You have permission to edit this article.
Edit
Hints from Heloise: Organic potatoes
editor's pick
Hints from Heloise

Hints from Heloise: Organic potatoes

Heloise 9.28

Heloise, Helpful Hints.jpg

Dear Heloise: I like to buy organic potatoes that come in a bag but always heard not to store potatoes in the refrigerator.

How can I keep them from growing sprouts if they can't be refrigerated? -- Vivien W., Sherman Oaks, Calif.

Vivien, organic potatoes will start to sprout anywhere from 30 to 140 days after being harvested. They need to be stored in a cool area with a temperature of 40 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit and about 85% humidity. Examine them once a month to remove any sprouts. Be sure to discard any soft or mushy potatoes or those with black or green spots.

Have you given any thought to growing your own organic potatoes? -- Heloise

PUMPKIN BREAD

Dear Heloise: My husband loves to cook and especially to bake. He love, love, loved your pumpkin bread recipe! We don't have a copy, so would you reprint it in your column? He says he wants to make several loafs and freeze them. -- Cindy C., Howell, Mich.

Cindy, I love this recipe. It's so easy to make and tastes great. You'll need:

1 2/3 cups flour

1 1/4 cups sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1/2 cup salad oil

1 cup canned pumpkin

Sift together all dry ingredients. Add nuts and mix well. Set aside. Combine remaining ingredients and add to dry ingredients. Mix just enough to blend. Pour into 9-inch-by-5-inch-by-3-inch greased and floured loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 60 to 75 minutes.

You'll find this recipe in my pamphlet "Heloise's Baking Soda Hints and Recipes. To order a copy, please visit www.Heloise.com, or send $5 along with a stamped (70 cents), self-addressed long envelope to Heloise/Baking Soda, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX, 78279-5001. --Heloise

CANNED TOMATO PASTE

Dear Heloise: I bought a tube of tomato paste thinking it would be so much more convenient than the can when you only need a little. It was great until I saw that the tube had exploded after several weeks in my refrigerator, making a mess. Now I'm reluctant to buy a tube again. What could have caused this to happen? -- Diane, via email

Diane, if the canner hasn't sufficiently sterilized the tomatoes, cans and equipment, or if you forgot to wash your hands and thoroughly clean your prep area, two things can happen:

1. Fermenting causes CO2, which can build up pressure in the tube or can, causing it to explode.

2. Botulinum bacteria can also cause CO2 to build up, but this is very serious. An exploding tube would be the least of your problems.

If you do not use up all of your tomato paste within a week, I suggest throwing it out to avoid any complication that might arise. -- Heloise

VEGGIES IN CHILI

Dear Heloise: Your recent suggestion of adding shredded vegetables to meatloaf was a good idea. It reminded me of my late wife's practice of tossing frozen peas, carrots and corn into chili she made. It didn't change the taste, but gave us vegetables in our one-dish meals. -- J. Keith C., Omaha Neb.

0
0
0
0
0

Be the first to know

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Related to this story

Most Popular

DEAR ABBY: My colleagues and I were recently notified that our company is closing next month. My work partner and I have collaborated closely for four years, and he's an expert at the software I need to know to get a job in my field. When I asked if he would give me a couple of lessons via Zoom, I was thinking it'd be about a three-hour commitment for him. But he was enthusiastic and designed a 20-plus-hour curriculum for me.

DEAR ABBY: I'm responding to the letter from "Open-and-Shut Case in Virginia" (Oct. 20), who complained her son-in-law was "disrespectful" because he didn't close cupboard doors, cereal boxes, etc. My guess is that "Kirk" is displaying classic symptoms of Adult Attention Deficit Disorder (AADD). Multistep tasks may be difficult for him to complete because he is easily distracted.

I then pondered how this dish could be “Latinized,” and discovered that substituting queso fresco for feta spoke to me. Queso fresco can be found in most grocery stores and is usually round and in clear plastic. While all brands are adequate, if you really want to step it up, visit your local carnicería or Mexican supermarket and get fresh cheese from the deli. Carnicería La Mexicana and Carnicería Jalisco in Lompoc and Vallarta Market in Santa Maria, all have excellent selections.

DEAR ABBY: My son had a yearlong affair with his wife's best friend, which started when the two families took vacations together. My husband and I have always been close to our daughter-in-law and our grandchildren, ages 6 and 10, as well as our son. The divorces are final now, and the lovers are married.

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.

Topics

News Alert

Breaking News