I was making potato soup today and came up with a way to save time while making it. Usually I cut the potatoes into fairly large chunks, boil them until tender, then drain and add the other "fixins."
My son hates the chunks, so I decided to get out my grater and shred the potatoes. I noticed that they were very tender, and I decided to cook them with the milk and other ingredients without boiling them first. It turned out great and was thicker than usual.
Another thing I put in my potato soup to help thicken it is leftover mashed potatoes, rather than flour or cornstarch. If there aren't any handy, instant potato flakes will work.
I have arthritis and have had several surgeries. It has limited me in many ways. To solve my problem with things getting pushed to the back of the refrigerator's shelves, I put cookie sheets on each shelf. If things spill, it is easier to clean up, and I can pull it out slightly to see what's at the back of the shelf.
Also, for slippery bottles, I put several rubber bands around each one so it is easier to hold on to. I find that the rubber bands you get on some fresh vegetables work the best.
Marian P., Webster, N.Y.
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It's very affordable and rewarding.
Mark Dodson, Dallas
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