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Here’s One of the Best External Hard Drive Deals We’ve Ever Seen

Update 4/10: It’s back, but probably won’t last long, if the last time was any indication.

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Store Tea in Airtight Containers to Extend Shelf Life and Keep Flavors Intact

Store Tea in Airtight Containers to Extend Shelf Life and Keep Flavors Intact

If you’re a stickler for a quality cup of tea you might want to obsess over more than just your brewing method. How you store your tea can affect its flavor and shelf life, and different teas have different shelf lives.

Tea won’t go “bad” per se, but its flavor will go flat over time and it can also absorb flavors from its surroundings. Brian Keating, author of How to Make Tea: The Science Behind the Leaf, explained to Food52 that most black tea can last for about two years with proper storage:

“The most important thing you can do to extend the life of your loose leaf tea is to pack it in an airtight container and do your best to protect it from changes in temperature—anything between 60° F and 80° F is safe.”

Individually-wrapped tea packets that aren’t sealed in plastic or aluminum packets should be stored in the same way as loose leaf tea. Of course, you can be much lazier with sealed tea bags (like the Twinings packets you might buy at your local grocery store) because they’re airtight and don’t require special storage. For more tea tips read the rest of Brian’s conversation with Food52.

Yes, Your Tea Has a Shelf Life (+ How to Extend It) | Food52

Photo by Susana Fernandez (Flickr).

Turn These IKEA Bed Slats Into Versatile Wall Storage

Turn These IKEA Bed Slats Into Versatile Wall Storage

Installing wall storage is useful, but hard to do without putting a ton of holes in your walls. Use IKEA’s $10 SULTAN LADE bed slat set to give you lots of wall storage options with only a few holes needed to install the whole thing.

If you have an old set of slats from a bed frame you’re getting rid of, this is a great way to recycle it. Otherwise, $10 isn’t a lot to spend for the versatility you get here. You’ll want to hang the slats against the wall from two hooks that can handle a reasonably heavy load (depending on what you want to hang from the slats). Before hanging up the slats, you can customize it with paint, some extra hooks drilled into the slats, or even baskets attached for holding even more items. You can also hang blankets, clothes, and magazines directly over the slats. You can put this project anywhere you need extra storage, from your kitchen to bathroom to living room to your patio.

IKEA Hack – DIY Utensilo mit Lattenrost SULTAN LADE | Ich Designer

Image from Kristina Steinmetz of Ich Designer.

Personalize Cheap Plastic Storage with Patterned Paper Inserts

Personalize Cheap Plastic Storage with Patterned Paper Inserts

Plastic drawers are great for storage. They’re easy to clean and move (especially if they have wheels), but don’t look the best. If you have plastic storage that’s an eyesore in your home, here’s how to give it a facelift.

You probably already have everything you need: cardboard, patterned paper (like wrapping paper), glue, and scissors. Depending on your drawers, you may also need a bit of tape to secure the insert to the front of the drawer.

Once you have all your supplies, cut the cardboard so that it covers the front of the drawer. Cut the paper for each insert, leaving about two inches extra (beyond the size of the cardboard) on each side. Fold the paper over the cardboard, gluing the extra onto the back of the cardboard. Slide into the front of your plastic drawers and secure with tape if needed. If the sides of your drawers are visible too, you can make inserts for each side of the drawer using the same process.

How to Upgrade Plastic Drawers | Oh Oh Blog

Image from Oh Oh Blog.

Use Your Steamer Basket to Store Onions and Garlic

Use Your Steamer Basket to Store Onions and Garlic

If you have a bamboo steamer basket and not much storage space in your kitchen, make your steamer basket pull double duty by storing onions, garlic, and shallots in it. Here’s why it’s perfect for the job.

Bamboo steamer baskets are designed to allow air (and steam) to flow in and out, which is also the perfect environment to store onions and garlic. They’ll stay protected and cool, keeping them fresh for when you want to cook with them. You will have to brush any loose skins out of the basket before using the basket itself for cooking again, but making the most of your storage space is worth the few extra seconds cleaning.

Steamer Storage | Martha Stewart

The Best Way to Wrap a  Sandwich for on the Go Eating

The Best Way to Wrap a  Sandwich for on the Go Eating

Do your sandwich a favor and do more than just toss it in a plastic baggie. Wrap it like this with a sheet of wax paper and keep it from getting crushed in your lunch bag. It won’t leak, it’ll stay dry, and it’s perfect for eating on the go without a mess (or saving one half for later.)

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You can use waxed paper, parchment paper, or even foil if you prefer. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Tear about a foot of paper and place it on a flat surface with your sandwich in the middle. The top of the sandwich should be facing away from you.
  2. Bring the top and bottom edges of the paper together over the sandwich and fold down in half inch increments until the paper is flush with the sandwich. This helps the sandwich stay secure in the paper during transport.
  3. Fold the sides of the paper into triangles, creasing the bottom of the triangle where it meets the side of the sandwich. Fold under the sandwich. Tape the points of the triangles together if you like.

Sound familiar? That’s how most delis and other sandwich shops wrap flat sandwiches. Cut your sandwich in half if you like to eat it that way, or you think you might not finish the whole thing. Wrap in a layer around the whole thing to keep the halves together. If you prefer a reusable option, there are plenty of cloth sandwich wrappers you can buy online (like this one from Amazon). For a step-by-step visual guide, check out the link below.

How to Wrap Your Sandwiches for Better Eating on the Go | Serious Eats

Image by Vicky Wasik.

Save Big On Select RAM and Flash Storage Products, Today Only on Amazon

Save Big On Select RAM and Flash Storage Products, Today Only on Amazon
Crucial/Lexar Gold Box

Amazon just kicked off a Gold Box deal on select Crucial and Lexar “memory” products, which in this case refers to both flash storage solutions and RAM.

Inside, you’ll find a 960GB SSD for just $200, 8GB of RAM for as low as $22, an iOS compatible flash drive, professional grade SD cards, and more. As with all Gold Box deals though, these prices are only available today, and the most popular products could sell out early.

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PSA: It’s World Backup Day, Now’s a Good Time to Check Your Backups

Happy World Backup Day! Probably not your favorite made up holiday, but still an important one. How’s your backup system?

The video above reminds us why backing up our files is so important. It’s also really easy to do using CrashPlan, Windows’ built-in tools, or another backup utility or service. You need more than one backup, too.

Remember also that your backups are only as good as your ability to restore your data from them, so today’s a fine day to test your backups as well.

World Backup Day

Properly Rewrap a Bicycle Tube by Starting Opposite the Stem

Properly Rewrap a Bicycle Tube by Starting Opposite the Stem

Rewrapping a bicycle tube is a simple enough process, but done incorrectly, you end up with a bit of air in the tube that wastes space. Global Cycling Network shows you how to do it right.

This is a bit of common sense, but it’s also one of those things that most people don’t put much thought into. If you need to rewrap a tube, start by spreading it out with the stem opposite you, make sure the valve is open, then wrap it up starting at the opposite end of the stem. When you’re done, screw the valve closed, unravel it, then wrap the tube around the stem itself. With that, it’ll be just like you pulled it out of the box. Head over to YouTube for the full video and a bunch more tips.

11 Useful Cycling Hacks | YouTube

Store Tools and Pot Lids Inside Your Cabinet with a Magnetic Strip

Store Tools and Pot Lids Inside Your Cabinet with a Magnetic Strip

Wall-mounted magnetic strips are a handy way to store more than just knives. You can also use them to keep metal tools, like food processor blades and attachments, and other loose items like pot lids organized and easy to access.

The key to this idea is to hang the strip at the back of your cabinet, in otherwise unused space (so obviously you wouldn’t want to do this if you would stack items in front of the strip, or your cabinets aren’t deep.) Accessories for small appliances, like food processor blades, will only need one strip. You may need multiple strips for larger items like pot lids. This storage method is especially useful for delicate or dangerous gear (like sharp blades) you don’t want just mixed in with everything at the bottom of the cabinet, and keeps everything where you can easily spot it when you need to use it.

Appliance Cabinet Before & After: I Discovered the Best Way to Store Food Processor Blades | The Kitchn