Dear Heloise: Here are some of my favorite hints:
Spray your plasticware with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato-based sauces. No more stains!
Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting it in the refrigerator -- it will keep for weeks!
Use hard candies with a hole in the middle to hold candles in place on your next birthday cake. Kids love them.
To easily remove honey from a measuring spoon, first coat the spoon with nonstick cooking spray.
Mash and freeze ripe bananas in one-cup portions for use in baking later. No wasted bananas (or you can freeze them whole, peeled, in plastic bags).
-- M. Terry, Ellicott City, Md.
Your hints are all winners with me, especially the banana one. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: After you cut up onions and garlic, while your hands are under running water, run a stainless-steel spatula blade over your hands and in between the fingers. It really works. -- John Gengler, San Angelo, Texas
John, love your no-odor hint! Also, to get rid of that smell, you can use a stainless-steel fork or spoon, too. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: I have a fast and easy way to clean a messy microwave. Take a coffee mug (microwave safe, of course), fill half-full with water and add a squirt of dishwashing detergent.
Place in the microwave on high for 4-5 minutes. Don't open the door for a few minutes. The water and detergent steam-clean the interior of the microwave.
Then just wipe with paper towels. That baked-on dirt wipes right off. I have used this technique to clean messy microwaves at work. They get so bad, I just can't stand them anymore, and I certainly don't want to scrub someone else's dirt. -- Kathie Etnoyer, Via E-mail
We spoke to a leading manufacturer of microwaves, and company representatives said that they recommend just the water (no detergent) to clean the microwave. -- Heloise
HANDY SPAGHETTI FORK
Dear Heloise: I use my spaghetti fork to dip eggs in and out of hot water. -- Ruby Henn, Woodburn, Ore.
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