Open Session: What readers think

| June 2006

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Old-time grease buster - Recently, a reader requested suggestions on how to clean the baked-on grease from iron skillets. I remember how my aunt did it.

I was probably 8 to 10, sometime in the mid-1920s. On a sunny day, my mother, sister and I went to Aunt Anna's. There, a large iron kettle stood on legs, so that a fire could be built under it. The adults there were making soap. They had saved grease for the entire year, mostly from pork. It was mixed with other things, including lye. When it was cooked and ready, Aunt Anna and Mother skimmed the soap from the top of the kettle and put it into wooden boxes. After cooling, it was cut into bars. What remained in the kettle was mostly lye, and Mother and Aunt Anna put their iron skillets into it. After a time, it ate off the old grease, and we had 'new' skillets again.

I have been reading CAPPER'S since I was a child and now receive it in talking book form from the Nebraska Library for the Blind and Handicapped. (I have macular degeneration and can no longer read.) Thank you for such a great publication.

Martha M. Rippen
Omaha, Neb.

Be wary
- In a recent Reader to Reader column, a reader asked for information on how to acquire a copy of her old high-school yearbook. My advice to her and others is to be mindful of scam artists.

After my yearbook request appeared in Reader to Reader, I received a letter from someone in Phoenix who claimed that he would sell me the yearbook for $30. I sent a check, he cashed it - and that ended the transaction!

I was scammed. I wrote to him, finally, and told him that I wouldn't sell my soul for $30, though he may have.

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