Heloise talks bread and frozen foods

Dear Heloise: Would you please repeat the storage times for common frozen food? I misplaced the clipping I had. — Emma F., Hot Springs, Ark.

Here are some timesBeef (roasts and steaks): six to 12 months.

Beef (ground): three to four months.

Chicken parts: nine months.

Fish (cooked): three months.

Ham: one month.

Lamb: six to nine months.

Shrimp (in the shell): six to 12 months.

Vegetables: eight months. — Heloise

Irish bread

Dear Heloise: Could you please duplicate the recipe for Irish Cake? My daughter made it, and it was delicious. It had raisins and caraway seeds! — Dorothy K., Middletown, N.J.

I think you mean “Irish Bread,” which has been a family favorite for two generations because it not only tastes great, it’s easy to make. You’ll need:

1 cup prepared biscuit mix

1/4 cup raisins

1 teaspoon caraway seeds

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk

Butter (for serving)

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Mix together all the ingredients (except the butter) quickly and lightly, and put in a well-greased 6-inch skillet. Bake about 12-15 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve quickly with lots of butter. — Heloise

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