With Mercury retrograde snarling up communication and transportation 'til March 17, there are sure to be more accidents than usual on the road. Hence why I wasn't exactly shocked to hear about one on U.S. Interstate 80 in Reno, Nevada yesterday that looked like a totally horrific mess. It left red splatters everywhere, according to Nevada Patrol Sgt. Janay Sherven. But take heart! The gory mess was more a matter of appearance than anything else, because the accident scene could be described as, "No bodies, no people, just ketchup." Ha!
Yup, the accident occurred when a semi-trailer truck hauling thousands of bottles of Heinz ketchup swerved to avoid another vehicle and hit a bridge in the median. The crash ripped open the trailer, sending ketchup flying everywhere. Eeesh! Thankfully, no one was hurt, it seems, but I wouldn't be surprised if the sight of this accident made some drivers' stomachs turn. That's the thing about ketchup. It's such a chameleon of a condiment!
A few of its versatile uses ...
- Use it to shine your copper pots and pans - Old ketchup packets actually come in handy to clean copper-bottomed cooking pans. According to Michael de Jong, TDG's Zen Cleaner and author of the Clean series of simple living books: Massage ketchup over the copper and the tarnish will be removed thanks to the acid. To treat stubborn spots: Add a pinch of table salt while you polish.
- Get the green out of chlorine-tainted hair - If you have light or highlighted hair and chlorine in your swimming pool has given your locks a greenish tint, you can use ketchup as a fix! Just apply like shampoo, let it sit for 20 minutes, then wash thoroughly. Yummmm!
- Soothe boo-boos - Some moms swear by using ketchup packets as soothers for their children's bumps and bruises. Just freeze and then use like a small compress. Kids love them!
- Re-use ketchup bottles as ... a pancake batter dispenser or storage for small crafty items like beads or glitter.
Are you a ketchup fan? What do you use it for or in (recipe-wise)?
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