Hints From Heloise
Blow drying labels
Dear Heloise: Love your column! A reader recently shared how she soaks the labels off old prescription bottles.
I’m a pharmacy tech, and we get them off with a hair dryer.
A few seconds of blowing and it peels right off.
This blow drying technique works with a lot of other labels, too. — Susan, via email
Dear Heloise: At the end of each year, I remove the binding from the family calendar, three-hole punch it at the top and put it in a photo binder with the other calendars from the past.
This makes it easy to review prior years, and saves space stacking old calendars. — Jim M., via email
Dear Heloise: Old credit cards make great scrapers for cooking pans when food gets stuck. — Carol N., via email
Dear Heloise: I save the plastic scoops from coffee cans to keep and use in my flour, sugar and other baking supplies.
It’s easier than grabbing a spoon every time. — Theresa D. in Ohio
Dear Heloise: When you open a container of ice cream, before you put the lid back on, put a piece of waxed paper over it. It will be just like when you first opened it. — Betty B. in Ohio
Dear Readers: The recipe for a successful dish starts before the cooking even begins.
If you’re a beginner or making something for the first time, you don’t want to miss these helpful hints:
❏ With most dishes, the recipe holds the key to your success. So don’t skim through it. Take the time to get it right.
❏ Read the recipe all the way through at least twice before you start, to make sure you understand the instructions. You don’t want any surprises up ahead.
❏ Make sure you have all the ingredients. Sounds obvious, but many a good cook has discovered he’s out of a key ingredient halfway through the process.
❏ Have all your ingredients accurately measured. Too much or too little of some things — like baking powder — can ruin a dish.
❏ Make sure you understand the measuring instructions. Half a cup of nuts, chopped, is not the same as half a cup of chopped nuts. Make sure you know whether to chop then measure or the other way around. — Heloise
P.S. “Beat two eggs separately” means to separate the whites from the yolks and beat — not put an egg in each of two different bowls.