Getting Rid of Fruit Flies

Spring is in the air at the Rill Foods Production facility!! The crocuses have started to bloom, the day lilies are peeking out from underneath their mulch and the red breasted Robins are back in hoards. These signs of spring are a welcome reminder  that life is returning and rejuvenating after a long dreary winter. The returns of some animals however, are not so celebrated here at Rills.

Just yesterday we saw the first fruit fly of the year hanging out in a basket of oranges. We compost all of the scraps out of our kitchen and every summer these little buggers find a way in then multiply, seemingly by the thousands, in just a matter of hours. But no longer will we have to tolerate these little buggers! Lacey (read her story here), found a nice little trick to get rid of the flying menaces.

Method 1
Put 2 tsp of cider vinegar, 1 tsp sugar and several drops of liquid soap in a bowl of water.
The vinegar and sugar attract the fruit flies then the soap kills them.

Method 2
Partially fill a small bowl with apple cider vinegar. Cover with plastic wrap. Poke holes in the top of the plastic wrap.
This method traps the fruit flies and they won’t be able to get back out.

Removing Scorch Marks

As careful as we try to watch pots in the kitchen and as diligent as we stir sometimes a scorched or burnt pot just happens. Usually it happens to us when a pot of beans is left to boil as we watch from afar. After working in the office or sealing soup sometimes the beans are forgotten too long and they run out of water. Then they leave really really ugly black scorched pots.

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Sometimes we’ll get pots that are not quite so black when we cook Tekoa Split Pea or Nebuchadnezzar Zesty Split Pea. You have to stir the pot often with peas to keep the soups from scorching. If the soups do scorch however there are a few methods to remove those stubborn marks.

Method 1 (lightly scorched pans)

The first thing you can try is to simply boil the pot then let it sit.  After the water cools down the burnt food and the stains should wipe right out. You can also add 1/4 of white vinegar before you boil the water to remove excessive scorch parks.

Method 2 (really burnt pans)

After you have tried method 1 it is time to bust out the white vinegar and baking soda. Pour just enough white vinegar into the pot to cover the bottom of the pan and let it sit for 60 seconds. Then add baking soda – usually we add 2 tablespoons. After the fizzing has subsided a bit pull out a soft scrubber and put some  elbow grease into the marks.

The second method has always worked for our pans. If the scorch marks don’t come out at first try to make  a baking soda vinegar paste.