bread, milk – and because it’s summer here – a mango. I was pretty much the only customer.

When I went past the same shop a couple of hours later it was a different story – 50 people standing in the drizzle – queuing to get inside as others emerged with bulging shopping bags. “Heaps busier than Christmas,” a cheery trolley attendant told me. “It’s off the scale”.

Despite the “don’t panic” messages from authorities, pictures on social media show it’s a pattern being repeated across the city.

While shutdowns are common around the world, the tough and sudden stay-at-home order for Brisbane has caught people on the hop here after months of near normality.

But while such a rapid, hard lockdown off the back of just a single case of Covid-19 will seem crazy in some parts of the world, I’ve not come across too many people complaining.

And I don’t think that’s just because Aussies love to follow a rule. This is the first time the UK variant of the virus has been detected in the community in Australia.

And nobody here wants Brisbane to go through what Melbourne suffered last year. Even if it means going without mangoes.

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