Hints From Heloise: No bagging these vegetables

September 25, 2013

Dear Heloise: I read your column in The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer newspaper.

My hint is for people who find it expensive and wasteful to buy BAGS of onions, carrots and stalks of celery when cooking for one or two. Check out the salad bars in grocery stores, where you can buy smaller amounts of what you need. No waste, and all the items are already washed and clean. You save money, and it is convenient, too. -- Sylvia C., Parma, Ohio

This is a “delicious” hint. You are so right. Quick, lots of variety, and already cleaned and chopped! -- Heloise

SEND A GREAT HINT TO:

Heloise

P.O. Box 795000

San Antonio, TX 78279-5000

Fax: 210-HELOISE

E-mail: Heloise@Heloise.com

SALAD BAR

Dear Heloise: When I have guests over for a meal, I put salad ingredients on a counter near the table: a large bowl of lettuce, vegetables and other ingredients in individual containers, bottles of dressing, vinegar and olive oil, salt, pepper and salad plates. The guests love being able to make their own salads and even go back for seconds. -- Helen H., Baton Rouge, La.

KIWI BERRIES

Dear Readers: A new fruit is in town: kiwi berries, a cousin to the kiwi! They are like the kiwi fruit you are used to, but different! The inside of the fruit is a green color and has a texture similar to traditional kiwi. These little jewels have a smooth outer skin, do not need to be peeled and can be popped into your mouth like grapes.

They grow on a vine that takes six years to mature and provide a marketable harvest. There are farms now in the United States (Oregon and Pennsylvania) growing the fruit.

Found in specialty grocery stores, the berries should be kept refrigerated and dry, but let warm to room temperature before eating. If you see these berries, grab them fast, because they are available only for a couple of months, September and October. -- Heloise

LESS MESS

Dear Heloise: When you make jam or jelly, the mixture has to be at a full, rolling boil. The mixture cannot be stirred down well, because it splatters. I had a long wooden spoon to stir it, but I would always end up with burns on my hands and jam on my clothes.

My neighbor suggested getting a paint-stirring stick. My son bought me two of these sticks, which I ran through the dishwasher before using. They work awesome! I can now stand off to the side of the boiling pot. It still splatters, but it is not splattering on me. -- Lynn C. in Alabama

EASY ALMOND PEELING

Dear Heloise: I had to remove the skins from about 2 pounds of almonds. I discovered that after blanching them in hot water and draining them, if I put about half a cup at a time on a clean cotton dish towel and then vigorously rubbed them, the skins were either removed completely or came off much easier. Boy, it saved me a lot of time. -- R.T., Colorado Springs, Colo.

Heloise’s column appears six days a week at www.washingtonpost.com/advice. Send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Tex. 78279-5000, or e-mail it to Heloise@Heloise.com.

, King Features Syndicate

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