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Minute timers are simple and useful tools that have been around since 1935. They’re one of those items you see every day that and probably not think too much about it.  But there are tons of things that a minute timer can be used for. And in a time of computers and complicated technology, it’s nice to have something that’s simple, helpful and reliable.

Over the years a Lux Minute Minder Timer has been used for lots of things other than cooking [Get yours at Amazon].

Here are just a few ideas:

  • Use it for getting the perfect tan. Set the timer for thirty minutes so you know when to flip to the other side.
  • Use it when you have barbecues/pool parties to let the kids know when they’re allowed to go back in the pool after eating.
  • Use it when coloring or putting a perm in your hair, so there’s no worry about over-processing.
  • Use it to limit time in the bathroom getting kids ready in the morning for school. Putting time limits on showers prevents morning chaos and saves hot water. It adds up to huge savings on the utility bill.
  • Use it for timing how long to exercise. No getting off that bike to answer phones or check e-mail until that bell rings!
  • Use it to time your parking meter. Set it when you put your money in the meter, so you don’t have to worry about getting a ticket. You’ll know when to put more coins in or move your car.
  • Use it for testing children. Great for teachers in school, and great for allotting time to do homework.
  • Use it for limiting your kids time on computers, cell phones and videos games.
  • Use it for setting specific time to work on projects.  It’s easy to procrastinate starting or even finishing a project if you keep checking voicemail and e-mails. If you set a timer, it will force you to get a chunk of work done without interruptions.
  • Use it for setting specific time to return phones calls and e-mails so you’re not constantly being interrupted during work, meals, and quality time with family.


Have a use for this old favorite? Let us know.


Whether hosting your first holiday feast or you’re a seasoned pro, it can be daunting: A menu of familiar dishes for which everyone will have expectations, plus the pressure of executing a complicated meal in a timely manner, can make even the most experienced cook wish someone else would take over  [A Beginner’s Thanksgiving].

A kitchen timer is a necessary tool for such a big meal [Get yours at Amazon] .  You not only need to know how long to cook the turkey, but how long to let it cool before carving

“We have many tips for a successful Thanksgiving, but our top recommendation is [to] rest your turkey. We [spend] weeks trying to decide how to cook the turkey each year—brine, roast, fry? How long should we cook it, and what’s the best turkey to buy? But if you don’t rest your turkey long enough [once it comes out of the oven], you’re throwing all your expert technique out the window. You should rest your turkey for approximately 40 percent of your total cooking time. So, be sure to rest it in a warm place and allow plenty of time for the whole process.”

Source: Karen and Quinn Hatfield
Chefs, Hatfield’s, Los Angeles

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