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Ask Aunt Nettie

We're delighted to share our Aunt Nettie with you. She's agreed to answer any questions you might ask about food, its preparation, and even clean-up tips. But we have to prepare you. She just might want to come right over to your house and help you fix dinner.

To send any questions to Ask Aunt Nettie an/or get her cooking advice, .


Howdy there darlin's,

I done somethin' I don't do very reglar, thank heaven, but I done it and had ta figure out how ta fix it. Matter o' fact, it happens ta ever'body that cooks at some time or nother.

I done burnt my pot o' beans. Yep, I started 'em cookin' on the stovetop in my nice big stainless steel stockpot and went off ta washin' some clothes an' thinkin' 'bout a heap o' other things. Next thing I knew I was smellin' that awrful burnt smell from the other end o' the house.

Well, I say, y'all never seen someone run fer the kitchen like I done that morning! My, my! Ta see me flyin' down the hallway like that ya woulda thought I done sprouted wings an' the house was a-fire. Well, now I s'pose, it coulda caught fire if I hadn't smellt them beans a-burnin'.

Burned Pot Aside from tossin' them beans that was black as coal, and the whole house smellin' like an incinerator, I was now lookin' at that ugly big black pot that was burnt so bad it nearly brung me ta tears!

Years ago I woulda rolled up my sleeves, grabbed a knife, an' started scrapin' off that thick burnt layer an' probably spent the whole mornin' scrubbin' so hard it started my arm achin' fer the whole day inta the next.

But, thank the heavens, with age comes a tad o' wisdom! A heap o' years an' plenty experience in the kitchen taught me how ta clean up a burnt pot without a hitch.

So my niece, Zel, is a-gonna put it in writin' fur better'n I can. She says there's only 3 steps an' that sounds mighty easy.

Now, child, you be sure'n keep them three l'il steps nice an' handy somewhere in yer kitchen. Then, you'll have 'em at yer fingertips when the time comes and you done burnt a pot like I done. You won't have ta cuss like a sailor at yerself or spend time frettin' 'bout what ta do. Jes foller yer ole Aunt Nettie's advice an' you'll be puttin' a smile on yer face in no time.

Yer ever lovin' Aunt Nettie.


  1. First, let the burned pot cool down completely. Then, fill the pot one-fourth full with water, add some liquid dish detergent, and put it back on the stove. Bring it to a boil, decrease the heat to medium or medium-high, and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and set aside for about 10 minutes.
  2. Burned Pot Scrubbed Clean

  3. Drain the water and sprinkle powdered cleanser over the entire bottom of the pot. Grab your best rough scrubber, and put a little elbow grease into scrubbing off that burnt layer. Rinse the pot often to check your progress and add more cleanser as needed.
  4. In a short time, you'll be surprised to see how fast that burned black pot comes clean and starts to shine. I don't want to deceive you--you'll have to do some genuine scrubbing, but in about 10 minutes you'll be looking at a very clean and shiny pot. Aunt Nettie's advice is true blue--she really knows her stuff!.

If You Haven't Met Aunt Nettie. . .

Our Aunt Nettie has a head like a hard disk. It's filled with gigabytes of information about food and cooking. And she's just itchin' to share her learnin' with city folk who live in mortal fear of the stovetop.

Aunt Nettie grew up on the farm. She did not eat out of a can or reach into the freezer. There was no microwave to pop her food into. Everything she made was from scratch. All the food she ate was natural, without pesticides. It was grown right there on the family farm, and she had to cook to survive. At eighty-three years young she still leaps and bounds around the kitchen and can shake, rattle, and roll those pots and pans with the best of them.

Nowadays, Aunt Nettie just shakes her head and complains, "Nobody cooks anymore. They have no idea about puttin' a meal together." She's on a mission. She wants to help those younguns eat better so they can grow up healthy like her own eight kids.

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