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COL Tortilla holder good for flour dredging; try freezing steaks with marinade

By Heloise Cruse

King Features Syndicate

DEAR HELOISE: Being so close to Mexico, we are accustomed to the Mexican tortilla holder. It is a round, hard plastic container with a tight-sealing, but not locking, lid. You can buy the holders in grocery stores, especially the large chains. They come in all colors.

Additionally, a tortilla holder serves as an excellent dish for flour dredging when frying pork chops and boneless chicken breasts. Just add your flour, seasoned salt and pepper, place the piece of meat inside, cover with the lid, grasp both sides and shake. I shake over the sink, although I've never lost any flour. The lid has an inside lip. It is clean and quick, and easy to clean up afterward. -- Lance Jackson, Houston

DEAR HELOISE: To save time and money on steaks, I purchase family packs. When I get home, I season all the steaks, then freeze each one in a plastic freezer bags with about1⁄2; cup of marinade. When I want to use one, I can thaw it in a pan of warm water, and presto, it's ready to cook. The marinade improves the flavor of even less-expensive cuts of meat, and prep time on a busy weekday evening is about 15 seconds before cooking. -- Jim Cummings, Bloomington, Ind.

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DEAR HELOISE: My brother, Mike, gave me a great idea. When roasting a turkey, he buys two foil pans and uses one for the lid. It's easier to remove to baste the bird and easier to put back on than foil. When done, he carves the turkey and puts the slices in the "lid." -- Gayle S., Billings, Mont.

DEAR HELOISE: Yesterday, my daughter and I went shopping. She was looking for a rubber jar opener. We looked and looked and couldn't find one, and then it hit me: I could go home and cut a square out of my scraps of rubber shelf liner. Well, that's just what I did. I made one for my daughter and one for me. She used it for opening a jar of mayonnaise, and it worked like a charm. -- Mrs. Ann Boanerges, Houston

Send a money-saving or timesaving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000, or you can fax it to 210-HELOISE or e-mail it to Heloise@Heloise.com.

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