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Get out of a sticky situation

By on May 27, 2012
sticky situation

Dear Sara: Do you know of an easy way to remove adhesives from shirts? My son had two shirts go through the laundry with name-tag stickers on them. Now there is gummy, adhesive-type junk stuck to his shirts. One is a thermal material, the other is a regular cotton T-shirt. I have sprayed them with stain remover and rewashed. It’s coming out bit by bit, but I want it done now! — Nichole, forums


I have successfully removed adhesive from my daughter’s T-shirts. She gets stickers from school and karate sometimes, and her clothes have accidentally been washed with the stickers still on them. I simply heat vinegar in the microwave, place the T-shirt in the kitchen sink and pour the hot vinegar over the area with adhesive on it. Then I use a toothbrush to brush off the adhesive. It sometimes takes two attempts to remove it all. Afterward, I wash in the washing machine as usual. If you don’t have vinegar, you can try rubbing alcohol, WD-40, dish soap or Goo Gone.


Is there a specific recipe for making freezer mashed potatoes? — Kate D., North Carolina


You don’t need a specific recipe to freeze mashed potatoes, but I’ll share one from a reader:

Freezer mashed potatoes
5 pounds potatoes
6 ounces cream cheese
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup butter

Wash the potatoes if you are leaving the skin on, or remove it; it’s your choice. Cook as you would for boiled or mashed potatoes. Note: Avoid adding garlic, which intensifies when frozen. Drain. Add cream cheese, sour cream and butter. Mash. Portion onto a parchment paper or Silpat-lined cookie sheet using an ice cream scoop. Quick-freeze them, then place them in a freezer storage bag (with as much air removed as possible), serving-size plastic containers, or a Food Saver bag vacuumed shut. The single serving sizes work great if, for example, you make a shepherd’s pie and need a small amount of mashed potatoes for the topping. To thaw, leave them in the refrigerator overnight or microwave them (about two minutes at a time, stirring in between until thoroughly heated). You can even form the thawed dollops into patties, dredge in seasoned flour and make fried potato patties. — Karen, Kansas

Note from Sara: I’ve found that refrigerating them to cool prior to portioning and freezing works well, too. They hold their shape better than when they’re hot off the stove. You can use your favorite mashed potato recipe (which may contain milk), portion and freeze it the same way as described above. You can spray a muffin tin with cooking spray and add individual portions to each muffin cup, freeze and then transfer them to a freezer storage bag, too. Or, you can simply fill a freezer storage bag with mashed potatoes (roughly 1-1/2 to 2 cups per bag) and flatten it before freezing. On a side note, Yukon Golds freeze quite well.


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