To clean a blender, first rinse with water, then fill halfway and add one drop of liquid dishwashing liquid. Put the lid on securely and turn on a low setting. Follow by rinsing well, and the blender is ready to be used again. - Kerry in Iowa
To remove smells from a wooden cutting board, first sprinkle it with salt and then rub the surface with a cut lemon or lime. Next, wash with warm, soapy water, rinse and dry well. - Christine, via e-mail
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SAVING GROCERY DOLLARS
Premium lean hamburger is often more than $4 per pound. A choice top round roast on sale is less than $2 per pound. I pick a roast and have it ground by the butcher. This gives me lean hamburger at less than half the price.
For those who want a juicier burger or meatloaf than the lean meat provides, just add a little olive oil or other oil that is high in "good fats" with no cholesterol. - Russ B., Broad Run, Va.
An ice-cream scoop makes a great tool for making meatballs. The scoops come in small and large sizes, so you can make whatever-size meatball you need quickly and without the mess. - Mary M., Laredo, Texas
Ever buy a dozen eggs, then put them in your fridge's plastic egg tray with the few eggs you bought the previous week? You want to use up the older ones first, but you can't tell which ones these are? I solved this by alternately buying white eggs one week and brown the next - no confusion. - Paula from Falls Church, Va.
Another hint about eggs: The American Egg Board says that eggs should not be stored in the fridge door because of the constant exposure to temperature change and vibrations when the door is opened and closed. The best way to store eggs is in the egg carton on a shelf. - Heloise
The glass coffee carafe that comes with inexpensive coffee makers many times costs more to replace than the coffee maker. I save old ones from worn-out coffee makers. If you break one that comes with an automatic shut-off valve, you can substitute an old one by taking out the automatic valve. - Oscar, via e-mail