Frances H. in Kane, Pa., writes: I seldom bake, and my kitchen is very tiny. I do not have a cooling rack. Usually, when I take something hot from the oven, I lay two table knives on the counter, one pointing in each direction. Then I set the hot pan on it to cool. Works well.

Recently, all my table knives were in the sink to be washed. I thought, “Now what do I do?” I opened my cupboards and took out four cans of fruit, set them on the counter and put the hot pan on them. A great idea!

Catherine H. in Salem, Ore., writes: When I replace a microwave with a new one, I keep the rotating glass tray. Having a spare means I can swap trays quickly in the event of food spills. The dirty one goes in the dishwasher. No food stuck on the bottom of later meals. No smell of burned food. No scraping burned food off the original tray.

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