Category: Solutions & Substitutions

  • Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Carpet Stains

    Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Carpet Stains

    By Reena Nerbas Sea Salt or Kosher Salt Dear Reena, Can you please tell me the difference between sea and kosher salt? Several recipes call for kosher salt, but I never have any on hand. Thanks, Beth Dear Beth, The greatest difference is that kosher salt has larger crystals that take longer to dissolve. However, […]

  • Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Oil Spill and Cellphone

    Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Oil Spill and Cellphone

    By Reena Nerbas Oil Spill on iPhone Dear Reena, I left my iPhone on the kitchen counter and spilled a bottle of olive oil nearby. The phone was drenched with oil. The phone still works except for the sound; the speakers are very quiet. Any advice? Len Dear Len, I am not a technology expert; […]

  • Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Fitted Sheets

    Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Fitted Sheets

    By Reena Nerbas Fitted Sheets Hello Reena, There’s a large, ongoing conversation about how to manage fitted bed sheets that are too large for “regular” sized mattresses. We’ve tried the elastic tricks which are cumbersome and don’t work. Is there an easy way to sew a permanent and viable solution? Thanks for any help you […]

  • Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Weed and Moss Killer

    Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Weed and Moss Killer

    By Reena Nerbas Great Quality Cocoa Dear Reena, I am considering entering the professional world of baking, I intend to use great quality ingredients only. How can I choose great quality cocoa? Sweet thanks, Leslie Dear Leslie, Premium cocoa is 22%-24% fat; compared with the regular cocoa that many people buy, it has twice the […]

  • Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Storage Ideas

    Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Storage Ideas

    By Reena Nerbas Scratched Laminate Floor Dear Reena, My light-colored laminate flooring has a lot of surface scratches, in a high traffic area. Is there any way to touch up these scratches so that they aren’t so noticeable rather than replacing the flooring? You can really see these scratches when the sun shines directly on the area […]

  • Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Homemade Garlic Spread

    Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Homemade Garlic Spread

    By Reena Nerbas Toilet Bowl Stains Dear Reena, How do I remove stains out of toilet bowls? Bells Dear Bells, Make your toilet bowl sparkle by pouring a little shampoo or dish soap onto a pumice stone and gently, rubbing the inside of the toilet bowl to remove stains. Or clean the toilet with a […]

  • Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Keeping the Bathroom Clean and Organized

    Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Keeping the Bathroom Clean and Organized

    By Reena Nerbas Stuck Lids on Nail Polish Dear Reena, I have many bottles of nail polish that I am unable to open. I have tried running them under hot water, and using pliers, but still I’m unable to twist the top off or pry them open. It is very frustrating. Any suggestions would be […]

  • Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Freezable Foods

    Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Freezable Foods

    By Reena Nerbas Old Christmas Cards and Magazines Dear Reena, I have hundreds of Christmas cards that I will be throwing away. Is there any organization that does anything with them? I also have several magazines that I used to donate to doctor’s offices so that people could cut out recipes. Where should I take […]

  • Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Keep Potatoes from Sprouting

    Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Keep Potatoes from Sprouting

    By Reena Nerbas Sprouting Potatoes Dear Reena, Every time I store potatoes at my house, within days they start to grow eyes. How can I prevent this? I keep them in my pantry, in a wooden potato box that has onions on the bottom. I’ve tried keeping an apple with the potatoes, but to no […]

  • Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Spring Cleaning

    Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Spring Cleaning

    By Reena Nerbas Grimy Shower Head Dear Reena, I recently moved into a 30-year-old apartment, and the place is filthy. What is the best way to clean a grimy shower head? Lynette Dear Lynette, Step 1: Scrub the holes with a wet kitchen scrubber. Step 2: Pour a solution of half cup white vinegar and […]

  • Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Cooking Fish

    Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Cooking Fish

    By Reena Nerbas Cheesecake Dear Reena, I am having a dinner party, and would like to make cheesecake for dessert. Can you tell me if I can quadruple my cheesecake recipe and bake the cake in a large rectangle pan? Cherise Dear Cherise, Quadrupling the recipe is risky, chances are the cheesecake will brown on […]

  • Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Does Size Matter When Baking with Eggs?

    Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Does Size Matter When Baking with Eggs?

    By Reena Nerbas Egg Sizes Dear Reena, When purchasing eggs for a baking recipe, does it matter what size eggs I use? Thanks, Randy Dear Randy, Great question! Most recipes are calibrated with large size eggs. Extra hint: Eggs for baking should be at room temperature, so that the egg disperses better, making the batter […]

  • Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Furnace Filters

    Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Furnace Filters

    By Reena Nerbas Extra Buttons Dear Reena, Many of the jackets and suits that I buy are sold with an extra button. Apart from storing the button in the jacket pocket, do you have any suggestions as to how to organize apparel buttons without losing them? Mandy Dear Mandy, One option is to sew the […]

  • Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Yellowing Lino

    Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Yellowing Lino

    By Reena Nerbas Thermos in the Dishwasher Dear Reena, I recently purchased a stainless-steel thermos with foil wrapped around the exterior. Although the instructions say, “dishwasher safe” the foil peeled after four washes. Now, the foil is half gone and looks unappealing (pardon the pun). Should I toss the thermos or is there a remedy […]

  • Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Put the White Back in Your Sheets

    Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Put the White Back in Your Sheets

    By Reena Nerbas The Smell of Curry Dear Reena, My daughter and I were interested in purchasing a home but the smell of curry was so prevalent in the house, that I could smell it all the way home. It’s a lovely home, but will we be able to get rid of that smell? I […]