Hot and spicy salsa doesn’t require cooking
QDo you have a recipe for homemade salsa, and do I need to cook the salsa before I serve it? I am growing several tomato plants and hope to have a lovely crop this year. — Angela, Winkler ANSWER: Salsa does not necessarily require cooking, but cooked salsa has more of a bite. If you choose not to cook it, you may want to caramelize the onions before adding them. In a blender, combine four chopped Roma tomatoes, one small onion, three sprigs of cilantro (optional), two jalapeno peppers, two garlic cloves, the juice of two limes and about five millilitres of salt. Blend until the desired texture is reached. If you choose to cook the salsa, allow it to simmer for 15 to 30 minutes, until the thickness appeals to you. Q: Last fall, we put our boat away. When we brought it home this week, we found we had left our survival jackets in the storage compartment. They are covered with mould. Is there a way to remove it, or will we have to dispose of the jackets? They are very expensive. — Susan, Winnipeg A: Soak the jackets in 100 per cent white vinegar or colour-safe laundry bleach. Leave them for 30 minutes. In a ventilated area, brush the jackets with a stiff brush and heavy-duty laundry detergent. Rinse with a garden hose and air dry. Q: I washed out an empty can of mushroom pieces and left it upside down on my stainless steel sink. The can left a horrible, round stain where I’d left it, and I don’t know how to get it off. I’ve tried commercial products with bleach, rubbing it vigorously and other methods. Nothing works. Can you please advise me how to get the ring stain off? It’s very annoying and very visible. Thank you. — Anne, Winnipeg A: Thoroughly clean the sink using an abrasive pad, washing soda, dish soap and water. Wipe the inside with vinegar and dry. Polish with olive oil to leave your sink looking like new. Or try Iron Out. Q: I use a fresh dishcloth every day, and yet, by the end of the day, they stink. I have tried different types of dishcloths, with the same result. I am hoping you can help me with this problem. It would be very much appreciated. Thank you. — Margaret, Winnipeg A: Sounds like the odour is caused by a dye in the fabric. This is a common occurrence for fabrics that are imported. When dye is the culprit, there is often nothing that can be done. However, I recommend you soak the clothes in a solution of water and tea tree oil (found at most grocery and health food stores). Also, is there a place in the kitchen where the dishcloths are able to dry faster? Slow drying time or a humid home can cause dishcloths to smell. Wash them on the hot water setting whenever possible, or boil them in a pot of water and a drop of dish soap. SMOOTH TIP OF THE WEEK On Sunday evening, I make up smoothie packs for the entire week. Take sealable bags and fill them with the contents of the smoothie for one serving (for example, spinach, berries, yogurt, ground flax, milk or orange juice). In the morning, pour the contents into the blender. Voila! Instant healthy breakfast. — Kennedy Reena Nerbas enjoys your questions and tips; keep them coming. Check out her
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