John from My Family Finances wrote a guest post on this blog back in July called "You Really Can Just Add Vodka and Save Money". This was a pretty popular post because (do I even need to say it?) vodka + saving money = awesomeness x 100.
We had some left over beer in the fridge from having some friends over awhile ago and neither of us are huge beer drinkers. Being thrifty, I set out to find out what I could do with this beer other than drink it.
Here's what I found out:
Cook Chicken With It
This is something that my mom has been doing for awhile, and it's absolutely delicious!
You can make a beer can chicken with extra beer.
This requires a full roasting chicken, a can of beer (still in the can), and your favorite herbs. Pour out about one quarter of the can of beer (or drink it - its up to you), add some herbs to the can and sit the chicken on top of the can, putting the can inside the cavity of the chicken. Put on a barbeque (hopefully a large one) and roast until done.
This makes the chicken come out tender and delicious.
You can also cook other meat with beer, as a marinade.
Use As Hair Volumizer
Apparently beer is also great as a hair volumizer. After washing, while your hair is still wet, warm up some beer and soak your hair in it for 5 minutes.
Rinse out thoroughly (you don't want to smell like a pub).
Should the smell be too much for you, add some nice smelling oils to the beer before warming it up.
This should also help your hair feel soft and bring back some of it's natural shine.
Make Your Cookware Shine
Apparently beer is great to make metal shiny, as it is slightly acidic. Just like polishing with any other shine-making substance, dip a cloth into some beer and polish your cookware.
It will give it back it's gleam and even remove some of those tough-to-remove, baked on spots.
If the cookware is seriously spotty, soak in warm water and beer for awhile prior to shining.
Settle Your Upset Stomach
I think this one is more widely known, but you can settle an unsettled tummy by drinking beer.
The carbonation helps it feel better, and of course, because you'd have to drink the beer to do this, the alcohol may help a bit as well.
Just don't drink too much; this will have the opposite effect!
Can you think of any other uses for beer?