Monday, October 11, 2010

Top 5 Unusual Uses For Beer

Beer is one of the most sought after beverages in the modern world, after plain old water of course. However, beer is not just good for drinking, you can do so much with a good bottle of beer! Below are 5 alternative and unusual uses of beer, that is if you have any to spare!! If you have any other tips on other uses of beer, be sure to put it in the comments.

1. Wash Your Hair


Beer “shampoo” can add luster and body to dull limp hair. It is also a much more natural alternative to store-bought shampoos which contain a lot of chemicals. Just mix one can of beer with a raw egg and use it as you would use a normal shampoo. It was quite common in days gone by to use raw eggs for shampoo – it even lathers up like the chemical stuff. Try it – I am sure you will be pleasantly surprised. Just keep in mind that the shampoo will go off if you don’t use it within a couple of days. This is probably best as a once-a-month special treatment. You can also use beer on its own as a conditioner – rinse your hair with it, let it dry off, then rinse it off.

2. Naturally Remove Slugs



Slugs are a terrible pest in a garden – particularly if you are growing for eating. Instead of using chemicals like DDT on your veges, bury a small saucer up to its lip in the garden and put fresh beer in it each day. The slugs will be attracted to the smell, get drunk and drown. Be sure to refresh the beer daily. With a little luck you should have a saucer full of slugs and healthy looking cabbages!

3. Marinate Meat


Beer makes an excellent marinade. It really doesn’t matter what meat you are preparing – it will benefit almost all types from a few hours (the longer the better) in a marinade of beer. You can get really adventurous too – add any flavors you like to the beer – even things like marmalade or jam. A more common addition would be soy sauce or other Asian sauces. If you are marinating pork, you might want to add some chunks of pineapple and pineapple juice with some ginger for a sweet and sour result.

4. Soak in it 


Beer is an excellent skin conditioner. Next time you want to have a long soak in the bath, tip in a good can of dark beer before you hop in and just soak in it! This is a nice alternative to adding salt crystals (which soften water), but I see no reason that you couldn’t combine both for a super luxurious bath. Just don’t be tempted to drink the bathwater!

5. Make Beersicles for Summer

Hot blustery day outside? Never fear, beer is here! Instead of sickly sweet popsicles that won't really quench your thirst anyway, feel free to use the same popsicle maker for beersicles as the perfect accompaniment on a summer's day.

17 comments:

  1. tried marinating meat in beer before, then grilled it. taste good.

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  2. Been there, done all of them and never considered anything about it unusual...

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  3. beer is sooo good for your hair!! it makes you smell like an alcoholic but man my hair my was sooo soft!

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  4. good list, i had heard about the slugs - but not about washing hair

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  5. a beer bath sounds good at first but as soon as I thought about it, it sounds awful lol

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  6. Haha never thought of beer this way :D

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  7. the slugs thing and marinade works. You can also shove a beer can up a chickens but and bbq that thing.

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  8. steak soaked in beer is amazing, and the beer shampoo is only good for short term uses, it'll actually start being bad for your hair after a while

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  9. i tried to marinate meat in it.. my dog loved it :/

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  10. beersicles? why didnt i think of that?...great post by the way ; )

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  11. it's good for getting drunk too...

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  12. these are all very clever, except i hate the taste of beer. i've had ONE beer that i've liked and it was 30 bucks a bottle

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