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Substitute and Solve - Spiff up costume jewelry, chow down on green garlic

Hello Reena,

I love your column and I would like to know what you would recommend to use as a cleaner for different types of costume jewelry as natural as possible without any chemicals. Thank you. Marla

Dear Marla,

Soak jewelry in the cooled water in which potatoes were boiled. Let stand for one hour. Rinse. Or place the jewelry into a mixture of one cup water and two Alka Seltzer tablets, one teaspoon lemon juice and one and a half teaspoon dish soap. Leave two minutes and rinse.

Dear Reena,

Can you advise me as to why when frying or pickling garlic they turn green? How can I prevent this from happening? I read it is safe to eat green garlic but it is unsightly. I have also read that it is due to immature garlic, so how does one buy it correctly? Perhaps there are many reasons for this occurrence. Thanks in advance, Mary

Dear Mary,

Garlic contains anthocyanins, water-soluble pigments that turn blue, green or purple in an acid solution. While this colour transformation tends to occur more often with immature garlic, it differs among cloves within the same head of garlic. The garlic flavour remains unchanged, and is totally edible and not harmful. Some other factors that may cause colour change include: a reaction to the acid found in vinegar, lemons or onions; the material makeup of the frying pan or chopping knife; copper in your water; or using a salt other than canning salt for pickling. To prevent colour change, blanche garlic for 30 seconds or sauté garlic in butter or olive oil. When purchasing garlic, look for dry bulbs, off-white in colour. The peel should be dry and shed easily. The garlic cloves should be unblemished and firm when you squeeze them. Take a moment in the store to smell garlic; it will carry no odour unless it is overripe (which you don’t want).

Dear Reena,

My automobile leather steering wheel covers get shiny and slippery after a while.How do you make these covers like new again? Susan

Dear Susan,

It is wise to use caution when it comes to your steering wheel, because applying conditioners or cream products risks a decrease in the ability to hold onto the wheel. Begin by cleaning the steering wheel with leather cleaner. Work the foam in and then wipe with a towel. Next apply leather protection, which removes the accumulation of grease on the steering wheel cover. Make sure to read the label on the can to ensure safety. If all else fails, purchase an easy grip steering wheel cover.

Reena Nerbas is a rural Manitoba home economist is a lab coat - and she’s not afraid to use it. Keep your questions coming:

» householdsolutions@mts.net

(204) 320-2757

reena.ca

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 26, 2014

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Hello Reena,

I love your column and I would like to know what you would recommend to use as a cleaner for different types of costume jewelry as natural as possible without any chemicals. Thank you. Marla

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