Dear Readers: Do you like a little HONEY on some toast or in your tea? If it sits a while, does it crystallize? Not to worry. This is a natural property of honey and can be taken care of as easily as, well ... 1, 2, 3.

To get the honey flowing again, bring some water to boil in a pan and then turn off the heat. Place the open honey container in the water and leave it until both the water and the honey are cool.

DO NOT microwave honey. Honey is so thick that you can’t evenly heat it without hot spots occurring or sudden boils that can cause splattering. Also, the plastic bottle can warp when microwaved.

DO NOT store honey in the refrigerator. It will crystallize.

Honey is best stored at room temperature in a sealed container. You can, however, freeze honey. -- Heloise



P.O. Box 795000

San Antonio, TX 78279-5000

Fax: 210-HELOISE



Dear Heloise: I read your column in the Sacramento (Calif.) Bee. Another way to use juice drained from a can of crushed pineapple is as a substitute for an equal amount of water in a pineapple upside-down cake recipe. Instead of some of the water called for in the yellow cake mix, my wife uses the saved pineapple juice. It really enhances the flavor, as my Friday night poker gang can attest. -- D.K., via e-mail


Dear Heloise: Hello! I have a hint about coffee. I love coffee so much that I just can’t waste it. If I don’t drink it all in the morning, I keep it and drink it cold. I put milk and sweetener in it later in the day, and it tastes just like the kind people buy in the bottles.

It is delicious, especially in the summer! I also add ice cream and chocolate syrup, or just a little syrup if I am not in the mood for the ice-cream calories! -- M. Hyde in Ohio

What great hints for such a popular beverage! I love to drink coffee, and I have many more hints about it and tea in my Heloise’s Flavored Coffees and Teas pamphlet. To receive a copy, send $3 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (65 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Coffee, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Freeze leftover coffee in ice-cube trays. Use the cubes when making iced coffee in the summer. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I am always looking for things to make my life easier. Here is something I do that works for me.

After breakfast each morning, I make my dinner salad and stick it in the fridge. That way I can’t, after a busy day, say I’m too tired to make my salad. Got to have salad for its low-calorie nutrition! -- Dena in Maryland


Dear Heloise: Here’s another hint for reusing plastic cake containers: Flip one over, and you have a deep bowl with a locking lid (the base) to carry salad to dinners and potlucks. -- J.W., via e-mail

Send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Tex. 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or e-mail it to Please include your city and state.

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