A chilly hint
Dear Heloise: When I realized I had six ice cube trays, I knew they must have uses besides just making ice cubes. So, when I have leftover soup, I put it in these ice cube trays so I can pop the cubes out and microwave them for a quick lunch or dinner. My sister likes to freeze leftover coffee to make iced coffee, or to cool down coffee that's too hot. — Claire T., Colby, Kan.
Storing china and serving pieces
Dear Heloise: Living in a small space means I have to get creative with storage. I put my mother's china in large plastic containers with lids and put them under my bed. The beautiful serving pieces that have been handed down in my family are in two tall kitchen baskets, hidden in my bedroom under a table with a tablecloth that goes to the floor. — Angie, Columbia, Tenn.
Dear Heloise: We live out in the country and tend to buy groceries in bulk. Sometimes I repackage my meats, but I color-code them with a felt pen — red for beef, yellow for chicken and blue for fish. This saves time and energy not standing in front of an open freezer door. — Kate M., Half Moon, N.C.
Wash your hands
Dear Heloise: When I get home from the grocery store, I always wash my hands before putting anything away. That shopping-cart handle is touched by many people. — Patty L., Barrington, R.I.
Did you know?
Dear Readers: Chickpeas also are known as garbanzo beans, and they are the main ingredient in hummus. — Heloise
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