Dear Heloise: How long does ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR last in the refrigerator? I've had it in the refrigerator one year. Is it still good to use? -- Dorothy D., Fayetteville, N.C.

Dorothy, all-purpose flour can last up to eight months on the shelf when stored in a tightly sealed container. If you keep it in the refrigerator, it can last as long as two years. -- Heloise



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Dear Heloise: You had a recipe for Cole Slaw With Yogurt that was out of this world. Would you please reprint it? -- Rose J., Brighton, Mich.

Rose, this recipe is delicious with so many different meals, and with the holidays coming soon, it adds a nice original touch to many traditional dinners. Here it is:

Cole Slaw With Yogurt

1/2 cup nonfat yogurt

1 small sweet pickle, minced

2 tablespoons green onion, minced

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1 cup shredded cabbage

1/3 cup shredded carrot

Combine the yogurt, pickle, onion, lemon juice and pepper in a bowl. Mix in cabbage and carrot, making sure the yogurt mixture is evenly distributed and all of the cabbage and carrot gets well-coated. Chill before serving. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I've heard that you can cook in the dishwasher. Is that true? -- Maud W., Tigard, Ore.

Yes, you can. It had a brief popularity about 20 years ago and seems to be making a comeback. There are a few videos on the internet on how to do this, which suggest cooking in canning jars. The running time of a dishwasher uses a lot of electricity, so perhaps cooking dinner and washing the dishes at the same time is more environmentally friendly. -- Heloise

P.S. And speaking of dishwashers, here are some items that should not go in them, but instead should be washed by hand:

Wooden cutting boards: The heat will warp them and split the wood.

Cast iron skillet: This item needs to be "seasoned" to protect it.

Nonstick pans.

Good knives: You'll dull the knife.

Soft plastics: They will warp.

Insulated drinkware.

Metal-rimmed glasses or china: The dishwasher will remove the gold trim eventually.


Hi, Heloise: I've discovered an easy way to separate an egg: I use my kitchen funnel in a glass, and crack the egg in there. Ideally, the yolk will stay in the funnel, and the white will slide into the glass. -- Susan in Arkansas