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Do you have a solution on how to remove grease that seems to be baked onto the bottom of my old cast iron frying pan? I have tried some commercial cleaners, but they didn’t work. Maybe you have a remedy that will work, I hope so. You have such interesting hints in your articles, I try not to miss any of them, but I haven’t been able to find anything pertaining to this problem. Thank-you so much.
Begin by washing the pan with dish soap and water. Next, take a little vegetable oil on a paper towel and wipe around the inside and outside. Put the pan in the oven on about 225 for a few hours. Enjoy your pans and do not worry, even though they may not look clean, they are clean. If you are not happy with the appearance, consider trying oven cleaner on your pans (make sure to use in a ventilated area).
This summer our dog has been very smelly. He is a beautiful long-haired golden retriever, two-and-a-half years old. He really enjoys the outdoors, walking, swimming, running, fetching. He is very friendly and into everything. We have bathed him numerous times throughout the summer, using dog shampoos, but still he smells. Is there a product or solution you would recommend, to eliminate this awful odor? We use the following shampoo brands: WAHL and Hartz. Sincerely,
It is obvious by your attention to detail that you are doing your very best to care for your dog. It is important to note that like humans, body smell can permeate from our insides, not necessarily from the outside. People who eat lots of garlic, for example, eventually begin to smell like garlic. Since shampoos aren’t remedying the smell you may need to consider the next step. With that said, it sounds as though your golden retriever needs a trip to the vet to investigate what is going on inside his body and to determine the cause of the odour. His odour may be linked to his diet or a medical condition and will be worth checking out.
My neighbour brought me eggplants from her garden. How do I prepare them? Should I cook them?
Yes, you definitely need to cook them. Here is one idea for preparing eggplant: Peel the skin off and slice the eggplant into one-quarter-inch pieces. Dip the pieces into beaten eggs and then coat them with bread crumbs. Fry the pieces in vegetable oil until golden brown on both sides. Dab off the excess oil. Lay the slices in a pan and cover with spaghetti sauce and mozzarella cheese. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Another option is to put the fried eggplant inside sandwiches or add pieces to soups or stews.
Fabulous Tips to Clean and Organize:
• For those people who are a bit older like me and unable to get on our hands and knees to scrub the bathtub floor, I have found that the newer brooms work well. First, I fill the tub half-full with dish soap and water and then scrub, it does a wonderful job and it’s so easy. Submitted By: Lana
• I like to store kitchen reference charts and favourite recipes inside clear plastic sleeves and hang them on the inside of cupboard doors for easy access. They can easily be wiped clean and frequently referenced — the information is right at my fingertips. Submitted By: Helena
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