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  • potsandpans
    Clean baked-on foods from pans with ease

    Cleaning pans can be a tough job. Oftentimes, you can simply fill the pot or pan with soapy water and let it soak, then clean it later, or remove what you can with a wooden or plastic...

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    Clean stove drip trays

    Dear Sara: We have an old electric stove (the coil type) with burner drip trays. I guess they must be aluminum or some sort of coated steel. Stuff has burned on over the past few years, and...

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    Make slow cooker oatmeal

    Boiling water or using a microwave to cook instant oatmeal is fast and easy, but some people don’t have a microwave, and some don’t like the cost of the small packets of instant oatmeal. Stovetop oatmeal can...

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    Stretch your meat budget

    Meat prices are rising. If you’re not interested in eating a plant-based diet, stretching meat is an acceptable option, within the boundaries of proper nutrition. You can slice meat into strips for stir-fry, fajitas, sandwiches or salad....

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    Remove lipstick stains

    Dear Sara: I accidentally washed a tube of lipstick in a load of whites. It is all over everything. I tried rewashing it with OxiClean, to no avail. I tried spot cleaning and gave up because there...

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    Clean streaky flatware

    Dear Sara: Just read your answer regarding hard-water staining on glassware. My problem is my flatware, which still looks streaked and dirty. Any suggestions? — Yvonne S., email Dear Yvonne: There are a couple of ways to...

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    Make grab-and-go breakfast

    Dear Sara: Morning is too busy here to cook, so I am looking for breakfast items I can make ahead of time, warm up in the microwave if necessary and eat on the go. — Brenda, email...

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    Use your oven less often

    A family can manage quite well using their oven less to save money. Try using a wok, toaster oven, microwave, electric skillet, George Foreman grill or slow cooker more often. You can get creative with appliances such...

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    Freezing whole strawberries

    Dear Sara: Can I freeze whole strawberries? There was a great sale on strawberries recently at the local farm, but I didn’t have much time that night to “put them up,” so I passed. I usually wash,...

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    Avoid eating out by having a plan

    Try to have a couple of quick and easy recipes in your meal plan. It can be as simple as having a soup and sandwich or chef salad night. Or add cottage cheese and shredded mozzarella to...

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    Clean flip-flops

    Flip-flops are worn often during the summer, but they get dirty easily and then can look too ugly to wear. To clean them, you can soak them in a tub of water and powdered laundry detergent. Use...

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    Make your own laundry detergent

    Dear Sara: I have your recipe for dry laundry detergent. Would you please give the ounces for the boxes of products used? — Ginny, email Dear Ginny: I’ve shared many laundry detergent recipes through the years. Most...