Dear Heloise:

I wonder if you have any helpful hints for me on how to store an avocado after only using a quarter of it. Every time I try to use just part of an avocado, the rest quickly turns brown or worse. I end up having to use the whole thing in order to not throw money away.

Judy, Hilton, N.Y.

Sprinkle a little lemon juice on the freshly cut avocado, wrap it in plastic and store in a container with a tightfitting lid. You can also wrap a sliced avocado tightly in plastic wrap and store the slices in the refrigerator, where they will keep only two to three days.

If you have an appliance that vacuum-seals, try sealing the leftover avocado. And remember, it's usually best to try to use the whole avocado at once, since they don't really store well once cut.

Dear Heloise:

You printed a recipe for glazed carrots a while ago. I cut it out and put it aside, and I just don't know what happened to it. Please reprint it again so I can add it to my Heloise recipe collection book.

Stella Schabel

Toms River, N.J.

Give this recipe a try, and let us know what you think: Slice carrots, put them in a pot and just cover with a little water. Cook until tender, then drain and reserve liquid. Combine the reserved liquid with the juice from a can of pineapple tidbits. Thicken the sauce with cornstarch (follow box directions and add only enough to thicken the liquid), cook until thickened and bubbly, add the carrots and pineapple, and heat. Delicious!

Dear Heloise:

I often keep one or two loose rubber bands around my wrist. They come in so handy when I need to quickly (and unexpectedly) hold a small bunch of things together or close a bag.

A Reader in New Jersey

Dear Heloise:

Most grocery stores have been carrying a greater variety of peppers, which I enjoy cooking with. I discovered by accident an easy, effective way of cleaning the seeds and membranes out of the smaller peppers -- use a serrated grapefruit spoon. Does the job in a jiffy!

Edna Barrett

Woodbury, Conn.

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