Dear Heloise, Could you tell me the advantages and disadvantages of different types of cutting board surfaces? Thank you!
Joe S., by email
Joe S .: Happy to! The US Department of Agriculture (usda.gov) contains good information on food safety and chopping boards. Wood and plastic panels are suitable, but keep one for raw meat, including beef, poultry and seafood, and another for vegetables and bread. This will help prevent cross-contamination.
To keep clean, wash in hot, soapy water and disinfect with 1 tablespoon of bleach per gallon of water. Dip the board in the bleach for 10 minutes.
When the board develops cutting grooves, replace it.
Dear Heloise, I appreciate your useful tips. I take a marker and put the date on the condiments and other dry products when I open each product. In this way, I know when to throw them if I hold them too long, especially objects in the refrigerator.
Colleen in Hemet, California.
Dear Heloise, I was having lunch with my girlfriend and she regretted having to go home and clean her house. I said, "Why clean it? It'll just get dirty again!"
Lorraine L. in Louisiana
Lorraine L. in Louisiana: Ha! In fact, similar to one of my mother's principles: do not worry too much about housework. It will always be there!
Dear Heloise, The woman and I appreciate your column. My question is: why do restaurants have thermostats so cold it's cold? While we are there, the volume of music is so high that you can not hear yourself.
We are talking about quality restaurants, not fast foods.
Joe D., Chatsworth, California.
Dear Heloise, Oyster crackers should be placed in a zipper bag! They fall on the floor of the pantry in these thin plastic bags that are now used and stay cooler in my zipper bag.
Ruth E., Valparaiso, Ind.
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Dear Heloise, How to unclog a coffee maker after there are hard water deposits inside?
Ellen Y., Carol City, Florida.
Ellen Y .: Fill the water tank with white vinegar and start a cycle as if you were making coffee. Repeat if necessary. Be sure to do a few cycles with clear water before making a coffee.
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