Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Serving Fruit


By Reena Nerbas

Cleaning Glue off Cement

Hi Reena,

When I bought my house, there was a large green mat glued to the concrete porch. The mat recently ripped and had to be torn off, as it became a hazard. Now hard glue (maybe cement glue) remains. How can I get this off so the cement looks clean? I’ve tried scraping it to no avail. Thanks, Tracy

Hi Tracy,

Unfortunately there is no easy way to remove glue from concrete. Commercial solvents are available in home hardware stores. Another option is to pour boiling water over the glue to soften it, and then scrape with a razor blade. Or pour acetone on the area; acetone is impervious to glue and is a mediocre method for removing glue. Your best solution is to grind the glue off with a grinder or a rotary wire brush on a drill.


Dear Reena,

My family loves raspberries, they are healthy and delicious. Is it important to wash raspberries before eating them? Esther

Dear Esther,

Raspberries are one of life’s special gifts to us! They are high in Vitamin C and A, iron, potassium, calcium, folic acid and ellagic acid. They contain no fat, cholesterol or sodium and if that isn’t enough, they are high in fiber. While some people oppose the practice of washing raspberry because they are such delicate little creatures, the majority of experts agree that giving raspberries a water rinse just prior to consumption is a great idea.

Extra Tip: If you are planning to freeze raspberries; rinse them with cold water and pat dry. Place them on a cookie sheet and put them in the freezer. Once frozen, transfer the berries to a freezable container and store them in the freezer. Great for ice cream toppings, jam, or Smoothies.


Dear Reena,

Which is better for making cupcakes, foil or paper muffin liners? Thanks Deacon

Dear Deacon,

Foil liners are sturdy and easy to peel. You can set foil cups directly onto a baking sheet and you don’t need to use a muffin tray. This is handy, especially if you are baking several cupcakes. If money is an issue, paper liners often cost less and are just as good as long as you secure them in a muffin tray.

Smart Tips of the Week:

I discovered an easy way to remove wallpaper from the wall. Fill a spray bottle about three quarter full of liquid fabric softener for your washing machine. Fill remainder with hot water and just spray on the walls. Leave for about 5-7 minutes, pull at edge and voila, off it comes! The glue can then just be washed away with a very mild solution of dish soap. Submitted By: Mary

I often purchase watermelon and offer it to my guests. One lovely way to display watermelon is to shape it into balls using a melon baller. Alternate pieces of mint with watermelon balls on a wooden skewer (looks better than cubes). Strawberries, kiwi and pineapple also look nice and make great fruit kebobs. Submitted By: Deliah

Note: Every user assumes all risks of injury or damage resulting from the implementation of any suggestions in this column. Test all products on an inconspicuous area first.

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