condiments http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/15053/all en-US Store Brands Rival Heinz and Hellman's in Taste Test http://www.wisebread.com/store-brands-rival-heinz-and-hellmans-in-taste-test <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/store-brands-rival-heinz-and-hellmans-in-taste-test" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/food-3179695-small.jpg" alt="condiment bottles" title="condiment bottles" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's hard to resist the siren song of the big national brands. All that pretty packaging beckons from the store shelves, the last chance to close the sale after millions have been spent on advertising and marketing to make those names well-known and trustworthy. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/market-clones-how-to-pay-drastically-less-for-pricey-products">Market Clones: Pay Less for Pricey Products</a>)</p> <p>In the past decade retailers have gotten into the branding game, too, with their own branded products, many of which are produced by the very same companies that produce those national brands. Trader Joe's, for example, has built its business this way. Costco, Target, Walmart, and even Whole Foods all have their own store brands, which can be 10% to 30% cheaper than comparable national brands.</p> <h2>Savory Store Brand Condiments Win Big</h2> <p>For its October 2013 issue of the magazine, Consumer Reports <a href="http://www.today.com/money/dont-be-afraid-buy-store-brand-food-consumer-reports-says-8C11022220">conducted a taste test of store brands and national brands</a> across several grocery store categories. The store brands did pretty well, in general. While none are exact copies of the big brands, most were rated by testers as high quality, the equal, or nearly so, of the big players.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/food-5206067-small.jpg" width="605" height="303" alt="" class=”ggnoads” /></p> <p>The big winners, however, were store brand ketchup and mayonnaise. In a blind taste test of Consumer Reports staffers who said they preferred the national brands, 45% chose Target's Market Pantry brand (13% had no preference; 41% chose Best Foods/Hellman's or Heinz).</p> <p><strong>Ketchup</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.consumerreports.org">Consumer Reports</a>' testers pitted Heinz ketchup against the store brands and found one &quot;near-twin&quot; (Target's Market Pantry brand ketchup) and another high quality substitute (Sam's Club). Both were ranked &quot;Just As Good&quot; by the tasters, and both are at least 30% cheaper than Heinz. Avoid, however, substituting with Whole Foods' 365 brand ketchup. Tasters thought it was &quot;thin and dark,&quot; and, in general, Whole Foods' 365 brand products do not offer consumers much in the way of savings.</p> <p><strong>Mayo</strong></p> <p>Before I switched to <a href="http://followyourheart.com/products/original-3/">Vegenaise</a>, Best Foods (Hellman's back east) was my favorite, and it's America's leading brand. But in Consumer Reports' test, three store brands were rated &quot;near-twin&quot; (Market Pantry, Walmart's Great Value, and Costco's Kirkland Signature). Whole Foods' 365 brand mayo joined those three as &quot;Just as Good.&quot; Again, the store brands are as much as 25% cheaper than Best Foods/Hellman's.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/food-4188312-small.jpg" width="605" height="303" alt="" class=”ggnoads” /></p> <p>The next time you visit the market to stock up on pantry staples like ketchup and mayo, consider reaching a little lower on the shelf for the store brand. You'll see the difference in your pocketbook, but you probably won't taste the difference on your sandwich. You may even prefer it.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite store brand substitutes f</em><em>or the big national brands?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lars-peterson">Lars Peterson</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/store-brands-rival-heinz-and-hellmans-in-taste-test">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/40-restaurants-that-offer-senior-discounts">40 Restaurants That Offer Senior Discounts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sure-savings-at-the-supermarket-how-to-save-25-on-9-staple-items">Sure Savings at the Supermarket</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-can-get-coupons-for-healthy-foods-too-heres-where">You Can Get Coupons for Healthy Foods Too — Here&#039;s Where</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-never-buy-at-the-dollar-store-and-10-you-should">10 Things You Should Never Buy at the Dollar Store (and 10 You Should)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-you-should-buy-at-costco">15 Things You Should Buy at Costco</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping condiments discounts store brands Fri, 13 Sep 2013 21:46:01 +0000 Lars Peterson 983771 at http://www.wisebread.com 20+ Ways to Use Sriracha (AKA Awesome Sauce) http://www.wisebread.com/20-ways-to-use-sriracha-aka-awesome-sauce <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/20-ways-to-use-sriracha-aka-awesome-sauce" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5372351695_a2ed4ffb92_z.jpg" alt="Sriracha sauce" title="Sriracha sauce" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Athough it&rsquo;s a staple at Asian food markets, Sriracha (sometimes called by its street name, &quot;Rooster Sauce&quot;) is an all-American product, manufactured in a suburb of Los Angeles.</p> <p>It is also a masterpiece in the world of condiments. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-cheap-low-cal-condiments-to-brighten-up-boring-food">16 Cheap, Low-Cal Condiments to Brighten Up Boring Food</a>)</p> <p>The Sriracha recipe most of us know and love was cooked up in 1980 by David Tran, a Vietnamese refugee who wanted to replicate the flavor of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.bonappetit.com/blogsandforums/blogs/badaily/2013/03/original-sriracha-low-down.html">Sriraja Panich</a>, the most popular chili sauce in Thailand, which wasn&rsquo;t available in the U.S.</p> <p>(Sriraja Panich was invented in the 1930s by a woman named Thanom Chakkapak, who lived in the port city of Si Racha, Thailand. Sriraja's original purpose was as a condiment for fish, kind of like the Thai version of cocktail sauce).</p> <p>Luckily for Mr. Tran, Angelinos are adventurous eaters, and they immediately recognized that Sriracha had all sorts of off-label applications. The sauce that began as a just another ingredient in Vietnamese Pho has become ubiquitous because of its versatility.</p> <h2>Sriracha Isn't Your Father's Tabasco</h2> <p>Unlike hot sauces such as Tabasco, which are vinegar sauces that are infused with chili peppers, Sriracha is mainly pureed chili peppers with a little bit of vinegar thrown in to make things interesting. What makes Sriracha magical, however, is the addition of sugar, salt, and garlic, giving it a flavor profile that can slide into just about every cuisine. It&rsquo;s my secret weapon against bland cooking.</p> <h2>What Can You Do With a Bottle of Sriracha?</h2> <p>In addition to using Sriracha as a substitute for cocktail sauce, I sneak Sriracha into all sorts of dishes. For example, my go-to speedy lunch is a peanut butter and Sriracha sandwich with a glass of milk. How else do I use Siracha? Let me count the ways.</p> <ul> <li>Sriracha&rsquo;s a delicious addition to <strong>grilled cheese sandwiches</strong> and <strong>tomato soup</strong>. Actually it&rsquo;s a delicious addition to <em>any</em> sandwich. Also, any soup.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Because I suffered a childhood foodie trauma involving ketchup, I substitute Sriracha in every dish that calls for ketchup, giving my <strong>hot dogs</strong> and <strong>French fries</strong> that special je ne sais quoi.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>To turn tomato juice into a spicy mixer I add Sriracha. My neighbor swears that this <strong>Bloody Mary</strong> recipe (secret ingredient: Sriracha) really is <a target="_blank" href="http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2009/09/the_best_bloody_mary">THE BEST bloody mary recipe</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Out of my fancy pasta sauce? I just add some Sriracha to canned tomatoes or tomato paste to make my own last minute spicy <strong>red <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/29-alternative-pizza-sauce-ideas">sauce</a></strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/29-alternative-pizza-sauce-ideas"> for </a><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/29-alternative-pizza-sauce-ideas">pizza</a> </strong>or <strong>pasta</strong>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Want the secret recipe for the <strong>spicy mayo that every Sushi restaurant</strong> in Los Angeles uses? Sriracha and mayonnaise.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>I personally think that <strong>Bob&rsquo;s Big Boy&rsquo;s Blue Cheese salad dressing</strong> is close to perfection. With Sriracha added? Perfection. Also, why settle for ranch dip when I can have <strong>spicy ranch dip</strong>? I squirt out a spiral of Sriracha to decorate the top of the dip and let my guests decide on their own ratio of cool and creamy to hot and spicy.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Why limit Sriracha to my <strong>scrambled eggs</strong> at breakfast when I can add it to my <strong>deviled eggs</strong> and <strong>egg salad sandwiches</strong>, too? (See, <em>any</em> sandwich).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Sriracha makes <strong>mac and cheese</strong> even more delicious, even the orange kind in the box.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>For <strong>fast and easy hot wings </strong>I just toss the chicken in some Sriracha before putting the wings on the grill.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>One of my favorite <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/waste-not-want-not-stop-throwing-away-your-food">no<strong>-</strong>waste kitchen hacks</a> is to add a squirt of Sriracha into the dill pickle jar to make <strong>spicy pickles</strong>. When the pickles are gone I then use the leftover pickle juice to brine my chicken before I fry it. Chick-Fil-A has nothing on this brine.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>My favorite <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-frugal-ways-to-treat-the-common-cold">cold and flu treatment</a> is <strong>chicken soup with a heavy dollop of Sriracha</strong>. See ya later congestion!</li> </ul> <p><em>Are you a Sriracha lover or a Sriracha hater? If you are on Team Rooster, what&rsquo;s your favorite Sriracha recipe hack? If you are a Sriracha hater, what is wrong with you?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-ways-to-use-sriracha-aka-awesome-sauce">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-tasty-and-affordable-salad-dressing-recipes">25 Tasty and Affordable Salad Dressing Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-tasty-ways-to-use-chicken-stock">25 Tasty Ways to Use Chicken Stock</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-non-sandwich-work-lunches">25 Great Non-Sandwich Work Lunches</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-do-with-rotisserie-chicken">25 Things to Do With Rotisserie Chicken</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/homemade-gluten-free-trail-mix-bars-for-about-30-cents-each">Homemade Gluten-Free Trail Mix Bars for About 30 Cents Each</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink affordable recipes condiments hot sauce sriracha Tue, 26 Mar 2013 09:30:29 +0000 Max Wong 971290 at http://www.wisebread.com 25 Tasty and Affordable Salad Dressing Recipes http://www.wisebread.com/25-tasty-and-affordable-salad-dressing-recipes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-tasty-and-affordable-salad-dressing-recipes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/6373755915_94d37e2ea7_z.jpg" alt="making salad" title="making salad" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Many people start eating more salads immediately after switching to a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-plant-based-diet-tricks-for-carnivores">plant-based diet</a>. Perhaps it&rsquo;s because greens are one of the more popular <a href="http://financialhighway.com/cheap-weight-loss-foods/">cheap weight loss foods</a>, or because before they complete their research and find out otherwise, people assume salad is the only side dish that will be available to them.</p> <p>Whatever the reason, salad consumption typically goes up. Whether you are trying to find a way to add more flavor to your raw veggies, reduce your consumption of preservatives and other chemicals, or simply want to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eating-vegan-on-the-cheap">eat vegan on the cheap</a>, having a ready supply of salad dressing recipes at your disposal will set you up for success. Bonus? If you still want to enjoy a good chef&rsquo;s salad with <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tasty-ideas-for-leftover-turkey">leftover turkey</a> or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ten-things-to-do-with-sale-priced-ham">ham</a>, these will work for you too. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-money-saving-healthy-homemade-salad-dressings">5 Money-Saving, Healthy, Homemade Salad Dressings</a>)</p> <h3>1. Lemon Date Dressing</h3> <p>I particularly enjoy <a href="http://webesharin.com/2010/06/30/lemon-date-salad-dressing/">lemon-date salad dressing</a> during the summer or anytime I&rsquo;m craving dates. It&rsquo;s a fresh, full-flavor option that works well when you want to dress up a salad with minimal ingredients. Also, if you&rsquo;re trying to get more dark greens into your diet and want to serve a salad that&rsquo;s heavy on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/twenty-five-ways-to-use-frozen-spinach">spinach</a>, kale, or Swiss chard, this dressing could certainly come to your rescue by bringing a strong flavor without the cost of many more ingredients.</p> <h3>2. Pumpkin Vinaigrette</h3> <p>I tend to make <a href="http://www.theheartofnewengland.com/food-Pumpkin-Vinaigrette.html">pumpkin vinaigrette</a> more in the fall, since that&rsquo;s when I&rsquo;m using <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-with-canned-pumpkin-fresh-ideas-for-a-frugal-super-food">canned pumpkin</a> often. The recipe linked works well, although I have to admit I prefer making it with apple cider vinegar for a bit more tang. It&rsquo;s good on any green salad, but if you really want to celebrate the flavors of autumn, you could use it when you are including dried cranberries as one of your <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/super-salad-add-ins">salad add-ins</a>.</p> <h3>3. Honey Mustard</h3> <p>Whether it&rsquo;s the tang, the sweetness, or simply how well this flavor pairs with a variety of foods, I&rsquo;ve always been a fan of a good <a href="http://www.copykat.com/2009/05/11/outback-steakhouse-honey-mustard-dressing/">honey mustard dressing</a>. Not only is it great for salads, but also for dipping <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-do-with-chicken-leg-quarters">chicken</a> fingers, vegetarian nuggets, and crudities on a night when you want something simple for dinner.</p> <h3>4. Berry Vinaigrette</h3> <p>A great way to use up fresh or frozen produce, this <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/diy-raspberry-vinaigrette">berry vinaigrette</a> can be prepared with nearly any fresh berry. Raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, and more are all fair game. I&rsquo;m thinking you could even serve it warm during the cooler months to create a wilted spinach salad on the fly.</p> <h3>5. Pureed Salsa</h3> <p>If you want a healthy, no-fuss homemade salad dressing, put some salsa in a narrow-mouth pint <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sanity-saving-ideas-for-canning-jars">canning jar</a>, attach it to your blender&rsquo;s blade base, and puree. It&rsquo;s that simple. You can add a bit of olive oil if you like, but if you&rsquo;re going fat free and want some zip, using this single ingredient will get you what you want in time for dinner. In a pinch, you can just pour on the salsa, but some people don&rsquo;t want the chunky consistency on top of their salad. Do what works for you. I like to use this one when I&rsquo;m already dressing up a salad with <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tasty-ways-to-use-canned-corn">canned corn</a>, beans, and other ingredients that are commonly found in Mexican recipes, because I&rsquo;m confident the flavors will go well together.</p> <h3>6. Vegan Ranch</h3> <p>There are several versions of <a href="http://andloveittoo.com/easy-vegan-ranch-dressing/">vegan ranch dressing</a> online, some of them simpler than others. This <a href="http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2012/01/hidden-cashew-ranch-dressing-plus-tips-for-eating-salads-when-you-really-dont-want-to.html">hidden cashew ranch</a> recipe from Fat Free Vegan looks interesting, and of course you could always stick to a combination of Vegenaise, soy milk, lemon juice, and the seasoning of your choice. I think this might make an interesting <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/29-alternative-pizza-sauce-ideas">pizza sauce</a> on a pie topped with mock chicken, mushrooms, and frozen spinach, too.</p> <h3>7. Green Goddess</h3> <p>I&rsquo;ll admit, I had never even heard of <a href="http://www.vegkitchen.com/recipes/green-goddess/">goddess dressing</a> until a couple of years ago when we started eating more vegan meals. Apparently, it&rsquo;s pretty popular and has more variations than most other salad dressing recipes I&rsquo;ve run across. Here&rsquo;s another <a href="http://www.savvyvegetarian.com/vegetarian-recipes/green-goddess-dressing.php">green goddess dressing</a> from the Savvy Vegetarian.</p> <h3>8. Zesty Italian</h3> <p>It might be basic, but <a href="http://www.pennilessparenting.com/2010/07/perfect-homemade-italian-dressing.html">Italian dressing</a> can be used for so many things that it&rsquo;s a good to have a recipe on hand for things like fajita meat seasoning, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-pinch-your-poultry-pennies">poultry</a> marinade, and even pasta salads. I prefer mine a bit zesty, so I typically add a fair amount of crushed red pepper flakes into the mix.</p> <h3>9. Greek Dressing</h3> <p>Greek salad makes for a nice, light summer meal. But it really isn&rsquo;t the same without a good <a href="http://www.simplyscratch.com/2010/11/my-big-fat-greek-dressing.html">Greek dressing</a> to pour on top. While the ingredient list is simple, it pays to use high quality versions of the items called for in order to get the best flavor, particularly the lemon juice.</p> <h3>10. Tahini Dressing</h3> <p>Few cooking ingredients pack as much party-in-your-mouth flavor as tahini. It&rsquo;s also high in calcium, making it one of my top <a href="http://webesharin.com/2010/10/04/10-secret-weapon-foods-for-going-vegan/">secret weapon foods for going vegan</a>. You can use it in bean dips, falafel dipping sauces, and of course, <a href="https://www.theherbalist.com/tahini-salad-dressing.html">tahini salad dressing</a> when you want a salad that will keep you satisfied for a long time.</p> <h3>11. Spicy French</h3> <p>For basic wedge salads and people who prefer a bit of color on their green goods, a good <a href="http://www.vegancoach.com/vegan-dips.html#anchor-spicy-french">spicy French dressing</a> is tough to beat. French dressing also tends to be popular with children, which makes it a good choice for those who are <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-for-kids-a-survival-guide">cooking for kids</a> on a regular basis.</p> <h3>12. Smoky Avocado</h3> <p>Avocados are a great addition to your vegan grocery list because of their healthy fats, creaminess, and flexibility in cooking. This <a href="http://www.choosingraw.com/smoky-avocado-and-cumin-dressing/">smoky avocado and cumin dressing</a> adds a satisfying full-flavor element to any dinner salad and would pair well with Mexican or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-cheap-and-easy-cuban-food-recipes">Cuban recipes</a>.</p> <h3>13. Sunflower Seed Dressing</h3> <p>If incorporating seeds into your diet is one of your main protein strategies, then this parsley and <a href="http://www.joyfulbelly.com/Ayurveda/recipe/Lemon-Parsley-Sunflower-Seed-Salad-Dressing/1002">sunflower seed dressing</a> should pique your interest. I like the pre-roasted variety for snacks, salad ingredients, and cookie add-ins because of the more robust flavor, so I assume that would also make a difference when using them to make a dressing.</p> <h3>14. Ginger Peanut</h3> <p>Since we prepare <a href="http://financialhighway.com/looking-for-frugal-meal-ideas-try-these-4-international-cuisines/">international cuisines</a> quite frequently in our house, we always enjoy an ethnically inspired salad dressing recipe that lets us experience the flavors of a region without preparing an entire entrée. This <a href="http://www.onceuponachef.com/2011/03/asian-slaw-with-ginger-peanut-dressing.html">ginger peanut dressing</a> does just that and can be used with Asian coleslaw, regular salads, or even veggie wraps.</p> <h3>15. Poppy Seed</h3> <p>If you like the flavor and visual appeal of poppy seeds in your muffins and cakes, try incorporating a <a href="http://www.foodbuzz.com/recipes/326855-brighten-your-day-salad-vegan-poppy-seed-dressing">poppy seed dressing</a> into your salad schedule to cut back on calories while still enjoying the ingredient. I prefer darker greens when doing this, but choose whatever salad base you prefer.</p> <h3>16. Vegan Caesar</h3> <p>If you love a good Caesar salad but want to skip the animal products, then consider this <a href="http://ohsheglows.com/2010/06/25/easy-vegan-caesar-salad/">vegan Caesar dressing</a> from Oh She Glows. It&rsquo;s perfect for when you are having meat eaters over for dinner and want to serve something that everyone can enjoy while choosing their own protein to add to their plate.</p> <h3>17. Vegan Buttermilk</h3> <p>If dairy does despicable things to your intestinal tract and you miss a creamy buttermilk sauce at salad time, then try this <a href="http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2010/10/ridiculously-easy-vegan-buttermilk-salad-dressing.html">vegan buttermilk dressing</a> from Fat Free Vegan. You&rsquo;ll have a similar consistency without all of the dairy products.</p> <h3>18. Magnificent Mango</h3> <p>If the flavor of mango perks up your taste buds like it does mine, then try this <a href="http://healthyhappytraveler.com/mango-orange-vinaigrette/">mango vinaigrette</a> from the Healthy Happy Traveler. I don&rsquo;t see any reason you couldn&rsquo;t use this as a fruit dip as well.</p> <h3>19. Almond Butter</h3> <p>Perfect for those with peanut allergies who can still enjoy other types of nuts and seeds safely, this <a href="http://epicureanvegan.com/2012/02/24/kale-cabbage-salad-with-lemony-almond-butter-dressing/">lemony almond butter dressing</a> from Epicurean Vegan dresses up greens and chopped salads with plenty of protein.</p> <h3>20. Fig Dressing</h3> <p>Figs are elegant, flavorful, and depending on where you&rsquo;re located, quite pricey. One way to stretch the purchase out a bit is with a <a href="http://joziuncooked.wordpress.com/tag/raw-fig-dressing/">fig dressing</a>. You&rsquo;ll get all the fig flavor without having to serve multiple figs to an entire house full of people.</p> <h3>21. Cranberry</h3> <p>Perfect for the Thanksgiving season, this <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Cranberry-Salad-Dressing">cranberry salad dressing</a> incorporates a seasonal flavor without overdoing it on the calories, which is a huge concern for most people during that time of year. Since the fresh ones freeze well, this could also be one of those salad dressing recipes that lets you stretch a typically pricey ingredient.</p> <h3>22. Sesame-Dijon Vinaigrette With Capers</h3> <p>Dijon mustard packs a flavor punch that can be successfully paired with a variety of foods, which is why this <a href="http://whatscookingamerica.net/Salad/SesameDijonVin.htm">sesame-Dijon vinaigrette</a> caught my attention. I also like that the recipe incorporates capers, which are one of my favorite <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-affordable-ingredients-that-add-gourmet-flair-to-any-meal">affordable gourmet add-ins</a>. They have a bit of a bite, taste great with a chicken piccata, and dress up an otherwise simple meal.</p> <h3>23. Pear Dressing</h3> <p>If you&rsquo;re looking for something to pair well with a blue cheese and candied walnut salad, a good <a href="http://quick-and-easy.food.com/recipe/spinach-salad-with-pear-dressing-52254">pear dressing</a> is where it&rsquo;s at. Personally, I tend to favor it because I love pear flavor but don&rsquo;t always enjoy the grainy texture of the actual fruit.</p> <h3>24. Hummus Dressing</h3> <p>This <a href="http://www.healthfulpursuit.com/2011/07/hummus-salad-dressing/">hummus dressing</a> from Healthful Pursuit uses garbanzo flour to create the end result, making it something you can create with a base of shelf-stable ingredients. Try it with a basic cucumber and tomato salad, or even with a chilled pasta dish.</p> <h3>25. Fattoush Dressing</h3> <p>Speaking of Middle Eastern salad dressing recipes, one of my favorite salads from the region is fattoush. This <a href="http://tastykitchen.com/recipes/salads/fattoush-salad-dressing/">fattoush dressing</a> enables the home cook to pull off the authentic flavor of the salad, which tastes great with everything from falafel to grilled chicken.</p> <p>These salad dressing recipes were the ones that intrigued me the most when researching this article. There are certainly more of them out there, and I would love to hear which ones make your short list of family faves. Feel free to share your ideas and recipe postings in the comment section below.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/staff">Staff</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-tasty-and-affordable-salad-dressing-recipes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-ways-to-use-sriracha-aka-awesome-sauce">20+ Ways to Use Sriracha (AKA Awesome Sauce)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-tasty-ways-to-use-chicken-stock">25 Tasty Ways to Use Chicken Stock</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-non-sandwich-work-lunches">25 Great Non-Sandwich Work Lunches</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-do-with-rotisserie-chicken">25 Things to Do With Rotisserie Chicken</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/homemade-gluten-free-trail-mix-bars-for-about-30-cents-each">Homemade Gluten-Free Trail Mix Bars for About 30 Cents Each</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink affordable recipes condiments salad dressing Tue, 05 Jun 2012 10:24:09 +0000 Staff 933073 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Unexpected Home Uses for Mayonnaise http://www.wisebread.com/10-unexpected-home-uses-for-mayonnaise <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-unexpected-home-uses-for-mayonnaise" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mayo_shelf.jpg" alt="Shelf of mayo" title="Shelf of mayo" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="168" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Moms know that mayonnaise make an essential addition to tuna. But did you know that mayo has some great uses for around the house? Here are 10 uses I bet you weren't aware of. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cut-rate-condiments-homemade-mayo">Cut-Rate Condiments: Homemade Mayo</a>)</p> <h2>1. Kill Head Lice</h2> <p>A few years ago, I unfortunately got lice. I tried all the products that the local drug stores had to offer and found that nothing worked. Afraid of killing more brain cells than lice, I refrained from using any more toxic chemicals on my hair and resorted to mayonnaise. It is a safe way to kill lice, and it works! Massage mayonnaise into your hair and cover it with a shower cap before you go to sleep. Wash it out in the morning and use a fine comb to comb out any dead eggs. If needed, repeat 7-10 days later.</p> <h2>2. Fix Cracks in Wood Furniture</h2> <p>Fill small cracks in your wood furniture with mayonnaise, then smooth over the top, removing any extra mayo. Leave the mayonnaise as is for a few days, and it will release oils and proteins that will make the wood swell up and shrink the crack, making it almost invisible!</p> <h2>3. Remove Sticky Adhesives</h2> <p>Want to get sticky price tags or glue type residue off containers, mirrors, glass, or bumpers? Instead of buying expensive products, use a little bit of mayonnaise! Rub the sticky spot with mayonnaise, remove with a cloth, and you will have a clean, smooth surface.</p> <h2>4. Condition Your Hair</h2> <p>After my lice fiasco, I discovered how soft my hair felt! Massage mayonnaise into your hair and cover with a shower cap. Leave it in for a bit and then wash it out. The mayonnaise <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-hair-conditioners-you-can-make-at-home">moisturizes your hair</a> and gives it a great shine!</p> <h2>5. Relieve Sunburn Pain</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;re like me, you sit in the sun for way too long and have to deal with the painful results. If you&rsquo;ve run out of aloe, gently rub mayonnaise over the sunburns and feel instant moisturizing and cooling of the skin.</p> <h2>6. Give Yourself a Facial</h2> <p>Wipe away all those dead skin cells and leave your face feeling smooth and clean. Spread mayonnaise onto your face, and leave it on for about 20 minutes. Wipe off and rinse with water, then enjoy the results.</p> <h2>7. Clean Piano Keys</h2> <p>If your piano keys are looking a little less white recently from repeated use, mayonnaise can help you return them to looking their ivory best. Apply a tiny bit of mayonnaise on a damp cloth and rub each piano key, removing any yellow residue.</p> <h2>8. Strengthen Your Fingernails</h2> <p>Are your nails constantly chipping or breaking? An easy and cheep way to strengthen them is to apply mayonnaise to each finger nail for five minutes and wash off with warm water. This will help reduce the number of hangnails you get too!</p> <h2>9. Remove Crayon Marks</h2> <p>Are kids destroying your wooden floors with crayons? Put some mayonnaise on the crayon marks and let it soak for a few minutes. Wipe away the marks with a damp cloth.</p> <h2>10. Make Your Plant Leaves Shine</h2> <p>Plants looking dull? Wish they would shine the way they did when you first purchased them? Get a clean and shiny look that will last for week or even months. Take a little bit of mayonnaise and rub each leave using a paper towel to get the sleek shine professional <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flower-power-a-guide-to-frugal-valentines-flowers">florists</a> get with their plants.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/daniel-packer">Daniel Packer</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-unexpected-home-uses-for-mayonnaise">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-uses-for-salt-besides-seasoning">21 Uses for Salt (Besides Seasoning)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/quickly-removing-scratches-from-cds-and-dvds">Quickly Remove Scratches From CDs and DVDs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-wonderful-uses-for-witch-hazel">15 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-effective-grease-and-oil-stain-removal-tips">14 Effective Grease and Oil Stain Removal Tips</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY General Tips Health and Beauty condiments frugal cleaning homemade hair conditioners mayonnaise Thu, 10 Nov 2011 10:24:41 +0000 Daniel Packer 778733 at http://www.wisebread.com