Who doesn't like a cold one after a hot day of cutting the yard, or cleaning the basement or whatever chore you have to do, or just kicking back.

But did you know that beer has other uses?

It may be hard to wrestle it out of the hands of the beer lover, but give these  tips a try:

Tenderizer - It works great on tenderizing tougher cuts of meat. Simply pour over the meat in a container and let it sit over night.

This way, you can save money on cheaper cuts of beef, and take that extra savings and buy more beer! Another great way to use it, is in a slow cooker or crock pot. Simply pour one in with the meat, and cook per usual. I find it is good to set this up the night before. Get out your slow cooker and put the meat in and pour one bottle size over the meat. Let it sit in the fridge, and then plug it in the next morning. By the time you get home from work, you r tender dinner will be ready!

Chili - Add to your next batch of chili. Replace some of the tomato sauce with your beer, it adds a nice flavor. It also works well, if you have added too much chili powder. It tends to neutralize the hot seasoning of chili powder. Add to taste. Save some for yourself while you are cooking it!


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Too much Chili Powder?

If you accidentally added to much chili, don't throw it out, simply add a beer and it will neutralize the heat.  This works great especially when camping. 

Your hair - Want to put life back into dull hair? Do this about once a week, and your hair will shine. Take three tablespoons of the brew, and mix it in 1/2 cup warm water. After your usual shampoo, rub this into your hair, and wait a few minutes and then rinse. This helps to get rid of residue that leaves your hair dull.

If you have more time, there is even a better way to help your hair. Take a bottle of beer, and pour in a pan on the stove, and bring it to a boil. Let it simmer until it is reduced to about 1/4 cup. This cooks off the alcohol, as this is drying to your hair. It just leaves the best part for your hair. Let it cool down, and then mix with a cup of your favorite shampoo. Put in a shampoo bottle and wash your hair as per normal. You will notice the shine.

Garden - You can use a brew, any brand, to catch earwigs and garden slugs. They are not picky on brands! This is a good excuse to open a one. Pour some into a slightly buried container (so it doesn't blow away) and leave overnight, sit on the porch and drink the rest!

Just kidding! You can fill up a few containers and then instead of the garden pests snacking on your veggie plants, they will get drunk and drown. They absolutely love yeast, and that is the basis of beer.

Lawn - A good friend swears by pouring some on those annoying brown spots you get in your lawn. It seems to help them heal.

As you can see by the above tips, beer has many uses besides the obvious. So, next time you are buying some, save some for the above tips! Who knew you could get shiny hair, kill slugs, cure brown spots, make great chili, and have fun at the same time!