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— DEAR HELOISE: Could you please tell me how to clean and sanitize an old wooden rolling pin?

- Nancy Null, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

DEAR READER: Wash and scrub in hot, sudsy water, rinse well and allow to dry completely. To sanitize, mix1 tablespoon of unscented liquid chlorine bleach in a gallon of water and pour all over the area, or wrap the pin in a paper towel and soak with the solution. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then rinse and allow to air-dry.

DEAR HELOISE: Often you give recipes for simple, cheap and quick meals and dishes. I have never seen this one in your column. I use a mixture of frozen vegetables, such as peas, broccoli and cauliflower, and warm them in my microwave. Strain and top with some pasta or cheese sauce, and heat again in the microwave. Top with parmesan cheese. You can add turkey meatballs if you would like.

- Donald Shirkey, Center Point, Texas

DEAR READER: Sounds yummy, and here is another quick use for leftover veggies:

DEAR HELOISE: I make a cup of white sauce, combine it with leftover green vegetables, put it in a casserole, top it with buttered cracker crumbs and bake until hot.Delicious money-saver, and it’s nutritious, too!

- Jeanette from Ohio

DEAR HELOISE: I recently made a discovery that has extended the life of our steel-wool soap pads. In the past, I kept the used pads in a dish under the sink. Within a day or two, they were rusted and unusable. Now I put a used pad in a plastic sandwich bag and tuck it back into the box. I have been using the same pad for more than three weeks, and no rust.

- Mary Crane, via e-mail Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or e-mail

HELOISE@CompuServe.com

Family, Pages 38 on 02/24/2010

Print Headline: HELPFUL HINTS

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