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Shortening its departure

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Shortening its departure

Dear Heloise: Back in the ‘60s, my 4-H leader had an easy way to measure SHORTENING and remove it from the cup. She had us use a glass measuring cup (4-cup size), fill it with 2 cups of cold

water and add shortening until the water reached 3 cups. Pour off the water and you have 1 cup of shortening left. It slides out easily and never fails.

— Jody W., via text

SILVERWARE DRAWER Dear Heloise: I noticed my grandson emptying the dishwasher and arranging the silverware into the silverware drawer so it fit better! He would

place the spoons and forks

going both ways. I have done it

that way ever since. I keep 15 place settings in my silverware

VINEGAR SOAK Dear Heloise: This is in response to the lady who was using dryer sheets to soften burnt-on food: No matter how burnt-on the stuff is, pour enough hot water to cover it, add some dishwashing detergent and vinegar. Let it soak. In a while, you can swish it around when the gunk is loosened. Then use a scrubbie

to finish off any leftover spots. Vinegar: magic in a bottle!

— Georgia P., Temple, Texas

Magic in a bottle – a new name for my beloved vinegar!

It has so many uses, from

removing burnt-on food in pots

to removing rust from old tools. To order one of my Heloise’s

Fantabulous Vinegar Hints and More pamphlets, filled with

money-saving hints, go online to, or send $5 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (70 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Vinegar, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Soak rusty screws in vinegar and scrub to make new again. Pat some on your hands after cutting onions, and no more smell.

— Heloise

Hints from Heloise


drawer with no problem overflowing.

— Jill E., Vancouver, Wash.

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