Expensive Heloise: If you happen to like Brazil nuts however hate to crack them as a result of it’s onerous to get out the meat from the shell, I’ve an answer. I put the Brazil nuts, nonetheless of their shells, within the freezer. I take out a handful and crack the frozen nut. They usually come out complete or in giant items. — Maggie B., Laurel, Montana
Maggie, do you know that Brazil nuts are a really wealthy supply of selenium and assist each your thyroid and coronary heart? They include magnesium, phosphorus, zinc and vitamin E. Plus, they’ve wholesome fat! — Heloise
Expensive Heloise: HELP! I purchased a preowned dwelling, and it is good besides that the place I reside I’ve onerous water stains on my chrome taps and loo fixtures. How do I take away this? — Alan F., San Antonio, Texas
Alan, sure, these stains can smash the look of your rest room, however there’s a easy resolution to this drawback. To eliminate cleaning soap buildup and hard-water stains, clear the sink and taps with undiluted white vinegar. If among the stains are cussed, soak a paper towel with vinegar, then lay it on the stain for some time earlier than including some elbow grease to get the stains off.
My pamphlet “Heloise’s Fantabulous Vinegar Hints and Extra” comprises easy cleansing and recipe hints that can make your cleansing chores simpler and cheaper. To get a replica, simply go to www.Heloise.com, or ship $5, together with a stamped (75 cents), self-addressed, lengthy envelope to: Heloise/Vinegar, P.O. Field 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Why spend hours on family chores when your cleansing might be executed in much less time? — Heloise
Expensive Heloise: I wish to make way more meals than I do know we’ll eat, as a result of I at all times freeze the leftovers. I normally put together an enormous dinner on Sunday utilizing chili, stew or a do-it-yourself soup and freeze no matter is left. This enables my husband to thaw out a meal within the microwave and warmth up a home-cooked meal as a substitute of consuming dinner at a fast-food place the place the salt and fats content material is excessive on these evenings when I’ve to work late or am out of city. — Religion N., New Fort, Pennsylvania
Religion, that is a good suggestion, and I believe most stews and chili tastes even higher a day or two after it is made. — Heloise
Expensive Heloise: My 8-year-old son loves carrots. If he asks for a deal with to nibble on earlier than dinner, he’ll normally get out a carrot and eat it with gusto! I am glad he’d slightly have a carrot than sweet, however I fear that his love of carrots could be attributable to some vitamin scarcity. Is it protected to let him eat carrots on a regular basis? — Taylor M., Escondido, California
Taylor, you probably have any well being considerations about your son, I recommend having a physician check out him. Nonetheless, carrots have a barely candy style, which could be the rationale he likes them, and this could be a passing part.
Half a cup of carrots comprises about 25 energy, 2 grams of fiber, 3 grams of sugar together with nutritional vitamins A, Okay and C. — Heloise