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This is from the March 27, 2013 Fox Morning News broadcast where Steve provided viewers with As Seen On TV products and DIY alternatives. Our local news anchor suggested he create a Pinterest page to provide this information. We at CoKnown also thought it was a good idea to provide this info to our users. You can flip through the tabs on this project to see the different products and read the easy explanations about the DIY alternative or you can watch the segment video below (if the link still works when you see this). The beauty of this CoKnown project is that even if the video link eventually goes away, we'll keep the images and descriptions for your continued benefit.
Also a big "Thanks" to MyFoxAustin Anchor Keri Bellacosa for her suggestion to create this type of project!
Not sure why these Amazon prices have such a wide range for the ice cream maker, $185 seems a bit high. Nonetheless, Steve suggests that you can accomplish the same result, ie homemade ice cream, by using two different sized coffee cans. You put all of your ingredients in the smaller can, close the lid and then put it inside the larger can with a bunch of ice. You roll it around for a while and you've got yourself homemade ice cream made from items you might otherwise discard. If you don't clean out that smaller container you'll probably have yourself some coffee flavored ice cream!
Like most of these suggestions we like this idea for its simplicity and reuse principles. Keep in mind that this DIY substitution doesn't easily allow you to put the hangers horizontally across a bar to load up your clothes. In any event, still a novel idea to put the can tab on the base of one hanger and then loop the hook of another hanger through the tab to create the vertical hanging structure, similar to the Wonder Hanger. Steve suggests using can tabs but I'm sure our CoKnown audience can come up with many different alternatives to the can tabs. Post your ideas in the comments below!
The suggestion here is to use walnuts (though our household doesn't often have walnuts laying about) instead of using the Fix it! spray. In the Fox video, a scratch is made on the wood surface and then a few pieces of walnut are rubbed vigorously along the scratch for a few seconds. Apparently the oil from the walnut pieces masks the scratch. Clever.
Instead of adding to the never ending collection of specialty cooking and baking tins you may have, use what you've probably already got on hand. Here the suggestion is to fold your tortilla into an oversized muffin tin to create a tortilla bowl. Alternately, what appears to work even better, use a regular muffin tin, flip the tin over and fold the tortilla between the muffin cups, bake your tortilla (presumably for the same ~5 minutes as the specialty product) and Bob's your uncle.
For the plastic bag goodies that you have that don't have an imbedded resealer (ie ziplock) you can buy a Euro Sealer to reseal that pastic bag or you can use the top of a plastic bottle. Its a little hard to see from the still images of the video so allow me to explain a bit more. Cut the top of a plastic bottle (again, reusing so big thumbs up there) that will allow you to pull the bag up through the mouth of the bottle. I would guess 2 liter bottles wouldn't work too well as the mouth is too small. In this instance Steve uses what appears to be an approximately 16 oz Ocean Spray bottle. Once you cut the top off the bottle, take the cap off, feed the open end of the bag through the mouth of the bottle, pull the open edges of the bag around the mouth of the bottle and then put the cap back on. This reseals the bag and your can open and close it again at your convenience. Not only does this reuse a potentially discarded product, but also doesn't require any batteries!