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Wednesday, August 21, 2013


photo courtesy of Baran Ivo

We’ve previously featured a few tips for using that ever-so-humble tool, the safety pin, and today we have yet another, plus a fun fact.

Most women are familiar with the term “pin money.” Merriam-Webster offers three definitions: money a husband gives to his wife for her own use, money set aside for the purchase of incidentals, or a small amount of money. Webster’s also goes on to state that the first known reference to the term was in 1697.

However, other evidence suggests the term actually dates back to the 14th century and refers to the budget a husband gave his wife in January for the year’s mending, which included the cost of the pricey precursor of today’s safety pin.

And now for our safety pin tip:

If you’re like me, you have a devil of a time cleaning dried garlic from your garlic press. This task becomes much easier if you keep a safety pin in your utensil drawer and work the point through the holes and into the corners of the press.

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