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Dear Reena,
Do you know what I can do to prevent my coffee from tasting bitter morning after morning after morning?
Dave

Dear Dave,
Begin by inviting someone over with their coffee maker. Make your coffee using the same water and coffee grounds. This will determine whether your machine and/or water are the culprit. Clean all parts of your coffee maker. Make sure that your coffee grounds are fresh, Colombian coffee tends to taste less bitter than some others, but experiment with a variety of blends. Add a pinch of salt to coffee grounds before brewing coffee.

Dear Reena,
Reading in my newspaper, I was amazed at learning there are different colours for the days of the week with the plastic bread clips. I have a question though: I noticed there was no colour stated for Wednesdays, is bread not made on that day? Best regards,
Maureen

Dear Maureen,
While it is true that many stores do not hold a bread tag colour for Wednesday and Sunday (because they do not bake those days). Your best bet for fresh bread is to check the date on the tag just in case one store changes the colour pattern on you.

Feedback from readers who care
Dear Reena,
Just read your column regarding keeping brown sugar usable and not dry and hard. I have found the very best solution by far is to keep brown sugar in a tight container (like Tupperware) and put a fresh marshmallow in with it. It is absolutely wonderful and the marshmallow stays good, too. Problem solved!
Nadine

Hi Reena,
Here is another way to make brown gravy that my Ukrainian grandmother taught me. Brown one to two tablespoons of flour (or more as needed) in a hot dry frying pan. Be careful not to burn it by continually sifting it around. Once it’s the colour you want, turn down the heat and start adding your beef or poultry juices or flavouring and hot water. Continue to mix so it doesn’t clump. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Sometimes I add a little OXO and/or poultry seasoning for more flavours. It took me a couple tries to get it right but it works in a pinch if you don’t have any gravy mix or when you want to use gluten-free flour. Take care,
Teina

Re: Cleaning baseball caps in the house
Dear Reena,
Putting them in the dishwasher is not a good idea as the cap fabric will trap food particles. My method is put them in with the regular clothes wash, but not in the dryer. I take them from the washing machine and firmly stuff the skull part of the cap with a dry towel. Shape the peak to original. Leave it to air dry. All shapes are retained like new.
Erich

Fantastic tips of the week
• To clean my iron, I use baking soda and vinegar and scrub with a clean toothbrush. I own a quilt design company so my iron always needs to be very clean. Thanks,
Benita
• Whenever I struggle with hard water stains in my bathtub, I use toilet bowl cleaner to get rid of them. Works great.
Mary
• Here is a fun way to give cash or a gift card to someone. Take a clean jar and place the gift inside the jar in a closed sealable bag. Pour in Jell-O and let set. Close with a lid and decorate with a ribbon. If you can add more than one colour of Jell-O the jar looks even better!
Robyn


I enjoy your questions and tips, keep them coming! Missed a column? Can’t remember a solution? Need a speaker for an upcoming event? Interested in grocery coupons? Check out my brand new blog and website at www.reena.ca. You can contact me by email at householdsolutions@mts.net.

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