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First Trick: "The Handheld Food Processor" a.k.a a "Pair of Scissors".
Anna Blaedel chops grapes for sangria. This trick works for all types of food. Didn't shred your lettuce small enough? Sciz them up a bit!
Step 1: Separate Bananas To Ripen Slowly
I asked why and they said it was to prevent them from ripening so fast.
Apparently they emit ethylene gas which signals the other bananas to ripen. When they're separated they get less exposure.
If instead you want to make them ripen more quickly, put them in a plastic bag together, or with a banana that's already ripe.
Step 2: Lockable Motorcycle Pannier Made from Jerrycan
Spotted at Emeryville Marina, California.
The maker cut the jerrycan just below the top, beat some shape into the upper lip so it slides over the lower portion of the can, and added a locking hasp.
I couldn't see any sign of a hinge on the other edge. There must be some kind of hook or internal chain to keep the lid down on that side.
A very nice way to protect your valuables on a motorcycle.