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FIBER FOR NOTHING

High Fiber Oatmeal to Go is an amazing high-fiber version of Quaker's Oatmeal to Go breakfast bars. With the addition of inulin and polydextrose, there are 10 grams of fiber in one of these bars, compared to 5 grams in the regular Oatmeal to Go bars. The six-count box of High Fiber Oatmeal to Go bars weighs 12.6 ounces, the same as the box of regular Oatmeal to Go bars.

What's amazing about that? This is almost unheard-of: The high-fiber bars cost the same as the regular ones!

-- Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

VINEGAR CAN LAST ALMOST FOREVER

Q. If the seal is broken on red wine vinegar, how long will it keep? Should any vinegars be refrigerated?

A. Vinegar has been used for centuries as a way to preserve food. Even vinegar that has been opened has an almost indefinite shelf life. The high acidity makes it difficult for harmful bacteria to grow in it.

Over time, you may notice some changes, such as increased sediment at the bottom of the bottle, but that's not dangerous. You can pour the vinegar through a coffee filter and rinse out the bottle if it bothers you.

You also might see a cloudy growth in the bottle. It's a growth of cellulose and bacteria called Mother of Vinegar, and it can grow even in commercial vinegar if there is some sugar or alcohol present. It's the starter used by vinegar makers to turn cider or wine into vinegar. It can be unsettling to look at, but you can filter the vinegar to get rid of it if you want.

There shouldn't be any vinegar that would need to be refrigerated.

-- Kathleen Purvis, food editor, Charlotte Observer

NOW IN LOCAL STORES

Now, Marie Callender's frozen pies are sold in the metro-east at Schnucks and Dierberg's.

The big pies are part of a line that consists of frozen "bake and serve" fruit pies, as well as "thaw and serve" pies, with a suggested retail price range of $6.49 to $7.49. For a frozen pie, the crust is flaky and you can choose from a good variety, including Dutch Apple, Cherry Crunch, Razzleberry (blackberry and raspberry), Wild Blueberry, lattice apple or peach, Chocolate Satin and Turtle pies.

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