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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. [...]
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 really [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]