I wish you could see the giant stack of mail I have from readers who have taken me up on my offer to ask me anything! It’s mammoth and I couldn’t be any happier about that. Enjoy this batch of answered questions and then keep ‘em coming!
How do you remove the splash guard on your garbage disposal, where odors hide, for regular cleaning? Sheila
The easiest way to clean in that odor hideaway is to not remove that rubber splash guard at all. Once a week or so, dip a sturdy brush, like a toothbrush or similar kitchen cleaning brush in antibacterial grease-cutting kitchen cleaner (Spray Nine Degreaser is a good choice; other antibacterial products will work too). Then lift up one flap of the splash guard. Scrub off the crud and rinse with cold water. Repeat with each flap until that area underneath is totally clean and rinsed. It takes only a couple of minutes and will make all the difference in the world to keep the sink smelling fresh and clean.
I grew up in Hawaii and your recipe for Asian Stir Fry Sauce (Thank you, Nagi) is very similar to what I like to put in stir fry. However, many of us cannot eat MSG, a primary flavor ingredient in every oyster sauce I have ever seen. Do you know of one that does not have MSG (monosodium glutamate) as one of ingredients?
Now that I bought my new black and white computer printer, I need to know the best (cheapest) resource for replacement toner. Cate
Warehouse clubs have some of, if not the best prices out there on computer printer replacement cartridges and toner. Costco also refills toner cartridges, which cuts down on the price. Next time you’re there, if you are a member, check with the service counter to see if they refill your particular cartridges. If you are not a warehouse club member, my next best suggestion would be to look into Amazon Dash service where you set up exactly the type of toner your printer uses, then when you are low, you just push one button to instantly order the item you have pre-selected. It’s a pretty amazing service.
Thanks so much for your columns in my email every morning! I need a new refrigerator/freezer with a drawer for the freezer. Your thoughts on the best inexpensive?
It’s difficult to give you a specific make and model, but I can help steer you to finding the right refrigerator for you. First, decide exactly the features you want and those you do not want. Identify several models and brands that fit your requirements. Then start watching for sales. Stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s run sales on major appliances very frequently. As for brands, I would run, not walk, away from any Samsung appliance because of its terrible reputation among appliance repair professionals. This is my personal opinion based on the fact that many highly rated repair companies won’t even touch a Samsung appliance, which makes it early impossible to get that brand of refrigerator serviced. The two brands of refrigerator I am most fond of for their reputation, service as well at price points are Whirlpool and GE. If you stick to those suggestions then exercise patience in waiting for the model you want to come on sale, you’ll be nicely rewarded. Hope that helps!