Food and Drink http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/209/all en-US Best Money Tips: Foods That Are Breaking Your Grocery Budget http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-foods-that-are-breaking-your-grocery-budget <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-that-are-breaking-your-grocery-budget" 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_shopping_000016262663.jpg" alt="Woman finding foods that are breaking her grocery budget" 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 some great articles on the foods that are breaking your grocery budget, ways to wake up energized, and people you should hide from your Facebook feed.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/0823/Five-foods-that-are-breaking-your-grocery-budget">Five foods that are breaking your grocery budget</a> &mdash; The worst outbreak of bird flu in decades has caused egg prices to skyrocket. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2015/08/5-things-wake-energized-productive-every-day.html">Do These 5 Things To Wake Up Energized (And Productive) Every Day</a> &mdash; Listen to your body and sleep only when you're sleepy. It'll save you hours of tossing and turning! [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://momsneedtoknow.com/8-people-you-should-hide-from-your-facebook-feed/">8 People You Should Hide From Your Facebook Feed</a> &mdash; Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with distant family and old friends, but feel free to hide or unfollow someone when it turns out they're a &quot;Dirty Laundry Diva.&quot;&nbsp;[Moms Need to Know]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/DIY-Mold-Mildew-Killer-34880343">The Amazing Tea Tree Oil Mold and Mildew Killer</a> &mdash; This DIY antifungal spray will keep mold and mildew far, far away. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/a-hackers-favorite-password/">What&rsquo;s a Hackers Favorite Password?</a> &mdash; In 2014, the most common password stolen by hackers was &quot;123456&quot;. [Credit Sesame]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/article/cars/T009-C000-S001-3-things-car-dealers-don-t-want-to-hear-you-say.html">3 Things Car Dealers Don't Want to Hear You Say</a> &mdash; Ask to see the invoice. The invoice will show you the legitimate fees and you'll know exactly what you're paying for. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="https://www.listenmoneymatters.com/how-to-pay-off-debt-on-a-low-income/">How To Pay Off Debt On A Low Income</a> &mdash; You'll see the biggest results from cutting down on your biggest expenses. Think housing, transportation, and food costs. [Listen Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.readyforzero.com/4-tips-to-furnishing-a-dorm-room-without-going-broke/#.VdtXTrXR3lZ">Tips to Furnishing a Dorm Room Without Going Broke</a> &mdash; Space will be limited in a dorm room. Don't buy things that can be rented or borrowed when you need it &mdash; like a vacuum cleaner! [ReadyForZero]</p> <p><a href="http://www.consumerismcommentary.com/for-better-or-worse-5-ways-to-approach-retirement/">For better or worse: 5 ways to approach retirement</a> &mdash; One affordable way to approach retirement is to keep working as much (or as little) as you want towards a second career. [Consumerism Commentary]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/adopting-through-foster-care-myths-and-raising-awareness">Adopting Through Foster Care: Myths and Raising Awareness</a> &mdash; Foster care adoptions aren't necessarily as expensive as private adoptions. Expenses are often reimbursed, and the state may help with medical bills and college expenses.&nbsp;[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-that-are-breaking-your-grocery-budget">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/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Groceries</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/breaking-the-bread-code-how-to-get-the-freshest-loaf">Breaking the Bread Code: How to Get the Freshest Loaf</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/fresh-fruits-and-vegetables-by-the-month">Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, By the Month</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-ways-to-eat-paleo-for-super-cheap">20 Ways to Eat Paleo for Super Cheap</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/how-to-grocery-shop-for-five-on-100-a-week">How to Grocery Shop for Five on $100 a Week</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips groceries Tue, 25 Aug 2015 19:00:18 +0000 Amy Lu 1536314 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Diet Trends That Can Hurt You http://www.wisebread.com/7-diet-trends-that-can-hurt-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-diet-trends-that-can-hurt-you" 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_carrot_000012077170.jpg" alt="Woman following diet trend that can hurt her" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We're surrounded by friends, coworkers, and celebrities who swear by Paleo, juice cleanses, &quot;nothing white,&quot; and gluten-free diets. Do they work? Maybe. But are they safe? Maybe not.</p> <p>Below are descriptions of some popular <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-track-your-diet-and-fitness-for-free">eating trends</a>, and what experts have to say about them.</p> <h2>1. Gluten-Free</h2> <p>Gluten-free has become so popular that most grocery stores now have entire sections devoted to the products, and avoiding gluten is a must if you have celiac disease or some version of sensitivity to gluten. But how many people actually have <a href="http://www.celiaccentral.org/celiac-disease/facts-and-figures/">celiac disease</a>? Only about one in 133.</p> <p>And there are dangers associated with eating a gluten-free diet. If you have self-diagnosed as needing a gluten-free diet absent a medical diagnosis, you may be assuming you have celiac disease where there may be another medical cause. Secondly, by eating gluten-free, you may be missing out on important vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Think you have gluten sensitivity? This <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/gluten-sensitivity-and-study-replication-2014-5">study</a> may be eye-opening. Unconvinced? See your doctor.</p> <h2>2. Paleo</h2> <p>Paleolithic man existed before agriculture, when we assume they survived as hunter-gatherers. They probably would have eaten berries, tubers, mammals, and fish. They would not have had access to dairy or processed foods. Proponents of this diet claim that we would be healthier if we had stuck to this menu, rather than eating grains, legumes, dairy, and processed foods. By following a Paleo diet, it is claimed, we would not be obese, have diabetes, or heart disease.</p> <p>Maybe. I think we can all agree that cutting down on processed foods is a good idea. I know I have concerns about refined foods, sodium, and preservatives. However, consider that humans have greatly evolved since Paleo man.</p> <p>According to William Leonard of Northwestern University, &quot;We now know that humans have evolved not to subsist on a single, Paleolithic diet but to be flexible eaters, an insight that has important implications for the current debate over what people today should eat in order to be healthy.&quot;</p> <p>Areas of concern? The amount of red meat the Paleo diet recommends (which may lead to bowel cancer) and eliminating whole grains and legumes, which have proven health value.</p> <p>Also, as the Mayo Clinic reports, &quot;There is <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/paleo-diet/art-20111182?pg=2">little clinical research</a> on the benefits of paleo diets.... Researchers have argued that the underlying hypothesis of the paleo diet may oversimplify the story of how humans adapted to changes in diet.&quot;</p> <p>James Hamblin, in his March 24, 2014 article for <em>The Atlantic, </em>writes about a study conducted by Dr. David Katz of Yale University's Prevention Research Center:</p> <p>&quot;If Paleolithic eating is loosely interpreted to mean a diet based mostly on meat, no meaningful interpretation of health effects is possible.... The composition of most meat in today's food supply is not similar to that of mammoth meat, and that most plants available during the Stone Age are today extinct.&quot;</p> <h2>3. &quot;Nothing White&quot;</h2> <p>Pretty much just the way it sounds, the &quot;nothing white&quot; diet has you avoid refined white flour, white sugar, potatoes, pasta, bread, white beans, etc. Carbohydrates are not eliminated, but rather, replaced with healthier alternatives. This is a method of lowering your glycemic index (a measurement of carbohydrates and their impact on blood sugar).</p> <p>It may indeed help you lose weight, and eating more of the colorful fruits and vegetables recommended may help you decrease your risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.</p> <p>So what are its issues? It's pretty difficult for Joe Regular Person to eliminate all white bread, pasta, potatoes, and white sugar from your diet. Secondly, you need to be mindful of this information from WebMd:</p> <p>&quot;Keep in mind that <a href="http://www.webmd.com/diet/obesity/truth-about-white-foods?page=2">not all whole grains</a> are a good source of fiber. For example, brown rice is more nutritious than white rice because it contains the whole kernel of rice, but it's not necessarily a good source of fiber.&quot;</p> <h2>4. Juice Cleanse</h2> <p>Another popular trend, the juice cleanse, purports to help you lose weight, detox, and have more energy. You can concoct your own, or purchase from a (staggering) number of sources.</p> <p>Sure, you will probably lose weight, but it will mostly be water weight. Also, fruit sugar is still sugar, so you might actually <em>gain</em> weight if you're drinking lots of fruity cleanses.</p> <h2>5. The Alkaline Diet</h2> <p>Avoidance of high-fat animal products, sugar, caffeine, and alcohol, plus eating lots of nuts, some soy, avocados, and produce are the hallmarks of the alkaline diet. Like the &quot;no-white&quot; diet, it has been popularized by great-looking celebrities. As the theory goes, avoiding acid-promoting foods and beverages promote a &quot;neutral&quot; blood pH, promoting health and weight loss. A list of specific foods supposedly helps keep your body more &quot;alkaline.&quot;</p> <p>But the thing is: your body is already taking care of this for you, unless you have kidney problems. Our stomachs are acidic, so that they can break down food; your urine changes depending upon what you eat. So, your body is already taking on this job. Nothing you eat is going to substantially change the pH in your blood.</p> <p>However, unless you overdo the avocados, nuts, and seeds, which are full of calories, the diet is pretty good for you, although I personally think the list is pretty restrictive. As an experiment, I tried it for a while. I missed dairy, coffee, and alcohol. It did get me eating more fruits and vegetables, although the recommended choices were sort of expensive. While there is some promising data, a study from the National Institute of Health concludes, &quot;At this time, there are limited studies...&quot;</p> <h2>6. Vegan</h2> <p>Vegans do not eat meat, fish, poultry, or animal products such as eggs, dairy, or honey. Being a vegan, though, is not just about weight loss. People often choose to become vegans for ethical reasons, their health, or environmental reasons.</p> <p>A vegan diet may help with weight loss, heart health, and diabetes prevention and control. But there are also some things you'll need to watch for:</p> <p>&quot;As a vegan, you need to spend a large part of your life planning what to eat,&quot; warns Dr. Michael D. Gershon, chairman of the department of anatomy and cell biology at New York's Columbia University. &quot;While it is possible to get the nutrients you need, it's difficult.... Vegans are more vulnerable to <a href="http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/the-vegan-myth?page=2">certain nutritional deficiencies</a>,&quot; he says, referring to vitamin B12, omega-3 fatty acids, iron, zinc, calcium, and vitamin D &mdash; all critical for energy and mood.</p> <h2>7. The Raw Diet</h2> <p>Proponents of a raw diet claim that cooking food destroys nutrients and natural enzymes. Some even believe cooking makes the food toxic. Food is either uncooked or unprocessed. You can eat fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and sprouted grains; some eat unpasteurized dairy, meat, or fish. I love to cook, so this isn't at all appealing to me, but the list of foods to use is very nutritious, high in vitamins, minerals, etc.</p> <p>So, any big red flags on the raw food diet? Much like other diets listed above, you need to make sure you are getting enough protein, iron, and calcium. In tropical areas, eating raw foods can be dangerous due to the presence of rat-lungworm disease.</p> <p><em>Have you tried any of these trendy diets? How'd they work for you?</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/7-diet-trends-that-can-hurt-you">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/20-gluten-free-lunch-ideas">20 Gluten-Free Lunch Ideas</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/gluten-free-carb-free-noodles">Gluten-Free, Carb-Free Noodles</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-cheap-girl-s-guide-to-lowering-cholesterol-without-suffering">The Cheap Girl’s Guide to Lowering Cholesterol Without Suffering</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/so-you-think-youre-a-carnivore">So, You Think You&#039;re a Carnivore?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/homemade-gluten-free-trail-mix-bars-for-about-30-cents-each">Homemade Gluten-Free Trail Mix Bars for About 30 Cents Each</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty carbs diets gluten-free juice cleanses paleo trends unhealthy vegan Tue, 25 Aug 2015 11:00:33 +0000 Marla Walters 1530609 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Unexpected Uses for Avocados http://www.wisebread.com/6-unexpected-uses-for-avocados <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-unexpected-uses-for-avocados" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000059059744.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Silky, buttery avocados. When you think of this nutrient-rich and tasty fruit, you probably think of guacamole. Surprise yourself by trying these unexpected uses for avocados.</p> <h2>1. Skin Moisturizing Mask</h2> <p>Want perfectly supple, smooth skin without having to buy expensive lotions full of weird stuff like parabens? Make your own, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-diy-beauty-masks-made-from-food">using avocados</a> as the star ingredient. Here is a really <a href="http://www.freutcake.com/in-the-kitchen/winter-avocado-mask/">easy avocado mask recipe</a> that involves basic ingredients that are probably in your fridge right now. Simply leave the mask on for five to 10 minutes, then rinse when it starts to harden. Wash it away to reveal super soft skin.</p> <h2>2. Ice Cream</h2> <p>An excellent source of healthy fats and boasting such a smooth and buttery texture, avocados make a wonderful substitute for cream, coconut milk, or soy milk in frozen treats. Making these diet and vegan-friendly desserts is also insanely easy. Try making <a href="http://purelytwins.com/2013/09/04/raw-vegan-dairy-free-healthy-mint-chocolate-chip-avocado-ice-cream-recipe/">mint-chip avocado ice cream</a>, or this recipe for <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/food/Avocado-Popsicle-Recipe-3797490">avocado popsicles</a>!</p> <h2>3. Hair Deep Conditioner</h2> <p>Skin is one thing, but what about an all-natural deep conditioning treatment that will soothe a dry scalp and alleviate damaged hair? Avocado is rich in healthy oils that easily coat the hair shaft, but even more so when they are overripe. So, if you have some forgotten avocados that are no longer at peak deliciousness, this is a great use for them. Try this <a href="http://burtongirls.burton.com/fitness/diy-avocado-hair-treatments/">hair treatment recipe</a>, which uses oatmeal and vinegar for a great at-home spa day.</p> <h2>4. Cocktails</h2> <p>Avocado margaritas, anyone? Adding a creamy and somewhat savory taste to the classic drink makes for a refreshing update to a summer favorite. This <a href="http://cookingstoned.tv/recipe/frozen-avocado-margarita/">frozen margarita recipe</a> calls for avocado and tarragon. Just add tacos! Also delicious: try a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/30/michelada-recipes_n_1470804.html">savory Michelada</a> with avocado slices or puree added in for an even dreamier meal-in-a-glass.</p> <h2>5. Breakfast</h2> <p>Avocados for breakfast is no alien concept &mdash; we have breakfast burritos and omelets to thank for that. And, lately, avocado toast has become a hot snack for any meal. But have you heard of the <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Baked-Eggs-Avocado-Recipe-30787252">baked avocado</a> with an egg inside? It's two of the most delicious foods combined, plus it's stupidly easy to make, so why not try it tomorrow morning?</p> <h2>6. Baby Food</h2> <p>Did you know that avocados make for a great and tasty transitional food during the period your baby is teething? It is firm enough to help them learn to chew, but soft enough to mash with their gums with ease. To share with younger or smaller babies, simply mash or puree the ripe and unseasoned avocados before feeding. Avocado also works as a great secondary ingredient in these <a href="http://www.newkidscenter.com/Avocado-Baby-Food-Recipes.html">homemade baby foods</a>.</p> <p><em>How do you put avocados to good use outside a bowl of guac? Let us know in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-meadows">Amanda Meadows</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-unexpected-uses-for-avocados">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/15-easy-and-delicious-ice-cream-substitutes">15 Easy and Delicious Ice Cream Substitutes</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/7-homemade-beauty-treatments-that-actually-work">7 Homemade Beauty Treatments That Actually Work</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/frugal-gluten-free-living-delicious-homemade-gluten-free-bread">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Delicious Homemade Gluten-Free Bread</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/frugal-gluten-free-living-homemade-gluten-free-noodles">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Homemade Gluten-Free Noodles</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-great-ways-to-eat-bananas">12 Great Ways to Eat Bananas</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty avocados baby food cocktails hair healthy ice cream recipes skin Mon, 24 Aug 2015 17:00:23 +0000 Amanda Meadows 1531969 at http://www.wisebread.com The 7 Best Pieces of Homemaking Advice From Martha Stewart http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-best-pieces-of-homemaking-advice-from-martha-stewart <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-7-best-pieces-of-homemaking-advice-from-martha-stewart" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000018281549.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Martha Stewart's name is synonymous with clever tips and tricks. Even as time has advanced, her tips remain the gold standard of anything homemaking. Here's a collection of some of her most useful advice on anything from flavoring foods to cleaning your grungy down comforters. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-old-fashioned-skills-that-save-you-money?ref=seealso">7 Old Fashioned Skills That Save You Money</a>)</p> <h2>1. Hard Boiling Eggs</h2> <p>Eggs are inexpensive, portable protein bites that are nutritious and delicious to boot. I've used Martha's instructions on <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/354061/perfect-hard-boiled-eggs">how to hard boil eggs</a> many times with perfect results. Place a dozen eggs in a large saucepan and cover with an inch of cold water. Bring water to boil over medium heat, then cover and remove from the burner. After 12 minutes, transfer to a colander and soak in cool water to stop the cooking process. Eggs (in shells) stay good for three days, sometimes longer.</p> <h2>2. Preserving Herbs</h2> <p>Martha helps us save money by offering some tips on how to <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/247551/preserving-herbs">preserve summer herbs</a> for fall and winter enjoyment. There are several methods you can try, including wrapping herbs loosely in tulle fabric inside the fridge. In a couple of weeks, the herbs will dry out and can be packaged in a tin. Blanching and freezing is another great way to preserve and will also keep colors vibrant. Or you can blend a pint of olive oil with a bunch of blanched herbs before freezing into an ice tray for flavorful oil cubes. (See also: <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>3. Creating a Cleaning Bucket</h2> <p>Save time on your chores by creating a <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/340652/spring-organizing-tips/@center/276989/organizing#234877">cleaning bucket</a> with all your supplies in one place. Martha suggests adding a glass cleaner, all-purpose spray, an assortment of scrub brushes, rubber gloves, and a few towels to your collection. My tip? Make your own <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-clean-everything-with-just-3-all-natural-cleaners">DIY cleaning supplies</a> and pick up the rest at your local dollar store.</p> <h2>4. Folding Fitted Sheets</h2> <p>Are your fitted sheets crumpled in the linen closet like mine? Martha shows us the right way to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-a2FR1iwqg">fold these fitted sheets</a> to eliminate wrinkles. To start, hold the top two corners in each hand. Flip the right side over onto the left and shake the sheet to get everything lined up correctly on the bottom. Feel your way down the elastic to the next corner and flip it over the others. When you get the final corner squared away, you should be able to fold everything into a neat, flat package.</p> <h2>5. Cleaning Stainless Steel</h2> <p>I have a good collection of stainless steel pots and pans I love to use for the bulk of my cooking. Unfortunately, they're marked up from heat and hard water. Martha explains that the best way to get your stainless gleaming again is to rub them with a cloth <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/266191/cleaning-stainless-steel">soaked in white vinegar</a>. Wash after each use to prevent a film from forming. And never soak, as it will result in a pitted surface.</p> <h2>6. Laundering Down</h2> <p>With the cold weather season ahead of us, I'm getting ready to pull out our down comforters again. The thing is, I've never washed them &mdash; and they're getting funky. Martha shares that I don't need to take these things to a professional. Instead, I can <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/270108/laundering-down">launder my down</a> by using a mild, low-sudsing detergent in a front-load washer (I'll need a few quarters for the laundromat). To dry, just go through the spin cycle and then tumble on low.</p> <h2>7. Storing Fresh Greens</h2> <p>Fresh kale is one of my go-to snacks, but I feel like it goes bad the minute I stick it in the fridge. Martha offers a simple <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/973761/how-wash-and-store-greens#973761">wash and dry method</a> that will keep greens kicking longer. Just dunk them in cold water to loosen dirt and debris, dry in a salad spinner, wrap loosely in paper towels, and store in a plastic bag. It's as easy as that! (Related: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fruits-and-veggies-that-stay-fresh-a-month-or-longer?ref=seealso">10 Fruits and Veggies that Stay Fresh a Month or Longer</a>)</p> <p><em>What's your favorite bit of homemaking advice from Martha Stewart?</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/the-7-best-pieces-of-homemaking-advice-from-martha-stewart">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/8-spectacular-uses-for-that-lone-can-of-fruit">8 Spectacular Uses for that Lone Can of Fruit</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-tips-for-camping-cooking">10 Tips for Camping Cooking</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/7-diy-kitchen-skills-that-will-save-you-money">7 DIY Kitchen Skills That Will Save You Money</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-food-strainer-my-new-old-fashioned-gadget">The Food Strainer: My New, Old-Fashioned Gadget</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/4-ways-to-use-your-food-that-dont-involve-eating">4 Ways to Use Your Food That Don&#039;t Involve Eating</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Food and Drink advice cleaning Cooking homemaking laundry martha stewart Mon, 24 Aug 2015 15:00:23 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1532873 at http://www.wisebread.com 20 Ways to Eat Paleo for Super Cheap http://www.wisebread.com/20-ways-to-eat-paleo-for-super-cheap <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/20-ways-to-eat-paleo-for-super-cheap" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/happy_woman_gardening_000029690376.jpg" alt="Woman learning how to eat paleo for super cheap" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>For many people, a high protein, low carbohydrate (AKA paleo) diet results in better nutrition and weight loss. However, since <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thinking-of-going-on-a-diet-heres-how-to-figure-out-which-one-is-right-for-you">paleo diets</a> are more reliant on meat and exclude inexpensive staple foods such as grains, beans, and root vegetables, they can be costly. Luckily, there are a number of ways to cut the grocery bill and eat paleo at the same time.</p> <h2>1. Eat Adventurously</h2> <p>Honestly, if you are going to be preachy about paleo, then you better be eating bugs. That's really how our Paleolithic ancestors got much of their protein. They weren't eating bacon. In fact, 80% of the world's population <a href="http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/bugs-for-dinner/">still eats insects</a> as a regular part of their diet because they are, in a word, delicious. Seriously, tarantula tastes like crab. Personally, I crave cricket tacos, but bug purists Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek forgo the tortilla and eat them straight like potato chips.</p> <p>Bugs are also an excellent source of cheap protein. For example, crickets are a complete protein, have twice the amount of B12, and 60% less saturated fat than ground beef.</p> <p>And, unlike beef, pork, or poultry, bugs have a much lower risk of transferring disease to humans. They epitomize clean eating. (The only caveat to eating bugs: Because they are close cousins to shellfish, people with shellfish allergies should not eat insects, even in larval form.)</p> <p>If you are too squeamish to try one of the 1700 different edible bugs, then try finding exotic recipes for unloved animal parts such as liver, tripe, or feet. Although I hate liver and onions, I love liver pâté. Liver is rich in iron, copper, and vitamin A. If you have ever eaten a McRib sandwich you've already eaten tripe, so you might as well enjoy the far superior <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/tripe-florentine-455135">Florentine recipe</a>. Since I am one of those people who believe the skin is the best part of roasted poultry, I am a crazy fan of duck and chicken feet as they are 100% chewy yumminess.</p> <h2>2. Buy the Unfashionable Cuts of Meat</h2> <p>One of the reasons to make friends with your butcher is preparation advice. Cheap cuts of meat like neck bones or chicken feet are cheap for a reason &mdash; the average American doesn't know how to cook them. Good butchers can tell you how to cook everything from pigs' knuckles to oxtail for optimal flavor and texture.</p> <h2>3. Don't Waste Food</h2> <p>This seems like a no-brainer, but Americans throw away 30% of their food each year. Use your bones for stock. Leftover bacon grease makes anything fried in it taste that much better. Use wilted vegetables and leftovers to make <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thursday-night-soup-delicious-soup-from-leftovers">Thursday Night Soup</a>.</p> <h2>4. Grow Your Own</h2> <p>Did you know that you can <a href="http://www.snapgardens.org/">buy seeds</a> and food plants with SNAP EBT benefits (food stamps)? So, even if you are on the barest of food budgets, you can supplement your diet with your own organic produce.</p> <h2>5. Create a Food Cooperative With Your Neighbors</h2> <p>It's very hard to grow all your own food. However, if you grow food communally, it is very easy to produce a huge amount of food that can be shared between neighbors. Your block only needs one <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/gadzukes-10-ways-to-use-up-your-zucchini-bounty">zucchini plant</a>. Trust me on this.</p> <p>Even if your entire neighborhood has black thumbs, consider joining forces to buy staple goods like nuts or olive oil in bulk to save money. You could even buy an entire cow to split with your friends.</p> <h2>6. Join a CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) Program</h2> <p>A CSA is a subscription service for locally produced food. Some CSAs even offer meat, dairy, and other specialty items like honey.</p> <h2>7. Barter for Food</h2> <p>Since I am a beekeeper and an experienced food preserver, I use food in jars as currency. I have been working for the last few years to build a barter economy in my neighborhood. My goal is to procure 50% of my food through barter. While I love to get cold, hard cash for my products, I trade honey and jam for free-range chickens, ducks, and eggs with a local poultry farmer. (Both of us think we are getting the better deal.)</p> <p>But don't think you have to be a gardener to barter for food. Babysitting, home repair, and car trips to the airport are all excellent barter currencies. Recently I crocheted legwarmers for a friend in return for five pounds of hand-shelled pecans and five pounds of soap nuts for laundry.</p> <h2>8. Make Friends With Your Local Food Producers</h2> <p>I never ever have to pay for fertilizer for my garden. My friend the poultry farmer drops off bags of chemical-free chicken manure for me whenever I want. While having your own personal poop fairy isn't thrilling to anyone who doesn't garden, I also get a ton of food that is perfect for eating but won't sell at the farmer's market from farmer friends. Bruised fruit can be pureed into juice, frozen for sorbet or cooking, or turned into preserves.</p> <h2>9. Go Late to the Farmers Market</h2> <p>If you aren't pining for that one special thing that always sells out early, then go to the farmers market at the end of the day. Even Los Angeles-based farmers who go to a different neighborhood market every day still end up throwing away a lot of food that won't last another day, is bruised, or is otherwise not worth the gas money to transport it to the next location. Usually, they are happy to give you a good deal on produce that won't last another day.</p> <h2>10. Shop More Often</h2> <p>Americans tend to bulk buy more than Europeans. As a result, our refrigerators are much larger and we tend to waste more food. Unless you have a huge family, you will not be able to eat through 22 cubic feet of food before it goes bad. Also, if you shop several times a week, you will have a better chance of getting produce that hasn't been sitting around for six days in the store, and getting deals in the meat and deli departments on food that is just hitting it's expiry date. It doesn't matter if the sell by date on the bacon is tomorrow if you are cooking it tonight.</p> <h2>11. Use Coupons</h2> <p>Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to find coupons for meat and produce. Even if you live in an area where stores don't accept coupons, most stores have weekly sales. If something you can buy in bulk to use later is sold out, be sure and ask for a rain check. In exchange for letting Vons Grocery track my purchases, as a member of VonsClub I get discounts and personalized sales on produce year around. Just like shopping in season, I match my recipes to my purchases, rather than shopping for specific ingredients to match a recipe. I use the recipe calculator at Epicurious to match recipes to the ingredients I have on hand.</p> <h2>12. Hunt or Forage</h2> <p>Even if guns scare you and you can't see yourself ever becoming a proficient archer, you can still hunt and gather like your paleo ancestors.</p> <p>I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and learned how to forage for chanterelle mushrooms as a kid. It was a super-fun kid activity because it is, after all, the foodie version of a treasure hunt. To prevent poisoning, I recommend going on a <a href="http://www.lamushrooms.org/LAMS-forays.html">guided hunt</a> with an experienced mushroom hunter first before setting out on your own.</p> <p>Every March I enjoy weeding my garden because that is when I harvest all the lamb's quarters, nettles, cresses, and dandelions for salad greens. It is so satisfying to eat the enemy.</p> <h2>13. Glean</h2> <p>Every year I post a want ad on my local Freecycle group asking for surplus backyard produce. And every year I receive, at minimum, 2000 pounds of free, organic, fruit. It's human nature to hate food waste, so people are thrilled to have me take their fruit off their hands. Some communities, like Los Angeles, have food laws that make any fruit growing in parks or hanging over public land (like the sidewalk or the street) fair game for urban foragers.</p> <p>Frankly, I always like to ask before I pick, because generally the owner of the tree will give me more from their &quot;private&quot; stock. I always hit up real estate agents for leads on free fruit. Fallen fruit attracts vermin, which is something that no potential home buyer wants to see while at an open house tour. Real estate agents will call me when they want a tree picked clean.</p> <h2>14. Eat Less, Drink More</h2> <p>Americans are so bad at staying hydrated, that often times we <a href="http://dcp.psc.gov/ccbulletin/articles/fitforduty_050607.htm">mistake thirst for hunger</a>. Are you feeling hungry between meals? Try drinking a glass of water instead of eating a snack. If you still feel hungry ten minutes later, have that snack. I am surprised by how much less I eat, when I drink 10 glasses of water a day.</p> <h2>15. Buy In-Season Produce</h2> <p>Buying in-season produce not only saves money but also the environment. Out of season produce is often grown thousands of miles away and shipping adds a heavy carbon footprint to food that shouldn't be environmentally taxing. Also, the longer the interval between picking and eating, the more the <a href="http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/27/really-the-claim-fresh-produce-has-more-nutrients-than-canned/">produce degrades nutritionally</a>.</p> <h2>16. Buy Canned or Frozen Produce</h2> <p>Studies show that canned and frozen fruits and vegetables have the <a href="http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/files/datastore/234-779.pdf">same nutritional value</a> as fresh produce (providing they are free of added salt and sugar). So if it is less expensive to purchase frozen or canned produce in your area, this is a good way to stretch your grocery budget.</p> <h2>17. Conventionally Grown Produce is Still Better Than None</h2> <p>If you live in an area where organic food is difficult to procure, or expensive, don't throw in the towel on eating healthy. Eating factory farm-to-table is still a healthier option than eating packaged food. Having an all-or-nothing attitude makes every new habit into an odious chore.</p> <p>Also note that organic certification is incredibly expensive, so there are thousands of small-scale food producers across the nation growing chemical-free and non-GMO food who cannot afford the official stamp of approval. For example, I procure the majority of my organic produce that I turn into jam and pickles from backyard orchardists and gardeners who use no pesticides. Ironically, as a treatment-free, urban beekeeper, my bees are exposed to a lower pesticide load in the city than bees that pollinate commercial agriculture! However, none of my food product can be sold in the &quot;organic&quot; part of my local farmers market because I lack certification.</p> <h2>18. Eat More Eggs</h2> <p>One of my clients who I cook for has Ankylosing Spondylitis, an autoimmune disease that causes chronic pain and inflammation. He gets pain relief from an extreme starch-free diet. Although he eats more than two dozen eggs per week, his bad cholesterol levels have dropped since he went on a no-starch diet. He attributes this to the fact that he's eating more vegetables and lean meats than ever before. This is anecdotal, but it's worth testing for others who are looking for a less expensive protein source. Please note that organic eggs from free-range chickens have almost three times the amount of omega-3 and twice the amount of vitamin E as eggs from conventionally kept chickens.</p> <h2>19. Eat More Carbs</h2> <p>I know. I said the C-word. But any diet should focus on nutrition, and not make you pathological about food. There are many people who forgo grains but eat starchy root vegetables who still get the same positive effects on their health. Use common sense. Substituting bacon and steak for bananas and brown rice in your diet and thinking this is solid nutrition is crazy.</p> <h2>20. Be a Part-Time Paleo</h2> <p>I am a weekend carnivore. I eat vegetarian five days per week and reserve meat consumption for dinners out with friends or special occasions. This saves me a huge amount of money on groceries and is much better for the planet. Better eating once a week is better than never. It takes most people time to build up a pantry stocked with high quality food. It might take you a year of careful shopping to build up your budget and pantry, so if you can't go 100% paleo right now, cut yourself some slack.</p> <p><em>Are you eating a paleo diet? What do you do to save on groceries? Please share with your fellow readers in the comments section. </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-ways-to-eat-paleo-for-super-cheap">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/fresh-fruits-and-vegetables-by-the-month">Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, By the Month</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/7-easy-ways-to-preserve-your-early-harvest">7 Easy Ways to Preserve Your Early Harvest</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/7-secret-cheap-steak-cuts-you-should-be-asking-for">7 Secret Cheap Steak Cuts You Should Be Asking For</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/31-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-your-summer-veggies">31 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Your Summer Veggies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-grilled-veggie-dishes-that-hold-their-own-with-meat">15 Grilled Veggie Dishes That Hold Their Own With Meat</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink fruits groceries healthy meat paleo paleolithic diet vegetables Wed, 19 Aug 2015 21:00:27 +0000 Max Wong 1524599 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Unexpected Uses for Honey http://www.wisebread.com/7-unexpected-uses-for-honey <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-unexpected-uses-for-honey" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/honey_000050003532.jpg" alt="Finding unexpected uses for honey" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Honey is a lot more than just a sweet treat. It has uses ranging from medicinal to athletic, all of which are rather unexpected when you're used to just eating the stuff. Sure, we can keep it in our kitchens (and, seriously, who wouldn't want to do that?), but we can also put it in our medicine cabinets and our gym bags.</p> <p>Intrigued? Here are some <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-diy-beauty-masks-made-from-food">ways you can use honey</a> for health and performance.</p> <h2>1. Boost Athletic Performance</h2> <p>Better performance in endurance athletics &mdash; no matter your sport &mdash; depends a lot on <a href="http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/honey-heightens-athletic/">carbohydrate consumption</a>. You can supplement with expensive glucose formulas, or you can consume honey. Because honey contains a mixture of various natural sugars, it provides your body with the energy it needs to go the distance.</p> <h2>2. Fight Germs</h2> <p>Honey helps <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3416123">sterilize wounds,</a> which seems to indicate that it has bacteria-fighting properties. In non-sterile wounds treated with honey, the area becomes sterile after about a week. Honey is probably as good or better than more common wound treatments, and it is entirely natural. The only time you don't want to use honey is when the wound is deep or serious &mdash; in these cases, it can slow down your healing. But for normal, everyday injuries, it might be one of the best treatments available.</p> <h2>3. Heal Burns</h2> <p>Honey seems to <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9625243">help burns heal faster</a>. Superficial burns are less inflamed and less likely to get infected when honey is part of the treatment. While you never want to try to treat a bad burn by yourself, you can use honey on the less serious ones as part of your treatment regimen. A sunburn might be a great place to try this out, if you happen to get one more before summer is over.</p> <h2>4. Soothe a Hangover</h2> <p>When you drink too much, then realize you'd like to avoid a hangover, most people will tell you to consume a lot of water. That's excellent advice, and I'll go a step farther: Add some honey to it. Because honey is high in fructose, it will help you <a href="http://www.health.com/health/article/0,,20411244,00.html">metabolize alcohol faster</a>. Yes, anything high in fructose will help, but honey is easy, sweet, and can mix well in the water you know you need to drink.</p> <h2>5. Ease Seasonal Allergies</h2> <p>Some people find that honey <a href="http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/05/27/can-eating-local-honey-cure-allergies.aspx">relieves seasonal allergy symptoms</a>. This is somewhat controversial, but many people swear by it, and some studies seem to support its use. If you try this, make sure you are eating raw, local honey. This will still contain the pollen found in your area which, as the theory goes, will desensitize you to it, over time. The pollen is removed from non-raw honey, so it won't have much of an effect.</p> <h2>6. Get Things... Moving</h2> <p>Constipation sucks. Not only is it uncomfortable, but the medications that are supposed to relieve it can cause equal discomfort. Instead, try some honey. Mix two tablespoons with some water (or take it straight, if you prefer). Many folks find that it keeps them regular and/or helps relieve constipation when that strikes.</p> <h2>7. Improve Your Sleep</h2> <p>If you struggle with insomnia &mdash; whether you can't get to sleep, wake up for a while in the night, or wake up super early &mdash; honey can <a href="http://althealthworks.com/3807/cant-sleep-all-the-way-through-night-a-little-bit-of-raw-honey-might-do-the-trick/">help you rest</a>. A lot of insomnia is caused by low blood glucose, even if you aren't aware of feeling hungry, and honey can help your body get the glycogen it needs if your own stores get depleted. In addition, honey can help your brain produce tryptophan, which will also help you sleep.</p> <p><em>Do you use honey in an unusual way? What's your honey secret?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-unexpected-uses-for-honey">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/7-cheap-treatments-for-year-round-allergies">7 Cheap Treatments for Year-Round Allergies</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/6-foods-scientifically-proven-to-help-you-sleep">6 Foods Scientifically Proven to Help You Sleep</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-ultimate-list-of-hangover-cures">The Ultimate List of Hangover Cures</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/15-wonderful-uses-for-witch-hazel">15 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel</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/7-diet-trends-that-can-hurt-you">7 Diet Trends That Can Hurt You</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty Allergies burns healing honey insomnia medicine Tue, 18 Aug 2015 09:00:25 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1525750 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Easy and Delicious Ice Cream Substitutes http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-and-delicious-ice-cream-substitutes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-easy-and-delicious-ice-cream-substitutes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/girls_eating_ice_cream_000022890736.jpg" alt="Girls finding easy and delicious ice cream substitutes" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>My grandmother had two favorite ice cream methods. The first involved cream, sugar, egg yolks, and fresh vanilla, combined with just-picked peaches. The second one was to scoop vanilla ice cream into a bowl and top it with Metrecal. She knew it defeated the purpose, but she said it &quot;made the Metrecal taste better.&quot;</p> <p>Grandma loved ice cream, and so do I. I don't usually have the time to drag out our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-ice-cream-makers">ice cream maker</a>, though, so here are some recipes for &quot;ice cream&quot; that are a lot easier, very interesting, and healthy. I think Grandma would approve.</p> <h2>1. Bananas</h2> <p><a href="http://www.chopchopmag.org/content/one-ingredient-banana-ice-cream">Frozen bananas</a> make amazing &quot;ice cream.&quot; I like bananas, so I was fine with plain old banana flavor, but then we monkeyed around (sorry) with different flavorings like chocolate syrup, caramel, and coconut. What I found to be interesting was that the banana flavor isn't that strong, so if you aren't crazy about bananas, just add flavors. And, bonus: I didn't feel guilty after polishing off a bowl of&hellip; bananas.</p> <h2>2. Bananas, Even Better</h2> <p>Buoyed by our frozen banana success, my husband tried something he'd read online, which was slicing bananas horizontally, freezing for an hour, then coating with Magic Shell chocolate and refreezing. These were delicious. I wanted to renew our marriage vows, they were so good. I ought to make things like vegan seeded gluten-free high-protein banana bread from our bananas, but I am busy coating them in chocolate now.</p> <h2>3. Coconut Milk</h2> <p>Upon discovering this <a href="http://www.thehungrymouse.com/2013/04/30/3-ingredient-coconut-ice-cream-vegan-no-cook-totally-amazing/">coconut milk</a> technique, I immediately dove into my pantry. I was delighted to find cans of coconut milk, which I put into the refrigerator (always start with cold coconut milk). Also, note that you want full-fat coconut milk, not &quot;lite.&quot; This works either by hand, with a whisk, an emulsifying blender, or in a traditional ice cream maker. I happen to love coconut flavor, so plain, sweetened coconut ice cream was fine by me. If you'd like to jazz it up, though, try adding:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://eathealthyeathappy.com/easy-blackberry-ice-cream-vegan-sugar-free/">Blackberries</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.tasteslovely.com/healthy-strawberry-coconut-milk-ice-cream/">Strawberries</a></li> <li><a href="http://minimalistbaker.com/coffee-coconut-ice-cream/">Coffee</a></li> </ul> <h2>4. Greek Yogurt</h2> <p>I always have a tub of plain Greek yogurt in my refrigerator, so this <a href="http://www.justataste.com/5-minute-healthy-strawberry-frozen-yogurt-recipe/">ice-cream-from-yogurt</a> recipe was one I could try right away. I think it's much better than any store-bought yogurt I have ever had. Try adding:</p> <ul> <li>Peaches</li> <li>Blueberries</li> <li>Mango</li> </ul> <h2>5. Sweetened, Condensed Milk</h2> <p>People frequently get confused about evaporated milk and sweetened, condensed milk. You will need sweetened, condensed milk for this <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-no-churn-ice-cream-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-220413">no-churn ice cream</a>. This one is not dairy-free, so you are forewarned. However, I think it's the creamiest, most truly ice-cream-like of the bunch, and also quite versatile. Try adding:</p> <ul> <li>Chocolate</li> <li>Caramel</li> <li>Butterscotch</li> <li>Fruit</li> </ul> <h2>6. Almond Milk</h2> <p>This <a href="http://minimalistbaker.com/dairy-free-chocolate-ice-cream/">almond milk recipe</a> makes an ice cream which is a little more granular than creamy, but I sort of like that texture. It is not vegan, as it contains egg yolks. The chocolate is really irresistible.</p> <h2>7. Hawaiian-Style</h2> <p>Shaved ice is an extremely popular treat in Hawaii. I like mine with vanilla frozen yogurt in the middle of the shave ice. You pick various flavors, such as coconut, lilikoi, cherry, lime, etc., which are squirted onto the top of the fluffy ice. If you are feeling really adventurous, add azuki beans, which are sweet little beans. I'm not making this up!</p> <h2>8. Creamy Sorbet</h2> <p>Getting a sorbet to be creamy is a good trick, and this <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/creamy-strawberry-sorbet">sorbet recipe</a> tells you how to get it the consistency of soft snow. One of my friends does this every Christmas, and it makes a very festive-looking dessert.</p> <h2>9. Tofu Ice Cream</h2> <p>Okay, tofu-lovers, give this <a href="http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/simple-dairyfree-strawberry-tofu-ice-cream.html">dairy-free ice cream</a> a whirl. I passed on testing it because I'm a big weenie, but you can comment and tell me how great it is. (The recipe says the flavor is &quot;slightly bean-y.&quot;)</p> <h2>10. Pudding</h2> <p>If &quot;creamy&quot; is your thing, then you might want to give <a href="http://elizabethlouandco.blogspot.com/2012/08/chocolate-pudding-ice-cream.html">pudding ice cream</a> a try. The pudding mix contains thickeners, which adds to the stability of the dessert.</p> <h2>11. Avocado</h2> <p>Remember, avocados are technically fruits. The creamy texture we love in guacamole totally works in ice cream. You can make either a <a href="http://www.elephantasticvegan.com/avocado-ice-cream">vegan version</a> or a more traditional <a href="http://www.elephantasticvegan.com/avocado-ice-cream">milk-and-cream recipe</a>.</p> <h2>12. Cashews</h2> <p>Oh, you crazy vegans and your cashews. This <a href="https://snapguide.com/guides/make-vanilla-non-dairy-cashew-ice-cream/">cashew recipe</a> actually produces a sort of nutty, delicious ice cream. Who doesn't like cashews or maple syrup? I do.</p> <h2>13. Cashews No. 2, Vegan Chai</h2> <p>Although a little more complicated than some of the recipes above, if you are a fan of chai, you will love this <a href="http://minimalistbaker.com/vegan-chai-ice-cream/">creamy concoction</a>.</p> <h2>14. Cool Whip</h2> <p>I had this <a href="http://www.somethingswanky.com/2-ingredient-ice-cream/">Cool Whip ice cream</a> years ago at a friend's and had forgotten all about it. It goes together really fast and freezes to a soft-serve consistency in only four hours.</p> <h2>15. Let it Snow</h2> <p>Yes, ice cream <a href="http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/how-to-make-snow-ice-cream-recipe/">made from snow</a>! Just, y'know, be careful about where you get your snow...</p> <p>There you have it! Next time you are craving ice cream, consider making your own from one of these interesting ingredients.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite ice cream substitute?</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/15-easy-and-delicious-ice-cream-substitutes">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/6-unexpected-uses-for-avocados">6 Unexpected Uses for Avocados</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/30-ways-to-use-up-a-jar-of-preserves">30 Ways to Use Up a Jar of Preserves</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/12-great-ways-to-eat-bananas">12 Great Ways to Eat Bananas</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/20-easy-and-delicious-granola-recipes">20 Easy and Delicious Granola Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink dairy-free desserts guilt-free healthy ice cream recipes Mon, 17 Aug 2015 11:00:23 +0000 Marla Walters 1523175 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Easy Ways to Preserve Your Early Harvest http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-preserve-your-early-harvest <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-easy-ways-to-preserve-your-early-harvest" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/frozen_blueberries_000063853591.jpg" alt="Learning how to preserve your early harvest" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The weather is warm, the days are long, and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/31-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-your-summer-veggies">fresh veggies</a> and fruits abound. Summertime is still in full swing and can feel blissfully endless. Unfortunately, cold weather will return before you know it, leaving you longing for these summer days. One way to prolong the season is to preserve its vibrant produce while at its peak. If you're not into canning &mdash; it can be involved and requires some special equipment &mdash; there are a surprising number of easy alternatives. Read on for seven methods for storing up tomatoes, berries, stone fruit, cucumbers, and the rest of summer's bounty.</p> <h2>1. Freezing</h2> <p>There's a good reason why freezing fresh foods is the tried and true method for preserving (beyond canning). When done right, you can really seal in the freshness, and have a taste of summer months after pool-worthy weather is gone. But in order to achieve ultimate flavor and texture, you need to follow a few freezing rules.</p> <p>Smaller veggies like corn and peas can be frozen whole, while bigger items should be chopped up into smaller pieces. Quick blanch them first, ending with an ice bath, and then freeze them. For mushy veggies like tomatoes, cook them first &mdash; a marinara sauce will do nicely &mdash; and then freeze. Fruits like berries don't need to be blanched, and can be frozen right away. No matter what you decide to preserve, be sure to freeze at the peak of freshness for the best results.</p> <p>Frozen fruits and veggies will last eight to 12 months in a 0℉ freezer.</p> <h2>2. Quick Pickles</h2> <p>You don't have to be a canning whiz or own a bunch of equipment to enjoy flavorful, homemade pickles. The <a href="http://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/2013/08/quick-pickles/">quick pickling method</a> is as simple as combining spices and aromatics in a jar, shoving in some summer-fresh cucumbers, boiling a water and vinegar mixture, and pouring it on top. After the pickles come to room temperature, they are stashed in the fridge and ready to eat in 48 hours. They'll last for two months in there &mdash; if you don't eat them long before then. You can use a variation of this technique for a number of pickled treats, like jalapeños and red onions.</p> <h2>3. Drying</h2> <p>Did you know that you can make delicious, high quality dried fruit without a bulky dehydrator? Small fruits like cranberries, cherries, blueberries, and more can be dehydrated with your oven and no special equipment. In a few hours and no hard work, you'll have a tray full of chewy and <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-dry-fruit-in-the-oven-92637">flavorful dried fruit</a>. With a longer drying time and a few more steps, you can <a href="http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/foodnut/09309.html">dry just about anything</a>, from peaches to strawberries. It's a great way to enjoy the flavors of summer fruit for months after they're in season, and it makes a really tasty snack.</p> <h2>4. Fruit Shrubs</h2> <p>Shrubs &mdash; not the leafy green variety, but the vinegar and fruit variety &mdash; are making a real comeback. They've been used throughout history as a way of preserving fruit. Now they're back in fashion as a refreshing addition to a drink or cocktail. The fruit mingles with sugar to make a sweet and flavorful syrup, and vinegar is added to preserve as well as give a tangy kick. <a href="http://drinks.seriouseats.com/2011/06/cocktail-101-how-to-make-shrub-syrups.html">Shrub syrup</a> will keep in the fridge for some time, and is great mixed with tonic, seltzer, or used as a cocktail mixer. Use different fruits to make different flavors, and line your refrigerator shelves with jars of colorful liquids for a taste of summer fruit in the dead of winter.</p> <h2>5. Flavored Oils</h2> <p>Summertime not only brings a bounty of fruit and veggies, it's also the season for vibrant fresh herbs like basil. Delicate greens like cilantro, basil, and parsley can be hard to preserve without losing their color and flavor. One way to successfully capture their fresh flavor is to <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/archive/holidays/hanukkah/flavored-oils">infuse olive oil</a>. Not only is it easy and will add tasty, herby notes to your oil, it will last for months, and you can mix and match flavors to your heart's content. Imagine drizzling green basil oil over crostini or pasta in the middle of January. You'll be transported to a warm summer day in a snap.</p> <h2>6. Compound Butters</h2> <p>Another totally delicious way to preserve bountiful summer herbs is by making <a href="http://www.browneyedbaker.com/how-to-make-compound-butter/">compound butter</a>. It's as simple as chopping clean, fresh herbs, mixing them into softened butter, shaping the mixture into a log, and chilling. It's simply delicious on bread, melted over steak, or cooked with a vegetable saute. You can use whatever herbs you like, and add in other spices or flavorings. Best of all, the whole wrapped log can be dropped into a freezer bag and frozen for several months.</p> <h2>7. Sauces</h2> <p>We hinted at this in the freezing section, but a great way to preserve some summer produce is by cooking it first and then freezing or jarring it. Tomatoes are an excellent example. Cook up a big batch of your favorite <a href="http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2010/08/fresh-tomato-sauce/">marinara sauce</a> and freeze it in freezer bag servings. When you're ready to make pasta, just defrost a bag and heat through.</p> <p>If you've got more tomatoes than you know what to do with, cook them down into flavor-packed <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/got-tomatoes-make-tomato-paste-92856">tomato paste</a> and freeze in small servings to flavor soups, sauces, and more. You can even slow-roast slices of tomato and pack them in olive oil to store in the fridge for a month or so. The sweet <a href="http://www.simplebites.net/slow-roasted-cherry-tomatoes-a-simple-summer-appetizer/">roasted tomatoes</a> make a great pizza topping or appetizer.</p> <p><em>How do you preserve your garden's production without canning?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/laurel-randolph">Laurel Randolph</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-preserve-your-early-harvest">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/fresh-fruits-and-vegetables-by-the-month">Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, By the Month</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/20-ways-to-eat-paleo-for-super-cheap">20 Ways to Eat Paleo for Super Cheap</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/beat-the-heat-with-cool-summer-meals">Beat the heat with cool summer meals</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/15-grilled-veggie-dishes-that-hold-their-own-with-meat">15 Grilled Veggie Dishes That Hold Their Own With Meat</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-ways-to-prepare-a-humble-head-of-cabbage">15 Delicious Ways to Prepare a Humble Head of Cabbage</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink freezing fruits harvest herbs pickling preserving sauces summer vegetables Thu, 13 Aug 2015 15:00:36 +0000 Laurel Randolph 1518287 at http://www.wisebread.com 30 Ways to Use Up a Jar of Preserves http://www.wisebread.com/30-ways-to-use-up-a-jar-of-preserves <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/30-ways-to-use-up-a-jar-of-preserves" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/jar_of_jam_000040476032.jpg" alt="Here&#039;s how to use up a jar of preserves" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Right now there are approximately 457 varieties of jelly, jam, and fruit butter in my refrigerator, all in various stages of decomposition. My husband loves jam on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-most-calorie-burning-breakfasts">toast for breakfast</a>. He eats it every day. Unfortunately, he belongs to the &quot;Why own one when you can own the entire collection?&quot; camp of people. He's constantly scraping the moldy top off of his morning bread sweetener, a habit I find stomach-churning. Also, his proclivity to buy more food than he can possibly eat makes me slightly crazy. I hate wasting food. &quot;Can I help it if I crave variety?&quot; he tells me.</p> <p>So I've become an expert at using up small amounts of jam by putting it&hellip;</p> <p>&hellip; in pretty much everything. Here are 30 ways you can do the same.</p> <h2>1. Flavor Your Own Yogurt</h2> <p>Here's what your strawberry-flavored yogurt should contain: milk, live probiotic yogurt cultures, and strawberries. Here's what a very common brand of yogurt contains: cultured pasteurized Grade A low fat milk, sugar, strawberries, modified corn starch, high fructose corn syrup, nonfat milk, kosher gelatin, citric acid, tricalcium phosphate, natural flavor, pectin, carmine, vitamin A Acetate, and vitamin D3.</p> <p>For a better, more nutritious version of fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt, add some of your favorite jam or marmalade to plain yogurt of your choosing. Your tongue and your wallet will thank you.</p> <h2>2. Blend It Into Smoothies</h2> <p>Do you prefer to drink your yogurt on the way to work? Add jam to sweeten your breakfast shake.</p> <h2>3. Pair It With Ice Cream</h2> <p>Fold your favorite jam into ice cream to create custom flavors or simply use it as a sundae topping.</p> <h2>4. Make Popsicles</h2> <p>Add leftover fruit preserves to juice or milk to add both flavor and texture to <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections-favorites/desserts/popsicle-recipes">homemade popsicles</a>.</p> <h2>5. Bake Thumbprint Cookies</h2> <p>For what amounts to basically a drop cookie, <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/butter-and-jam-thumbprints-recipe2.html">thumbprint cookies</a> are surprisingly glamorous. They are a great, colorful addition to holiday gift baskets.</p> <h2>6. Whip Up Easy Bar Cookies for Bake Sales</h2> <p>Did you fall off the school email list? Did your child forget to tell you about the bake sale happening today? Are you facing a charity auction buffet table deadline? Bust out this top-rated <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/delicious-raspberry-oatmeal-cookie-bars/?mxt=t06dda">bar cookie recipe</a>, for easy, speedy baking. To up-sell your homemade cookies, use this tip from a Wise Bread reader: Put the bake sale cookies on a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-holiday-gifts-from-the-thrift-store">pretty thrift store plate</a> for added value.</p> <h2>7. Fill Pop Tarts</h2> <p>Once you <a href="http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2010/04/homemade-pop-tarts/">make your own Pop-Tarts</a>, you'll never want to go back to store bought toaster pastries. Personally, I like to make my own crust, but even the most novice bakers can handle this <a href="http://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/homemade-pop-tarts/0d7c212b-43af-4fdb-969f-654f6a1db107">four-ingredient recipe</a> that uses pre-made pie crust.</p> <h2>8. Improve Your Cheese Plate Game</h2> <p>Instead of using apples or grapes as cheese accompaniments, put the dregs of your jam collection into pretty dishes, and serve them with cheese and crackers. Your guests don't have to know that they are helping you clean out your refrigerator.</p> <h2>9. Replicate My Mother-in-Law's Go-To Appetizer</h2> <p>My mother-in-law is not a brilliant cook, but you wouldn't know that from her baked Brie cheese appetizer. Here's the Top Secret recipe:</p> <p>Line a jellyroll or cake pan with parchment. Place a wheel of Brie cheese in the center of the pan. Pour one jar of apricot jam over the cheese. Bake in the oven on parchment at 400 degrees until the cheese softens, taking care not to burn the jam. Remove the jam-topped cheese from the oven and slide the whole shebang onto a serving dish. Liberally sprinkle the top with sliced almonds. Serve with French bread.</p> <p>Or, if you are alone, eat the jam and cheese with a spoon out of the pan while binge watching <em>Orange is the New Black</em>. Not that I've ever done this personally, or anything.</p> <h2>10. &quot;It's Chinese Food If I Make It&quot; Orange Chicken</h2> <p>My Chinese grandfather owned a Chinese restaurant in Denver for 40 years. Unable to source many authentic ingredients, he would regularly invent entrees that fancy chefs would now refer to as &quot;fusion cuisine&quot; using locally sourced supplies. (And 25 years after his death, I am still trying to replicate his plum sauce BBQ ribs recipe without success). When questioned about his &quot;pan-Coloradan&quot; dishes, he would always reply, &quot;It's Chinese food if I make it.&quot; Who can argue with that logic?</p> <p>My grandfather did make an authentic Cantonese chicken dish that used dried orange peel in a vinegar reduction. However, the dish that friends and neighbors used to beg him to make for potluck dinner parties was his sticky chicken AKA fried chicken glazed with <a href="http://norecipes.com/recipe/orange-chicken-recipe/">orange marmalade</a>.</p> <h2>11. Fill Crepes</h2> <p>Crepes is a French word meaning, &quot;a fancy, alternative jam delivery system for people who like to eat the preserves straight from the jar.&quot;</p> <h2>12. Top Pancakes</h2> <p>Why drive to IHOP when you can replicate their <a href="https://deliciouspot.wordpress.com/2012/10/12/buttermilk-pancakes-with-grape-jam-syrup/">flavored syrups</a> at home?</p> <h2>13. Sweeten Hot Cereal</h2> <p>Jam is not just for toast. Add it to oatmeal or cream of wheat.</p> <h2>14. Stuff French Toast</h2> <p>This is a great thrifty recipe as it uses both stale bread and leftover jam! Make a sandwich out of stale white bread and your favorite fruit preserve. Then soak the sandwich in egg batter before pan-frying it in butter.</p> <h2>15. Turn Breakfast Into Brunch With Croque Monsieur Sandwiches</h2> <p>A <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/1103844/next-level-croque-monsieur">croque monsieur</a> is basically the unholy love child of stuffed French toast and a grilled cheese sandwich. Proceed with caution.</p> <h2>16. Make Strawberry Shortcake, No Knife Skills Necessary</h2> <p>Bisquick? Check. Jam? Check. Whipping Cream? Check. This Old Fashioned <a href="http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/classic-strawberry-shortcakes/370099a9-c927-4eae-93ba-ab66a455b996">shortcake recipe</a> graced the first Bisquick box in 1931. Substituting jam for sliced strawberries makes this dessert an easy and safe introduction to baking for kids and adults with terrible knife skills.</p> <h2>17. Dress Up Cheesecake</h2> <p>Let's face it. Cheesecake is a dumpy-looking dessert. The addition of fruit topping will make plain cheesecake look slightly less fug. To make your own <a href="http://www.joyofbaking.com/ApricotGlaze.html">fruit glaze</a>, mix jam with water or your favorite liqueur, and heat it on the stovetop until liquid. Brush or pour over plain cheesecake.</p> <h2>18. Tart Up a Tart</h2> <p>Leave it to David Lebovitz to make something delicious out of quince jam! His no-roll crust makes this <a href="http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2008/07/jam-tart/">tart recipe</a> even easier to replicate at home with professional results.</p> <h2>19. Layer a Cake</h2> <p>Why not fill a <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/coconut-layer-cake-w-cream-cheese-coconut-frosting-223913">coconut layer cake</a> with lime marmalade or turn chocolate cake into <a href="http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2303676/black-forest-gteau">black forest cake</a> with the cherry jam?</p> <h2>20. Make a Kentucky Jam Cake</h2> <p>Or make a super-moist <a href="https://cookingrelax.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/kentucky-jam-cake/">Kentucky jam cake</a> by adding jam to the batter?</p> <h2>21. Turn Packaged Chocolate Into Fancy Desserts</h2> <p>With the addition of fruit preserves, your dinner party guests will never guess that the chocolate orange mousse was made with pudding mix or the chocolate cherry brownies came from a box.</p> <h2>22. Pavlova: It's Aussie for &quot;Use Up That Jam, Mate&quot;</h2> <p>But, don't tell that to New Zealanders who claim pavlova, flat white coffee, and Phar Lap the famous racehorse as national treasures. Pavlova, a wondrous combination of <a href="http://www.brit.co/pavlova-recipes/">fruit and meringue</a>, comes in many forms. All of them, delicious.</p> <h2>23. BBQ Chicken With Homemade BBQ Sauce</h2> <p>Mix your favorite jam or marmalade with oil and soy sauce. You've just made a yummy coating for roast chicken.</p> <h2>24. Pour It Over Ham</h2> <p>That same glaze that you use for cake can also be used to <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/strawberry-jam-glaze.html">glaze ham</a>.</p> <h2>25. Create Your Own Secret Sauce for Beef</h2> <p>Mix jam with vinegar, mustard, and garlic to make your own <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/jam-the-new-steak-sauce-old-ingredient-new-trick-207367">steak sauce</a>.</p> <h2>26. Add It to Au Jus</h2> <p>Add cranberry sauce to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-a-weeks-worth-of-dinners-out-of-one-chicken">pan gravy</a> to make Thanksgiving leftovers sing. Or, mix blueberry jam into beef gravy for Sunday night's <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/old-england-traditional-roast-beef-and-yorkshire-pudding-263751">British roast</a>.</p> <h2>27. Make Succulent Pork Loin</h2> <p>Personally, I prefer to substitute leftover cranberry sauce for the blueberry jam in this <a href="https://cookingplanit.com/recipe/bacon-and-blueberry-jam-pork-tenderloin">tenderloin recipe</a>. But really, does the jam flavor even matter if you wrap everything in bacon?</p> <h2>28. Salad Dressing</h2> <p>People love to hate on Rachael Ray, but personally I love her casual cooking style. Why use a salad cruet when you can mix <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/bottom-of-the-jar-jam-vinaigrette-with-chopped-greens-recipe.html">fruit vinaigrette</a> right in the almost empty jam jar? Just add the other ingredients to the jam jar and shake to combine.</p> <h2>29. Stirred, Not Shaken</h2> <p>Speaking of shaking, add fruit preserves to your favorite vodka recipe to make a <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/a-jam-cocktail-recipe-lemonraspberry-jamtini-recipes-from-the-kitchn-193393">sweet jamtini</a>. It's cooler than a cosmopolitan.</p> <p>For gin drinkers, try the <a href="http://www.tastingtable.com/cook/recipes/gin-cocktail-with-jam-fruit-preserves">jam cocktail</a>. It's the signature drink of Madam Geneva, the famous New York watering hole.</p> <h2>30. Channel Your Inner Betty Draper With Cocktail Meatballs</h2> <p>This classic Minnesota hot dish gets its mid-century comfort food flavor from a secret ingredient: <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/grape-jelly-meatballs-72826">grape jelly</a>.</p> <p><em>What is your favorite jam user-upper recipe? Please share a link to your favorite dish with your fellow thrifty cooks in the comments section. </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/30-ways-to-use-up-a-jar-of-preserves">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/15-easy-and-delicious-ice-cream-substitutes">15 Easy and Delicious Ice Cream Substitutes</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/12-great-ways-to-eat-bananas">12 Great Ways to Eat Bananas</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/beer-donuts-and-11-other-recipes-you-can-make-with-beer">Beer Donuts and 11 Other Recipes You Can Make With Beer</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/18-easy-and-delicious-recipes-for-your-dutch-oven">18 Easy and Delicious Recipes for Your Dutch Oven</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/10-cool-ice-cream-cakes-for-your-next-celebration">10 Cool Ice Cream Cakes for Your Next Celebration</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink desserts fruit jam jelly preserves recipes Tue, 11 Aug 2015 17:02:42 +0000 Max Wong 1515698 at http://www.wisebread.com The 10 Best Pieces of Cooking Advice From Julia Child http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-best-pieces-of-cooking-advice-from-julia-child <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-10-best-pieces-of-cooking-advice-from-julia-child" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_baking_000022265088.jpg" alt="Girl learning cooking advice from Julia Child" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Julia Child was an inspiration to many, and not just because the lady could cook. She didn't enroll in culinary school until she was 37 years old; to many, that's quite late in your life to begin a new career. And her first television cooking show, <em>The French Chef</em>, premiered on February 11th, 1964. At the time, Julia Child was 50, and it went on to become an enormous hit.</p> <p>What we can learn from Julia, beyond her incredible drive and ambition, is that it's never too late to change your life. And when it comes to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-classic-foods-we-miss">learning skills in the kitchen</a>, she was a very deep well of useful information. Here are 10 of the best pieces of cooking advice I learned from Julia, and still use to this day.</p> <h2>1. Use the Shake and Jerk Omelet Technique</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/RThnq3-d6PY" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>For years, my omelets were nothing to write home about. Basically, large flat discs of egg that, when cold, could be used as Frisbees. Then, I saw a video of Julia Child making an omelet that forever changed the way I made them. You need to have your burner on the highest setting, and get the pan very hot. Place a nob of butter in the pan, swirl it around, and add your whisked eggs. Then, you do the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&amp;v=RThnq3-d6PY#t=210">shake and jerk technique</a>. It literally takes seconds to make, and the omelet comes out incredibly light and smooth. It almost melts in the mouth. Try it.</p> <h2>2. Squeeze Your Spinach!</h2> <p>The title on this great clip says it all: &quot;<a href="http://www.wgbh.org/articles/Spinach-Cooking-Tip-Squeezing-It-Seems-Like-Sacrilege-6997">Squeezing it seems like sacrilege</a>.&quot; For many of us, the idea of treating a vegetable this way is abhorrent. You're crushing the life out of it, right? Well, not at all. After cooking your spinach, you have to get rid of all that water before you chop and braise it (butter-braised spinach will turn spinach haters into spinach lovers&hellip; trust me, I am a convert). If you don't, you'll end up with tasteless, watery mush. It's also vital to do this when you layer spinach in lasagna, or add it to a dip.</p> <h2>3. Pre-Cook Poached Eggs in Their Shells</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/KvSnUmU509k" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>I remember the mess my mum and dad's poached eggs would make in the pan; bits of egg white floating everywhere, and the end result was a very bizarre and misshapen set of eggs. Julia Child solved that little problem for me. You simply <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvSnUmU509k">prick the ends of your eggs</a> with a pin, to let the air escape, and then dip them in the boiling water for 10 seconds, with the shells on. Then, when you crack the eggs into the water, they will hold their shape incredibly well. And remember, add a splash of vinegar to your water, too.</p> <h2>4. Never Be Afraid to Fail</h2> <p>Not just a tip for the kitchen, but a tip for living your life. Julia Child stated, in no uncertain terms, that &quot;cooking is <a href="https://vimeo.com/6202899">one failure after another</a>, and that's how you finally learn.&quot; This should be something you embrace as you set out to cook anything, be it something as simple as the poached eggs mentioned above, or an elaborate dinner. Failing is just learning another way not to do something, and it can only make you a better chef.</p> <h2>5. Cut Up the Turkey Before Roasting</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Afdh_i3Kmy0" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>I enjoy a whole roasted turkey at least twice a year&hellip; once on Thanksgiving, and again on Christmas Day. Some people prefer to change it up and have a different meat at Christmas, but it's turkey for me. Anyway, if you pick a particularly large bird, it can take four to five hours to cook the beast. However, using the <a href="https://youtu.be/Afdh_i3Kmy0?t=103">Julia Child method</a>, you can cut that time in half. What she does is separate the breasts from the legs and wings, and cooks them in the same pan. It's an awesome way to get the same tasty meal but much more quickly, and you can still assemble them to look like a whole bird at the table.</p> <h2>6. Sharpen Knives in Circles</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/dw0Ij1Fxgq4" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Most of us have a knife set in the kitchen, and that will include a sharpening steel. When you see chefs do it on TV, they do it so quickly it's hard to make out the technique they're using. But on just her second episode of <em>The French Chef</em>, Julia showed everyone just <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dw0Ij1Fxgq4&amp;feature=youtu.be&amp;t=164">how to sharpen a chef's knife</a> using a sharpening steel. The technique is one of holding the knife at a 20 degree angle and bringing it down the steel in a circle &mdash; NOT straight up and down. Do this on either side, and do it every time you use the knife, to keep it razor sharp. It has worked for me for years.</p> <h2>7. Add Oil to Your Butter When Sautéing</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZqOzcndykQM" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>A simple tip, and it may seem obvious to many. But for years, I would try (and often fail) to cook food in butter without it turning brown and burning. As Julia explains, by <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqOzcndykQM&amp;feature=youtu.be&amp;t=154">adding a little oil</a> (peanut or olive) to unsalted butter, you fortify it, preventing it from burning. Do it every time, it's so great not to see your butter turning dark brown.</p> <h2>8. Test Baking Soda in Hot Water</h2> <p>Did you know baking soda has a life expectancy? Well, it does, and it's about six months. You can test your baking soda to ensure it is still active by simply adding a teaspoon of it to a cup of hot water. If you don't see it bubble and fizz, it's time to throw it out and get a new box.</p> <h2>9. Soak Your Potatoes Before Frying</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/XMqvMaXnzKc" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>I love chips, or as you prefer to say in America, French fries. From an early age, I remember seeing the cut up potatoes soaking in a big bowl of water several hours before my parents would fry them up. Julia Child advises you to do the same. By <a href="https://youtu.be/XMqvMaXnzKc?t=499">soaking the potatoes</a>, you remove the excess potato starch. This stops the fries from sticking together in the fryer, and also makes them come out crispy. Never fry freshly-cut, unsoaked potatoes. They just won't be very good.</p> <h2>10. Give Dough the Smackdown</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/VXDc2G1hnhs" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>If you don't bake your own bread, you're missing out. Aside from the incredible smell, and the taste of fresh, warm bread, it's also insanely cheap to make. French bread is a favorite of mine, and Julia Child teaches you <a href="https://youtu.be/VXDc2G1hnhs?t=302">how to make great dough</a>. The biggest lesson learned is that you really need to smack that bread down hard on the work surface. Really throw it down hard on the counter from a height, repeatedly. This, according to Julia, is the best way to get the gluten molecules to bond together, forming an elastic dough. And it's also great stress relief!</p> <p><em>Any tips from Julia Child that you rely on everyday?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-best-pieces-of-cooking-advice-from-julia-child">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-classic-foods-we-miss">16 Classic Foods We 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/8-quick-dinners-for-lazy-cooks">8 Quick Dinners for Lazy Cooks</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/7-deliciously-affordable-meats-youll-love-grilling">7 Deliciously Affordable Meats You&#039;ll Love Grilling</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/7-time-saving-kitchen-tips-from-an-insider">7 Time-Saving Kitchen Tips From an Insider</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-ways-to-save-on-groceries-in-a-pinch">5 Easy Ways to Save on Groceries in a Pinch</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cooking tips dinners food hacks julia child meal prep Tue, 11 Aug 2015 09:00:15 +0000 Paul Michael 1515715 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: 12 Brilliant and Simple Food Hacks http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-12-brilliant-and-simple-food-hacks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-12-brilliant-and-simple-food-hacks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_pineapple_000043583786.jpg" alt="Learning brilliant and simple food hacks" 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 some great articles on brilliantly simple food hacks, over 40 websites that will save you money, and some nifty features of Windows 10.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/slideshows/12-brilliant-yet-simple-food-hacks">12 Brilliant (Yet Simple) Food Hacks</a> &mdash; Tomatoes will stay fresh longer if you store them stem side down at room temperature. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Best-Websites-Save-You-Money-35457232">40+ Incredible Websites That Will Save You Tons of Money</a> &mdash; If you need help paying your bills or you want to find cheaper options, check out sites like Undebt, White Fence, Insure, and more! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/0806/Ten-awesome-new-features-in-Windows-10-video">Ten awesome new features in Windows 10</a> &mdash; Now, you can set up multiple customizable desktops to separate different projects, or your work from your play. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.goodfinancialcents.com/20-financial-rules-for-your-20s/">20 Financial Rules for Your 20s</a> &mdash; Start your adulthood right by opening a checking, a savings, and an investment account. [Good Financial Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://www.shebudgets.com/personal-finance/five-habits-need-embrace-become-financially-independent/60768">Five Habits You Need to Embrace to Become Financially Independent</a> &mdash; Don't try to keep up with the Joneses. Prioritize your life &mdash; what's important to <em>you</em>? What makes <em>you</em> happy? [SheBudgets]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2015/08/6-tips-telling-someone-im-interested.html">6 Tips to Telling Someone, &ldquo;I&rsquo;m Not Interested&rdquo;</a> &mdash; Be honest. It hurts even more if the other person finds out that you made up excuses to reject them. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lifehack.org/299406/10-very-practical-questions-you-should-ask-your-friends-before-going-trip-together">10 Very Practical Questions You Should Ask Your Friends Before Going On A Trip Together</a> &mdash; Food is a big part of any trip. Are there any picky eaters? Does anyone have dietary restrictions? [Lifehack]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dontpayfull.com/blog/best-money-saving-tips-for-a-perfect-summer">55 Best Money Saving Tips for a Perfect Summer</a> &mdash; Look around for herbs that are good for your health! You can probably find some of them growing wild and free. [Don't Pay Full]</p> <p><a href="http://timemanagementninja.com/2015/08/57-things-to-keep-in-evernote/">57 Things to Keep in Evernote</a> &mdash; Go ahead, use Evernote as a brain dump! Check out this list for some note-taking inspiration. [Time Management Ninja]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/the-not-a-sandwich-sandwich-and-5-other-healthy-lunches-kids-will-eat">The &ldquo;Not a Sandwich&rdquo; Sandwich and 5 Other Healthy Lunches Kids Will Eat</a> &mdash; With a&nbsp;deconstructed sandwich, your kids will get all the tasty nutrition of cheese, cold cuts, and bread &mdash; just separately. [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-12-brilliant-and-simple-food-hacks">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/the-10-best-pieces-of-cooking-advice-from-julia-child">The 10 Best Pieces of Cooking Advice From Julia Child</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/16-cheap-low-cal-condiments-to-brighten-up-boring-food">16 Cheap, Low-Cal Condiments to Brighten Up Boring 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/dorito-bread-and-24-other-amazing-recipes-you-must-try">Dorito Bread and 24 Other Amazing Recipes You Must Try</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/14-secret-fast-food-menus-revealed">14 Secret Fast Food Menus Revealed</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-7-best-pieces-of-homemaking-advice-from-martha-stewart">The 7 Best Pieces of Homemaking Advice From Martha Stewart</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips food hacks Mon, 10 Aug 2015 19:00:22 +0000 Amy Lu 1518918 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Edible Adventures Anyone Can Afford http://www.wisebread.com/7-edible-adventures-anyone-can-afford <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-edible-adventures-anyone-can-afford" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_winery_000034837526.jpg" alt="Couple enjoying edible adventures on a dime" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Food is one of my greatest passions in life. I love looking at it. I love making it. I love eating it. In fact, I love food so much that a lot of my entertainment surrounds these activities. Here are some inexpensive ways you can sample local cuisine and make an afternoon of it.</p> <h2>1. U-Pick Farms</h2> <p>Ever wonder what a blueberry orchard looks like? Or how apples hang on tree branches? Stop dreaming and get to a farm. <a href="http://www.pickyourown.org">PickYourOwn.org</a> is a great place to find u-pick farms near you. You&rsquo;ll drive to the location, grab a bucket or bag, fill it up with nature&rsquo;s goodies, and pay much less per pound than you would at the store.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll get to enjoy some fresh country air and maybe even spot some farm animals.</p> <h2>2. Brewery Tours</h2> <p>Hometown breweries have exploded in the last decade or so. Chances are you can find one near you in this very instant. Grab your friends and head in for a tour. Many offer them for free and even discount beverage flights so you can sample all the different flavors and foams.</p> <p>Use <a href="http://www.brewerymap.com">BreweryMap</a> to discover breweries near you.</p> <h2>3. Wine Tastings</h2> <p>I&rsquo;m fortunate to live near the Finger Lakes wine region of New York. One of our area wine distributors has a free tasting afternoon almost every weekend &mdash; complete with snacks. Check around at your local liquor stores for similar offerings. You could also <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-fun-and-libations-brewery-and-winery-tours">drive to wineries</a> for more formal tours and gorgeous vineyard vistas.</p> <p>With both beer and wine excursions, be sure to choose a designated driver.</p> <h2>4. DIY Tour</h2> <p>Maybe your hometown is known for a particular cuisine. We have tons of amazing Italian joints where we live. So, we take an annual pizza tour in the fall each year. Get your friends together, identify some restaurants you want to visit around a theme or certain menu item, and go. You could stop by all the best ice cream and frozen yogurt places. Or maybe sample different ethnic cuisines (who has the best Pad Thai, sushi, or samosas?).</p> <p>Tip: Choose small portions at each location to keep costs down.</p> <h2>5. Potlucks</h2> <p>Open up your home to your foodie friends for some good eats and fun. A little planning goes a long way. First, consider the size and scope of your meal. Then assign dishes around a theme, if possible. Try shopping at discount grocers, like Aldi, to get great deals on quality ingredients. Last, label everything before chowing down to avoid allergy or diet-related mishaps. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/throw-an-awesome-potluck-dinner-with-these-6-easy-tricks?ref=seealso">Throw an Awesome Potluck With These 6 Easy Tricks</a>)</p> <h2>6. Farmers Markets</h2> <p>A morning trip to the farmers market is more about the experience than just the food. Whether you&rsquo;re picking up your CSA bag for the week or just grabbing produce from different farms, you can turn your trip into an adventure. There&rsquo;s often live music or other performances to enjoy. You may even find free samples and unique offerings from local bakers and chefs. Keep your eyes and ears open.</p> <p>Check out the USDA&rsquo;s <a href="http://search.ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets/">Farmers Markets Directory</a> for your closest market.</p> <h2>7. Culinary Classes</h2> <p>You can find a variety of casual cooking classes around town. Some grocery stores host events surrounding seasonal ingredients or certain cuisines. Farms and cooperative extensions offer sessions on food preservation, gardening, and even more specific activities like cheese-making. Check your community calendar for notice of these events or with the organizations for direct information. Many classes are free or low cost.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re lucky enough to have a culinary school or center nearby, comb their website for events. The <a href="https://www.nywcc.com/classesAndHappenings">New York Wine &amp; Culinary Institute</a> in Canandaigua, NY, for example, has a multitude of classes starting at around $30.</p> <p><em>How do you broaden your palate while stay close to home (and close to your budget)?</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/7-edible-adventures-anyone-can-afford">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-12"> <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-7-best-pieces-of-homemaking-advice-from-martha-stewart">The 7 Best Pieces of Homemaking Advice From Martha Stewart</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/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies">Cooking for Beginners: 10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies</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/teach-yourself-to-cook">Teach yourself to cook</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/10-kitchen-mistakes-good-cooks-make">10 Kitchen Mistakes Good Cooks Make</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink adventures Cooking culinary farmers markets local cuisine tours wine tasting Mon, 10 Aug 2015 11:00:24 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1514302 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Ways to Save Money on Your Cup of Coffee http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-save-money-on-your-cup-of-coffee <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-ways-to-save-money-on-your-cup-of-coffee" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_drinking_coffee_000052198132.jpg" alt="Woman finding ways to save money on coffee" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I love a good cup of coffee. In fact, I drink a cup on a daily basis &mdash; and I'm not alone. More than half of the U.S. population <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/caffeine-nation/">drinks coffee every day</a>. We fuel our cars with gas from the pump, and we fuel ourselves with caffeine.</p> <p>If you're a regular coffee drinker, here's how to indulge in your daily cup of coffee while saving money.</p> <h2>1. Make Brewing Coffee an Experience</h2> <p>My mid-morning brew is my favorite time of the day. I look forward to the smell of grinding coffee beans, and sound of a fresh cup brewing in the coffee pot. Then I get excited about mixing up my perfect cup of joe just the way I like it.</p> <p>This ritual is my mid-morning pick-me-up and something I miss when I'm not at home, or don't get the chance to brew my own cup. Turn brewing your own coffee into a sensory experience by investing in a quality coffee maker, and experimenting with your own coffee style.</p> <p>From a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/french-press-coffee">basic French press</a> to a more expensive <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;fst=as%3Aoff&amp;keywords=keurig&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1437492464&amp;rh=n%3A2474054011%2Ck%3Akeurig&amp;rnid=2941120011&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=KYFKBBDVLK3Z4BIQ">Keurig</a>, it's completely up to you how much you spend on a coffee maker. The point is to take your time and brew your own cup. It will save you loads of money, and make getting caffeinated one of your favorite times of the day.</p> <h2>2. Find Deals Online</h2> <p>Doing a quick online search for coffee deals will yield some great results from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-ensure-you-use-your-groupons-and-other-daily-deals">sites like Groupon</a> or Google offers. You can often find discounted gift cards, coupon codes, and other two-for-one deals for local coffee shops or major chains.</p> <p>Another way to find exclusive savings is to follow your favorite coffee chain on Twitter or Facebook. They usually offer giveaways, coupons, and gift cards for free coffee &mdash; especially around the holiday season. Plus, you'll be able to stay updated on their latest offerings and flavors.</p> <h2>3. Opt for Alternative Creations</h2> <p>If you're a Starbucks drinker, you know how quickly a Grande speciality drink can add up to a pretty penny. Instead, opt for a Misto, which is coffee with steamed milk. Otherwise known as <em>cafe au lait, </em>a Misto won't taste as strong as a regular latte, since it's not made with espresso, but it's still pretty similar, and will allow you to indulge in a daily cup without breaking the bank.</p> <p>If a Misto isn't your thing, try an Americano for more flavor. It's the opposite of a Misto in that it's made with espresso and hot water, which makes it much stronger in taste. It's more expensive than a regular cup of coffee, but still cheaper than a speciality latte.</p> <h2>4. Order Smaller Sizes</h2> <p>If you're not keen on giving up your favorite speciality drink, consider ordering a smaller size. This will give you the chance to indulge in the same quality caffeine while still being able to save a few bucks. If you order coffee from a local shop on a daily basis, this small savings can really add up in just one month's time. And you won't be missing out on your favorite cup of coffee.</p> <p>During the summer season especially, places like Starbucks offer limited-time smaller alternatives for their best-sellers. Be sure to take advantage of this! If the price difference isn't significant enough, consider splitting a cup with a friend.</p> <h2>5. Become a Loyalty or Rewards Member</h2> <p>This may be a basic tip, but it's an important one that deserves repeating. Places like Dunkin Donuts, Panera, and Caribou Coffee offer rewards programs for loyal coffee drinkers. I'm a Starbucks Gold member, so every 12 cups of coffee I drink means I receive one free cup. I also get a free cup on my birthday once a year. For a frequent coffee drinker, this adds up to a handful of free drinks (and loads of savings).</p> <p>These rewards programs also yield member-only savings, discounts, and chances to win free coffee throughout the year. And the best part is; they're free! So there's seriously no risk to joining and earning rewards with every purchase.</p> <h2>6. Bring Your Own Mug</h2> <p>Many local coffee shops, and even chains like Starbucks, reward drinkers with a small discount when they bring in their own mug. Usually the savings are only $0.10&ndash;$0.20 but over a period of a month, this adds up to a few dollars, which essentially means a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-get-your-morning-coffee-for-free">free cup of coffee</a>.</p> <p>Plus, you're helping the environment by avoiding additional waste. Nothing beats being green &mdash; and saving green &mdash; while enjoying a cup of coffee.</p> <h2>7. Up the Flavor for Free</h2> <p>As a culture we're obsessed with coffee flavors, additives, and spices. There are literally hundreds of different types of coffee beans, syrups, creamers, and sugars to improve your drink's flavor. (Most of which are free at the barista counter at your local coffee shop.)</p> <p>Infuse your cup of coffee with cinnamon, cocoa, nutmeg, vanilla, and experiment with other tastings and flavors. You may find a new way to take your coffee that you like even more than your current craving. And as a bonus, it could be a more cost-effective alternative.</p> <h2>8. Try Natural Energy Fixers</h2> <p>If you're just looking for a midday energy boost, consider other energy alternatives to just drinking a cup of caffeinated coffee. Green superfoods, like spinach and kale, provide a healthy energy fix and will give your body some much-needed nutrients.</p> <p>Try tossing some greens into a smoothie, or munching on dark chocolate, fresh fruit, or ginseng tea. These alternatives will give your body that natural &quot;high&quot; you get from caffeine, that lasts much longer, without the crash in energy later.</p> <h2>9. Join a Coffee Club</h2> <p>Monthly subscription boxes are all the rage right now, and that includes <a href="http://betterbeans.com/">coffee clubs</a>. For around $20 a month you get access to fresh coffee grounds and flavorings from around the world. This allows you to save a lot of money on your daily cup of coffee without sacrificing taste or quality. Plus, you'll be able to test out lots of different styles of coffee, from light to dark.</p> <p><em>How do you save on your daily cup of coffee?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-smith">Carrie Smith</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-save-money-on-your-cup-of-coffee">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-13"> <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/stop-being-a-slave-to-starbucks-how-to-quit-caffeine">Stop Being a Slave to Starbucks - How to Quit Caffeine</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/going-short-at-starbucks-worth-it">Going Short at Starbucks: Worth 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/5-reasons-to-drink-coffee">5 Reasons to Drink Coffee</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-much-caffeine-is-in-that">How Much Caffeine is in That?</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-sleek-marketing-ploys-aimed-at-getting-more-of-your-grocery-money">5 Sleek Marketing Ploys Aimed at Getting More of Your Grocery Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Food and Drink caffeine coffee coffee hacks savings Starbucks Thu, 06 Aug 2015 15:00:22 +0000 Carrie Smith 1510331 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Measuring Cups http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-measuring-cups <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-measuring-cups" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000055978702.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A set of dependable, accurate measuring cups is something every home cook or chef needs. You&rsquo;ll want to look for durable measuring cups that are easy to clean, easy to store, and easy to use in every recipe.</p> <h2>What Is a Measuring Cup?</h2> <p>A measuring cup is an essential tool in any kitchen. The cup (or set of cups) are marked in graduated amounts, so you can achieve accurate measurements when cooking and baking. They can measure the volume of liquid or solid cooking ingredients, ensuring that you have the right quantities for each recipe. Measuring cups are commonly made of plastic, glass, or metal, and each set usually includes various cup sizes.</p> <h2>Best 5 Measuring Cups</h2> <h3>Pyrex Prepware 2-Cup Measuring Cup, Clear with Red Measurements</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002ITQHS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0002ITQHS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6XJVMSW4K3RNNCHY"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/pyrex%20prepware.jpg" width="245" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>As Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best seller in measuring cups, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002ITQHS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0002ITQHS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6XJVMSW4K3RNNCHY">Pyrex Prepware 2-Cup Measuring Cup</a> is also one of the top rated and &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon. This classic measuring cup is chosen by professional chefs and home cooks alike. Even Julia Child famously chose her Pyrex measuring cup above all others. Cook&rsquo;s Illustrated also chose the renowned Pyrex measuring cup as one of the best liquid measuring cups you can find.</p> <p>With an ergonomically designed handle and easy-to-read red markers, this could not be any easier to use to measure various liquid or dry ingredients at once. The handle and pour spout also makes it easy for you to measure, mix, and pour from the same measuring cup. The ultra-durable, non-porous glass measuring cup is available in 1-cup, 2-cup, 4-cup, and 8-cup options. The glass will not absorb odors, flavors, or stains. It is also made from a high temperature material, so it is ideal for any food preparation, but cannot withstand sudden changes in temperature. It is also microwave safe and dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002ITQHS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0002ITQHS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6XJVMSW4K3RNNCHY"><em>Currently $7.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>OXO Good Grips Plastic Measuring Cups</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00L9X2CWQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00L9X2CWQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=BHKZVSZLEBC77PYL"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/oxo%20good%20grips.jpg" width="245" height="157" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00L9X2CWQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00L9X2CWQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=BHKZVSZLEBC77PYL">OXO Good Grips Plastic Measuring Cup</a> are one of Amazon&rsquo;s best sellers in measuring cups and also one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon. Cook&rsquo;s Illustrated chose the OXO measuring cup set as some of the best dry measuring cups you can find. Oxo has provided high-quality, ergonomically designed kitchen tools for more than 25 years, so if you&rsquo;re looking for a functional set of measuring cups that are comfortable and will last through the years, you can&rsquo;t go wrong with OXO products. This set includes a scraper and hook, &frac14; cup, ⅓ cup, &frac12; cup, ⅔ cup, and 1-cup measurements. The handles feature permanent color-coded measurements to make it easy to quickly find the right size.</p> <p>Each cup also has a convenient half-measurement line, so you can easily halve a recipe or use the same cup for various measurements. The soft, non-slip grips makes it easier and more comfortable to use these. The unique snapping feature keeps the cups together and the convenient hanging loop allows for easier storage. This set comes in either white or black.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00L9X2CWQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00L9X2CWQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=BHKZVSZLEBC77PYL"><em>Currently $7.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Chef'n SleekStor Pinch Pour Collapsible Measuring Cups</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004HINF58/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004HINF58&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=L5ARWL5CDJLPO6Q4"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/chef%27n.jpg" width="245" height="218" align="right" alt="" /></a>One of the top rated items on Amazon, the set of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004HINF58/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004HINF58&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=L5ARWL5CDJLPO6Q4">Chef'n SleekStor Pinch Pour Collapsible Measuring Cups</a> includes &frac14; cup, ⅓ cup, &frac12; cup, and 1-cup measurements. And it should come as no surprise, since Chef&rsquo;n is known for creating unique, innovative products that can enhance the cooking experience.</p> <p>This space-saving set is ideal for any kitchen, particularly small and dorm kitchens that don&rsquo;t have a lot of space to spare. The collapsible measuring cups have a unique pour-spout feature, so you can easily transport your dry ingredients. The heat and stain resistant silicone cups collapse for storage and expand for use, nest inside of each other, and includes a storage ring for even easier storage. They are also top-rack dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. The cups come in a range of trendy colors to best match your kitchen.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004HINF58/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004HINF58&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=L5ARWL5CDJLPO6Q4"><em>Currently $14.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Amco Advanced Performance Measuring Cup Set</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000VLCEW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0000VLCEW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JJPUJAX476EH3LPA"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/amco.jpg" width="245" height="161" align="right" alt="" /></a>The award-winning <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000VLCEW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0000VLCEW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JJPUJAX476EH3LPA">Amco Advanced Performance Measuring Cup Set</a> topped the list of best measuring cups for various independent review sites and, fortunately, this set lives up to the hype. The set of stainless steel measuring cups comes in &frac14;, ⅓, &frac12;, and 1-cup measurements. Each cup also has a half measurement mark inside, allowing you to easily halve a recipe. You can also use the same measuring cup for various measurements, which allows you to have fewer dirty dishes.</p> <p>The durable, stylish cups are ergonomically-designed and can be balanced on the counter for easier use. The ultra-hygienic single piece construction has no welds or seams and the attractive, functional design makes these cups look more like little pots. These sturdy cups can be used for wet or dry ingredients and the flat rim makes it easy for you to level off any ingredients to ensure precise measurements. The cups nest and there is also an included ring and slotted handles to make storage easier. All cups are also dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000VLCEW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0000VLCEW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JJPUJAX476EH3LPA"><em>Currently $14.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>OXO Good Grips Measuring Cup for Sticky Stuff</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A2KDAIW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00A2KDAIW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=OITQ4YZHYERGOWEW"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/oxo%20adjustable.jpg" width="143" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>If you&rsquo;re tired of scraping peanut butter, honey, and other sticky items from your measuring cups, then the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A2KDAIW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00A2KDAIW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=OITQ4YZHYERGOWEW">OXO Good Grips Measuring Cup for Sticky Stuff</a> is perfect for you. As one of Amazon&rsquo;s best sellers in measuring cups, it has also been featured on Food Network and various cooking shows. With more than 25 years to perfect their kitchen tools, you can&rsquo;t go wrong with OXO.</p> <p>Their ergonomically designed tools are functional, durable, and comfortable enough to use on a daily basis. This high-quality, BPA-free measuring cup is available in ⅛ cup, 1-cup, and 2-cup options. This can be used for both wet and dry ingredients, and is most useful when measuring sticky ingredients. Once you have measured the ingredients, you simply rotate the knob so that the measured ingredients pop out. This means you won&rsquo;t ever have to dirty another spoon trying to get sticky food out. The smooth rotating body and turning knob makes it simple to measure and dispense all of your ingredients at once. The internal track makes it easy to glide the plunger to the measuring you need.</p> <p>There is also a silicone disk inside, which acts as a squeegee inside of the cup, while the generous rim ensures that you can easily pour your ingredients out. The easily adjustable cup can be used to measure all of your ingredients, so you won&rsquo;t have to dirty any extra dishes. It is also top-rack dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A2KDAIW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00A2KDAIW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=OITQ4YZHYERGOWEW"><em>Currently $11.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best measuring cups. 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-measuring-cups">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-14"> <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-measuring-spoons">The 5 Best Measuring Spoons</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/the-5-best-electric-woks">The 5 Best Electric Woks</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-5-best-trash-bags">The 5 Best Trash Bags</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-5-best-laundry-detergents">The 5 Best Laundry Detergents</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-cat-foods">The 5 Best Cat Foods</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Home Shopping home goods kitchen tools measuring cups product reviews Thu, 06 Aug 2015 09:00:14 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1487125 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Measuring Spoons http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-measuring-spoons <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-measuring-spoons" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/measuring_spoons_000016534258.jpg" alt="Using best measuring spoons to cook a meal" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether you cook every meal or only cook once a week at home, your kitchen arsenal needs a set of quality measuring spoons that will last. They should be sturdy enough that they won&rsquo;t bend when you squeeze them into a spice jar, attractive enough to match your kitchen decor, and affordable enough to match your budget.</p> <h2>What Is a Measuring Spoon?</h2> <p>Accurate measurements are an essential part of mastering any recipe, particularly when baking. A set of quality measuring spoons is an essential kitchen tool that can measure either liquid or dry ingredients. They can help you achieve accurate measurements so that your recipes taste exactly how you expect them to. Measuring spoons are commonly made of plastic or metal, and each set usually includes various sizes, including teaspoons and tablespoons.</p> <h2>5 Best Measuring Spoons</h2> <h3>Prepworks from Progressive International GT-3469 Stainless Steel Magnetic Measuring Spoons</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001GAQKKW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001GAQKKW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=NGC526IBEPLPEHFJ"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/progressive.jpg" width="245" height="142" align="right" alt="" />Prepworks from Progressive International Stainless Steel Magnetic Measuring Spoons</a> are Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best seller in measuring spoons, as well as one of the top rated items and one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon, making it the perfect set for any kitchen. The set of five spoons includes 1/4 teaspoon, 1/2 teaspoon, 1 teaspoon, 1/2 tablespoon, and 1 tablespoon measurements. Each spoon offers a narrow end to squeeze into spice jars, as well as a round end to measure liquids.</p> <p>The spoons are equipped with magnets, which allows you to easily nest them while they are stored. You can also attach the magnet spoons to other metal items, such as your oven or spice rack. They also have an easy grip surface and a flat base, which allows you to rest the spoons on the counter without spilling the contents. The dishwasher safe spoons are easy to clean, easy to store, and easy to use. The set is also backed by unbeatable online reviews, including 1,000+ 5-star ratings on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001GAQKKW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001GAQKKW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=NGC526IBEPLPEHFJ"><em>Currently $14.22 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Cuisipro Stainless Steel Measuring Spoon Set</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004SU1I/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00004SU1I&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=RXXNRMDJYJFZ6Z42"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/cuisipro.jpg" width="194" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>As one of Amazon&rsquo;s best sellers in measuring spoons and one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004SU1I/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00004SU1I&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=RXXNRMDJYJFZ6Z42">Cuisipro Stainless Steel Measuring Spoon Set</a> is also the Cook&rsquo;s Illustrated winner for measuring spoons and ranked highest on a number of independent review sites, such as America&rsquo;s Test Kitchen, CHEFS Catalog, and The Kitchn.</p> <p>These stainless steel spoons are comfortable to hold with long handles, which lie flush with the rim of each spoon, allowing you to sweep accurately. They are ideal for measuring both dry and liquid ingredients and include 1/8 teaspoon, 1/4 teaspoon, 1/2 teaspoon, 1 teaspoon, and 1 tablespoon measurements. The measurements are permanently stamped on the handles and are easy to read. The handles are gently curved under, so they can sit on the counter without tipping over.</p> <p>The spoons also resist heat and cold and do not react with foods or harmful household acids and detergents. The set nests nicely, so you can easily store them, and thanks to the oval shape, they can easily fit them into narrow spice jars. The dishwasher safe spoons are also attached to a heavy-duty removable loop, so you can use only the spoons you need. Along with unbeatable online reviews, these rust-proof spoons are also backed by a 25-year warranty for your added peace of mind.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004SU1I/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00004SU1I&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=RXXNRMDJYJFZ6Z42"><em>Currently $13.77 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Oxo Good Grips Measuring Spoons, Stainless Steel</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004OCO8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00004OCO8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=F3ULW45BKJAALC7I"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/oxo%20spoons.jpg" width="245" height="161" align="right" alt="" /></a>As one of Amazon&rsquo;s best sellers in measuring spoons, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004OCO8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00004OCO8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=F3ULW45BKJAALC7I">Oxo Good Grips Measuring Spoons</a> are one of Amazon&rsquo;s best sellers in measuring spoons, as well as one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; measuring spoon sets on Amazon. Since 1990, Oxo has provided high-quality, ergonomically designed kitchen tools that combine functionality, comfort, and durability, so you can feel confident that you are purchasing products that will last.</p> <p>The 4-piece set of stainless steel measuring spoons offer easy-to-read, bright, color-coded measurement markings. The dishwasher safe rounded spoons offer 1/4 teaspoon, 1/2 teaspoon, 1 teaspoon, and 1 tablespoon measurements. These spoons are equipped with soft grips for your comfort and are attached to a removable stainless steel ring, so you can easily store your set and remove the spoons you need one at a time.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004OCO8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00004OCO8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=F3ULW45BKJAALC7I"><em>Currently $9.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>KitchenArt Pro Adjust-A-Teaspoon, Champagne Satin Finish</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00117TUKM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00117TUKM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=BAPKI4PBTZEDG5PU"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/kitchenart%20pro.jpg" width="245" height="126" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00117TUKM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00117TUKM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=BAPKI4PBTZEDG5PU">KitchenArt Pro Adjust-A-Teaspoon</a> is also available in tablespoon and cup measurements. The unique adjustable measuring spoon offers patented features and can adjust to multiple settings, allowing you to easily adjust to measurements of 1/8 teaspoon up to 1 teaspoon. The beautiful champagne satin finish and elegant design makes it the perfect fit for any kitchen design.</p> <p>The space-saving design also makes it simple to store in even the smallest of kitchens or dorms. It is also a convenient option as it will allow you to measure all the wet and dry ingredients you need for a recipe using only one spoon, which also means faster cleanup. KitchenArt has created award-winning kitchen gadgets for nearly 20 years and this durable, functional adjustable teaspoon is also backed by great online reviews. In fact, many cooks compare this affordable pick to the more expensive Pampered Chef adjustable spoon.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00117TUKM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00117TUKM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=BAPKI4PBTZEDG5PU"><em>Currently $7.39 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Kate Aspen Simply Elegant Love Beyond Measure Heart-Shaped Measuring Spoons</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005FMBNZY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005FMBNZY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JPGWYVIJX7BWTP2V"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/kate%20aspen.jpg" width="245" height="201" align="right" alt="" /></a>As one of Amazon&rsquo;s best sellers in measuring spoons, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005FMBNZY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005FMBNZY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JPGWYVIJX7BWTP2V">Kate Aspen Simply Elegant Love Beyond Measure Heart-Shaped Measuring Spoons</a> are the perfect gift for any cook in your life. The affordable heart-shaped measuring spoons are made of stainless steel and feature &ldquo;measures of love&rdquo; on one side and traditional measurements on the other side.</p> <p>The set includes 1/2 teaspoon, 1 teaspoon, and 1 tablespoon measurements. While they aren&rsquo;t small enough to squeeze into your favorite spice jars, they are sturdy enough to last for years and can provide your loved one with a gift that keeps on giving. The spoons are presented in a white box with a white satin ribbon and bow and a matching tag, completing the gift. At such an affordable price point, you can give these beautiful measuring spoons to everyone on your list (and even buy an extra set for yourself).</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005FMBNZY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005FMBNZY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JPGWYVIJX7BWTP2V"><em>Currently $2.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best measuring spoons. 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-measuring-spoons">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-15"> <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-measuring-cups">The 5 Best Measuring Cups</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/the-5-best-electric-woks">The 5 Best Electric Woks</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-5-best-trash-bags">The 5 Best Trash Bags</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-5-best-laundry-detergents">The 5 Best Laundry Detergents</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-cat-foods">The 5 Best Cat Foods</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Home Shopping home goods kitchen tools measuring spoons product reviews Wed, 05 Aug 2015 09:00:12 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1487133 at http://www.wisebread.com