Getting rid of fruit flies

Got fruit flies buzzing about your kitchen? Although they seem to come out of nowhere, in fact they breed in moist environments such as ripe or rotting fruits or vegetables, damp dish cloths, and juice spills. The kitchen is usually the hot spot for fruit fly activity.

Here are some ways to prevent an infestation.

What should you do if you already have them?

My friend Carol recently shared a method she’d learned for getting rid of the pesky critters. You get them drunk……and then they drown! What a way to go!

Here’s what you do……

Pour a small amount of red wine in a little bowl. Into that put a bit of dish soap. Set out the bowl. Now wait. The fruit flies will be attracted by the scent of the wine, but when they alight on it to partake, they’ll stick to the detergent in the wine. And drown. (I’m not usually one to wish ill on anyone, but in this case……YES!!)

Check out this link for additional ways to get rid of fruit flies, more tips on preventing them in the first place, and an lovely enlarged image of the insect. (The latter may drive you to drink!)

How to saber a bottle of champagne!

Sabering a bottle of champagne is a party trick that would be impressive to pull off, but is probably one I won’t be attempting any time soon. I’d likely do serious damage to myself or someone standing nearby instead of cutting off the top of the bottle in dramatic fashion!

Dave Arnold explains how to saber a bottle of champagne or any type of sparkling wine in the French Culinary Institute‘s Tech ‘N Stuff blog, Cooking Issues. His video below shows the process in slo-mo (very cool!), and tips on sabering successfully are included in his blog post.