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DEAR HELOISE: I've heard that a lot of the fish we buy might be "farm-raised." What does that mean, and are there any differences from fish caught in our oceans?

-- Esther J., Kansas

DEAR READER: There are pros and cons to farm-raised versus wild. Farm-raised fish can be raised in abandoned factories or empty shopping centers. They also can meet the growing demand for fish and not contribute to overfishing, which has become a problem in our oceans.

But farm-raised fish don't usually eat the same things as wild fish, and since fish are prized for their omega-3 fatty acid that mainly comes from algae, farm-raised fish have algae added to their food.

As far as any other differences, farm-raised fish may have a little more fat in their diet, so they might be more tender in texture.

DEAR HELOISE: You once had a recipe for a microwaved fudge. Could you reprint it?

-- Addie L., Sheridan, Wyo.

DEAR READER: You will need:

1 pound powdered sugar

1/2 cup cocoa

1/4 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons butter or margarine

4 tablespoons milk

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Combine all ingredients except the nuts in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high until all the ingredients in the mixture are melted and smooth. Remove and stir periodically. When the mixture is smooth, remove from the microwave and stir in the nuts. Spread the mixture into a buttered 9-by-5-inch loaf pan and allow to cool completely before cutting.

DEAR HELOISE: Please caution your readers to always unplug an appliance before cleaning it. My daughter was trying to remove a piece of toast in our toaster by using a knife. She got a shock, but it might have been worse.

-- Peggy D., Alabama

DEAR HELOISE: My oven racks won't come clean. What should I do?

-- Renee R., Muncie, Ind.

DEAR READER: Take them outside, if possible, put them in a large, heavy-duty plastic trash bag and spray with oven cleaner or ammonia. Then close the bag tight. You can also clean the racks in the bathtub with this method, but make doubly certain the bag is sealed tightly.

Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or email

Food on 10/02/2019

Print Headline: Helpful Hints


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