Chicken hint Ex­plain­ing how to mea­sure the size of a pie

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Dear Heloise: Could you ex­plain how pie plates are mea­sured? I have some nine-inch pie plates, but they are def­i­nitely dif­fer­ent sizes. Some have deeply angled sides, and some are not so steep. There’s a dif­fer­ence in depth, too.

— Mary Ann A., Omaha, Ne­braska Mary Ann, a pie plate should be mea­sured from the top of the in­side edge of one side, across the mid­dle, to the edge of the other side. Pie plates with sloped sides will be wider in width at the top than the width of the bot­tom.

Typ­i­cally, a nine-inch pie plate will make an evenly baked crust with a fully cooked pie fill­ing. Be sure to read your recipe for the re­quired size.

— Heloise

Roll on

Dear Heloise: Wash­ing your rolling pin in hot, soapy wa­ter is great if it’s a mar­ble, plas­tic or wooden pin, but not if it’s an alu­minum rolling pin. Putting it in a dish­pan of wa­ter af­ter you’ve used it will sur­prise you. The in­te­rior of my pin ended up rust­ing where the rollers are. Thank­fully, my mom re­placed that pin, which she had given me when we were mar­ried, with a new alu­minum rolling pin. Now I just use it, rinse it and wipe it off.

— Cyndy, via email Cyndy, thank you for this help­ful in­for­ma­tion. Kitchen tools are ex­pen­sive enough, and it’s al­ways bet­ter to take care of these items rather than hav­ing to re­place them.

— Heloise

Dear Heloise: I just read in your col­umn about not wash­ing your chicken and spread­ing the bac­te­ria. I thought I’d add a tip that my chef boyfriend al­ways prac­tices when work­ing with raw chicken (or any meat, for that mat­ter). He al­ways lines the coun­ter­top, back­splash and sur­round­ing ar­eas with plas­tic food wrap. So easy to just roll it up and toss.

— Nancy in The Vil­lages, Florida

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