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P.O. Box 795000

San Antonio, TX 78279-5000

Fax: 210-HELOISE

E-mail: Heloise@Heloise.com

WASHING DISHES

Dear Heloise: I am a single person and have so few dishes that I don't want to use the amount of soap and water needed to run the dishwasher. I find it convenient to keep dish soap in a small dispenser bottle at the sink to use for just a few dishes. I keep a small drainer for clean dishes. This saves the use of a huge amount of water. -- Virginia Pannkoke, Prescott, Ariz.

PICKLED GREEN BEANS

Dear Heloise: A great way to make pickled green beans is to put them in the juice that is left in a sweet-pickle jar. Just put in a can's worth of green beans, leave them for a couple of days and you will have delicious pickled beans. It's great, and you can use the juice again if you want. -- A.K., Vienna, Ohio

This does make a tasty treat. You also can add canned beets, sliced carrots and celery. Be sure to drain the canned vegetables before putting them in the pickle juice.

I also sometimes add fresh sliced carrots to a jar of marinated garden veggies, and in a few days they are ready to eat. -- Heloise

COLORED SUGAR

Dear Readers: Did you know that you can make colored sugar by putting 1 cup of granulated sugar into a glass bowl or measuring cup and adding a few drops of food coloring? Stir and stir to mix the color in. If you want a darker color, add another drop of food coloring. After the sugar has dried, store it in a shaker bottle to use for decorating cookies or cakes. -- Heloise

SPILLED JUICE

Dear Heloise: I was having trouble getting some sticky spilled juice cleaned up in my refrigerator. The wet rags and paper towels just smeared the mess around. I put wet towels in the microwave for a couple of seconds, and they removed the spill easily. -- Candace Rutherford, Montgomery, Ala.

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