Around the house* When baking, keep a small strainer in...

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November 12, 1994|By Dolly Merritt

Around the house

* When baking, keep a small strainer in the flour canister. That way, you can flour baking pans neatly and quickly with a few sprinkles.

* Avoid messy plastic wrap that clings to frosted cakes and confections. Simply spray cooking oil onto one side of wrap, cover baked goods and dessert will be ready to serve with icing intact.

* Store cartons of waxed paper, foil and plastic wrap neatly. Use empty six-pack soda or beer cartons to stash items upright, out of the way.

* Oil small appliances with moving parts. Vegetable spray keeps them running smoothly.

* Maintain washing machine. Clean lint filters regularly; use the correct amount of detergents; do not overload; cleaning solvents should not be used in washer.

* Avoid tears from chopping onions. Place unpeeled onions in refrigerator for at least half an hour. When ready to peel, remove onions, cut off tops, and peel skin. Leave root intact while chopping.

In the garden

* Prune evergreen shrubs. The cooler temperatures will not promote new growth and there will be no danger of burn. Make sure lower part of shrub is wider than top so sunlight can reach it.

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