Heloise: Leftover candy freezes for treats all year


Every year, our kids bring home more Halloween candy than we would possibly let them eat. We take the extra candy, chop it up and put it in the freezer. We separate the candy into peanut butter, nuts, nougat and coconut. Then we use the treats to bake in cookies and bars throughout the year. Also makes good ice-cream topping. - Emma and Adam, New Ulm, Minn.


Can you freeze yeast? - Pat K., via e-mail

According to a leading manufacturer, freezing yeast is not recommended. Because yeast loses its effectiveness over time (which results in longer rising times), you should use it by the expiration date.

Unopened yeast can be stored in a cupboard, pantry or even the fridge in an airtight container. Oxygen, heat and humidity all affect yeast, so a cool, dry place is the rule of thumb. - Heloise