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Heloise is in the kitchen with oatmeal

Dear Heloise: Do you have any suggestions or recipes for an overabundance of cooked oatmeal cereal? Our church group makes breakfast every other month (pancakes, eggs, biscuits and gravy, fruit and oatmeal), and there is usually a pot of oatmeal left over. I hate to see this thrown out but have no ideas on how to use this. — Vickie D., Burke, Va.

Vickie, yes, cooked oatmeal can be used in place of uncooked in most recipes for cookies, muffins, breads, etc. You’ll need to first mix the dry ingredients, then add the oatmeal with the eggs, oil or shortening. You might have to adjust the liquid ingredients to get the right consistency. — Heloise

Washing greens

Dear Heloise: An older lady told me years ago to put salt in the water when washing greens. Try it and see how fast the dirt settles to the bottom. — Juanita, via e-mail

This is the method I use, and the salt not only seems to have a cleaning action, but it helps remove any “critters” that might be hiding among the leaves. — Heloise

Blender vs.

food processor

Dear Heloise: What is the difference between a food processor and a blender? How do you know which one to use? — Carolyn K., Perryopolis, Penn.

Food processors have interchangeable blades with each blade designed to do different tasks. Blenders have blades that are fixed and may not be suited for some foods. For blending liquids, making purees or chopping smaller items, a blender is fine to use. Food processors have an opening at the top that allows you to add more items while the processor is working. A blender does not have an opening at the top. You’ll need to stop the blender to add items or other ingredients. A food processor is built to handle larger, solid items because their motors are far more powerful than the motors usually found in a blender. A blender needs a little liquid to grind properly, while a food processor does not. A blender is cheaper and less bulky. — Heloise

(Heloise is a columnist for King Features Syndicate. Send a hint to P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or E-Mail: Heloise@Heloise.com.)

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