Core iceberg lettuce

by Hints with Heloise

Dear Heloise: Want to remove the core of a head of lettuce quickly? Hold the lettuce in both hands with the core side down. Give the head of lettuce one or two hard raps on a solid surface, such as a countertop. Turn the lettuce over and remove the core. No mess and no knife to clean. - Shelley in Maryland

AVOCADO TRIVIA

Dear Readers: Here are some interesting avocado facts:

• Do you know that avocados were once called "alligator pears"? Probably because of their bumpy, rough skin.

• Experts say that leaving the pit in an avocado does not prevent discoloration. Air is the enemy. To prevent the fruit from turning brown, sprinkle with either lime or lemon juice and store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. - Heloise

DON'T CLOG THE DRAIN

Dear Heloise: My husband and I are in disagreement over what we cannot put down our garbage disposal. I say stringy vegetables like celery should go in the trash, and he believes it's OK if they go in the garbage disposal. Who's right? - Patty in Louisiana

Patty, you win this one! Not only should celery not go in the disposal, but neither should asparagus, artichokes, corn husks or other stringy vegetables. Also, no shells from oysters, clams or shrimp, large fruit pits, glass, metal, china or plastic, and no grease or commercial drain cleaners. - Heloise

MATZO BALL SOUP

Dear Heloise: Please reprint your matzo ball soup recipe. My family loved it, but I've lost the recipe. - Rebecca in New York
Here it is! You'll need:

• 2 Eggs

• 1 cup boiling water

• 2 tablespoons shortening (chicken fat is preferred for its flavor)

• Salt and pepper to taste

• 1 cup matzo meal

Beat eggs lightly. Add water, shortening, salt and pepper. Mix in matzo meal. Refrigerate several hours or overnight. Shape into balls and drop in a large pot of boiling water. Keep your hands moist while forming the balls to prevent the dough from sticking to your hands. Cover the pot and boil for about 20 minutes. Do not uncover the pot during this time. The balls will have puffed up while boiling. Remove them from the water and put them into chicken soup.

If you like a nice, warm, tasty soup, you'll enjoy my "Heloise's Spectacular Soups." To receive a copy, go to www
.Heloise.com, or send $5, along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Heloise/Soups, PO Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001.
FYI: To get semi-solid soup to slide easily out of the can, first shake the can, then put a small puncture in the bottom. When you open the top the contents will slide right out. - Heloise

PRE-MEASURE COFFEE

Dear Heloise: Hate fumbling with coffee filters and measuring in the early morning? Separate a month's worth of coffee filters and pre-measure the coffee into each filter. Then nest them together and store them in a sealed plastic container. - Robert in Texas.

KITCHEN JUNK DRAWER

Dear Heloise: My kitchen is a mess and it just seems overwhelming to clean it. Where do I start!? - Lorraine in Wyoming

Lorraine, on the first day start with your kitchen junk drawer(s). Toss out or donate extra or unusable items. The next day, select another place to clean in your kitchen, and each day after pick a new area to clean. You don't have to do it all at once. - Heloise

The rules of recycling

Dear Readers: RECYCLING. We all should do it, but do you know what goes in the recycling bin and what doesn't? Here's the lowdown:
In the bin: steel, tin and aluminum cans, plastic bottles, brown paper bags, newspapers, magazines, cardboard juice containers and flattened boxes. Paper should be clean and dry, and lids should be removed from bottles.
Out: Plastic bags, foam cups, medical (needles, lancets, etc.) or hazardous waste.
These are guidelines; rules will vary whether a private company picks up your recycling or your city or township does it. Check with your local government's 311 call center. - Heloise

NEVER EVER

Dear Heloise: My electric company sent out a flyer with a list of things it will NEVER do.
Here is the list. It will:
• NEVER call me and threaten to cut off my service.
• NEVER call and demand payment and my banking information.
• NEVER tell me to pay my bill with gift cards.
• NEVER show up and go inside my home without prior notification.
The company advises making a police report if any of these situations arise, and then calling it to make a report. - Ginny P. in Indiana
Ginny, great information! Readers, never be intimidated. If something doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. - Heloise

TRIED AND TRUE

Dear Heloise: We have been using vinegar in our dishwasher to help the glassware come out sparkling clean. Just 1/2 cup or so poured inside before starting and no hazy glassware! Is this safe to do? Assuming so, what is the best kind of vinegar to use?
We enjoy your column in the Orange County (Calif.) Register! - Bob in Huntington Beach, Calif.
Bob, I'm going home - you're in charge now! You are right on the money. A couple of glugs of white or apple cider vinegar in the dishwasher can help keep glassware sparkling clean and will keep the dishwasher hoses and drain smelling fresh.
In fact, vinegar is a workhorse in the home. Safe, cheap and readily available, I've reached for it time and time again. I've compiled my favorite vinegar hints, helps and recipes into a handy pamphlet. Would you like to receive one? It's easy! Visit www.Heloise.com to order, or send a long, stamped (70 cents), self-addressed envelope, together with $5, to: Heloise/Vinegar, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Or you can order it online at www. Heloise.com.

FYI: Pour a splash or two of vinegar in the washing machine and run a small load cycle to freshen its hoses and drain, too! - Heloise

USE IT AND MOVE IT

Dear Heloise: Many people at workout facilities simply sit on the equipment after they've performed their repetitions -- they stare endlessly into space or (more and more these days) check and play with their phones, monopolizing the exercise apparatus sometimes as long as 15 minutes. This is egregiously inconsiderate. - Jim R. in Houston

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