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    Use Your Potto To Cook Eggs

    Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

    Another potto hack, this time for cooking eggs! Reader TedinAsia explains with a cool story: Many many years ago when I was working in a very old trading company in Osaka, old building, smoke stained walls, etc. At 17:00 we would always have a 15min tea break with a small snack provided by the company. […]

    Use Your Potto For Quick Veggies

    Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

    In a comment to my last tip about using your potto to reduce your wait time for boiling water, helpful reader Pouncy gives this tip: I use it for thawing frozen veggies in a flash. No cooking, just soak in hot water for about 30 seconds and drain for wonderful peas and corn. It makes […]

    Use Your “Potto” For Pasta

    Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

    Do you have a potto? No, not the tailless ape. I mean a denki potto (電気ポット). A denki potto is a hot water machine. People use it to make coffee and tea. We keep one plugged in at our house to make baby formula, cocoa and tea. It’s very convenient. Another use for the potto […]

    Keep Yourself Warm With Yutampo

    Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

    It’s the middle of winter and finally the weather feels like it! It’s cold! If your feet are frozen when you sleep at night, you might want to invest in a yutampo. A yutampo (湯たんぽ) is just a hot water bottle, and they seem to be making a comeback in Japan. My wife asked for […]

    Save On Cleaning Products Revisited – Buy House Brands

    Saturday, October 6th, 2007

    Reader Ken Y-N of What Japan Thinks writes in with a great tip for saving on cleaning products. Buy house brands: Another tip for saving on Bath Magiclean is to find an equivalent own-brand, but for that one you have to check that the — whatever the active ingredient is — is the right percentage, […]

    Homemade Tofu Soap Dish

    Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

    Ahhh..the soap dish. Most people here in Japan live reasonably close to a grocery store, but it isn’t always the same story for a 100-yen shop. Going out of your way to get to the 100-yen shop isn’t such a big deal if you have a big shopping list, but what if you just need […]

    Save On Cleaning Products By Buying Refills.

    Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

    Here’s a tip that was sitting right in front of my face for months before I figured it out: buy refills. Most cleaning products in Japan are sold in two styles: normal and refill. Not surprisingly, the refill is usually cheaper. A normal bottle of Joy dish soap, pictured at far left costs me 148 […]