Food and Drink http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/209/all en-US Flashback Friday: The 107 Best Breakfast Hacks to Start Your Day Off Right http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-107-best-breakfast-hacks-to-start-your-day-off-right <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-the-107-best-breakfast-hacks-to-start-your-day-off-right" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_eating_breakfast_000077809533.jpg" alt="Woman using breakfast hacks to start her day off right" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then it should also be your best, most delicious meal of the day. Why not start the day off right, right? But with a hectic schedule ahead of you, it's easy to toss breakfast off the top of your priority list, and just grab something quick, something probably not-so-healthy, and ultimately, something that will tamper with your energy before you've even started work.</p> <p>It doesn't have to be that way, though. You absolutely can have a balanced breakfast without sacrificing much of your limited morning time. Here are the 100+ best breakfast hacks we've ever shared.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/healthy_breakfast_000042961122.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-most-calorie-burning-breakfasts?ref=fbf">The 7 Most Calorie-Burning Breakfasts</a> &mdash; Oh, you wanna torch massive calories throughout the day, eh? Well, you gotta start early in the morning. And these healthy, calorie-burning breakfasts will give you a stellar head-start.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-delicious-breakfast-dishes-for-your-grill?ref=fbf">11 Delicious Breakfast Dishes for Your Grill</a> &mdash; Warmer days, they are a comin', so why not enjoy the morning sun while you grill up some breakfast pizzas and hash browns? Sounds pretty wonderful, doesn't it?</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-easy-and-delicious-granola-recipes?ref=fbf">20 Easy and Delicious Granola Recipes</a> &mdash; Granola is no one-trick pony. There are so many yummy ways to use it! So step up your granola game and mix it in with these amazing toppings.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/man_eating_oatmeal_000038523720.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-nutritious-breakfasts-for-people-with-busy-mornings?ref=fbf">15 Nutritious Breakfasts for People With Busy Mornings</a> &mdash; You're busy. I'm busy. We're all busy! That's still no excuse to consume a pile of garbage first thing in the morning. These delicious day starters will keep your energy up, your belly full, and your tastebuds doing a happy dance.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-easy-superfood-smoothies-for-a-better-morning?ref=fbf">8 Easy Superfood Smoothies for a Better Morning</a> &mdash; Food just tastes so much better when you mix in fruit, natural sweeteners, and liquify it together, doesn't it? Smoothies make fantastic grab and go meals because it takes just a few minutes to dump everything into the blender, blend it up, and then you can take it to go. Win-win!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-grab-and-go-post-workout-breakfasts?ref=fbf">15 Grab-and-Go Post-Workout Breakfasts</a> &mdash; If you're an a.m. exerciser, you need to stay hydrated and replace those calories you just burned off. If you skip breakfast after a workout, your energy will plummet and your body will be seriously pissed at you. So just whip up any of these breakfasts and head on out the door.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/homemade-cinnamon-roll-459082175-small_0.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-slow-cooker-breakfast-ideas-for-lazy-cooks?ref=fbf">12 Delicious Slow Cooker Breakfast Ideas for Lazy Cooks</a> &mdash; Lazy cooks are actually brilliant cooks. They know how to make their meals taste delicious without spending too much time on it. And with a slow cooker, you can toss the ingredients in the night before, and wake up to a wonderful smelling breakfast, just waiting to be eaten.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-and-frugal-power-bowls-you-want-right-now?ref=fbf">10 Delicious and Frugal Power Bowls You Want Right Now</a> &mdash; Power bowls are so in right now. These healthy bowls can be eaten at any time of day, but just add eggs and you've made it into a breakfast bowl. They're a bit pricey to buy, but make 'em yourself and you've got a gorgeous, healthy meal to Instagram and then eat &mdash; in that order, of course.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-make-ahead-freezable-hot-breakfast-recipes?ref=fbf">9 Make-Ahead, Freezable Hot Breakfast Recipes</a> &mdash; No time at all in the morning to prepare a nice hot meal? No problem! These breakfasts can be prepared ahead of time and frozen until you're ready to chow down.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite breakfast hacks? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-107-best-breakfast-hacks-to-start-your-day-off-right">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-3"> <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/flashback-friday-the-60-best-ways-to-use-food-other-than-eating-it">Flashback Friday: The 60 Best Ways to Use Food Other Than Eating It</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/flashback-friday-the-76-best-life-lessons-you-should-learn-by-30">Flashback Friday: The 76 Best Life Lessons You Should Learn by 30</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/flashback-friday-the-81-best-tips-for-saving-big-at-the-grocery-store">Flashback Friday: The 81 Best Tips for Saving Big at the Grocery Store</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/flashback-friday-wise-breads-88-best-food-hacks-ever">Flashback Friday: Wise Bread&#039;s 88 Best Food Hacks Ever</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/flashback-friday-122-scrumptious-super-bowl-party-snack-ideas">Flashback Friday: 122 Scrumptious Super Bowl Party Snack Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Life Hacks Food and Drink breakfast breakfast hacks budget easy breakfasts fbf flashback friday Food frugal food Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:00:05 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1699081 at http://www.wisebread.com 16 Simple Kitchen Skills Every Frugal Person Should Master http://www.wisebread.com/16-simple-kitchen-skills-every-frugal-person-should-master <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/16-simple-kitchen-skills-every-frugal-person-should-master" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_cooking_000088771691.jpg" alt="Frugal woman mastering simple kitchen skills " title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Would you rather eat out than cook? You aren't alone. In fact, owing greatly to the availability of fast food, frozen food, and convenience food, fewer people are preparing meals at home regularly. Another factor is the decline of home economics classes at the high school level, where many basics were taught to both sexes. All of that eating out takes a toll, though, on your budget and your health. Learning to cook can also be relaxing and enjoyable. Ready to give it a try? Here are 16 simple kitchen skills that every frugal person should, and easily can, learn.</p> <h2>1. Make Coffee</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0FRDQM19WfE" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>How much are you spending each week at Starbucks? Ouch, right? Why not <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-starbucks-drinks-you-can-easily-make-yourself" target="_blank">be your own barista</a>? If you own a <a href="http://amzn.to/1VRcFm0">French press</a> (I paid less than $20 for mine), you can make your coffee concoctions right at home. I love a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FRDQM19WfE">good latte</a>. Some people are intimidated by the frothy milk, but there is no need to be. It's just aerating the milk, and you don't need fancy equipment. Your &quot;froth&quot; goal is to just double its volume. That can be done in the French press, too, or by using a whisk. Add your favorite <a href="http://amzn.to/1VRd08s">Torani syrup</a>, if desired, and you're set.</p> <h2>2. Roast a Chicken</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/MOtuBSOcVCs" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>One of the pleasures of being a home cook is the aroma of a roasting chicken on a Sunday afternoon &mdash; especially one that contains fresh lemon and herbs. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOtuBSOcVCs">Roast chicken</a> ensures you'll have delicious leftovers for several days (or you can freeze the leftovers). You don't even need a fancy roasting pan; a large, shallow <a href="http://amzn.to/1qG9zWF">casserole dish</a> will work.</p> <h2>3. Boil an Egg</h2> <p>Every time Easter rolls around, I am surprised by the number of articles online, or in the newspapers, explaining how to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtt43zDzXSY">hard-boil eggs</a>. Egg hunts aside, hard-boiled eggs are a very handy thing to have around for a quick high-protein snack, an egg-salad sandwich, deviled eggs, etc.</p> <h2>4. Cook Rice</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-TaeYSiIbbw" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>I'm one of the few people I know who doesn't own a rice cooker. No need! It's really easy to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TaeYSiIbbw">make perfect rice</a> on your stovetop, and so long as you use your timer, it's pretty darn foolproof. I always make a big batch, because I think it's nice to have leftovers in the refrigerator for fried rice, a cold rice salad, or to toss into a tortilla with beans and cheese.</p> <h2>5. Cut Up an Avocado</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/3HnqTz-0MvI" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Avocados are so enormously popular right now (watch for Sharwil avocados, now being imported from the Big Island of Hawaii). Full of healthy fat and vitamins, B6, E and C, we just can't get enough of them. How do you <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HnqTz-0MvI">cut up avocados</a> without making a mess? If you're a beginner, the chef in this video has an excellent safety tip for cutting out the pit, using a towel.</p> <h2>6. Know Which Knife to Use for Which Job</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pKgGlpe45T0" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Ever use a paring knife to cut meat? How about a serrated edge for cheese? Doesn't work very well, does it? Choosing <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKgGlpe45T0&amp;nohtml5=False">the right knife</a> for the right kitchen job, as well as knowing how to use that knife, will not only keep you safe, but is also more efficient.</p> <h2>7. Use Sharp Knives</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/SBn1i9YqN1k" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Most kitchen accidents occur from use of a dull knife. This is due to the fact that a dull knife requires more pressure to do the job, increasing the odds of slipping and cutting yourself. Is <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBn1i9YqN1k">sharpening knives</a> something that you can do, yourself? Sure! As you become more comfortable with cooking, you'll learn to appreciate working with sharp knives.</p> <h2>8. Bake a Potato</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/XeDsOAW7JC4" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>I prefer a potato <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeDsOAW7JC4">baked in the oven</a>, but you can also do them in the microwave. However, they won't have that nice, crispy potato skin. Few foods are as economical as potatoes, and you can easily make a meal out of one. Try adding chili, sour cream, and onions, or how about steamed broccoli and cheese? Key point: Don't forget to prick the potato with a fork to allow steam to escape.</p> <h2>9. Use Separate Cutting Boards</h2> <p>To minimize risk of cross-contamination, and making yourself sick, use different <a href="http://amzn.to/1SLhCYz">cutting boards</a> for meats and vegetables. Wash thoroughly after use. If a board starts getting grooves in it from your knives, replace it.</p> <h2>10. Brown Meat</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/MRRDRk23gRA" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Why do you need to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRRDRk23gRA">brown meat</a>? Browning meat, or chicken, adds color and flavor, as well as gives it a better texture. If your recipe calls for browned meat, don't skip that step. It's mildly messy, and you need to be careful you don't burn yourself. However, the results make this step well worth the effort.</p> <h2>11. Peel/Chop Garlic</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rdAbdY7fUcY" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>As you begin to do more cooking, you will want to learn how to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdAbdY7fUcY">peel and chop up garlic</a>. This isn't difficult, and it will give your food so much flavor! One bulb of garlic will go a long way. Store in a cool, dark place (but not in your refrigerator). If you prefer, you can put it in a little jar, and cover with olive oil.</p> <h2>12. Grow Herbs</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/RfJSIlL0PZI" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Even if you have no outdoor space, you can still <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfJSIlL0PZI&amp;nohtml5=False">grow herbs</a> inside. Herbs greatly enhance your food &mdash; think of dill in potatoes, tarragon with chicken, or sage in stuffing. You can make a quick pesto if you have fresh basil around, or liven up a tomato sauce with some fresh oregano.</p> <h2>13. Make an Omelet</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/OQyRuOEKfVk" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Not only inexpensive to make, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQyRuOEKfVk">homemade omelets</a> are really versatile. Think ham, cheese, and tomatoes at breakfast; herbs and a little shaved parmesan at lunch, or a &quot;filled&quot; omelet for dinner. They take a little practice, but even when they don't come out looking omelet-y, they're still delicious.</p> <h2>14. Make Chicken Broth</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/X6jOzA2MTfI" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>After making <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6jOzA2MTfI&amp;nohtml5=False">chicken broth</a>, I let it cool, and then pour into Ziploc quart bags, and freeze flat to stack (don't forget to label with the date). I use broth just about as fast as I can make it, using it in soups, sauces, or in place of water (try in rice). The bonus is the cooked chicken, which you can also use right away in meals, or freeze.</p> <h2>15. Frost a Cake</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/fQKCitgCRuQ" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Not much of a baker, my cakes always had a humorous &quot;made this for you myself&quot; look. I finally sat and watched an amateur cake decorator <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQKCitgCRuQ&amp;nohtml5=False">frost a cake</a>, and what a difference that made. Getting rid of the crumbs was my favorite tip, followed by cutting the cake into the right shape.</p> <h2>16. Plan Your Menu</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/EENpjugzBU8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>You'll save yourself a lot of time and money if you learn to plan menus. It doesn't need to be complicated &mdash; all you need is pencil and paper. Getting the hang of cooking once and eating twice is a real treat, particularly during a busy week. Learn to watch grocery ads for sales; plan around those and save more money.</p> <p>Lastly, if you have gone to the trouble of making your own meal, why not enjoy it in style? Here is how to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EENpjugzBU8">set the table</a>.</p> <p><em>What frugal kitchen skills do you find essential?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-simple-kitchen-skills-every-frugal-person-should-master">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/10-cheap-and-easy-meals-that-make-even-better-leftovers">10 Cheap and Easy Meals That Make Even Better Leftovers</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/10-delicious-ways-to-save-stale-bread">10 Delicious Ways to Save Stale Bread</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/5-perfectly-respectable-uses-for-instant-mashed-potatoes">5 Perfectly Respectable Uses for Instant Mashed Potatoes</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/kick-ass-alternatives-to-canned-cranberry-sauce">Kick-Ass Alternatives to Canned Cranberry Sauce</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/5-easy-recipes-perfect-for-the-traveling-chef">5 Easy Recipes Perfect for the Traveling Chef</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink basics Cooking culinary kitchen skills meal planning recipes Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:30:04 +0000 Marla Walters 1696225 at http://www.wisebread.com The High Cost of Cheap Food http://www.wisebread.com/the-high-cost-of-cheap-food <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-high-cost-of-cheap-food" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000040083502_Large.jpg" alt="cheap food has shockingly high costs" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Compared to most Americans, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-2016-budget-challenge-finding-food">I spend a lot of money on food</a>, almost $100 per month just for fresh produce. But even my grocery bill pales in comparison to what the rest of the world spends on basic nutrition.</p> <p>Americans spend <em>less </em>money as a percentage of income on food than people of any other country in the world. On average, only <a href="http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/ag-and-food-statistics-charting-the-essentials/food-prices-and-spending.aspx">6% of our household budget</a> goes to pay for food, compared to the French, who eat through 14% of their income, or the Kenyans, who spend 45% of each paycheck on groceries.</p> <p>But even though it seems like we may be saving money on food compared to the rest of the world, what is the real cost of cheap eats? Let's find out.</p> <h2>It Costs Tax Payers 20 Billion Dollars Per Year</h2> <p>Although fresh produce is out of the budget range of many Americans, the sick irony is that food, especially packaged food, is cheaper in the United States than pretty much anywhere else in the world. This is because the cost of crops like corn is kept artificially low by the government.</p> <p>Food in the United States wasn't always this cheap, though. In 1960 our <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/03/02/389578089/your-grandparents-spent-more-of-their-money-on-food-than-you-do">grandparents were spending about 17.5%</a> of their income on food. Then, in the 1970s, Earl Butz, Nixon's Secretary of Agriculture, re-engineered New Deal farm programs that were meant to stabilize the food supply, into a support system for the factory farming of corn and soy.</p> <p>Starting in 1971, crops like corn, soy, and wheat started getting heavily subsidized &mdash; to the tune of 20 billion dollars a year. What this means is that corn farmers can make more money from their government subsidy than they do by actually selling corn. Of course, since farmers have such a wonderful incentive to grow corn, they grow lots and lots of it.</p> <h2>We Pay for Cheap Food Twice</h2> <p>So how do farmers dispose of their artificially cheap product, paid for, in part, by taxpayer dollars? By selling it to food manufacturers as filler, preservatives, and binding agents. Surprise! All those mystery ingredients listed on food packages like citric acid, fructose, sorbitol, dextrose, lactic acid, MSG, malt, and diglycerides are all corn byproducts. And, each of these non-food ingredients contains calories.</p> <h2>We End Up Spending More Money on Health Care</h2> <p>Documentary films like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017JLWVPY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B017JLWVPY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=SRYAPRKLX6ILCMPD">Super Size Me</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002VRZEYM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B002VRZEYM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=ILATPAZ6BC255M5L">Food Inc.</a> have spotlighted the health consequences of cheap food, especially on America's poor. But obesity, heart disease, and diabetes are not the only health problems linked to fast food. A Harvard Medical School study also found that <a href="http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/think-fast-when-kids-want-fast-food-201301315846">children who eat fast food</a> three times a week had increased risks of asthma and eczema.</p> <p>U.S. farmers actually produce the equivalent of <a href="http://www.usda.gov/factbook/chapter2.htm">3,800 calories per person</a> per day. This is at least <a href="http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/sites/default/files/usda_food_patterns/EstimatedCalorieNeedsPerDayTable.pdf">1,000 calories more per day</a> than is recommended for people who are moderately active. So is it any wonder that Americans are fat?</p> <h2>It Causes Poverty and Hunger</h2> <p>As a result of NAFTA, Mexico has been flooded with cheap, government subsidized corn from the United States. Mexico, which is the birthplace of corn, now imports a third of its corn from America.</p> <p>There are some huge problems with other nations becoming dependent on subsidized American crops. First, Mexican corn farmers who were unable to compete against the artificially low cost of imported U.S. corn were forced out of business. Obviously, when farmers lose their farms, they don't grow food to eat, they don't grow food to sell, and without work, they have no money to buy food. Millions of Mexican farmers lost their jobs due to cheap, imported food. Also, when poor countries become dependent on cheap imported foods, they risk a food crisis when there is a price spike on staple foods. This can lead to widespread hunger, which is what happened in Mexico with corn in 2007 and in the Philippines with rice in 2008.</p> <h2>The Environmental Cost Is Staggering</h2> <p>To quote FDR, &quot;A nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.&quot; Farming is difficult and expensive, so many farmers are forced to max out production or go out of business. This 'go big or go broke' behavior is not financially or environmentally sustainable. Monoculture farming, although extremely efficient, burns through resources like water and topsoil. Commercial agriculture is currently <a href="http://modernfarmer.com/2015/07/ogallala-aquifer-depletion/">draining groundwater</a> in the Midwest about eight times faster than rain is putting it back in. This could lead to a second Dust Bowl.</p> <h2>Animals Pay the Price</h2> <p>If you forced a dog to live in a small box for its entire life, you could be arrested for animal cruelty and your neighbors would treat you like a pariah. What most people don't want to think about is that this kind of torture is the typical experience of <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/feature/belly-beast-meat-factory-farms-animal-activists">factory-farmed chickens, pigs, and cows</a>. Some animals will only see daylight on the day that they are slaughtered. Animal cruelty is the price of cheap meat.</p> <h2>The Working Conditions Are Terrible</h2> <p>Animals aren't the only ones that subsidize low food prices with their bodies. Last year an investigation by The Guardian revealed that much of the <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/jun/10/supermarket-prawns-thailand-produced-slave-labour">shrimp that the U.S. imports from Thailand</a> was the work product of slaves. But slave labor doesn't just happen in the Third World. Thousands of farm workers in the United States work in very poor conditions. More than 1,200 people have been rescued from <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/08/26/139972669/the-unsavory-story-of-industrially-grown-tomatoes">agricultural slavery rings in Florida</a> alone.</p> <h2>You Risk Sickness</h2> <p>While Chipotle is blaming its multistate <a href="http://www.eater.com/2016/2/5/10922434/chipotle-e-coli-beef-australia">E. Coli outbreak on Australian beef</a>, it's frankly shocking that this type of mass food poisoning doesn't happen more often.</p> <p>For starters, it is common practice in the United States to <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2013/12/we-feed-cows-chicken-poop">feed cows chicken poop</a>. Also, in order to cut costs, some slaughterhouses have managed to speed up their kill lines by 50%. Not only does this massive increase in volume result in more <a href="http://foodsafety.news21.com/2011/safety/inspection/feces/">food contamination from fecal matter</a>, but also more animal abuse and human rights violations. Stool run-off from factory farming, or Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations in agribusiness parlance, <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1817674/">pollute the water table</a> and create <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/28/AR2010022803978.html?sid=ST2010030100323">dead zones</a> in oceans and rivers.</p> <h2>We're Funding the Zombie Apocalypse</h2> <p>One of modern life's existential horrors is the rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria caused by antibiotic overuse. So, while parents are becoming more selective about dosing their kids for minor illnesses, these same moms and dads are unaware that livestock in the United States &mdash; because the animals are constantly sick from a diet of garbage and from standing in their own waste &mdash; is pumped full of antibiotics. In fact, the FDA has confirmed that <a href="http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/02/fda-confirms-80-percent-of-antibiotics-used-in-animal-ag/#.Vx-nJqMrKRt">animal agriculture consumes 80% of all antibiotics</a> used in America. While meat producers argue that they are not breeding superbugs along with their livestock, a team of researchers from the <a href="http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2011/04/14/cid.cir181.full.pdf">Translational Genomics Research Institute</a> discovered that one in four packages of meat and poultry in the United States contains multidrug resistant staph bacteria.</p> <h2>What Can One Person Do?</h2> <p>Ugh. All of this is terrible. Is it actually possible to eat responsibly without going broke or supporting human trafficking? Here are some things to consider.</p> <h3>1. Don't Waste Food</h3> <p>When food goes to waste, you not only waste money, you waste all the water, fertilizer, and labor that went into growing the food and transporting it to your plate. So, even if you don't know if your food is ethically produced, you don't have to be the weakest link.</p> <h3>2. Eat Healthy on a Budget</h3> <p>Eating a really <a href="http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/3/12/e004277.full?sid=820d6e1a-280e-47a6-b8c5-498bfa4657e3">healthy diet costs $1.50 more per day</a> than eating an unhealthy diet. And $550 per year is a steep cost for many people, but compared to diet-related health costs, this is chump change. Every effort to eat healthy is a reward to your body, so just do as much as you can afford.</p> <p>Luckily, even people on food assistance can eat healthy. Leanne Brown created <a href="https://8b862ca0073972f0472b704e2c0c21d0480f50d3.googledrive.com/host/0Bxd6wdCBD_2tdUdtM0d4WTJmclU/good-and-cheap.pdf">Good and Cheap</a>, a free online cookbook for people living on the SNAP budget of $4 per day for food. The book is beautifully photographed and the recipes are delicious. Brown's recipes encourage flexibility &mdash; because staying on budget means cooking with what's on sale and available. She has made it easy to substitute ingredients and still prepare yummy meals.</p> <h3>3. Eat Less Meat</h3> <p>Livestock accounts for 18% of greenhouse gases. So one simple thing that everyone can do to slow down global warming is to eat less meat. Personally, my husband and I <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-2016-budget-challenge-finding-food">save a ton of money</a> by eating lower on the food chain. We are &quot;domestic vegetarians,&quot; who eat meatless, homemade meals during the week.</p> <h3>4. Drink Less Sugar</h3> <p>A recent study of school children in my neighborhood revealed that 40% of their calorie intake came from sugary beverages. (It should come as no surprise that childhood obesity is at epidemic levels in my area.) When this fact was brought to light, a number of families were able to make one healthy dietary change that also saves them hundreds of dollars every year: they started drinking tap water instead of soda.</p> <h3>5. Shop Seasonally</h3> <p>Buy in-season produce. If you see peaches at the grocery store in December, you can pretty much assume that fruit was grown outside of the country. You will pay extra for the shipping costs of your food, and the planet will pay the cost of the transport in the form of more pollution.</p> <p>Also, from a straight-up foodie standpoint, produce that must be transported is bred for shipping, not for flavor, which is why store-bought tomatoes are tasteless. In-season produce, which has been allowed to ripen on the plant or in the field, not only taste better than produce that was picked green, but is more nutritious.</p> <h3>6. Shop Locally</h3> <p>Support your local growers. It costs a lot of money to grow high quality food, sustainably. Even if you cannot afford to buy all your food locally, every little purchase counts, and all that money goes back to your own community. Also, it pays to ask around. I literally get tons of free backyard fruit donated to me every year by neighbors who can't eat through all their backyard produce and don't want it to go to waste. There are ways to find low cost food with a low carbon footprint pretty much everywhere. Just do what you can.</p> <p><em>Are you concerned about the impact of cheap food on the planet? What do you do to eat more responsibly?</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/the-high-cost-of-cheap-food">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-9"> <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/healthy-frugal-eating">Healthy, frugal eating</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/how-to-avoid-putting-on-recession-pounds">How to Avoid Putting on Recession Pounds</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/should-there-be-a-fat-tax-on-junk-food">Should There Be a &quot;Fat Tax&quot; on Junk Food?</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/avoid-these-fast-food-items-say-fast-food-employees">“Avoid These Fast Food Items,” Say Fast Food Employees</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/the-new-face-of-poverty-is-fat">The new face of poverty is fat</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty budget meals Cheap Food dollar menus Fast Food food budget Health junk food Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:00:09 +0000 Max Wong 1698447 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Foods You Can Freeze and How to Do It Right http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-foods-you-can-freeze-and-how-to-do-it-right <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-foods-you-can-freeze-and-how-to-do-it-right" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/frozen_raspberries_000029912288.jpg" alt="Learning which foods you can freeze and how to do it right" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found helpful articles on foods you can freeze and the right way to do it, ways to save at Old Navy, and dying professions that job hunters should avoid.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.cheapism.com/blog/4287/how-to-freeze-food">16 Foods to Freeze for Later (and How to Do It Right)</a> &mdash; Leafy greens will stay fresh in the freezer for up to four months if you prepare them correctly. [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="http://www.passionforsavings.com/12-amazing-old-navy-savings-secrets/">12 Amazing Old Navy Savings Secrets</a> &mdash; Keep your eyes peeled for days when Old Navy offers 40% off everything. This sale typically happens quarterly and around holidays. [Passion for Savings]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/article/business/T012-C000-S001-dying-professions-that-job-hunters-should-avoid.html">Dying Professions That Job Hunters Should Avoid</a> &mdash; The number of jobs for floral designers is fading, but if you want to do something related to arrangement, look into merchandise display or interior design [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Ways-Improve-Sleep-40936073">Do These 5 Things Before Bed in Order to Sleep Better</a> &mdash; Listen to tranquil tunes to calm and quiet your mind. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/The-Bite/2016/0420/America-s-new-favorite-beverage-bottled-water-video">America's new favorite beverage: bottled water?</a> &mdash; Bottled water sales has skyrocketed in the past decade &mdash; it may even overtake the demand for soda this year. [The Monitor]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://blog.noisli.com/what-to-eat-in-order-to-boost-your-brainpower/">Brain Food &ndash; What to eat in order to boost your Brainpower</a> &mdash; Whole grains like brown rice and wheat pasta are rich in fiber. They release energy over a long period of time at a constant level. [Noisli]</p> <p><a href="http://www.shebudgets.com/personal-finance/five-ways-science-says-saving-money-is-good-for-health/67672">Five Ways Science Says Saving Money is Good for Health</a> &mdash; Studies have shown that your financial life can impact your health in many ways. [SheBudgets]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thefrugaltoad.com/household/6-wardrobe-essentials-every-woman-must">6 Wardrobe Essentials Every Woman Must Own</a> &mdash; You can upgrade your whole look with a classy jacket. [The Frugal Toad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.everybodylovesyourmoney.com/2016/04/25/5-ways-to-make-money-with-real-estate.html">5 Ways to Make Money with Real Estate</a> &mdash; There are a number of ways to profit from just a parcel of land. [Everybody Loves Your Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Ways-Improve-Sleep-40936073">Does My Son Love His Dad More Than Me?</a> &mdash; A child might feel closer to one parent or another at different points in their life. What you can do is to let them know you're here for them no matter what. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-foods-you-can-freeze-and-how-to-do-it-right">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-10"> <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/16-simple-kitchen-skills-every-frugal-person-should-master">16 Simple Kitchen Skills Every Frugal Person Should Master</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/horizon-organic-milk-is-it-all-just-lies">Horizon Organic Milk: Is it All Just Lies?</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/the-high-cost-of-cheap-food">The High Cost of Cheap Food</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/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Groceries</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/these-10-simple-swaps-will-make-your-baking-so-much-better">These 10 Simple Swaps Will Make Your Baking So Much Better</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips freeze food Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:00:05 +0000 Amy Lu 1698368 at http://www.wisebread.com These 10 Simple Swaps Will Make Your Baking So Much Better http://www.wisebread.com/these-10-simple-swaps-will-make-your-baking-so-much-better <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/these-10-simple-swaps-will-make-your-baking-so-much-better" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/baking_chocolate_cake_000076272187.jpg" alt="Making simple swaps that will make baking so much better" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ever get halfway into baking a cake and realize that you are missing one of the ingredients? Or, maybe you have a recipe that you love, but feel so guilty making it due to the fat or calorie content. Time for a &quot;swap,&quot; or a substitution. Here are 10 that you may even prefer to your regular recipes. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-indulgent-desserts-that-are-actually-good-for-you?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Indulgent Desserts That Are Actually Good for You</a>)</p> <h2>1. Double the Benefits of Juicing</h2> <p>Like to make carrot-ginger juice in your juicer? Save the pulp! My regular muffin recipe calls for &frac34; cup of milk; I just decrease that to ⅓ and then use a cup of pulp. Talk about healthy <em>and</em> frugal.</p> <h2>2. Not-So-Many-Pounds Cake</h2> <p>The next time you make pound cake, lighten it a little with avocado. Try using &frac14; cup of butter and &frac12; cup of mashed avocado instead of, well, the pound of butter. The result will be a moister, silkier texture &mdash; and you get the healthy benefits.</p> <h2>3. Buttermilk Makes It Better</h2> <p>I can always tell a baker (or a lover of fried chicken) if I open their refrigerator and find buttermilk. Just substitute buttermilk for the liquid in a boxed cake mix. You won't believe how much better the texture will be. I use low-fat buttermilk and it works well.</p> <h2>4. Yogurt</h2> <p>This swap works really well in a <a href="http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/easy-lemon-loaf/c9b25edf-afc8-4476-b840-0623b345a31e">white cake mix</a>, making a delicious lemony loaf. The yogurt makes it very light (and it will have fewer calories). Don't completely substitute yogurt for butter or oil, though. Taste of Home has these helpful guidelines:</p> <ul> <li>When a recipe calls for butter, replace half the butter with half as much yogurt. For instance, instead of 1 cup butter, use &frac12; cup butter and &frac14; cup yogurt.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>When a recipe calls for shortening or oil, replace half the oil with &frac34; the amount of yogurt. For example, instead of 1 cup oil, use &frac12; cup oil and &frac14; cup plus 2 tablespoons yogurt.</li> </ul> <h2>5. Reduce Those Chocolate Calories</h2> <p>Just substitute mini-morsels for full-size chocolate chips. You still get the chocolatey flavor, but just less of it.</p> <h2>6. Coffee Lover?</h2> <p>To a Devil's food cake mix, substitute cooled coffee for the water. That gives it a rich &quot;mocha&quot; flavor. I like to bake in a bundt pan and then sprinkle with powdered sugar.</p> <h2>7. French Toast</h2> <p>My husband always adds a teaspoon of Angostura bitters, rather than vanilla, to the milk-egg mixture and then soaks the bread. This adds a flavor reminiscent of cloves and allspice.</p> <h2>8. Banana Bread</h2> <p>I like a really tropical flavored banana bread. To my regular recipe, I add 1&frac12; teaspoons of coconut extract instead of vanilla. Then I top the dough with sweetened, flaked coconut before baking.</p> <h2>9. Chocolate-Orange Cake</h2> <p>Another great swap is to use orange juice in place of water in a chocolate cake mix. Drizzle with ganache; garnish with orange sections dipped in melted chocolate.</p> <h2>10. Get Rid of (Some) of the Guilt</h2> <p>Substitute applesauce for oil in a brownie mix. They will be a little drier, so plan to eat them immediately (joke).</p> <p><em>The final word? Experiment! Take a look in your pantry and refrigerator; investigate using healthier substitutions. </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-10-simple-swaps-will-make-your-baking-so-much-better">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/17-classic-desserts-we-all-miss">17 Classic Desserts We All Miss</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/10-cool-ice-cream-cakes-for-your-next-celebration">10 Cool Ice Cream Cakes for Your Next Celebration</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/10-tempting-no-bake-desserts">10 Tempting No-Bake Desserts</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-delicious-ways-to-save-stale-bread">10 Delicious Ways to Save Stale Bread</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/tasty-treats-to-make-with-mulberries">Tasty Treats to Make With Mulberries</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink baking desserts ingredients recipes substitutions sweets Tue, 26 Apr 2016 09:30:27 +0000 Marla Walters 1696222 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Extra Virgin Olive Oils http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-extra-virgin-olive-oils <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-extra-virgin-olive-oils" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/olive_oil_000059796240.jpg" alt="Buying the best olive oils for cooking" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There is nothing quite like extra virgin olive oil. Whether you like to cook with it or simply use it for dipping or drizzling over pasta dishes, you want the best. Extra virgin olive oil is packed with natural vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and can improve heart health and overall health, while reducing the risk of certain types of cancer.&nbsp;</p> <h2>What Is Extra Virgin Olive Oil?</h2> <p>Extra virgin olive oil (or EVOO) is the highest-grade olive oil available. It is unrefined and produced without the use of solvents or chemicals. It is made simply by cold-pressing olives and extracting the juice. It should be full-bodied, with the aroma and fresh flavor of olives. Unfortunately, not all EVOOs are created equal, so while some claim to be extra virgin, they are in fact just regular olive oil. That&rsquo;s why we&rsquo;ve found the five best extra virgin olive oils available.</p> <h2>Top 5 Extra Virgin Olive Oils</h2> <h3>California Olive Ranch Everyday Extra Virgin Olive Oil</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004ULUVU4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004ULUVU4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6X56QD2SOZKEFHRN"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/cali%20olive.jpg" width="79" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>You won&rsquo;t find a more beloved olive oil than the award-winning <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004ULUVU4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004ULUVU4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6X56QD2SOZKEFHRN">California Olive Ranch Everyday Extra Virgin Olive Oil</a>. It has a sweet nuttiness, with the flavor and aroma of California grown green olives. The olives are cold-pressed within hours of picking for a fresh, fruity flavor with a complex finish. It is described as buttery and fruity, with a bright, smooth flavor. The unrefined oil comes in a sturdy dark glass bottle, which keeps the olive oil fresher for longer. It is versatile enough to work with any ingredients, without overwhelming them.</p> <p>In a study conducted by UC Davis, they claimed this olive oil is the real deal. In fact, it scored top marks for freshness and quality across the board. Good Housekeeping selected this as one of the best olive oils available, calling it light and mellow in flavor. Real Simple selected it as the best oil for cooking. It is also recommended by Cook&rsquo;s Illustrated and The Kitchn. While it is a top-ranked oil that can stand up to some of the most expensive high-end EVOO brands, it is still a supermarket staple that you can pick up any time.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004ULUVU4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004ULUVU4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6X56QD2SOZKEFHRN"><em>Currently $17.70 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Partanna Extra Virgin Olive Oil</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000YQ2FG2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000YQ2FG2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=WANCRA6OVOSA2AOA"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/partanna.jpg" width="145" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>With a rich flavor and herbaceous aroma, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000YQ2FG2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000YQ2FG2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=WANCRA6OVOSA2AOA">Partanna Extra Virgin Olive Oil</a> is best for dressings, finishing dishes, and drizzling. The cold-pressed oil is grown and packaged in Partanna, Sicily only in October (early harvest). It has been produced by the Asaro family since 1916 and has maintained the same high standards since. The unfiltered oil comes in a large colorful tin, which also helps keep the olive oil fresher for longer. At first, the unfiltered oil appears cloudy and green, but over time, it will slightly mellow and become clearer. It has very low acidity and can complement nearly any food.</p> <p>This beloved EVOO was the winner of three Gold Medals and one Best of Class at the L.A. County Fair and NYIOOC. Real Simple selected it as the best oil for drizzling, and it is also the common choice among celebrity chefs.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000YQ2FG2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000YQ2FG2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=WANCRA6OVOSA2AOA"><em>Currently $34.70 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Zoe Extra Virgin Olive Oil</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IFI6GCA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00IFI6GCA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=GVGV3GWE54GSAFLQ" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/zoe.jpg" width="126" height="245" align="right" alt="" />Zoe Extra Virgin Olive Oil</a> has a rich green color, fresh fruit aroma, and distinctive flavor. Exclusively from Castilla-La Mancha, Spain, it is first cold pressed from the Cornicabra olive groves. It is then blended with other Spanish olive varieties, such as the Picual and Hojiblanca olive, for a more balanced flavor with notes of pepper and fresh basil. The buttery oil comes in a beautiful, colorful tin, which also helps keep the olive oil fresher for longer. The unique flavor can complement nearly any foods.</p> <p>This is Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best seller in olive oils. It was also awarded &ldquo;Best Choice&rdquo; and &ldquo;Fruitiest Oil&rdquo; by The New York Times after a national taste test. It was also awarded the North American Olive Oil Association (NAOOA) certified quality seal, which certifies that it meets the highest international olive oil standards. It is also the preferred choice among some of the top chefs in the nation.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IFI6GCA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00IFI6GCA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=GVGV3GWE54GSAFLQ"><em>Currently $11.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001ELLB16/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001ELLB16&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=4NJMHD3IFIBPH6M4" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/colavita.jpg" width="135" height="245" align="right" alt="" />Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil</a> has been made by the Colavita family since 1912. It is harvested from the best olives in Europe. The Italian oil has a floral scent and full-bodied flavor, with fruity notes. Some reviewers also detected a spicy, bitter note and mild peppery finish. The everyday oil has a delicate flavor that is perfect for all of your cooking needs and can complement any meal without overpowering the flavors. It is also ideal for baking, drizzling, and marinades. The cold-pressed oil comes in two 34-oz tins, which also helps keep the olive oil fresher for longer.</p> <p>Colavita is the fourth-largest selling brand in the country. It received high ratings from The New York Times thanks to its subtle olive flavor. It is also a two-time winner of the &quot;Best Everyday Cooking Oil&quot; in Men's Health Magazine's Annual Nutrition Awards.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001ELLB16/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001ELLB16&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=4NJMHD3IFIBPH6M4"><em>Currently $36.47 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Lucini Extra Virgin Olive Oil</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008410UFW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B008410UFW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=5RA4UVTAPGGGJFT7" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/lucini.jpg" width="69" height="245" align="right" alt="" />Lucini Extra Virgin Olive Oil</a> has a light herbal flavor and aroma, with fruity notes. Originating from central Italy from the finest olive trees that date back over 100 years, you can expect the very best quality olive oil with less than 1/2 the acidity of other extra virgin olive oils. They handpick the olives at just the right time and press them within 24 hours of harvest. This results in a buttery EVOO with a rich, bright flavor and peppery aftertaste. The authentic flavor is perfect for enhancing any dish or method of cooking, as well as for dipping or drizzling.</p> <p>The award-winning Italian olive oil is recommended by Cook&rsquo;s Illustrated and has a dedicated following. It has been shown in studies to stand up to the strict standards for extra virgin olive oil.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008410UFW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B008410UFW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=5RA4UVTAPGGGJFT7"><em>Currently $28.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best extra virgin olive oil. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-extra-virgin-olive-oils">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/the-5-best-cutting-boards-0">The 5 Best Cutting Boards</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/4-sort-of-small-kitchen-gadgets-that-equal-big-savings">4 Sort-of Small Kitchen Gadgets that Equal Big Savings!</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/the-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</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/20-easy-ways-to-stretch-your-grocery-dollars">20 Easy Ways to Stretch Your Grocery Dollars</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/the-5-best-measuring-cups">The 5 Best Measuring Cups</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping cooking oil extra virgin olive oil Food kitchen olive oil olive oils product reviews Wed, 20 Apr 2016 09:00:05 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1691719 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Delicious Ways to Save Stale Bread http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-ways-to-save-stale-bread <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-delicious-ways-to-save-stale-bread" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000069487909_Large.jpg" alt="how to save and reuse stale bread" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>After about three days of purchase, I'm eyeing our loaves of bread, planning the possibilities. Shall I make croutons? Stuffing? Bread pudding with bourbon sauce? See, stale bread can still be saved!</p> <p>If you don't have time to deal with stale bread at the moment, just toss it into the freezer. When you're ready to make any of the items below, it won't have suffered much more in quality once it's defrosted.</p> <h2>1. Homemade Croutons</h2> <p>My family eats these out of the pan as fast as I can toast them. Just about any bread (except sweet ones) work. Adding warm, freshly baked croutons onto a salad is so delicious, especially if that salad also contains some avocado, tomato, and onion.</p> <p>Here's how to do it: Slice up your stale bread into cubes. Heat a large skillet and add about four tablespoons of olive oil. Add your bread cubes and toss them until they are covered in oil. Sprinkle with garlic salt and any other herbs you like (dried parsley and oregano are good). Over low heat, toast until golden-brown and crispy. Serve immediately. Or, just eat them right out of the pan.</p> <h2>2. Strata</h2> <p>A strata is an almost souffle-like casserole, usually prepared the night before &mdash; which makes it so easy to turn it into breakfast in the morning.</p> <p>Spray a casserole dish with nonstick spray. Lightly butter slices of stale bread and put a layer on the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle with grated cheese. Repeat until the pan is almost full, like you are making a lasagne. Next, crack four to five eggs &mdash; depending on how big a strata you are making &mdash; and whisk together with a half-pint of whipping cream. Pour over the top, add more cheese, and let it sit in your refrigerator overnight.</p> <p>In the morning, pop it into the oven at 350&ordm;F for about an hour (check it at 45 minutes). It will be puffy, cheesy, and delicious. Caution: This doesn't work as well with whole-wheat bread, so stick with French or sourdough. This recipe is very versatile. You can also add a layer of ham or tomato slices on the top. A layer of spinach is good, too.</p> <h2>3. Cornflake-Covered French Toast</h2> <p>Make French toast as usual, except... after dipping the bread in egg/milk, dip it into crushed corn flakes before adding to the skillet. Fry until golden and crispy. Keep pieces warm at 200&ordm;F in the oven until ready to serve. I like mine drizzled with honey.</p> <h2>4. Stuffing</h2> <p>Stuffing is just too delicious to only eat at Thanksgiving. It also <em>needs</em> stale bread, so that it soaks up all the delicious things you will add to it.</p> <p>Here is how I make mine:</p> <p><strong><em>Ingredients</em></strong></p> <ul> <li>10 cups of stale bread cubes (toast in a low oven and cool down, to make sure it will really soak up the other ingredients)</li> <li>1 shallot (a whole shallot, not a section), finely chopped</li> <li>&frac14; cup butter</li> <li>2 T olive oil</li> <li>1 cup sliced celery (with leaves)</li> <li>1 t salt</li> <li>&frac12; t pepper</li> <li>2 t poultry seasoning</li> <li>2 cans chicken broth, heated</li> </ul> <p><strong><em>Method</em></strong></p> <p>Melt butter and olive oil; add salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning. Add shallot and celery; stir until tender. Add bread cubes and stir until coated, and gradually add in chicken broth. If you like a moister stuffing, add hot water until desired consistency is achieved.</p> <h2>5. Meatloaf and Meatballs</h2> <p>I would be remiss if I didn't mention stale bread in meatloaf or meatballs. Our mothers and grandmothers called this &quot;stretching&quot; meat, but it does more than that. Adding bread gives the loaf, or meatballs, a lighter texture, and helps to bind the meat together. I soak my stale bread in milk before adding to the meatloaf mixture. This will keep the meatloaf more moist, too &mdash; no brick-like loaves.</p> <h2>6. Bread Pudding</h2> <p>It may be worth letting your bread go stale just so that you can make this bread pudding. If you don't like a traditional recipe with raisins, substitute chocolate chips. I like both, frankly. I also like mine with a bourbon sauce, but it's also good with some whipped cream. I have had a version with chopped pecans, and that was also a nice addition &mdash; just toast them first. No, the sauce isn't kid-friendly &mdash; although Grandma Ruth allowed us to have some at Christmas, when I was a kid. We'd sneak spoonfuls of it later.</p> <p><strong><em>Ingredients</em></strong></p> <ul> <li>2 cups milk, scalded and cooled</li> <li>4 thick slices of bread, lightly toasted</li> <li>3 T butter, melted</li> <li>&frac12; cup packed brown sugar</li> <li>&frac12; t cinnamon</li> <li>⅓ cup raisins OR chocolate chips (or both!)</li> <li>3 eggs, beaten</li> <li>1 t vanilla</li> </ul> <p><strong><em>Method</em></strong></p> <p>Grease or spray a casserole dish (9 x 9 x 2), or a little larger. Cut or tear bread into pieces and place into casserole dish. Drizzle with butter; sprinkle with sugar. Add the raisins or chocolate chips.</p> <p>To beaten eggs, add the vanilla, cinnamon, and cooled milk. Pour over bread mixture and bake at 350&ordm;F for an hour, or until knife comes out clean.</p> <p>To make the hard sauce:</p> <ul> <li>1 stick butter, melted</li> <li>&frac12; cup brown sugar</li> <li>1 cup of Jack Daniel's Bourbon</li> </ul> <p>Melt butter; stir in brown sugar until melted. Add bourbon. Pour over bread pudding. Swoon.</p> <h2>7. Bread Salad (Panzanella)</h2> <p>This is more of a <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2015/09/classic-panzanella-salad-recipe.html">&quot;stale bread in summertime&quot; recipe</a>, because in addition to the bread, you'll need ripe tomatoes and fresh basil. (You can get those things at a high-end grocery store in the winter, but then your budget will feel it.) I was concerned that the consistency would be soggy, but toasting the bread cubes and draining the tomatoes ensures it isn't. You can easily make this a main-dish salad by adding some sliced salami.</p> <h2>8. Bread Soup (Ribollita)</h2> <p>This is a lovely old recipe which comes from Tuscany. Done in a traditional manner, it takes about 25 hours. Yes, that includes soaking beans. I don't know about you, but it's a pretty rare week when I can devote 25 hours to making soup. Fortunately, there exists<a href="http://www.loveandlemons.com/ribollita-tuscan-white-bean-soup/"> this recipe</a>, which is not only delicious, but can be put together shortly before dinnertime. French or sourdough breads also can be used.</p> <h2>9. Bread Crumbs</h2> <p>Talk about a handy thing to have around, and they're so easy to make!</p> <p><strong><em>Ingredients</em></strong></p> <ul> <li>8 slices of stale white bread</li> <li>1 T Italian seasonings</li> <li>1 t garlic salt</li> <li>1 t onion powder</li> <li>1 t paprika</li> <li>1 t dried parsley</li> </ul> <p><strong><em>Method</em></strong></p> <p>Preheat oven to 300&ordm;F. Tear up the bread and put it in your blender or food processor. Pulse until you have crumbs.</p> <p>In a large bowl, combine the crumbs with the rest of the ingredients. I like to rub them together with my hands to make sure it all gets well-mixed.</p> <p>Spread onto a large cookie sheet and toast for five minutes. Remove and cool for 20 minutes. Store in airtight container. These can be used on pastas, meat, lasagnas, and so much more!</p> <h2>10. Homemade Shake'N Bake</h2> <p>No need to purchase bread crumbs when you have your own! Try dredging thinly-pounded chicken breasts in plain yogurt, with a little lemon juice, and then adding in bread crumbs. Bake at 375&ordm;F for 50 minutes. Or, dredge a thin pork chop in an egg wash, then bread crumbs, and fry. Lastly, coat some halibut or cod with mayonnaise. Cover in bread crumbs, sprinkle with parmesan, and broil.</p> <p>Lastly, if you are just too overwhelmed by thrifty cooking, there is still no need to waste food. Tear up your bread and go feed the ducks!</p> <p><em>How do you use up stale bread? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-ways-to-save-stale-bread">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-3"> <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/17-uses-for-stale-bread">17 Uses for Stale Bread</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/how-to-keep-bread-fresh">How to Keep Bread Fresh</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/tasty-treats-to-make-with-mulberries">Tasty Treats to Make With Mulberries</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/how-to-bake-sourdough-bread-and-save-a-buck-on-every-loaf">How to bake sourdough bread (and save a buck on every loaf)</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/12-cool-jobs-for-foodies">12 Cool Jobs for Foodies</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink baking bread Cooking cooking hacks food hacks food tricks food waste recipes stale bread Tue, 19 Apr 2016 10:00:10 +0000 Marla Walters 1693273 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Home Canned Foods That Beat Store Bought http://www.wisebread.com/5-home-canned-foods-that-beat-store-bought <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-home-canned-foods-that-beat-store-bought" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_canned_foods_000059980770.jpg" alt="Woman making easy canned goods at home" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you've been curious about canning, the process can seem intimidating and even a bit scary (especially when the word &quot;botulism&quot; comes to mind). Consider this: A&nbsp;<a href="http://amzn.to/1PRQnJM">basic canning set</a> will cost you around $50, but the possibilities of what you can make after learning the basics are endless.</p> <p>Still hesitant? Don't fret &mdash; these beginner canning recipes will introduce you to this art of food preservation and give you some tasty pantry items at a fraction of their store-bought prices. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/preserving-in-season-foods-for-off-season-feasts?ref=seealso">Preserving In-Season Foods for Off-Season Feasts</a>)</p> <h2>1. Applesauce</h2> <p>We use applesauce for everything from snacking to baking in our kitchen. Making it yourself is super easy. To make a canner load of seven quarts, you'll need around&nbsp;<a href="http://www.simplycanning.com/canning-applesauce.html">21 pounds of apples</a> to start. The variety doesn't matter, so feel free to experiment or use leftovers. Wash and quarter apples before placing them in a five to six quart pot to cook with a cup of water until soft. Mash or run through a food mill before adding any additional sugar or spices.</p> <p>To can: Bring applesauce to a boil. Fill your hot, sanitized canning jars until there's around a half inch of headspace and wipe the rims clean. Then simply process in your hot water bath canner. For pints, you'll need between 15 and 25 minutes. For quarts, that time is more like 20 to 35 minutes.</p> <h2>2. Pickles</h2> <p>My husband spends weeks on his fermented pickles each year. If you don't have all that time to wait, try making some&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pickyourown.org/makingpicklesnaturally.htm">fresh-pack pickles</a> that take only a day or so. You'll want to use smaller, unripe cucumbers for the best results (gherkins, cornichons, or kirby) &mdash; about three or four per jar. You'll also need over a cup of pickling salt, vinegar, sugar, pickling spice, mustard seeds, fresh dill, and water.</p> <p>To can: After you've brined the cucumbers for 12 hours, rinse and cut the bottoms off. Then heat your vinegar, spices, sugar, and remaining salt. Bring everything close to a boil and then fill your cans with the cucumbers and liquid. Leave about a quarter inch of headroom. Process between 10 and 20 minutes for pints, and 15 and 25 minutes for quarts.</p> <h2>3. Basic Jam</h2> <p>This tasty&nbsp;<a href="http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2012/05/10/how-to-can-some-jam-a-simple-method-without-pectin/">jam canning recipe</a> doesn't involve pectin or refined sugar. You'll boil together six cups of strawberries or blueberries with around four cups of honey, a large grated apple, and a splash of lemon juice. While the jam simmers, sterilize your canning supplies. The longer the jam cooks, the thicker it will be &mdash; it should coat the back of a spoon.</p> <p>To can: Ladle your jam into the prepared jars, leaving about a quarter inch of headroom at the top. Wipe the jars and rims clean and then process in your canner for around 10 minutes. If you don't want to can your jam, it should last in your refrigerator for between three and four weeks.</p> <h2>4. Tomato Sauce</h2> <p>It's always good to have a jar of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.freshpreserving.com/recipes/basil-garlic-tomato-sauce">tomato sauce</a> in a pinch. Making it is easy! To preserve seven pints, you'll need a whopping 20 pounds of tomatoes, so we like to make our sauce later in the summer when tomatoes are literally falling off the vines in our garden. Wash and cut your tomatoes into quarters. Saute some onions and garlic and then add tomatoes to simmer for 20 minutes. Puree this mixture. Add to basil and simmer until the volume is reduced by half.</p> <p>To can: Add a quarter teaspoon citric acid or a tablespoon of lemon juice to hot, sanitized canning jars. Pour sauce into jars leaving around a half inch of headroom. Remove air bubbles and wipe rims clean before processing for around 35 minutes.</p> <h2>5. Ketchup</h2> <p>Always reaching for one of America's favorite condiments? Try&nbsp;<a href="http://www.simplycanning.com/homemade-ketchup.html">making your own ketchup</a> at home and canning for year-round enjoyment. You'll combine four quarts of tomato puree, chopped onion, and sweet pepper for a basic recipe. Run this mix through a food mill before boiling for an hour or so. Then add vinegar, allspice, cinnamon, and sugar, and cook until you reach your desired consistency. As you get more seasoned, you can tweak the spices to meet your preferences.</p> <p>To can: Quarts aren't recommended for this recipe, so use sanitized pint jars. Pour hot ketchup into your hot jars leaving a quarter inch of headspace. Then process for between 10 and 30 minutes, depending on your altitude.</p> <h2>Safety Tips</h2> <p>To keep everything safe, follow the CDC's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cdc.gov/features/homecanning/">home canning guidelines</a>. Signs foods may have been comprised include:</p> <ul> <li>Leaking, bulging, swollen, or otherwise damaged jars<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Spurts of liquid or foam when jars are opened<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Foul odor, moldy or discolored foods</li> </ul> <p>In particular, if you're going to can low-acid vegetables (green beans, potatoes, corn), always use a&nbsp;<a href="http://amzn.to/1W9OjEC">pressure canner</a> versus the hot bath method. Otherwise, most canning mishaps happen when people don't follow canning instructions to a T, so read recipes carefully (and use newer recipes that abide by current regulations).</p> <p><em>Do you can foods at home? What are your favorite recipes and methods?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-home-canned-foods-that-beat-store-bought">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/the-12-best-ways-to-use-up-your-summer-tomatoes">The 12 Best Ways to Use Up Your Summer Tomatoes</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/preserving-in-season-foods-for-off-season-feasts">Preserving In-Season Foods for Off-Season Feasts</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/getting-started-with-preserving-mint-jelly">Getting Started with Preserving: Mint Jelly</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/4-secret-ingredients-for-more-delicious-dishes">4 “Secret” Ingredients for More Delicious Dishes</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/16-simple-kitchen-skills-every-frugal-person-should-master">16 Simple Kitchen Skills Every Frugal Person Should Master</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink applesauce canning jams ketchup mason jars pickles preserving recipes Mon, 18 Apr 2016 09:30:18 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1690610 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: The 60 Best Ways to Use Food Other Than Eating It http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-60-best-ways-to-use-food-other-than-eating-it <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-the-60-best-ways-to-use-food-other-than-eating-it" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_cucumber_eyes_000000765447.jpg" alt="Woman using foods in ways other than eating them" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Eating food might be the best time of anyone's day. And while food is meant to be consumed with thorough chewing wrapped in &quot;ooh&quot;s and &quot;ahh&quot;s, it can also be used for beauty, decor, and home repair. Though you'd probably use a jar of honey as a sweetener over a face mask ingredient any day, it's comforting to know that the contents of your kitchen have the potential to take care of all of your everyday needs.</p> <p>Here are the 60 best food hacks that have nothing to do with eating.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/bowl_of_lemons_000019714803_0.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-use-your-food-that-dont-involve-eating?ref=fbf">4 Ways to Use Your Food That Don't Involve Eating</a> &mdash; Aside from keeping your skin and hair all kinds of gorgeous, you can use food as home decor, pesticides, and cleaning products! A little DIY magic can make your fridge's contents go a long way.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-unexpected-home-uses-for-mayonnaise?ref=fbf">10 Unexpected Home Uses for Mayonnaise</a> &mdash; It turns out, mayo is seriously <em>amayozing</em>. Sorry, had to do it. But for real, this beloved condiment kills head lice, fixes cracks in wooden furniture, strengthens fingernails, and beyond. It's all kinds of handy.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/women_wearing_facemasks_000050640308_0.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-diy-beauty-masks-made-from-food?ref=fbf">9 DIY Beauty Masks Made From Food</a> &mdash; Just open the fridge and you'll find a vast array of beauty products! So instead of wasting extra cash on a face mask, just make your own using edible ingredients from your kitchen.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-unexpected-uses-for-peanut-butter?ref=fbf">15 Unexpected Uses for Peanut Butter</a> &mdash; You might be shocked to learn that PB performs better without the J, especially when it's not used for eating. Peanut butter can be used as a leather cleaner, a squeak squasher, and a delicious way to lure pests to their death. Mind = blown.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-to-do-with-your-coffee-beans?ref=fbf">5 Things to Do With Your Coffee Beans</a> &mdash; Of course, your morning cup of joe is sacred. But if you've got any extra coffee beans lying around, put them to good use with these brilliant tricks!</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/honey_000050003532.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-unexpected-uses-for-honey?ref=fbf">7 Unexpected Uses for Honey</a> &mdash; Did you know honey can heal burns? I didn't either! Honey is a wonder product that can do so much more than simply sweeten your tea.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-surprising-and-useful-things-to-do-with-ketchup?ref=fbf">10 Surprising and Useful Things to Do With Ketchup</a> &mdash; Oh, you thought ketchup was just a cheap way to dress up a burger? Think again. This talented condiment can shine copper, fight skunk odor, prevent cancer, and so much more!</p> <p><em>What are your best non-food food hacks? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-60-best-ways-to-use-food-other-than-eating-it">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-5"> <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/flashback-friday-the-76-best-life-lessons-you-should-learn-by-30">Flashback Friday: The 76 Best Life Lessons You Should Learn by 30</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/flashback-friday-the-95-best-ways-to-get-fit-for-free">Flashback Friday: The 95 Best Ways to Get Fit for Free</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/flashback-friday-the-81-best-tips-for-saving-big-at-the-grocery-store">Flashback Friday: The 81 Best Tips for Saving Big at the Grocery Store</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/flashback-friday-the-119-best-fitness-hacks-for-busy-people">Flashback Friday: The 119 Best Fitness Hacks for Busy People</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/five-more-tips-for-eating-in-restaurants-and-sticking-to-a-budget">Five More Tips For Eating In Restaurants And Sticking To A Budget</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Budgeting Food and Drink budget fbf flashback friday food hacks frugal food Health saving money Fri, 15 Apr 2016 10:00:12 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1690723 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Stop Throwing Away These Food Parts http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-stop-throwing-away-these-food-parts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-stop-throwing-away-these-food-parts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_orange_peel_000022937353.jpg" alt="Woman no longer throwing away food parts" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found helpful articles on food parts you should stop throwing away, how to create the perfect household budget, and tea hacks that will change your life.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.dontpayfull.com/blog/10-surprising-food-parts-you-should-stop-throwing-away">10+ Surprising Food Parts You Should Stop Throwing Away</a> &mdash;&nbsp; The nutrients in mango skins that can help protect you against skin cancer. If you don't want to eat it raw, you can blend the skins in a smoothie or dry them in the oven until they're crispy. [Don't Pay Full]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2016/0412/Here-s-how-to-create-the-perfect-household-budget">Here's how to create the perfect household budget</a> &mdash; You won't get to the perfect budget in one sitting. Keep tweaking your numbers until they fit your financial situation. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Tea-DIYs-40506819#photo-40506819">23 Tea Hacks That Will Change Your Life</a> &mdash; Sunburns are not fun, but you can relieve the sting with a green tea treatment. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.financialsamurai.com/a-better-way-to-prevent-financial-mistakes/">A Better Way To Prevent Financial Mistakes: Convince Others Why Before You Buy</a> &mdash; It's easy to convince yourself to part with your cash, but can you convince other people that it's a good idea? [Financial Samurai]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thepennyhoarder.com/how-to-save-money-at-whole-foods/">23 Money-Saving Secrets Every Whole Foods Shopper Needs to Know</a> &mdash; Did you know about the sample policy at Whole Foods? You can ask an employee to open a package for you to try an item before you buy it. The rest of the package is shared as samples with other customers. [The Penny Hoarder]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.financiallypoor.com/home-ownership/10-steps-to-take-before-you-buy-your-home/">10 Steps to Take Before You Buy Your Home</a> &mdash; Research the area around your potential new home before you buy. Search for crime stats, transportation options, and school ratings &mdash; even if you don't have kids, being in a good school district will boost the value of your home. [Financially Poor]</p> <p><a href="http://savvyscot.com/tricks-for-spending-less-on-clothing/">Tricks for Spending Less on Clothing</a> &mdash; It seems obvious to return items that you don't like, but many people don't like returning things or they put it off until the return policy runs out. If you don't like a clothing purchase (or anything else, for that matter), take it back to the store and get a refund. [The Savvy Scot]</p> <p><a href="http://www.adebtfreestressfreelife.com/outdoor-spring-clean-checklist/">The Complete Outdoor Spring Clean Checklist</a> &mdash; Don't forget your outdoor space during your spring cleaning bonanza! Walk around your house and clear out the cobwebs, clean any lawn furniture, and use a brush on your planers and flower pots. [A Debt Free Mess Free Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cheapism.com/blog/4259/summer-entertainment-saving-tips">11 Tips for Saving Money on Summer Events</a> &mdash; Why buy an official program or map when you can print one out from the organizer's website or download an app? [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/10-reasons-kids-should-help-out-in-the-kitchen">10 Reasons Kids Should Help Out in the Kitchen</a> &mdash; Working with their hands in the kitchen helps kids develop their tactile skills. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-stop-throwing-away-these-food-parts">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-6"> <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/16-simple-kitchen-skills-every-frugal-person-should-master">16 Simple Kitchen Skills Every Frugal Person Should Master</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/horizon-organic-milk-is-it-all-just-lies">Horizon Organic Milk: Is it All Just Lies?</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/the-high-cost-of-cheap-food">The High Cost of Cheap Food</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/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Groceries</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/these-10-simple-swaps-will-make-your-baking-so-much-better">These 10 Simple Swaps Will Make Your Baking So Much Better</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips food parts Wed, 13 Apr 2016 10:00:05 +0000 Amy Lu 1689466 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Delicious and Frugal Power Bowls You Want Right Now http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-and-frugal-power-bowls-you-want-right-now <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-delicious-and-frugal-power-bowls-you-want-right-now" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000075165611_Large.jpg" alt="delicious power bowls" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Power Bowls are the new &quot;it&quot; girl, or &quot;the new black,&quot; in the food world. It's not without good reason, though, because as far as food trends go, this one is pretty good. Filled with a variety of healthy ingredients, Power Bowls are also usually quite visually appealing &mdash; and we eat first with our eyes, so that's important. They can be modified for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and are transportable.</p> <p>So what's the downfall? Having a tried a few myself, I'll tell you: They can be <em>expensive. </em>Ones I have sampled have run between $12 and $22. I don't blame the restaurants, though. If you're ordering a bowl with grilled salmon, red quinoa, kale, and enoki mushrooms, be prepared to pay up. The kitchen uses additional prep time, since how the bowls <em>look</em> is important. Presentation is everything, after all. Instead of tossing all ingredients together, chefs need to take the time to &quot;compose&quot; bowls. Each fresh ingredient lives in its own boldly colored quadrant.</p> <p>According to the NYMag, the <a href="http://nymag.com/thecut/2016/02/why-bother-eating-food-if-its-not-in-a-bowl.html">ideal Power Bowl</a> &quot;consists of 15% lean protein, 25% whole grains, 35% vegetables, 10% sauce and 30% extras (including nuts, seeds and sprouts).&quot; Quinoa is a popular &quot;base&quot; in bowls, as just a cup of it has double the protein found in white rice. Brown rice is also a good choice, as it is also higher in magnesium potassium, and selenium.</p> <p>Here are some tips, tricks, and winning Power Bowl combos.</p> <h2>Prep</h2> <p>To keep costs low, you'll need to do some preparation. To get ready for a week of bowls, cook a pot of brown rice and a pot of quinoa on Sunday. Cool and package in plastic sandwich bags. Roast a large pan of vegetables, chop greens, cook meats, and boil eggs. This will make assembly go quickly during the week. I cheat and use purchased sauces and salad dressings.</p> <h2>1. Roasted Chickpeas, Brown Rice, Diced Chicken, and Red Peppers</h2> <p>Chickpeas are great on their own, but try roasting them for extra crunch. Drain a 15 ounce can of chickpeas and blot dry with a paper towel. Toss with olive oil, red pepper flakes, garlic, and sea salt. Roast in a 400&ordm; F oven for 30 to 40 minutes, until crunchy. Add to your bowl with brown rice, diced cooked chicken, and chopped red peppers. And I like peanut sauce and chopped cilantro on top.</p> <p><strong>Keep it frugal</strong>: Watch for canned chickpeas to go on sale; and use Costco rotisserie chickens.</p> <h2>2. Burrito-Inspired Bowl</h2> <p>You've likely had one of these at Chipotle, but they're so easy to make at home. Begin with brown rice. Drain and rinse a 15 ounce can of black beans; use about &frac14; cup per bowl (freeze any leftovers). Add chicken, corn, chopped tomatoes, cilantro, onions, and sliced avocado. Top with salsa and sour cream, and serve some tortilla chips on the side.</p> <p><strong>Keep it frugal</strong>: Here is another use for that Costco rotisserie chicken. Also, use the carcass to start a pot of stock.</p> <h2>3. Teriyaki Salmon, Quinoa, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, and Red Pepper</h2> <p>Brown rice works equally well in this one. Roasting the vegetables brings out their natural sweetness, which tastes good with the salmon. If possible, grill the salmon, otherwise pan-fry with the red peppers. Top with sliced green onions and a little prepared teriyaki sauce.</p> <p><strong>Keep it frugal</strong>: Buy large pieces of salmon and cut into smaller serving pieces; bag and freeze to use as needed.</p> <h2>4. Buckwheat Breakfast Bowl</h2> <p>Boil buckwheat noodles and broccoli pieces in chicken or vegetable broth. Add a quarter cup of firm, sliced tofu; stir to warm. Gently poach an egg in the pan; serve in bowl sprinkled with sesame seeds. Drizzle with soy sauce.</p> <p><strong>Keep it frugal</strong>: Make your own chicken or vegetable broth; freeze in one-quart plastic sandwich bags. Asian markets may have less expensive noodles than your regular grocery store.</p> <h2>5. Butternut Squash, Quinoa, Kale, and Peanuts</h2> <p>This one is best served hot. Peel and cube squash; microwave. When tender, stir in a tablespoon of peanut butter and mix until coated. For even more flavor, cook quinoa, or reheat, in &quot;lite&quot; coconut milk. Serve with chopped kale; garnish with chopped peanuts and cilantro.</p> <p><strong>Keep it frugal</strong>: Peel and cube your own squash instead buying prepared squash in the plastic containers. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-surprisingly-delicious-squash-recipes?ref=seealso">20 Surprisingly Delicious Squash Recipes</a>)</p> <h2>6. Beefy Bowl</h2> <p>Grill and slice steak; place in bowl with brown rice, roasted beets, sliced avocados, baby spinach, and crumbled goat cheese. Drizzle with Sriracha sauce.</p> <p><strong>Keep it frugal</strong>: Use London broil, usually a &quot;top round&quot; cut, which is less expensive. Wash and dry your own spinach instead of buying in bags. Fresh beets are easy to roast. Just wrap in foil, place on a cookie sheet, and roast at 400&ordm; F for 40-50 minutes. Skins will slip right off.</p> <h2>7. Peanut Butter-Banana Bowl</h2> <p>This delicious combination will keep you going all morning. To a serving of warm oatmeal, stir in a tablespoon of peanut butter. Top with a sliced banana, flaked coconut, and a few walnut halves.</p> <p><strong>Keep it frugal</strong>: Buy oatmeal in bulk, rather than individual packets.</p> <h2>8. Dad's Special</h2> <p>As a teenager, my dad picked peaches and almonds in the California valley, and that inspired this combination. To warm oatmeal, add sliced peaches, chopped raw almonds, raisins, and vanilla Greek yogurt.</p> <p><strong>Keep it frugal</strong>: Invest in a yogurt maker and make your own, which is super-easy and much less expensive that purchased Greek yogurt.</p> <h2>9. Lentil Curry</h2> <p>Cook lentils in &quot;lite&quot; coconut milk; add prepared red curry sauce to taste. Add to bowl with brown rice, cubed butternut or kabocha squash, shredded purple cabbage, and garnish with cashews.</p> <p><strong>Keep it frugal</strong>: Stock up when squash is in season.</p> <h2>10. Breakfast Fried Rice Bowl</h2> <p>Heat cooked brown rice in a little olive oil; toss in any leftover cooked vegetables &mdash; edamame, carrots, and broccoli are good. Crack an egg over the hot rice and vegetables; stir and scramble the egg. Leftover shrimp and tofu are particularly good in this, too. Garnish with soy sauce and green onions.</p> <p><strong>Keep it frugal</strong>: Try to stick to the generic soy sauce, since it basically tastes the same as major brands and will be way cheaper.</p> <p>Once you have mastered basic &quot;bowl construction,&quot; the combinations are endless. Keep in mind that you are looking for lean protein, whole grains, vegetables, and fruits. Just be sure to watch the calories in any dressings or sauces added.</p> <p><em>Any favorite power bowls not listed above? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-and-frugal-power-bowls-you-want-right-now">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-7"> <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/15-delicious-and-easy-ways-to-enjoy-canned-peaches">15 Delicious and Easy Ways to Enjoy Canned Peaches</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/put-it-in-a-pie-for-fast-frugal-food">Put it in a Pie for Fast, Frugal Food</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/hambone-soup-and-13-other-hambone-recipes">Hambone Soup and 13 Other Hambone Recipes</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/8-quick-dinners-for-lazy-cooks">8 Quick Dinners for Lazy Cooks</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/skewer-this-13-dishes-you-can-put-on-a-stick">Skewer This! 13 Dishes You Can Put on a Stick</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink easy dinners food trends frugal meals healthy eating meals power bowls recipes trendy meals Mon, 11 Apr 2016 10:00:10 +0000 Marla Walters 1686652 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Smart DIY Spice Storage Ideas http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-diy-spice-storage-ideas <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-smart-diy-spice-storage-ideas" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000056296686_Large.jpg" alt="smart DIY ways to store your spices" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Spices can make or break a dish. And they aren't necessarily cheap, especially if you stock the good stuff in your pantry. Protect your tasty investments by storing them wisely. Here are 10 affordable DIY solutions that will get you organized and excited to cook your next meal. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-your-spices-fake?ref=seealso">Are Your Spices Fake?</a>)</p> <h2>1. Magnetic Marvel</h2> <p>Short on space? Use your refrigerator's real estate to house your spices. Making your rack is as easy as buying magnetic containers, filling them, and slapping them onto your fridge door. We use our refrigerator as our daughter's art gallery, so I like this idea to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gardenbetty.com/2013/03/make-your-own-magnetic-spice-rack/">cut a steel sheet</a> to size and attach it to a cabinet door &mdash; or someplace else in your kitchen &mdash; as a makeshift magnetic surface.</p> <h2>2. Baby Food Rebirth</h2> <p>You can make your own spice containers using&nbsp;<a href="http://www.oneluckypickle.com/2012/06/magnetic-spice-jars.html">recycled baby food jars</a>. Just clean the jars on the inside and out and let dry. Create labels out of cardstock or stickers. If you want to stick 'em up, simply hot glue magnets onto the glass end and let set before filling and using.</p> <h2>3. Mason Jar Method</h2> <p>You may already have a good stock of mason jars hanging around your kitchen. We use large ones to hold our bulk foods, but they come in all sizes. These&nbsp;<a href="http://amzn.to/1Xg8qiX">4-oz jelly jars</a> cost under $10 for 12. They would be great for purchasing bulk spices (some stores let you fill your own containers) and storing them in a drawer. There's zero waste in the process. Make the jars fancy by painting the lids with chalkboard paint for quick, custom labeling.</p> <h2>4. Under-the-Cabinet Solution</h2> <p>My friend uses the space underneath one of her upper kitchen cabinets to store spices. She bought a set of&nbsp;<a href="http://amzn.to/1qq6g60">metal-topped spice containers</a> and then mounted them &mdash; metal cap first &mdash; using industrial-strength glue. For a less sticky setup, you could&nbsp;<a href="http://twomenandalittlefarm.blogspot.com/2011/11/under-cabinet-jar-mounting.html">install a metal strip</a> under your cabinet and use magnets on your containers instead.</p> <h2>5. Test Tube Rack</h2> <p>Even the most frugal among us lusts over the expensive stuff from time to time. This&nbsp;<a href="http://www.deandeluca.com/21-tubes">tube rack</a> from Dean &amp; Deluca will set you back over $100 and stores just 20 modest kinds of spices. Try buying your own&nbsp;<a href="http://amzn.to/1qq6g60">test tubes</a> online and then storing them&nbsp;<a href="http://knockoffdecor.com/test-tube-spice-rack/">in a rustic box</a> for a much more budget-friendly option.</p> <h2>6. Mop Holder Hideaway</h2> <p>Here's an ingenious idea to use something common in a new way. Pick up a few of those basic&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dumpaday.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Amazing-Easy-DIY-Home-Decor-Ideas-mop-holder-spice-rack.jpg">broom handle holders</a>. Mount them on the inside of a cabinet door. Then all you need to do is stock up on the spices that come in round containers. Click them into place, and you're done!</p> <h2>7. Proper DIY Cabinet</h2> <p>I'm amazed this polished&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hometalk.com/3342573/diy-spice-cabinet">DIY rack</a> looks so good, yet was fashioned for around $5. Cut two 30-inch and seven 8.5-inch pieces from 1x2 boards. Secure together using L brackets. Paint or stain the wood however you like. Use chicken wire, decorative metal, or even fabric to make a pretty door cover. Then attach the door and base with hinges and hang wherever makes sense in your kitchen.</p> <h2>8. Drawer Corral</h2> <p>If you can dedicate an entire drawer to your spices, grab&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dejongdreamhouse.com/2013/01/spice-drawer.html">some tension rods</a> and get to work. All you need to do is arrange the rods horizontally or vertically to place your spice containers into neat and tidy rows. The best part is that you can modify your setup as your needs change. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-unexpected-uses-for-tension-rods?ref=seealso">20 Unexpected Uses for Tension Rods</a>)</p> <h2>9. Slim Bins</h2> <p>When all else fails, you can always get some&nbsp;<a href="http://timelessandtreasured.blogspot.com/2011/09/reorganizing.html">slim plastic bins</a> for your existing spice explosion. Place your spices into the bins one by one. Then stack the bins atop one another to take advantage of the vertical space in your cupboards. A&nbsp;<a href="http://amzn.to/1SOKFwY">three-pack of slim bins</a> costs just $6 and provides room for plenty of flavors.</p> <h2>10. Travel Rack</h2> <p>For those of you who often cook on the go, try this great mobile option. You can spoon out a portion of your favorite spices into an&nbsp;<a href="http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2011/02/make-a-portable-gourmet-salt-kit/">inexpensive pill box</a>. In fact, I know you can get one of those guys at the dollar store! The labeling is up to you. Take your spices to the beach, camping, or over to a friend's house to make a fun dinner in.</p> <p><em>How do you store your spices? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-diy-spice-storage-ideas">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-8"> <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/are-your-spices-fake">Are Your Spices Fake?</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/cutting-the-grocery-bill-reducing-the-cost-of-a-good-spice-rack">Cutting the Grocery Bill: Reducing the Cost of a Good Spice Rack</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/16-simple-kitchen-skills-every-frugal-person-should-master">16 Simple Kitchen Skills Every Frugal Person Should Master</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-delicious-ways-to-save-stale-bread">10 Delicious Ways to Save Stale Bread</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/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies">Cooking for Beginners: 10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Organization Cooking fresh spices kitchen items kitchen spices kitchen storage spice rack spices storage Fri, 08 Apr 2016 09:00:06 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1686651 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Delicious Tater Tot Recipes http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-tater-tot-recipes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-delicious-tater-tot-recipes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000039736244_Large.jpg" alt="tater tot recipes" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tater tots, those crispy-outside, pillowy-on-the-inside puffs of deliciousness, are absolutely wonderful just the way they are. Everyone loves them, including the folks who insist you can make them out of cauliflower or broccoli. Those are not bad, but they ain't tots.</p> <p>Aside from being tasty, tots also lend themselves to be dressed up, wrapped in meat, drenched with sauce, and piled high with your other favorite ingredients. Here are 10 delicious ideas to try. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-exciting-new-potato-recipes-you-must-try?ref=seealso">25 Exciting New Potato Recipes You Must Try</a>)</p> <h2>1. Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tots</h2> <p>Easily coming in at number one are these obscenely delicious little bites. Preheat your oven to 425&ordm; F. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Cut strips of bacon into thirds and wrap the tots. Place seam-side down on the parchment and bake for about 20 minutes, or until the whole tot is crispy. I found I needed to taste-test several of them to ensure perfect bacon-potato cohesiveness. The only problem with this tot treatment is that, after eating a tater tot wrapped in bacon, a plain one is a little sad and disappointing.</p> <h2>2. Totchos</h2> <p>Move over, nacho bar &mdash; we've got <em>Totchos</em>. Dust your tater tots with a little Mexican-style seasoning before baking. When crispy, layer with shredded Pepper Jack cheese, chopped tomatoes, browned ground beef, a can of drained chiles, salsa, and sour cream. The main difference between Totchos and Nachos is that Totchos are more efficiently eaten with a fork. Tots are not engineered to serve as a scooping vessel.</p> <h2>3. Tot Waffles</h2> <p>A fun fad lately is to see just what sorts of food you can put into a waffle iron. Not surprisingly, tater tots are among the best. The secret here is patience. I cheated and opened the lid too soon. This causes the potatoes to fall apart and lack the necessary crispiness. Also, either thaw your tater tots or microwave them a little to soften up, as they need to be pliable.</p> <p>To make a tot-waffle, preheat your waffle iron and spray with nonstick olive oil spray. Add a generous layer of tots. Close the lid and cook until crispy. My iron took about 10 minutes. Remove and add toppings &mdash; fried egg, bacon, and ketchup are good. You can cook two of them and make a sandwich, too.</p> <h2>4. Comfort Casserole</h2> <p>For those of you prone to stress eating &mdash; or relaxed eating &mdash; this casserole is for you. Spray a 9x13 casserole dish with nonstick spray. Combine a 32-oz bag of tater tots, a can of creamed soup (mushroom, chicken, shrimp), eight oz of sour cream, and half the soup can of milk. Pour into the casserole dish and top with two cups of shredded cheese. Bake at 350&ordm; F for 30 minutes; remove and top with half a can of French's crispy fried onions. Bake for another 10 minutes. I promise you will feel better.</p> <h2>5. Skewered Tots</h2> <p>Isn't food on a skewer more fun to eat? I'm guessing that the novelty of skewers makes us think of parties, or of exotic places. Whatever the reason, tots on a stick are a winner. Start by baking tots according to package directions. Cool enough so that you can touch them, and then thread onto bamboo skewers. Sprinkle with shredded cheddar and bacon bits; drizzle with Sriracha. Return to oven until cheese melts.</p> <h2>6. Tater Tacos</h2> <p>I like my fish tacos to have a lot of crunch to them, with very crispy breaded fish and fresh cabbage. Next time you make fish tacos, bake some tater tots, cut them in half, and toss into the tacos. Add a lime-cilantro crema, chopped tomatoes, and avocado, and chow down.</p> <h2>7. Chili Tots</h2> <p>I've tried chili with rice, pumpkin, cornbread, tortilla chips &mdash; you name it, and I've had it. And they're all great, but wait until you try it with crispy tater tots. Bake as directed and put a handful into a soup bowl. Ladle chili over the tots and top with shredded cheese. Yum.</p> <h2>8. Breakfast Omelet Cups</h2> <p>This ingenious recipe combines <a href="http://www.raininghotcoupons.com/omelet-breakfast-bites/">tater tots</a>, plus other delicious breakfast ingredients, into portable omelet cups. Tuck a couple into your lunch bag and heat at the office.</p> <h2>9. Baby Buffalo Taters</h2> <p>Crazy about that buffalo spicy flavor? Combine one tub of sour cream with a &frac12; cup of bleu cheese. Drizzle with Frank's RedHot Sauce. Heat tater tots and dip away. This is good with beer and the traditional celery sticks.</p> <h2>10. Spice 'Em Up</h2> <p>A tater tot is pretty much a blank canvas that can fit the flavor profile of your meal. Try garam masala for Indian flavors, chili powder for Mexican zest, or even a Japanese furikake sprinkle. Pair with a yogurt tip, queso, or gyoza sauce.</p> <p><em>Have you tried any of these tater treatments? What is your favorite?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-tater-tot-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-9"> <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-office-potluck-dishes-everyone-loves">20 Office Potluck Dishes Everyone Loves</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/14-cool-uses-for-a-blender">14 Cool Uses for a Blender</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/tasty-treats-to-make-with-mulberries">Tasty Treats to Make With Mulberries</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/when-good-food-goes-bad-part-ii-tortillas-and-tortilla-chips">When Good Food Goes Bad, Part II: Tortillas and Tortilla Chips</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/put-it-in-a-pie-for-fast-frugal-food">Put it in a Pie for Fast, Frugal Food</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink easy snacks Food party food potatoes recipes tater tot tater tot recipes Wed, 06 Apr 2016 09:30:33 +0000 Marla Walters 1684937 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: The 81 Best Tips for Saving Big at the Grocery Store http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-81-best-tips-for-saving-big-at-the-grocery-store <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-the-81-best-tips-for-saving-big-at-the-grocery-store" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_grocery_store_000086102447.jpg" alt="Woman learning tips to save big at the grocery store" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You go to the grocery store. You have a list in hand. Then, you stray from the list for just one item, and somehow you end up bringing home a bunch of food you didn't plan on buying, leaving your grocery budget completely obliterated. This happens to all of us, and it happens often.</p> <p>And no matter how much you plan ahead and try to stay on track, you can easily be lured into extra spending with 10 for $10 deals and delicious deli specials. The problem is that we need food to survive, so buying additional snacks and meals is way easier to justify in your mind than clothes or shoes. You can resist the urge to buy a new pair of shoes you don't need, but you will always need to put food in your belly.</p> <p>So to combat this tricky spending trap, here are the 81 best tips for saving big at the grocery store that we've ever shared.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman_fresh_strawberries_000067876803.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-off-season-foods-that-are-destroying-your-grocery-budget?ref=fbf">5 Off-Season Foods That Are Destroying Your Grocery Budget</a> &mdash; You love fresh produce, but do you really need all your favorites 365 days a year? Nope. Stay away from foods that aren't in season and you can protect your food budget.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-healthiest-grocery-stores?ref=fbf">The 6 Healthiest Grocery Stores</a> &mdash; These stores are actively trying to ensure you make healthy food choices every time you shop. And sure, you can't guarantee that you'll never make an impulse buy at the register ever again, but wouldn't you rather that impulse buy be something good for you, as opposed to junk food? Me too.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-save-on-groceries-in-a-pinch?ref=fbf">5 Easy Ways to Save on Groceries in a Pinch</a> &mdash; You need food but you're low on funds. Now what? Here are five clever ways to get what you need while staying within your means.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/man_confused_groceries_000061844584.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-you-are-sabotaging-your-weekly-grocery-budget?ref=fbf">9 Ways You Are Sabotaging Your Weekly Grocery Budget</a> &mdash; The first step to fixing a problem is acknowledging that there is one, and becoming aware of the triggers that lead to the problem. These are the grocery budget saboteurs that are keeping you from staying on track. Now you know.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-100s-next-month-with-these-10-grocery-shopping-tips?ref=fbf">Save $100s Next Month With These 10 Grocery Shopping Tips</a> &mdash; These tips will take your shopping strategy to the next level, and will help you resist those all-too-tempting food deals that are not on your list and outside of your budget.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-organic-grocery-items-that-arent-worth-it?ref=fbf">10 Organic Grocery Items That Aren't Worth It</a> &mdash; The &quot;organic&quot; label is a popular one to seek when food shopping. But some things don't need to be &quot;organic&quot; to be good for you. Skip these organic items and save big.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman_food_shopping_000016896623.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/negotiate-better-prices-on-these-6-grocery-store-buys?ref=fbf">Negotiate Better Prices on These 6 Grocery Store Buys</a> &mdash; Good news! That price tag isn't set in stone. There are several items in your local grocery store that can be negotiated. So get haggling and save some major cash.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-grocery-store-secrets-only-the-pros-know?ref=fbf">10 Grocery Store Secrets Only the Pros Know</a> &mdash; These master hacks will show you how to get the best possible foods for your money, without spending more than need to.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-easy-ways-to-stretch-your-grocery-dollars?ref=fbf">20 Easy Ways to Stretch Your Grocery Dollars</a> &mdash; Just because you don't have a full house doesn't mean you can't do some smart bulk buying. Stretch your grocery bucks as far as they'll go with these easy tricks.</p> <p><em>How do you avoid overspending at the grocery store? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-81-best-tips-for-saving-big-at-the-grocery-store">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-10"> <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/flashback-friday-the-60-best-ways-to-use-food-other-than-eating-it">Flashback Friday: The 60 Best Ways to Use Food Other Than Eating It</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/flashback-friday-the-76-best-life-lessons-you-should-learn-by-30">Flashback Friday: The 76 Best Life Lessons You Should Learn by 30</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/flashback-friday-the-95-best-ways-to-get-fit-for-free">Flashback Friday: The 95 Best Ways to Get Fit for Free</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/flashback-friday-the-119-best-fitness-hacks-for-busy-people">Flashback Friday: The 119 Best Fitness Hacks for Busy People</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/flashback-friday-the-99-best-fitness-hacks-of-all-time">Flashback Friday: The 99 Best Fitness Hacks of All Time</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Budgeting Food and Drink fbf fitness flashback friday frugal food grocery budget grocery shopping grocery store Health Fri, 01 Apr 2016 10:00:11 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1683036 at http://www.wisebread.com My 2016 Budget Challenge: Finding Food http://www.wisebread.com/my-2016-budget-challenge-finding-food <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my-2016-budget-challenge-finding-food" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_playing_food_000064782535.jpg" alt="Woman taking budget challenge to find food" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>[Editor's Note: This is the another episode in Max Wong's journey to find an extra $31,000 this year. Read the whole series </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/max-wongs-budget-0"><em>here</em></a><em>.]</em></p> <p>This year I am trying to make an additional $31,000 (<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-2016-budget-challenge-why-i-need-to-find-31k-this-year">here's the math</a> that explains why). This means that in addition to taking on extra work, I am combing through our budget looking for ways to save money on our household expenses.</p> <p>One of the biggest line items in our budget is food. Our high food cost exists because my husband and I looked at the health of our elderly relatives and realized that we can spend more money now on better quality food, or we can spend more money later on medical treatment for things like Type 2 Diabetes.</p> <p>While the price of groceries at Whole Foods might lead anyone to think otherwise, researchers at Harvard School of Public Health have found that really healthy diets only cost about <a href="http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/healthy-vs-unhealthy-diet-costs-1-50-more/">$1.50 per day</a> more than the average diet. This research tracks with our household budget. We spend around $1200 more per year on groceries than most two-person households. So, how can we reduce our food budget by at least this $1200 without sacrificing nutrition or yummy food experiences?</p> <p>By scavenging food.</p> <h2>1. Eat Through Your Pantry</h2> <p>The average American household wastes between 15% and 25% of the food they purchase. To quote Dana Gunders, Staff Scientist for the Food and Agriculture Program:</p> <p>&quot;Imagine walking out of a grocery store with four bags of groceries, dropping one in the parking lot, and just not bothering to pick it up. That's essentially what we're doing in our homes today.&quot;</p> <p>To put that waste in financial terms, the average American family wastes $2,275 in food each year. With that in mind, the first place I'm scavenging food is in my <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-fridge-tricks-that-will-save-you-big">own refrigerator</a>.</p> <p>In January, my husband finally agreed to buy fewer groceries after he realized how much of the food we had in our fridge was on the brink of going bad. To avoid wasting food, we scheduled meals based on the &quot;best if consumed by&quot; dates of the ingredients, and have been careful to buy only what we need to complete recipes or meals since then.</p> <p>Interestingly, organizing our grocery shopping around food waste prevention has not had a negative impact on our diet. In fact, it has made us cook with greater focus, intention, and creativity.</p> <h2>2. Become the Commissary Coyote</h2> <p>My husband is so skilled at cooking with leftovers, and so unapologetic about bringing home uneaten work lunches that were destined for the dumpster, that the marketing director for his video game company wants him to star in a YouTube office cooking series tentatively titled: &quot;Are You Going to Finish That? Snackin' With Steve,&quot; for the company's website.</p> <p>Some office cultures are super judgmental about eating leftovers, or even brown bagging lunch, so we are lucky that my husband's coworkers are charmed and even impressed by his culinary habits&hellip;and also completely uninterested in eating leftovers themselves. My husband's company orders in dinner at least once a week to reward the salaried workers who work overtime to meet deadlines. There has been enough surplus food from these office dinners that my husband has been getting the equivalent of two free lunches per week.</p> <h2>3. Gleaning</h2> <p>Most people who have fruit trees end up with more fruit than they can handle, and pretty much everyone hates wasting home grown fruit. Since I live in Los Angeles, just about every yard in my neighborhood contains at least one fruit tree. My neighbors are only too thrilled to let me pick their trees clean. It's free yard work for them. I haven't had to pay for orange juice in three months, and I can't remember the last time I paid for a lemon or a grapefruit. All of this fruit is organically grown since none of my neighbors bother to spray their trees for bug control.</p> <p>A great resource for finding free fruit is real estate agents. Fallen fruit looks terrible and attracts rodents, so several agents call me whenever they have a listing with ripe fruit trees. I just donated 300 pounds of surplus citrus I got from one property to a local charity.</p> <p>In previous years, I have advertised on Freecycle and Craigslist to find free backyard produce.</p> <p>Gleaning fruit not only saves me money, it makes me money. Last September, I made $400 from selling my jams and marmalades made from gleaned, backyard fruit.</p> <h2>4. Use Everything in the CSA Farm Box or Grocery Bag</h2> <p>My local grade school offers a weekly CSA farm share subscription that is a fundraiser for both the school and the organic farmers that provide the produce. Every week I am given additional free produce from families who will never try kohlrabi or still haven't eaten through last week's purple potatoes. Usually, I offer to trade something from my CSA box in return, but I rarely get any takers. Also, not one of my fellow farm box subscribers eat the tops of their vegetables, even though they are edible, so every week I collect multiple servings of beet, radish, carrot, or turnip greens.</p> <h2>5. Shop at the End of the Farmer's Market</h2> <p>Gas is expensive and so is garbage pick-up. Farmers don't want to haul away unsellable food from the farmer's market, so most market vendors are willing to give steep discounts on food that is perfectly ripe today, but will be too ripe for them to sell tomorrow. The vendors I shop with regularly know that I make preserves, so they always give me huge bags of damaged fruit for free at the end of the day. No one will buy a bruised apple, but I have to chop up the fruit anyway when I make pies or jams. It doesn't take me any extra time to cut the bad parts off of free peaches.</p> <h2>6. Work a Food Job or Just Work Near One</h2> <p>Many restaurant and catering jobs include a free staff meal and first dibs at leftovers. This is pretty common knowledge. But we don't even have to work a food job to get these benefits.</p> <p>My brother-in-law is a professional party planner. He sends his staff home with surplus food after every event. He's now our cake hook-up. We have been eating a ridiculous amount of leftover wedding cake made by the best bakeries in town.</p> <p>My husband's best scavenge of the year actually came from a side job. My husband recently DJ'ed a house party that was catered by the In 'n Out Burger Truck. At the end of the night, the party host offered him 60 freshly cooked, fully wrapped hamburgers that she was going to throw out. He brought home 26 hamburgers! He ate four of them whole and we performed a burgerdectomy on the remaining 22, removing the meat and onion, before composting the rest of the burgers. We chopped up the patties and the onions and made a huge pot of chili using only ingredients we already had in the house. The chili was delicious. It even retained that special In 'n Out charred taste! It was so good that we were sorry that he had left the rest of the hamburgers behind.</p> <p>The next time we get leftover burgers we are going to make <a href="http://www.urbancookery.com/white-castle-stuffing/">White Castle stuffing</a>.</p> <h2>7. Leftovers Are the New Black</h2> <p>Apparently, our love of catering surplus is totally on point. Two of New York's trendiest restaurants are <a href="http://www.salon.com/2015/03/20/new_yorks_trendiest_restaurant_is_serving_you_garbage_and_its_awesome/">serving food waste</a> to ecstatic customers.</p> <h2>8. Forage</h2> <p>I took a foraging class last weekend, and in addition to learning to identify five more edible plants that are growing all over my neighborhood and free for the taking, I came home with a <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BC6p-48tN_V/?taken-by=myromanapartment">one pound oyster mushroom</a>, harvested by the instructor, that made the most delicious omelet. The instructor also showed me where to find wild currants on public land (I see free currant jam in my future) and how to use river stones to heat food quickly. It was well worth the $20 I spent on the class to learn how to survive the zombie apocalypse without poisoning myself.</p> <h2>9. Eat What You Know</h2> <p>Before I developed better plant identification skills, I used to worry about eating toxic weeds. Luckily in Los Angeles, it is legal to harvest fruit that is growing on or hanging over public land, including city sidewalks. So even if I could only identify the most common fruits like oranges and apples, I would still be able to forage plenty of food. Over the years, I have learned how to identify about 20 different fruit and nut trees, so I now have access to free fruit year around. Urban foragers in cities around the world have even made <a href="http://fallenfruit.org/map/">fruit maps</a>, which make finding and identifying fruit trees even easier for newbie foragers.</p> <h2>10. Eat the Enemy</h2> <p>March is the best month to harvest the edible weeds in my backyard. Between the chickweed, lamb's quarters, nettles, and mallow, we won't have to buy salad greens all month. Wild plants have very high nutrient and flavor densities when compared to conventionally grown produce. By eating weeds we are getting extra vitamins and tastes without spending a cent.</p> <p>While eating weeds sounds desperate to many folk, restaurants pay a premium for wild foods. In Los Angeles, top restaurants are creating entire menus based on locally foraged, wild crafted food. It should also be noted than many commonly foraged food items like dandelions and garden snails were brought to America by European immigrants as food crops and micro-livestock.</p> <h2>11. Scrounge Like Steve Jobs</h2> <p>Nick Heyer started <a href="http://www.reed.edu/reed_magazine/december2011/articles/apocrypha/traditions_myths_and_legends.html">the scrounge movement</a> at Reed College in 1966. In order to cut his food costs, Heyer started eating the lunch leftovers of a classmate who was on a diet. Since 1966, hundreds of students, including Steve Jobs, have stretched their scholarship dollars by scrounging.</p> <p>Many universities have less storied, less organized, and less gross scrounging programs. Once a week, I work at a university, between 10 p.m. and midnight. On the way home, I always get a free pastry from the coffee shop on the ground floor of my building. At the end of every night, the shop gives that day's leftover baked goods to any university employee who asks. This employee discount is not advertised. I only found out about the late night pastry perk when I tried to buy a midnight snack from the coffee shop after they had closed their register for the night.</p> <h2>12. Dumpster Diving</h2> <p>I know several people who live extraordinary lives &mdash; as food rescue volunteers, as globetrotting snowboarders, as artists &mdash; who all dumpster dive for food as a logical and practical money-saving tool. Because I have seen firsthand how these people use scavenging to live fabulously, I've been able to put aside all sorts of irrational, ego-based, &quot;ew gross&quot; thoughts and see that dumpster diving is more than just about money, it's a great way to reduce environmental impact and take a stand against the American culture of waste.</p> <p>Obviously, I don't have any squeamishness about pulling edible packaged or peel-able food out of the garbage. However, I have a moral problem with competing with the huge population of homeless people in my city who depend on dumpster diving for their meals. So, unless I find myself on the verge of homelessness myself, dumpster diving for food will not be part of my $31,000 Budget Challenge. (However, I will still be <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/from-dumpster-diving-to-garage-sales-turning-trash-into-cash">dumpster diving for fun and profit</a>.)</p> <h2>Progress So Far</h2> <p>Dearest readers, do you have food scavenging tips you would like to share with me? I'm listening. It's already March and I need to find $25,000 more before the end of the year to make my $31,000 Budget Goal.</p> <p>For us, this last pay period was gruesome. After six weeks in the shop and three failed smog tests, we finally got our Volvo station wagon up and running. Final cost: $1091.90. Alas, this financial hit was not defrayed by the whopping $90 I made last week from a little writing gig.</p> <p><strong>Goal</strong>: $31,000</p> <p><strong>Amount Raised</strong>: $8,890.00</p> <p><strong>Amount Spent</strong>: $4,833.72</p> <p><strong>Amount Left to Go</strong>: $26,943.72</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/my-2016-budget-challenge-finding-food">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-11"> <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/10-delicious-ways-to-save-stale-bread">10 Delicious Ways to Save Stale Bread</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/flashback-friday-the-60-best-ways-to-use-food-other-than-eating-it">Flashback Friday: The 60 Best Ways to Use Food Other Than Eating It</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/waste-not-want-not-stop-throwing-away-your-food">Waste Not, Want Not: Stop Throwing Away Your Food!</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/20-easy-ways-to-stretch-your-grocery-dollars">20 Easy Ways to Stretch Your Grocery Dollars</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/five-more-tips-for-eating-in-restaurants-and-sticking-to-a-budget">Five More Tips For Eating In Restaurants And Sticking To A Budget</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink Cooking food costs food waste foraging max wongs budget saving money Fri, 01 Apr 2016 10:00:05 +0000 Max Wong 1679503 at http://www.wisebread.com