Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Potato Chips, Corn on the Cob and Ice Cream


By Reena Nerbas

Pink Anti-Freeze Stain

Hi Reena,

My sister has a mobile home in the country that she uses only in the summer time. The pink plumbing anti-freeze has left a stain in her toilet. She has tried bleach and Mr. Clean to remove the stain but has not succeeded. Vivian

Hi Vivian,

To remove Anti-freeze stains in the toilet, purchase a pumice stone or fine sandpaper. Lubricate either with either cheap shampoo or dish soap. Wet the paper or stone and gently wipe the toilet to remove marks.

Flavouring Potato Chips

Hey Reena,

Is there a healthy way to make great flavored potato chips? Paul

Dear Paul,

Wash 2 pounds of potatoes. Use a food processor or mandolin to thinly slice potatoes. Place parchment paper on 2 baking sheets. Lay potato slices on paper and sprinkle with olive oil, garlic powder and salt. Flip slices and repeat; oil, garlic and salt on the other side. Bake in preheated oven 350 degrees for 10 mins. Rotate pans and bake another 10 mins. Flip and bake until crispy. Repeat with remaining potato slices. Cool on paper or tea towels.

Odour on Stored Linens

Dear Reena,

I so appreciated a solution you gave me a few years ago, to melt overflowed wax on my antique candle holders so I could remove the stuck glass globes. Using the hairdryer was brilliant! No breakage!

Now I have a new query: we have an antique wooden cupboard, called a server, which we use for tea towels and similar linens. However, the towels pick up a dreadful smell from the cupboard that just won’t wash out. I’ve washed the inside of the cupboard with vinegar and water several times and changed the paper liner, but to no avail. I now believe that the inside of the cupboard must have been treated with linseed oil or something similar. My husband suggests applying Varathane to the inside wood, to seal it. I would appreciate your suggestions, as we really like the appearance of the server in our home, as well as having the extra cupboard space. Barb

Dear Barb,

I agree with your husband to seal the wood with a product such as Varathane. But before doing so, clean the entire piece with Murphy’s Oil Soap and wait until the next day to observe whether the smell remains.

Husking Corn

Dear Reena,

Our family is hosting a few friends on our farm this summer. Do you have any quick tricks for removing the corn husk from the cob? We need to speed up the process because this takes too much time and people will be waiting. Thanks Derrick

Dear Derrick,

This handy trick requires a microwave but it will save you a lot of time. Place 4 cobs of corn in the microwave and microwave 4 minutes each (that’s a total of 16 mins.). While wearing oven mitts, remove the cobs from the microwave. Cut about one inch off the bottom ends so that you see the cut corn. From the top of the cob, squeeze out the corn and the cobs will pop out without any silk on them. Microwaving and husk removal may be done ahead of time. Boil as usual. To butter a large amount of corn at once; melt butter and pour over corn.

Cool Tip of the Week

Prevent freezer burn on ice cream by placing a sheet of wax paper over the ice cream before closing the lid. Submitted By: Gord

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