After finishing a jar of pickles, I like to put sliced celery, carrots, cucumbers or hard-boiled eggs in the leftover juice and let it sit for a few days in the refrigerator. -- Heloise
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Dear Readers: Here are some terrific cold-drink hints from readers:
* Rick K. in Missouri: One of my most refreshing hints is to add pineapple juice to a glass of iced tea to taste. It’s a summer staple for quenching thirst.
* Joan in Ohio: I poured a glass of iced tea and then realized I had no lemon or lemon juice. But I did have some lemon frozen treats in the freezer, so I put one in the iced tea. No need for sugar or ice cubes.
* Carol M. in Missouri: When making or serving lemonade (or any other cold drink), freeze some in ice-cube trays. They can then be added to glasses of lemonade instead of ice cubes made of water, which will weaken your drink.
In Texas, iced tea is a staple year-round, and because coffee and tea are such popular drinks, I compiled my Heloise’s Flavored Coffees and Teas pamphlet. To receive one, send $3 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (65 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Coffees, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. To make cold-water iced tea, fill a pitcher with cold water, add eight to 10 tea bags, then cover. Let stand at room temperature or place in a refrigerator for at least six hours. Remove the bags and serve. -- Heloise
Dear Readers: My husband and I love our Texas Gulf Coast getaway place, but it can be very humid! Moisture sneaks into all sorts of food packaging, even though we keep our home temperature-controlled and don’t often open windows. After opening new jars of dry products such as instant coffee, I place plastic sealing wrap over the opening, pressing it around the rim, then seal with the lid. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: If you have metal mixing bowls of the same size that “nest” to save space, but then they won’t separate, simply place a clean, wooden craft or ice-cream stick between them. They will separate easily. Save the stick on the shelf when not in use.
I have tried using ice water in one bowl while heating the outside bowl. It is frustrating, when you want to bake, to have to fight with the bowls before even getting started. -- Barry B., Fulton, N.Y.
Send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Tex. 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or e-mail it to Heloise@Heloise.com. Please include your city and state.
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