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23 Wacky Uses for Gold Medal® Flour

  1. Bulk up bacon. Pour Gold Medal Flour on a plate, and dip both sides of the bacon strips in the flour before frying. After frying, drain the excess grease from the strips by placing them on a sheet of paper towel (or between 2 sheets), allowing the paper towel to absorb the fat.
  2. Give yourself a rejuvenating facial. Mix together the contents of one can of Campbell’s Tomato Soup with enough Gold Medal Flour to make a thick paste. Apply the paste to face and neck, wait fifteen minutes, and then rinse clean with warm water. The acids from the tomatoes balance the pH level of the skin, exfoliate dead skin, and tighten pores.
  3. Make Play Dough. Add five drops McCormick Food Coloring to two cups water. Then add two cups Gold Medal Flour, one cup salt, one teaspoon cream of tartar, and two tablespoons vegetable oil. Mix well. Cook and stir over medium heat for three minutes (or until the mixture holds together). Turn onto board or cookie sheet and kneed to proper consistency. Store in an air tight container.

  4. Make glue. Mix Gold Medal Flour and water to a pancake-batter consistency for use on paper, light-weight fabric, and cardboard.
  5. Make papier-mâché. Mix one cup Gold Medal Flour with two-thirds cup water in a medium-size bowl to a thick-glue consistency. To thicken, add more flour. Cut newspaper strips approximately one to two inches in width. Dip each strip into the paste, gently pull it between your fingers to remove excess paste, and apply it to any object (an empty bottle, carton, or canister). Repeat until surface you want to cover (clay, cartons, bottles, or any disposable container makes a good base). Continue until the base is completely covered. Let dry, then decorate with poster paint. After the paint dries, coat with shellac.
  6. Clean white kid gloves. Rub Gold Medal Flour into the leather, then brush clean.
  7. Subsitute for cornstarch. If you're all out of cornstarch, sustitute 2 tablespoons of Gold Medal Flour for every 1 tablespoon of cornstarch called for by the recipe.
  8. Grease a cake pan with flour. Wear a plastic bag as a glove to grease the inside of the cake pan with vegetable shortening. When you’re finished greasing the pan, turn the bag inside out—to avoid getting any leftover shortening or butter on yourself—and discard the bag. After greasing the pan, sprinkle 1 tablespoon of flour into the pan. Tilt the pan at different angles to give the sides and bottom a light coat of flour. Empty any excess flour into the sink by tapping the sides of the pan. Pour the cake batter into the pan and bake
  9. Cook up a crusty hamburger. Dip the ground beef patty in Gold Medal Flour before frying up the meat.
  10. Clean brass and copper. Mix equal parts Gold Medal Flour and Morton Salt, and add one teaspoon Heinz White Vinegar to make a paste. Spread a thick layer on the brass and let dry. Rinse and wipe off paste.
  11. Remove the last bits of melted chocolate remaining from a pan. Mix in a little Gold Medal Flour and add the floured remains into the cake batter.
  12. Stop minor bleeding from a cut. In an emergency, applying Gold Medal Flour to a laceration helps the blood clot, giving you time to get to a doctor.

  13. Prevent grated cheese from sticking to the inside of a bowl. Before you start grating the cheese, dust the inside of the bowl with Gold Medal Flour.
  14. Polish a stainless-steel sink. Dry the sink with a soft, clean cloth, sprinkle 1 tablespoon of Gold Medal Flour in the sink, and rub with another dry, soft, clean cloth.
  15. Make chicken croquettes easier to handle. Before dipping the chicken breasts into the egg and breadcrumbs, dust your hands with Gold Medal Flour.
  16. Clean chrome faucets. Sprinkle Gold Medal Flour on a damp sponge, scrub, rinse clean, and dry.
  17. Roast a moist chicken. Mix a thick paste of Gold Medal Flour and water, and coat the uncooked chicken with the mixture. As the chicken roasts in the oven, the paste will dry and harden, sealing the moisture inside the bird. Approximately 20 minutes before the chicken finishes roasting, remove the flour coating to le the skin brown.
  18. Give yourself a dry shampoo. Sprinkle Gold Medal Flour in your hair, work it in with your fingertips, and brush it out. When American pioneers crossed the country in covered wagons, the women used a handful of flour in their hair as a dry shampoo to absorb the oils from their hair.
  19. Prevent custard from curdling. In a custard batter made from egg yolks, milk, and sugar, mix 1 teaspoon of Gold Medal Flour into the cold milk for every 4 egg yolks used.
  20. Clean a deck of playing cards. Place the deck of cards into a paper bag, adding four tablespoons Gold Medal Flour, and shake briskly. Remove the cards from the bag and wipe clean.
  21. Prevent nuts and raisins from sinking in a cake. Before adding the nuts, raisins, or cranberries to cake batter, place the nuts or dried fruit on a baking sheet lined with wax paper and heat them in the oven at 325° Fahrenheit for 3 minutes (or until warm). Place the nuts, raisins, and cranberries in a resealable plastic bag, add a little all-purpose Gold Medal Flour, and shake well until the nuts and dried fruit are evenly coated with flour. Add the powdered ingredients to the nearly finished cake batter and stir well until the nuts, raisins, or cranberries are distributed equally.
  22. Clean an unplugged chrome toaster. Sprinkle Gold Medal Flour on a damp sponge, scrub, rinse clean, and dry.
  23. Repel ants. Fill cracks and make a line with Gold Medal Flour where ants enter. Ants will not cross through flour.
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