Banishing Berry-Stained Hands

Summer is coming to a close, which for many gardeners means one thing: it's time to get canning. Jams and jellies made of the peak-season berries, stone fruits and grapes are one of the most delicious (and simple) treats to make. Plus, come the long, cold winter, there are few things that can brighten a dreary morning like crisp toast topped with homemade jam. The one thing that's not-so-great about making jelly or jam? Black, red and blue fruit-stained hands.

My mother used to fall victim to what we called "jelly hands" each year after making big batches of her famed Concord grape jelly. Sure, rubbing your hands with vinegar can help remove the stains, but then your hands smell like, well, vinegar. Not pleasant. Recently, she discovered a new trick.

She cuts a potato in half, soaks it in lemon juice for a couple of minutes and then rubs her hands with the cut side of the potato. Rinse your hands and voilà! Clean hands, no stains.

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