NFL Media(NEW YORK) — In all of the excitement planning for the ultimate Super Bowl viewing party, it’s easy to go overboard buying refreshments and end up with an excess of leftover suds. After all, it is a Sunday night.
Beer bottles and cans can take up sacred space in the fridge. So instead of wasting shelves and vegetable bins waiting for someone to drink all of that beer, try some of these tips for putting your brews to use.
From cheese fondue to fish and chips, there are tons of dishes that use beer to add a flavor boost to ordinary foods. Try Elizabeth Karmel’s Beer-Can Chicken as an easy entry point into the world of cooking with hops.
While hair experts have long touted the benefits of occasionally conditioning one’s hair with beer due to Vitamin B, did you know it can also be used to create an at-home facial treatment? Carolyn Doe, spa director for The Umstead Hotel & Spa in North Carolina, recently created a do-it-yourself recipe for just such a beauty boost, as yeast extract can help with firming and diminish hyperpigmentation.
North Carolina Beer Facial
- For oily skin: 2 tbsp egg whites.
- For dry skin: 2 tbsp egg yolks and a vitamin E capsule
- 2 Tbsp of your favorite North Carolina Beer (or whatever is leftover from game day)
- Whisk together and apply to the skin with a cotton ball. Allow to dry for about 20 minutes. Apply a wet warm towel to loosen the mask. Rinse well until the entire mask is removed.
Put a Bow on It
If you splurged on craft beer from smaller microbreweries in your team’s home state, you may not feel comfortable pouring it in a pot or down the bathroom sink. Instead, pair a few bottles with some tasty cheese and crackers and present it in a basket to someone in your life who could use a pick-me-up.
According to ChasingGreen.com, combining leftover beer with “sugar, syrup, fruit juice, and a mashed, overripe banana” will smell irresistibly delicious to butterflies on the hunt for food. Smear some on a tree in your backyard and enjoy the view with a cold one.
Build a Second Abode
It may sound far-fetched, but a few families in Taos, N.M., built a home for themselves using discarded bottles and other items, called ‘Earthships.’ The structures are earth-friendly, temperate and economical.
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