Food and Drink http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/209/all en-US Start Now: You Can Make These 23 Delicious Holiday Gifts http://www.wisebread.com/start-now-you-can-make-these-23-delicious-holiday-gifts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/start-now-you-can-make-these-23-delicious-holiday-gifts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/christmas_baked_goods_77270193.jpg" alt="Making delicious holiday gifts now" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I have had no time to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-to-make-deluxe-gifts-for-under-15">get my craft on</a> and no money to spend on thrift store gifts, because I am hellbent on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-2016-budget-challenge-why-i-need-to-find-31k-this-year">making an extra $31,000</a> by the end of the year.</p> <p>However, my insane work schedule and budget have not stopped me from completing my holiday DIY gift list early. It's not even October, I have made 100% of my gifts from scratch, and I barely had to leave my house.</p> <p>What's my holiday gift hack? Make ahead edible gifts.</p> <h2>1. Surplus Fruit Jam</h2> <p>I have a gigantic mission fig tree in my backyard. Even after I invited all of my fig-crazed neighbors over to pick as many figs as they could eat, I was still left with 50 pounds of fresh figs that I turned into 130 eight-ounce jars of fig jam. Total cost: $100 for jars and a 10-pound sack of cane sugar. (I traded figs for lemons and oranges with neighbors in order to keep my ingredient cost to a minimum).</p> <p>Figs might seem like an exotic and rare fruit, but in southern California, there are feral fig trees that pop up in vacant lots. They are everywhere. Also, figs are like zucchinis, you only need one plant to supply an entire neighborhood.</p> <h2>2. Marmalade</h2> <p>I never liked marmalade until I figured out <a href="http://www.myromanapartment.com/jam-session-master-lemon-marmalade-recipe/">my own recipe</a> for lemon marmalade. The basic recipe is made with just three ingredients: lemons, cane sugar, and water.</p> <h2>3. Preserved Lemons</h2> <p><a href="http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1016212-preserved-lemons">Salt preserved lemons</a> are one of my secret weapons in the kitchen. I use preserved lemons to perk up everything from traditional North African <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/105044/lamb-tagine/">tagines</a> to store-bought salad dressing. They are delicious as a garnish for fish or poultry. My favorite way to eat them is as a flavoring for thick, Greek-style yogurt that I then use as a savory topping for flat bread.</p> <h2>4. Limoncello</h2> <p>Limoncello, or Limoncino as it's know in Florence, is the classic Italian after-dinner drink made from grain alcohol, sugar, and lemon peel. Although most American recipes call for vodka, every Italian mixologist I know uses a high-proof spirit like Everclear as the base. For people who love kitchen science, I prefer to use the <a href="http://gizmodo.com/how-to-make-the-best-limoncello-youve-ever-had-1533528095">vapor method</a> of infusion because I think it results in a smoother tasting drink.</p> <h2>5. Citrus Salts</h2> <p><a href="http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/citrus-salt-recipe.html">Citrus salts</a> are elegant food gifts that are super simple to make. All you need is citrus zest and flaky sea salt. Packed into small glass jars, citrus salts are great stocking stuffers, but they would also make beautiful wedding favors.</p> <h2>6. Canned Peaches</h2> <p>Eating a summer peach that was picked and canned at peak ripeness in the dead of winter is such a pleasure. Anyone who puts up food knows that preserving surplus food is a great way to save money and enjoy out-of-season flavors. Now is your last chance until next year to capture summer in a jar.</p> <h2>7. Blackberry Syrup</h2> <p>I grew up in Oregon, so I know that it is totally possible to eat too many blackberries. Since Marionberries grow everywhere, wild, my family never spent a dime to enjoy this summer fruit. As an adult, I now spend $8 per pound for a substandard blackberry experience.</p> <p>For the love of all that is good and beautiful, if you have access to free, feral berry bushes, don't take that for granted. Stretch the last harvest of the season by making <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/blackberry-syrup-108407">blackberry syrup</a> instead of blackberry jam. It's amazing on everything from pancakes to ice cream.</p> <h2>8. Pickled Okra</h2> <p>Okra gets a bad rap. It's slimy. It's like eating a tiny luffa. But even haters will enjoy spicy, garlicky <a href="http://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_06/pickled_dill_okra.html">pickled okra</a>, especially if it's served in a bloody mary as an edible stir stick.</p> <h2>9. Ketchup</h2> <p>Ever wonder why there are so many varieties of mustard and so few varieties of ketchup? Answer: Ketchup is a pain in the butt to make. Five years ago, I lost eight hours of my life making homemade ketchup from the sad, leftover tomatoes in my garden. It took that long for the tomato puree to cook down. <a href="http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Ketchup">This recipe</a> makes ketchup that is so delicious, that my friends are still begging me to make it again to this day. To avoid my lengthy ketchup odyssey, use paste tomatoes that have more meat and less juice. (If you don't grow your own San Marzano tomatoes, buy the canned version when they go on sale.)</p> <p>Unlike store-bought ketchup that has a shelf life of &hellip; forever, homemade ketchup needs to be refrigerated and has a life span of just a few weeks. If you want to make ketchup in advance, be sure to follow <a href="http://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_03/tomato_ketchup.html">these instructions</a> on how to can it properly.</p> <h2>10. Mustard</h2> <p>Mustard is a handmade food that requires advance preparation. Mustard needs time to marinate and mellow out, as freshly made mustard is very bitter. I use <a href="http://honest-food.net/2015/05/08/how-to-make-mustard-2/">this versatile recipe</a> as a jumping-off point because I can make it with a mortar and pestle and live out my wizard fantasies, and because it has a shelf life of 12 months in the refrigerator.</p> <h2>11. Fermented Tabasco-Style Hot Sauce</h2> <p>The secret ingredient of Tabasco sauce is time. It's aged in oak barrels for over three years! My food snob friends are suitably impressed by the <a href="http://honest-food.net/2014/08/21/fermented-hot-sauce-recipe/">artisanal version</a>, even though I can never wait longer than 100 days for my hot sauce to ferment.</p> <h2>12. Cranberry Sauce</h2> <p>True story: I learned how to can because I wanted to be able to eat my homemade cranberry sauce year-round. As it turns out, I am not the only person who craves that sweet/tart flavor in the offseason. <a href="http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/canning/homemade-cranberry-sauce-zbcz1511.aspx">Cranberry sauce</a> and peanut butter sandwiches are so yummy.</p> <h2>13. Cured Olives</h2> <p>When I was a starving student, I made <a href="http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/marinated-olives-rosemary-and-orange-peel">marinated olives</a> as the fancy holiday gift I gave everyone. Because olives are expensive and I was poor, I brined my own olives that I had foraged for free from my local park. Because I live in Los Angeles &mdash; where it's ridiculously hot until the end of November &mdash; I have subsequently switched to <a href="http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/curing/how-to-cure-olives-zmaz76zhar.aspx?pageid=1#PageContent1">salt curing olives</a> because I'm lazy.</p> <h2>14. Dried Persimmons</h2> <p>I was never a fan of persimmons until I tasted the dried persimmons sold by Korean and Japanese fruit vendors at my local farmers market. Luckily, I didn't have to look far to find a recipe to make my own. My superstar, homesteading neighbors not only own an over-productive persimmon tree, they also wrote this <a href="http://www.rootsimple.com/2012/11/how-to-make-hoshigaki-dried-persimmons/">bang-up tutorial</a> on how to make Hoshigaki (dried persimmons). These fruits are gorgeous when dried, and look great on a holiday cheese plate.</p> <h2>15. Prickly Pear Jelly</h2> <p>Nopal, aka prickly pear cactus, grows like a weed all over my neighborhood, so it's a free produce for the taking. Prickly pear cactus fruit season runs from September through January, but the cactus pads can be harvested and eaten year around. Fair warning: unless you love getting repeatedly stabbed with cactus needles, I highly recommend that Nopal newbs take the time to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-yR3pYw9fM">learn how to prepare</a> the spiny fruits and pads before harvesting any part of the plant.</p> <p>I find most prickly pear jams to be revoltingly sweet, but my neighbors developed a <a href="http://www.rootsimple.com/2010/08/low-sugar-prickly-pear-jelly-recipe/">low-sugar prickly pear jelly</a> that highlights the subtle taste of the fruit.</p> <h2>16. Pickle Prickle</h2> <p>My favorite way to eat prickly pear cactus is to <a href="http://foodpreservation.about.com/od/Pickles/r/Pickled-Nopales.htm">pickle the cactus</a> pads. My Mexican neighbor makes a spicy nopalitos salad that is my all-time favorite taco topping, but if you can't handle the heat of Mexican recipes, you can substitute cactus pads for okra in pickled okra recipes.</p> <h2>17. Pine Cone Syrup</h2> <p>Yes, I have a foraging instructor. (Insert pretentious hipster joke here.) Pascal Baudar regularly publishes free recipes for the budget-minded on Facebook, which is where I found this recipe for <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pascal.baudar/posts/10154236824069759">Pinyon pine cone syrup</a>. Made from a 50/50 mix of brown sugar and unripe pine cones, Pascal's sun-cooked syrup is based on an old French recipe. Pretty much every European country has their own version of pine syrup, so if Pinyon pine cones are not available in your area, <a href="http://sparxmind.com/maple-syrup-vs-pine-syrup/">check out the comments section</a> of this food blog for instructions on how to make Italian Mugolio, Romanian Sirop Muguri de pin, and Polish Syrop z Sosny.</p> <h2>18. Homemade Vanilla Extracts</h2> <p>Most flavored liqueurs are just infused spirits. If you can make flavored vinegar, you can make your own specialty cocktail supplies. One liter of bargain vodka can be turned into 20 fancy gifts.</p> <p>One of the easiest make-ahead gifts from the kitchen is <a href="http://www.myromanapartment.com/homemade-vanilla-extract-cheap-vodka/">vanilla extract</a>. We use vodka in our personal recipe for a pure vanilla taste, but you can use rum if you want a richer flavor. For home use, we decant our homemade extract into a huge bottle. For gift giving, we decant the extract into tiny bottles that we <a href="http://kirbiecravings.com/2015/12/homemade-diy-extracts.html">seal with wax</a> for extra glamour.</p> <h2>19. Bathtub(less) Gin</h2> <p>Celebrity mixologist and food blogger Jeffrey Morgenthaler created a step-by-step tutorial on how to <a href="http://www.jeffreymorgenthaler.com/2007/how-to-make-your-own-gin-without-a-still/">make your own gin without a still</a>. All the street cred without the risk of blindness!</p> <h2>20. Dried Blenheim Apricot Liqueur</h2> <p>This recipe is a twofer. Make an <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/blenheim-apricot-liqueur">apricot flavored liqueur</a> by infusing brandy with dried fruit. The soused apricots can then be dipped in chocolate and turned into <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/chocolate-dipped-apricots">boozy candy</a>.</p> <h2>21. Vermouth-Soaked Cocktail Olives</h2> <p>Fact: An excellent martini cannot be made with a mediocre olive. For those hard core gin drinkers who think a proper martini involves waving their bottle of gin in the general direction of France, <a href="http://imbibemagazine.com/homemade-cocktail-olives/">these olives</a> will provide all the vermouth required for the driest martini.</p> <h2>22. Offseason Maraschino Cherries</h2> <p>It's early autumn, and I want homemade maraschino cherries in time for Christmas in December, so I can be that girl who serves the totally from scratch Shirley Temple punch at her Chinese takeout Christmas dinner party. Shirley Temples are the perfect drink accompaniment for salty stir-fry! Source: I grew up in my grandparent's Chinese restaurant. So, to ensure I have maraschino cherries on my schedule, I am <a href="http://www.thisgirlwalksintoabar.com/2014/04/how-to-make-homemade-maraschino-cherries-from-frozen-cherries/">making my own cocktail accessories</a> out of frozen cherries.</p> <h2>23. Metheglin</h2> <p>Metheglin sounds like the name of Bilbo Baggins' lady friend, but it's actually flavored mead. Although there are 3,000 years of metheglin recipes available, I've been meaning to try <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2012/feb/15/how-to-make-metheglin">this recipe</a> because it is flavored with lemons and herbs that are already growing in my backyard (and I am lazy and cheap).</p> <h3>On Wrapping and Packing</h3> <p>Good labels and presentation can make the humblest recipe look incredibly elegant and costly. Pinterest and Etsy are full of gorgeous labels and gift tags to buy or recreate. When is a gift not a gift? When the box arrives and it's full of broken glass and spoiled food. Pack food gifts carefully or hire a professional shipper to help you.</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/start-now-you-can-make-these-23-delicious-holiday-gifts">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/blood-gore-and-hairy-warts-a-diy-halloween-makeup-guide">Blood, gore and hairy warts; a DIY Halloween makeup guide.</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/mountain-dew-christmas-tree">Mountain Dew Christmas Tree</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-delicious-uses-for-leftover-hot-dogs">7 Delicious Uses for Leftover Hot Dogs</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/buy-these-9-christmas-gifts-now-and-save">Buy These 9 Christmas Gifts Now and Save</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/eight-natural-ways-to-make-water-more-flavorful">Eight Natural Ways to Make Water More Flavorful</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Food and Drink Christmas Christmas gifts DIY DIY christmas gifts frugal living holiday saving money Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:30:07 +0000 Max Wong 1802000 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Eat These Super Foods to Build Muscle and Lose Fat http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-eat-these-super-foods-to-build-muscle-and-lose-fat <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-eat-these-super-foods-to-build-muscle-and-lose-fat" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cup_green_tea_21206385.jpg" alt="Drinking green tea and superfoods to build muscle and lose fat" 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 articles on super foods that help you build muscle, ways to get the job when you&rsquo;re overqualified, and DIY projects that will lower your heating bills this winter.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="https://thekingsnetwork.blogspot.com/2016/09/20-super-foods-to-build-muscle.html">20 Super Foods You Need to Build Muscle &amp; Lose Fat</a> &mdash; Green tea also can speed up fat loss, prevent cancer, and improve your blood sugar level and circulation. [BYHAX]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/five-ways-to-get-the-job-when-youre-overqualified/">Five Ways to Get the Job When You&rsquo;re Overqualified</a> &mdash; Make sure your resume doesn't make you look like you should be your prospective boss's boss. Cut out any roles that directly aren't related to the position you're applying for. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.frugalvillage.com/2016/09/22/diy-projects-to-save-on-your-heating-bills-this-winter/">DIY Projects to Save on Your Heating Bills this Winter</a> &mdash; Your water heater could be losing heat from the tank &mdash; which means you're losing money. Fix this by wrapping the tank with a $20 water heater blanket. [Frugal Village]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Target-Facts-40808643#photo-40808643">7 Fascinating Target Facts Ultimate Fans Don't Even Know</a> &mdash; Target's shopping cards are made of lightweight recyclable material, making them 15-20 pounds lighter than metal carts. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2016/0918/Ten-ways-to-help-the-Earth-and-your-budget">Ten ways to help the Earth and your budget</a> &mdash; Many retailers, including Target and Best Buy, have trade-in programs where you can earn store credit if you bring in used laptops, phones, and other electronics. [The Monitor]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.lifehack.org/465001/by-applying-this-rule-you-can-overcome-procrastination-in-2-minutes">By Applying This Rule, You Can Overcome Procrastination In 2 Minutes</a> &mdash; Setting aside 2 minutes for an activity or a task isn't a huge commitment, but it's enough to get you started. Once you get the momentum going, you'll be able to tackle bigger tasks for longer periods of time. [Lifehack]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lifehack.org/465001/by-applying-this-rule-you-can-overcome-procrastination-in-2-minutes">17 Health Products and Services That Cost Less at Costco</a> &mdash; Anti-depressants, cholesterol medication, vitamins, and over-the-counter pain relievers are all cheaper at Costco. [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="http://funhappyhome.com/how-to-save-money-tips/">How to Save Money Tips for People Who Stink at Saving Money</a> &mdash; Saving money can seem like a monumental task when you're not a natural saver &mdash; and if you don't have much to save. So start small, with just a penny a day, and slowly increase the amount. [Fun Happy Home]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/five-ways-to-get-the-job-when-youre-overqualified/">The Ultimate Test to Know if Something is Worth Buying</a> &mdash;&nbsp; Ask yourself these questions before every purchase and you'll never feel buyer's remorse again! [Ready To Be Rich]</p> <p><a href="http://www.everybodylovesyourmoney.com/2016/09/21/arrange-debt-free-funeral.html">How to Arrange for a Debt-Free Funeral</a> &mdash; Simplicity is key when you need to plan an affordable funeral. Bells and whistles only distract from the one thing that should be the focus: the deceased. [Everybody Loves Your Money]</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-eat-these-super-foods-to-build-muscle-and-lose-fat">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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There are those nights, though, when payday isn't until tomorrow, or when you just don't have time to put together a perfectly balanced meal. Rather than blow your budget altogether, try keeping these staples on hand for quick, inexpensive meals. They also taste good, so you won't feel deprived and be tempted to pick up fast food. Here are 10 pantry, freezer, or refrigerated items to have around.</p> <h2>1. Cans of Tuna</h2> <p>A classic <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/classic-nicoise-salad-recipe.html">tuna niçoise</a> will make you feel like you're eating elegantly, and it's also healthy. I find I can &quot;cheat&quot; and substitute several of the ingredients, i.e. russet potatoes for the red potatoes, frozen green beans for fresh, or plain old chopped tomatoes for the fancier versions.</p> <h2>2. A Bag of Potatoes</h2> <p>I keep a sack of baking potatoes in my cupboard. Not only do they keep well, in a cool, dry place, but they are dirt cheap. Need an inexpensive meal? Bake some potatoes and get creative with the toppings. In fact, that's what we're having tonight: potatoes topped with some chopped ham I found in the freezer, last night's leftover broccoli, a few mushrooms, a handful of olives, and some grated cheddar.</p> <p>Want something a little more elegant? Slice those potatoes and make <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/240290/moms-scalloped-potatoes/?internalSource=staff%20pick&amp;referringId=1548&amp;referringContentType=recipe%20hub&amp;clickId=cardslot%202">scalloped potatoes</a>. Add a little ham to make it a main dish, or a vegetarian version, using mushrooms.</p> <h2>3. A Carton of Eggs</h2> <p>E<a href="https://www.verywell.com/easy-eggs-florentine-2241721">ggs Florentine</a> sounds pretty fancy, but it's really very easy and appealing. Keep a box of frozen spinach in your freezer, and you can make this in 15 minutes.</p> <p>We ate huevos rancheros so often while saving for our first house that we couldn't eat them for 10 years afterward. However, that wore off, and we happily make them again, now &mdash; especially when I haven't had time to go to the store.</p> <h2>4. A Box of Spaghetti</h2> <p>If you have a jar of sauce around, your family can be eating spaghetti in about 20 minutes. While that's delicious, you might also try <a href="http://damndelicious.net/2014/03/29/spaghetti-carbonara/">spaghetti carbonara,</a> which combines spaghetti with bacon, Parmesan, and eggs. I like to toss some frozen peas in the spaghetti water, as they add color and fiber.</p> <p>Have extra, cooked, spaghetti around? Try <a href="http://video.bonappetit.com/watch/spaghetti-pie-the-best-way-to-use-pasta-leftovers">spaghetti pie</a>, which will quickly become your new favorite comfort food.</p> <h2>5. A Bag of Frozen Peppers and Onions</h2> <p>Defrost, saute, and add some rinsed black beans; spoon into tortilla shells for burritos. Top with sour cream or unsweetened Greek yogurt. Or, defrost, saute, add some bottled teriyaki sauce, and serve over rice. (Toss in a little chicken or leftover meat, if you have it around.)</p> <h2>6. Frozen Shrimp</h2> <p>You can even serve frozen shrimp if you have company, because it dresses up so nicely. Here is an easy garlic shrimp:</p> <p><em>Ingredients:</em></p> <ul> <li>2 pounds frozen shrimp</li> <li>&frac14; cup of butter</li> <li>&frac14; cup chopped parsley</li> <li>2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped</li> </ul> <p><em>Method:</em></p> <p>Cook shrimp in boiling water and drain. Melt butter and saute garlic. Add drained shrimp and sprinkle with the chopped parsley. Serve over rice. This is also nice with broccoli and some garlic bread on the side.</p> <p>Got a can of cream of mushroom soup around? Take that frozen shrimp and you are halfway to <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/shrimp-newburg">shrimp Newburg</a>. I like to add a tablespoon of sherry to the sauce. This is a perfect &quot;date night&quot; meal.</p> <h2>7. Jars of Marinara Sauce</h2> <p>Jarred sauce is perfect to go with the aforementioned spaghetti, but it's also versatile.</p> <p>Spoon over English muffins, top with sliced olives and cheese, and broil for quick mini-pizzas. Kids love these. Add sauce to browned chicken breasts, cover, and simmer until cooked through. Great over noodles for a fake cacciatore.</p> <h2>8. Frozen Pizza</h2> <p>Five years ago, I would not have made this recommendation, but the quality (and number of choices) of frozen pizza has greatly improved. For just $5, I can get a pretty darn good pizza. You can also dress up a plain cheese frozen pizza with chopped artichokes, olives, salami, or whatever you like. They will never beat my favorite pizzeria, but in a pinch, they're fine.</p> <h2>9. Canned Beans</h2> <p>My friend turned me onto this tasty <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/22919/insanely-easy-vegetarian-chili/">vegetarian chili</a> recipe, which goes together quickly with kidney beans from the pantry. We like it with cornbread or tortilla chips. Or, go a little more elegant with this <a href="http://fakeginger.com/risotto-with-caramelized-onions-mushrooms-and-chickpeas/">risotto with caramelized onions, mushrooms, and chickpeas.</a> It sounds complicated, but the ingredients are all relatively inexpensive. And I bet you have most of these ingredients in your pantry already.</p> <h2>10. Soup</h2> <p>Here is the great thing about broth, whether canned or frozen, you are only moments from hearty soup. Leftover vegetables, rice or noodles, beans, cooked meat &mdash; toss it all in and let it simmer.</p> <p>Stock up on soups, which are one of the fastest things around to make for dinner. Plus, there is nothing like a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-delicious-dishes-you-can-make-with-a-can-of-tomato-soup">bowl of tomato soup</a> and a grilled cheese sandwich on a rainy day!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-foods-you-need-in-your-emergency-pantry">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/flashback-friday-119-amazing-meals-you-can-make-from-a-can">Flashback Friday: 119 Amazing Meals You Can Make From a Can</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-63-best-cooking-hacks-for-busy-people">Flashback Friday: 63 Best Cooking Hacks for Busy People</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/11-meals-that-make-terrific-leftovers">11 Meals That Make Terrific Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-62-creative-uses-for-your-favorite-condiments">Flashback Friday: 62 Creative Uses for Your Favorite Condiments</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-10-coolest-things-that-come-in-a-can">The 10 Coolest Things That Come in a Can</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink canned food canned goods dinners emergency food emergency fund Food frugal living pantry Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:30:24 +0000 Marla Walters 1800744 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: 63 Best Cooking Hacks for Busy People http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-63-best-cooking-hacks-for-busy-people <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-63-best-cooking-hacks-for-busy-people" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family_cooking_together_64644743.jpg" alt="Family learning cooking hacks for busy people" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Your to-do lists are never-ending. Your schedule is constantly a hectic mess. You rarely get a moment to just relax, and you're also expected to prepare healthy, balanced meals each night? Who has the time? Luckily, time is not a requirement to preparing a delicious meal. With these brilliant, timesaving cooking hacks, you can live your busy life, and eat well, too!</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/couple_making_pizza_63266135_0.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-money-saving-hacks-for-those-who-hate-cooking?ref=fbf">8 Money-Saving Hacks for Those Who Hate Cooking</a> &mdash; The main reason you hate cooking is because it takes so much time and energy each night. But you can eat fresh and save money by preparing simple meals, cooking ahead of time, embracing convenient groceries, and more.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-surprising-cooking-hacks-that-save-time?ref=fbf">7 Surprising Cooking Hacks That Save Time</a> &mdash; Your workday has ended and you have less than an hour to make dinner before your favorite TV show comes on. And with the right cooking tricks, in less than an hour you can make yourself a delicious meal, and eat it, with time to spare before the show comes on.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/pasta_dinner_000041265532.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-quick-dinners-for-lazy-cooks?ref=fbf">8 Quick Dinners for Lazy Cooks</a> &mdash; Lazy or busy, elaborate meals are hard to justify every single day. But these quick and easy dinners are delicious, make great leftovers, and their ingredients are extremely budget-friendly. It's a win-win!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-to-keeping-your-kitchen-clean-while-you-cook?ref=fbf">10 Tricks to Keeping Your Kitchen Clean While You Cook</a> &mdash; One of the worst parts about cooking is the messy kitchen that follows. But if you use these cleaning tricks while you cook, the mess will be nonexistent by the time dinner is ready.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock_000068458311_Large.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cheap-and-easy-meals-that-make-even-better-leftovers?ref=fbf">10 Cheap and Easy Meals That Make Even Better Leftovers</a> &mdash; The meal that makes great leftovers is the gift that keeps on giving. You only need to cook a few of these meals per week since you can finish them the following day.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-tasty-5-ingredient-recipes?ref=fbf">20 Tasty 5-Ingredient Recipes</a> &mdash; If I see a recipe with several ingredients, I get intimidated and lose all my motivation to cook. But taste doesn't rely on the number of ingredients in a meal. You can easily create wonderful meals with only five ingredients. Give these a try!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-63-best-cooking-hacks-for-busy-people">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/flashback-friday-62-creative-uses-for-your-favorite-condiments">Flashback Friday: 62 Creative Uses for Your Favorite Condiments</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-63-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-leftovers">Flashback Friday: 63 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-60-best-ways-to-use-food-other-than-eating-it">Flashback Friday: The 60 Best Ways to Use Food Other Than Eating It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-81-best-tips-for-saving-big-at-the-grocery-store">Flashback Friday: The 81 Best Tips for Saving Big at the Grocery Store</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-41-coffee-hacks-that-will-instantly-improve-your-morning">Flashback Friday: 41 Coffee Hacks That Will Instantly Improve Your Morning</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink busy people Cooking cooking hacks cooking tips fbf flashback friday food hacks frugal food frugal living Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:00:11 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1798177 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: The Worst Foods for Your Body http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-the-worst-foods-for-your-body <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-the-worst-foods-for-your-body" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_cake_37433684.jpg" alt="Woman eating the worst foods for her body" 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 articles on the worst things you can eat, how to get more done today, and cheap ways to get excited for Halloween.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://momsneedtoknow.com/the-10-worst-things-you-can-eat/">The 10 Worst Things You Can Eat</a> &mdash; Most foods are fine in moderation, but these foods should be eaten only occasionally &mdash; if at all. [Moms Need to Know]</p> <p><a href="http://www.shebudgets.com/life-hacks/costly-home-decor-mistakes-can-make/71217">10 Tips to Get More Done Than You Dreamed Possible Today!</a> &mdash; Take care of your body! The better you feel, the more you're able to accomplish. [Seed Time]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Cheap-Halloween-Activities-38341788">23 Cheap Ways to Get Excited For Halloween</a> &mdash; Get in the mood by having a horror movie viewing party late at night with friends. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.shebudgets.com/life-hacks/costly-home-decor-mistakes-can-make/71217">The Most Costly Home Decor Mistakes You Can Make</a> &mdash; Unless you really, really love a piece, stay away from trendy items. They'll go out of style in a year and your house will look dated or you'll want to replace everything. [SheBudgets]</p> <p><a href="https://www.mybanktracker.com/blog/find-my-answers/am-i-financially-ready-to-buy-a-house-260469">Am I Financially Ready to Buy a House?</a> &mdash; If you're thinking about homeownership, you'll want to go through this list and make sure everything is in order. [My BankTracker]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2016/09/3-ways-not-lose-pursuing-success.html">3 Ways Not To Lose Yourself While Pursuing Success</a> &mdash; Focusing on your goal doesn't mean you have to shut everyone out. Be willing to accept input and help from others. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cheapism.com/blog/costs-of-aging-in-place-14478/">14 Small Home Projects That Can Help Seniors Age in Place</a> &mdash; Install handrails and safety bars around the toilet and shower/bath to provide extra support and help prevent falls. [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="http://www.artofmanliness.com/2016/09/19/10-people-every-man-rolodex/">10 People Every Man Should Have in His Rolodex</a> &mdash; It's unlikely that off-the-rack clothing will fit you just right, but a good tailor can alter a piece to a perfect fit at reasonable prices. [The Art of Manliness]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thefrugaltoad.com/frugal-living/the-pros-and-cons-of-couponing">The Pros and Cons of Couponing</a> &mdash; Coupons can help you save a lot of money, but if you aim to get the most out of this endeavor, you'll have to put a good deal of time and organization into it. [The Frugal Toad]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/6-ways-to-create-a-quality-learning-environment-at-home">6 Ways to Create a Quality Learning Environment at Home</a> &mdash; Invest in items that will appeal to your child's imagination and are tied in with their interests &mdash; like a microscope for science-lovers. [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-the-worst-foods-for-your-body">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-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/how-to-eat-well-on-just-20-a-week-with-meal-plans">How to Eat Well on Just $20 a Week (With Meal Plans!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-63-best-cooking-hacks-for-busy-people">Flashback Friday: 63 Best Cooking Hacks for Busy People</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-money-saving-hacks-for-those-who-hate-cooking">8 Money-Saving Hacks for Those Who Hate Cooking</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/35-slow-cooker-recipes-for-busy-or-lazy-vegetarians">35 Slow Cooker Recipes for Busy (or Lazy) Vegetarians</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips worst foods Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:00:10 +0000 Amy Lu 1797474 at http://www.wisebread.com Sous Vide Is the Fancy Cooking Technique That Saves You Money, Too http://www.wisebread.com/sous-vide-is-the-fancy-cooking-technique-that-saves-you-money-too <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sous-vide-is-the-fancy-cooking-technique-that-saves-you-money-too" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/sous_vide_cooking_29930096.jpg" alt="Learning about fancy sous vide cooking that saves money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Sous vide</em> is a fancy French term that means &quot;under vacuum,&quot; but don't let this new word scare you. It's actually a lot simpler than it sounds. Sous vide is a method of cooking by sealing food in airtight plastic bags, and then placing it in a water bath or temperature-controlled steam environment for longer than normal cooking times. Not only does this make delicious food, but it can also save you a lot of money and time on groceries and meal prep.</p> <h2>How Sous Vide Can Save You Time and Money</h2> <p>Although sous vide equipment will cost some money upfront, this process can save you money and time in the long run. Here are just a few ways sous vide can save you money:</p> <h3>1. Reduced Waste From Cooking Mistakes</h3> <p>I don't know about you, but I am not a pro chef. Many dinners have gone to waste from the meat being too dry or overcooked. Cooking meats sous vide makes even the difficult cuts easy to prepare. As long as you know the temperature and cook time, your meat will never be over or undercooked. For example, for a medium-rare steak, you would simply set the device to 134&deg;F. This would give you a juicy piece of steak without any dry edges or undercooked centers.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-money-saving-hacks-for-those-who-hate-cooking?ref=seealso">8 Money-Saving Hacks for Those Who Hate Cooking</a></p> <h3>2. Reduced Energy Usage</h3> <p>Not only is a sous vide machine as easy to use as a microwave, it also takes less energy to cook your food. Once the device heats your water to the set degrees, very little energy is used to maintain the temperature.</p> <h3>3. Easy Bulk Cooking</h3> <p>You can sous vide multiple cuts of meat at a time and store them in the fridge or freezer for later use. This will allow you to cook for the entire week on the weekend, saving you money from impulse fast food buys.</p> <h3>4. Cheaper Cuts Taste Better</h3> <p>Since sous vide makes meats so much juicier, you can get away with buying the cheaper cuts. You can have an amazing steak dinner with a cheap flank steak.</p> <p>While I gave a lot of examples of saving on meat cooking, sous vide can be used for a lot of different recipes. In fact, the method can help you make many gourmet-type dishes, such as hard to make custards and butter sauces.</p> <h2>How to Get Started With Sous Vide on a Budget</h2> <p>Sous vide enthusiasts can spend a few hundred dollars on higher end sous vide gadgets. Some enthusiasts argue that you need special containers or machines that circulate the water, but you can keep the process and costs simple and still enjoy sous vide dishes.</p> <p>My husband found the <a href="http://amzn.to/2cYKgcP">ANOVA Culinary Bluetooth Precision Cooker</a> when it was discounted on Amazon. This device clamps on to any pot or container and will heat the water and cook the meat at an even temperature. What is neat about this device is that you can program it through your phone, so you don't even need to be at home when you are cooking.</p> <p>We started off with a stainless silver pot we already had, but were only able to cook two bags of meat at once. You can also use your Crock-Pot or other large container. Some people have even used ice coolers.</p> <p>A&nbsp;<a href="http://amzn.to/2cnYJxO">12-quart Rubbermaid container</a> was less than $20 on Amazon, and proved a better solution since we bought a lid with it. My husband cut a hole in the lid for the sous vide machine to keep the water temperature more accurate and prevent evaporation on longer cooking sessions.</p> <p>You can use regular gallon-sized zipper food storage bags, but we decided to go with something a little sturdier (and safer to use in heat). The <a href="http://amzn.to/2cnYXVJ">FoodSaver Gallon-Sized Vacuum Bags</a> can be reused if washed well. You don't have to buy the hand-held vacuum to seal the bags either. Simply zip the bag 98% and then dunk the bag in a pot of water. The pressure of the water will push the excess air out.</p> <p>In total, we invested about $175 for the above items, which is a deal compared to how much other chefs and home cooks spend on their sous vide systems. However, Instructables has directions to <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Sous-vide-cooker-for-less-than-40/">make your own sous vide machine</a> for under $40.</p> <p>The way to get the most benefit from the device is to plan to use it regularly. We currently shop for discounted or clearance meat on the weekend from our local Vons, and then sous vide them and either stick the meat in the fridge or freezer, depending on the meal plan for the week.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-eneriz">Ashley Eneriz</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sous-vide-is-the-fancy-cooking-technique-that-saves-you-money-too">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/8-money-saving-hacks-for-those-who-hate-cooking">8 Money-Saving Hacks for Those Who Hate Cooking</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-simple-kitchen-skills-every-frugal-person-should-master">16 Simple Kitchen Skills Every Frugal Person Should Master</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cheap-and-easy-meals-that-make-even-better-leftovers">10 Cheap and Easy Meals That Make Even Better Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <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> <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-food-strainer-my-new-old-fashioned-gadget">The Food Strainer: My New, Old-Fashioned Gadget</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink batch cooking Cooking crock-pot kitchen tools meal planning meal prep sous vide Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:00:05 +0000 Ashley Eneriz 1793094 at http://www.wisebread.com Save Money and Eat Better With These 6 Online Meal Planners http://www.wisebread.com/save-money-and-eat-better-with-these-6-online-meal-planners <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/save-money-and-eat-better-with-these-6-online-meal-planners" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_cooking_food_18186835.jpg" alt="Woman using meal planning sites to save money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Meal planning is a necessity to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-30-ways-to-save-money-on-groceries">save money on groceries</a>, and avoid the fast food drive-thru. However, if you are anything like me, the idea of sitting down each week to plan your meals does not sound exciting. These six meal planning sites take the time and guesswork out of making grocery lists and deciding what to make each week.</p> <h2>1. 5 Dinners 1 Hour</h2> <p>I am a big fan of <a href="http://5dinners1hour.com/">5 Dinners 1 Hour</a>. The site offers a variety of plans, including classic, clean eating, paleo, and gluten-free. With this site, the meals are already planned out for you, and the goal is to assemble five dinners in one hour at the start of your week. Each month is a new menu, and you can reuse past menus, as well.</p> <p>This meal plan is very organized. The printable shopping list is convenient, and each meal has a designated letter, so if you don't want a certain meal, you will easily know which items to cross off the shopping list. It takes me about two hours to shop and complete meal prep, but of course this is with two little ones nearby.</p> <p>Most of the meals have been delicious, while others were bland. However, it has been convenient to have all of the week's dinners in the fridge and ready to go at the start of the week. Some meals are marked as freezable, so I always double up on those so I can build up my freezer stash without much more effort on my part.</p> <h2>2. Plan to Eat</h2> <p><a href="https://www.plantoeat.com/">Plan to Eat</a> cuts the time it takes to establish a grocery list and meal plan. You integrate your favorite recipes either by hand, by file, or through your favorite online recipes. The site will take a meal your find via search or link and transform it into a shopping list and meal plan.</p> <p>(See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-time-and-money-with-a-monthly-assembly-or-bulk-cooking-weekend?ref=seealso">Save Time and Money With Batch Cooking</a>)</p> <p>Plan to Eat also allows you to plan every meal &mdash; not just dinner. This is helpful for those who want to know what exactly they will need throughout the week for groceries. Another nifty thing about this site is that you can keep a freezer inventory on the side, and plan <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-awesome-easy-to-freeze-meals">meals from the freezer</a>.</p> <h2>3. Once a Month Meals</h2> <p>I love making a batch of freezer meals, because it means only cleaning up one big mess per month. <a href="https://onceamonthmeals.com/">Once a Month Meals</a> used to be free when I started using the site many years ago. They now charge a subscription fee, but they have also updated their site to include multiple menu plans and better technology to incorporate and change your monthly meal planning.</p> <p>The site does a great job of adding variety and organizing everything needed to assemble meals, but it is a huge undertaking. When I have done this site's plans in the past, it has taken me a whole day to shop and assemble meals.</p> <h2>4. Dinner Daily</h2> <p><a href="https://thedinnerdaily.com/">Dinner Daily</a> plans come with five select dinners each week, along with a shopping list and links to printable coupons to save money on that week's grocery haul. Most of the meals selected take 20-35 minutes to make, which is great when you are short on time. Dinner Daily has quite a few plans, but no specialty-diet plans, such as paleo, gluten-free, or dairy-free.</p> <h2>5. eMeals</h2> <p><a href="https://emeals.com/">eMeals</a> has the biggest variety of menu types and is recommended by finance guru, Dave Ramsey. The site offers plans from paleo, slow cooking, diabetic-friendly, low carb, vegetarian, and more. You are not stuck with one menu type, and you can change based on your preference. I appreciate that the plans come in two formats: family-size or servings for two. Even though we are a family of four, the two littles don't eat enough to count, so it's nice not to waste food.</p> <h2>6. The Fresh 20</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thefresh20.com/">The Fresh 20</a> is a unique meal planning site that creates plans based off 20 ingredients per week (plus pantry staples). The goal of this site is to help reduce food waste and help others eat healthier. However, this site does not allow you to change plans and does not have as much flexibility and customization as the other sites listed.</p> <p>All of the meal plans come with menu samples or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-psychology-of-free-and-its-power-over-you">free trials</a>, so be sure to try a few out to see what works best for you. The best meal planning site is one that you'll actually use.</p> <p><em>Which meal planning sites have you tried? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-eneriz">Ashley Eneriz</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-money-and-eat-better-with-these-6-online-meal-planners">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/10-healthy-ways-to-have-ice-cream-for-breakfast">10 Healthy Ways to Have Ice Cream for Breakfast</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-starbucks-savings-hacks-that-actually-work">7 Starbucks Savings Hacks 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/15-ways-to-save-money-when-getting-your-drink-on">15 Ways to Save Money When Getting Your Drink On</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/5-easy-ways-to-save-on-groceries-in-a-pinch">5 Easy Ways to Save on Groceries in a Pinch</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/this-simple-shopping-list-strategy-from-5-meal-plan-will-save-you-big">This Simple Shopping List Strategy From $5 Meal Plan Will Save You Big</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink eat better eat healthy Fast Food healthy eating meal planning meal planning sites saving money Tue, 13 Sep 2016 09:30:42 +0000 Ashley Eneriz 1791532 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Everybody Should Know How to Cook These Foods http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-everybody-should-know-how-to-cook-these-foods <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-everybody-should-know-how-to-cook-these-foods" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_cooking_kitchen_43128502.jpg" alt="Woman cooking foods everyone should know" 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 articles on recipes that everyone should know how to cook, creative ways to decorate pumpkins without carving them, and how NOT to pick a bank.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://moneyaware.co.uk/2016/09/12-recipes-everyone-should-know/">12 Recipes Everyone Should Know How to Cook</a> &mdash; These basic recipes are easy to master &mdash; and delicious! [StepChange MoneyAware]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/-Carve-Pumpkin-Ideas-35634192">35+ Ways to Decorate Pumpkins Without Carving</a> &mdash; You don't always need a carving knife to dress up a pumpkin! This fall gourd is an excellent base for a tissue paper collage, a googly-eyed critter, or a hedgehog family. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saaving-Money/2016/0809/How-not-to-pick-a-bank">How not to pick a bank</a> &mdash; Don't choose a bank just for its special offers. Low fees, good rates, and convenient services are more important in the long run. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneysmartguides.com/ultimate-guide-buying-a-house">Your Complete Guide To Buying A House</a> &mdash; Planning to buy a house? This step-by-step guide will walk you through the process, from preparing your finances to closing. [Money Smart Guides]</p> <p><a href="http://productivitytheory.com/bullet-point-journal-productivity/">How Keeping A Bullet-Point Journal Can Make You More Productive</a> &mdash; A bullet journal can eliminate the stress of planning daily life tasks and big events. [Productivity Theory]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thefrugaltoad.com/personalfinance/knowing-best-time-to-buy-save-big-money">Knowing the Best Time to Buy Can Save You Big Money</a> &mdash; Be willing to walk away. The salesperson might decide to give you a better deal in order to make the sale. [The Frugal Toad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyspruce.com/5-ways-build-financial-security/">5 Ways to Build Financial Security</a> &mdash; Pay off any high-interest debt as soon as possible. [Money Spruce]</p> <p><a href="http://savvyscot.com/how-to-be-successful-in-whatever-you-do/">How to be Successful in Whatever you Do</a> &mdash; The first step to being successful is believing that you can be successful. [The Savvy Scot]</p> <p><a href="https://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/always-feel-bad-when-not-working-here-are-3-steps-to-get-you-comfortable-with-doing-nothing/">Always Feel Bad When Not Working? Here Are 3 Steps to Get You Comfortable With Doing Nothing</a>. &mdash; You don't get extra points for working yourself to death. Taking breaks regularly will actually help you be more productive. [Pick The Brain]</p> <p><a href="https://timemanagementninja.com/2016/09/5-tips-to-help-put-meetings-in-their-place/">5 Tips to Help Put Meetings in Their Place</a> &mdash; Block out time for your work before your schedule gets crammed with other people's meetings and agendas. [Time Management Ninja]</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-everybody-should-know-how-to-cook-these-foods">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-63-best-cooking-hacks-for-busy-people">Flashback Friday: 63 Best Cooking Hacks for Busy People</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-money-saving-hacks-for-those-who-hate-cooking">8 Money-Saving Hacks for Those Who Hate 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/sous-vide-is-the-fancy-cooking-technique-that-saves-you-money-too">Sous Vide Is the Fancy Cooking Technique That Saves You Money, Too</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/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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <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> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips Cooking Thu, 08 Sep 2016 10:00:14 +0000 Amy Lu 1788079 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: 62 Creative Uses for Your Favorite Condiments http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-62-creative-uses-for-your-favorite-condiments <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-62-creative-uses-for-your-favorite-condiments" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/condiments_51226524.jpg" alt="Finding creative uses for your favorite condiments" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Condiments are your friends. They are always there for you, and you can trust them to improve any food-related situation you find yourself in. And sure, ketchup all the way down to tangy mayo taste good on fries, but these stellar sauces also shine when drizzled on things that aren't fried potatoes. Here are 62 creative uses for your favorite condiments.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/salsa.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-dishes-made-better-with-salsa?ref=fbf">15 Delicious Dishes Made Better With Salsa</a> &mdash; Let's think outside the nacho bowl for a sec. Salsa can spice up your morning scramble, your lunchtime bowl of soup, your dinnertime pizza, and much more!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-unexpected-home-uses-for-mayonnaise?ref=fbf">10 Unexpected Home Uses for Mayonnaise</a> &mdash; Mayo is great on tuna, swirled into mac salad, or as a salad dressing base, but did you know you can also use it on home repairs, a skincare product, and as a lice killer? Time to stock up, I reckon.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/honey_000050003532_0.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-unexpected-uses-for-honey?ref=fbf">7 Unexpected Uses for Honey</a> &mdash; Honey is so handy that you might want to keep some on you at all times. It can heal burns, ease hangovers, and improve your sleep. No wonder bears love it so much.&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/food-477397273.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-surprising-and-useful-things-to-do-with-ketchup?ref=fbf">10 Surprising and Useful Things to Do With Ketchup</a> &mdash; Don't toss those extra ketchup packets! This tomato-based fave can eliminate skunk odor, brighten copper, and moisturize your skin. And the rest you can squeeze on top of your fries, of course.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-ways-to-use-sriracha-aka-awesome-sauce?ref=fbf">20+ Ways to Use Sriracha (AKA Awesome Sauce)</a> &mdash; If you consider Sriracha to be the perfect topping, you'd be right. It seems to work with every dish and flavor combo. So if your goal is to find new delicious ways to set your mouth on fire, here are 20+!</p> <p><em>What are some other unique uses for condiments? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-62-creative-uses-for-your-favorite-condiments">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/flashback-friday-63-best-cooking-hacks-for-busy-people">Flashback Friday: 63 Best Cooking Hacks for Busy People</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-84-reasons-to-be-done-with-summer-and-get-excited-for-fall">Flashback Friday: 84 Reasons to Be Done With Summer and Get Excited for Fall</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-63-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-leftovers">Flashback Friday: 63 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-81-best-tips-for-saving-big-at-the-grocery-store">Flashback Friday: The 81 Best Tips for Saving Big at the Grocery Store</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-107-best-breakfast-hacks-to-start-your-day-off-right">Flashback Friday: The 107 Best Breakfast Hacks to Start Your Day Off Right</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink best condiments condiments fbf flashback friday food and drink frugal food frugal living ketchup mustard Fri, 02 Sep 2016 10:00:13 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1784428 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Delicious Dishes Made Better With Salsa http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-dishes-made-better-with-salsa <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-delicious-dishes-made-better-with-salsa" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_13747158_LARGE.jpg" alt="delicious recipes you can make with salsa" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Is your refrigerator ever without a jar of salsa? Mine either. I love it so much that I keep buying different types: green, peach, mild, spicy, etc. Which makes it a great (and inexpensive) condiment to cook with. Here are 15 ways to think &quot;beyond the dip.&quot;</p> <h2>1. Bye-Bye, Bland Chicken Breasts</h2> <p>Spray a casserole dish with nonstick spray. Brown four boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Move them to the casserole dish and sprinkle with seasonings (a Mexican blend is good). Pour a cup of salsa over, cover with foil, and bake at 375&ordm;F for 40 minutes. Serve over rice or quinoa with sour cream; garnish with avocado.</p> <h2>2. Lunch in a Jar</h2> <p>I love the trend of packing lunch in a mason jar and toting it to work. Foods stay crisp and cool. This <a href="http://relish.com/recipes/taco-salad-to-go/">to-go taco salad</a> is delicious and nutritious. Bring along some tortilla chips and you'll enjoy every bite.</p> <h2>3. Salsa Burgers</h2> <p>To ground hamburger or ground turkey, add a half-cup of salsa. Fry or grill as usual. Top with guacamole, pico de gallo, and a slice of Monterey jack cheese. It's great with home fries that have been sprinkled with cumin and smoked paprika.</p> <h2>4. Fish and Queso</h2> <p>Melt butter and a little oil in a skillet. Add fish (cod, halibut, snapper, etc.), sprinkle with salt and pepper, and fry 4-5 minutes on each side, depending on thickness of fish and desired degree of doneness. Top with salsa and serve with red potatoes and cotija or queso fresco (Mexican cheeses).</p> <h2>5. Instant Appetizer</h2> <p>I like to use Neufchatel cheese for this appetizer, because it's a little softer. Simply take it out of the package, and pour a half-cup of salsa over. Serve with <em>sturdy</em> tortilla chips.</p> <h2>6. Salsa N' Scramble</h2> <p>This is a great way to start your morning. Scramble eggs as usual and top with salsa. Heat a whole-wheat tortilla, and scoop in your scrambled eggs. Add a little cheese, and fold it all up.</p> <h2>7. Crock-Pot Salsa Chicken</h2> <p>One of my coworkers whipped this <a href="http://thefrugalgirls.com/2014/01/crockpot-peach-salsa-chicken-recipe.html">Crock-Pot peach salsa chicken</a> up and brought in leftovers. It's delicious and easy. She served it with fluffy white rice and steamed broccoli. Pop one of those cooking bags into your slow-cooker and cleanup gets even easier!</p> <h2>8. Stuff It</h2> <p>Besides being really inexpensive, these <a href="http://relish.com/recipes/stuffed-zucchini-with-red-beans-rice-and-chunky-salsa/">stuffed zucchini</a> look and taste great. I didn't have any jicama so I left that out. I also substituted some leftover white rice I had already made. They were delicious and satisfying.</p> <h2>9. Delicious and Deviled</h2> <p>Just about everyone loves deviled eggs. The next time you make them, try adding a dollop of salsa on top. It adds a lot of flavor and color.</p> <h2>10. Hotter Hummus</h2> <p>I love hummus, but it's kind of pricey in the store, isn't it? Make your own (so easy and cheap) and top with salsa for a little extra heat. Crisp pita bread by drizzling with olive oil and toasting in the oven; break into chip sizes and serve with the <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/five-minute-hummus-recipe">hummus</a>.</p> <h2>11. Zip Up Soup</h2> <p>Salsa can really perk up a lot of boring soups. Try it in canned soups, like chicken with rice, or potato. It's a perfect addition in a black-bean or lentil soup, too.</p> <h2>12. Meatloaf</h2> <p>Instead of adding tomato sauce, try using salsa, instead. I like to also add a small can of chilis. Sprinkle cheese over the top during last 10 minutes of baking.</p> <h2>13. Salsa Pizza</h2> <p>Grab one of those handy store-bought crusts and let's make a Mexican-style pizza. Start with a layer of salsa, instead of pizza sauce. Add browned hamburger or cooked, diced chicken, shredded Monterey jack cheese, and sliced olives. It's also great as an appetizer, cut into small pieces.</p> <h2>14. Emergency Salad Dressing</h2> <p>Combine salsa with plain yogurt or sour cream for a delicious, easy, dressing. I like to use tortilla chips as &quot;croutons&quot; in the salad.</p> <h2>15. Mexican-Style &quot;Lasagna&quot;</h2> <p>This <a href="http://skinnyms.com/mexican-style-lasagna-recipe/">lasagna</a> goes together really easily, and is also a great potluck dish.</p> <p><em>What do you do with salsa, besides down it with chips? Share with us!</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-delicious-dishes-made-better-with-salsa">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/11-delicious-raw-recipes-to-try-this-summer">11 Delicious Raw Recipes to Try This Summer</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/11-meals-that-make-terrific-leftovers">11 Meals That Make Terrific Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tasty-treats-to-make-with-mulberries">Tasty Treats to Make With Mulberries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-63-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-leftovers">Flashback Friday: 63 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Leftovers</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-frugal-and-delicious-meals-to-make-with-your-kids">10 Frugal and Delicious Meals to Make With Your Kids</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink budgeting dinner Food frugal dinner frugal food frugal meals recipes salsa salsa recipes Wed, 31 Aug 2016 09:30:35 +0000 Marla Walters 1782867 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Money-Saving Hacks for Those Who Hate Cooking http://www.wisebread.com/8-money-saving-hacks-for-those-who-hate-cooking <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-money-saving-hacks-for-those-who-hate-cooking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_making_pizza_63266135_0.jpg" alt="Couple who hate cooking learning money-saving hacks" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Cooking at home is one of the top ways to keep your budget in check. While cooking and eating at home is a wonderful idea, it is also a daunting one for those who hate to cook (and those who hate to clean up afterward). Worry no more. These hacks will save you money on eating out, while also saving you time and cleanup anxiety.</p> <h2>1. Befriend the Crock-Pot</h2> <p>Crock-Pots are popular with older generations of moms of multiple kids, but what about everyone else? Whether you are single, a family of two, or a family of many, a <a href="http://amzn.to/2bKkRSW">Crock-Pot</a> can be the perfect timesaving tool. Use <a href="http://amzn.to/2bKl4pr">Crock-Pot liners</a>, and you won't even have to scrub your cooking dish afterward.</p> <p>Crock-Pot cooking doesn't have to be complicated or bland. Pinterest is full of recipes (and so is <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-cheap-and-easy-crock-pot-recipes?ref=internal">Wise Bread</a>). Look for Crock-Pot dump ideas that you can assemble and freeze ahead of time. I regularly do this after I find meat on sale, and I am able to assemble 10 Crock-Pot dump meals in only 30 minutes.</p> <p>One easy and tasty option to get you started is to combine boneless, skinless chicken thighs with one package of cream cheese and one jar (16 oz.) of your favorite salsa. Cook on low for three to four hours. Shred the chicken and stir, and you have creamy chicken ready to eat for tacos, pasta, or just on its own.</p> <h2>2. Cook Once, Eat Twice (or Thrice)</h2> <p>Making a lasagna is time consuming. It can take almost 30 minutes to make a pan. However, if you make two or three pans of lasagna, surprisingly the time effort is not multiplied. The extra lasagna can be frozen and used at a later date, for up to three to six months.</p> <p>You can use this method for enchiladas, many casserole recipes, and more. This method doesn't have to be used just for main dishes. It can also be used for side dishes, such as rice and beans.</p> <h2>3. Embrace Convenient Groceries</h2> <p>There is no shame in buying frozen vegetables, canned beans, and pre-marinated meat. In fact, they make your job a lot easier. Buying items such as pre-chopped onions, microwaveable steamed vegetables, frozen brown rice, pre-made dough, and ready-to-cook meat costs more at the grocery store. However, paying a little more for the convenience will save you a lot more at the drive-thru window.</p> <p>Make sure you are buying convenient groceries that are still healthy instead of processed, cheap food. For example, frozen brown rice where rice is the only ingredient is a better choice than purchasing Rice-a-Roni.</p> <h2>4. Simple Meals Are Best</h2> <p>Ditch the fancy recipes and cookbooks. Your meals don't need to take a lot of time or have a lot of ingredients. Think of your meal in terms of protein + carb + vegetable. With this simple recipe, you can have a healthy and filling dinner in five to 10 minutes.</p> <p>See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-quick-dinners-for-lazy-cooks?ref=seealso">8 Quick Dinners for Lazy Cooks</a></p> <h2>5. Grill All Your Meat for the Week</h2> <p>My husband loves to grill, so I will take advantage of this by having him grill a week's worth of meat in one go. For him, this takes about 30&ndash;45 minutes. For me, it takes only a few minutes to season or pour a marinade over each meat. The meat can then be used in salads, soups, tacos, pizza, sandwiches, and more for the rest of the week.</p> <h2>6. Get Over the Leftover Mentality</h2> <p>I've heard so many people complain about eating leftovers, even to the point of avoiding them altogether. Eating leftovers doesn't mean you have to eat mushy casserole repeats each night. Instead, repurpose a meal into something new and simple. For example, if you eat chicken breasts one night for dinner, try taking the extra chicken and turn it into fajitas or barbecue chicken sandwiches. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-meals-that-make-terrific-leftovers?ref=seealso">11 Meals That Make Terrific Leftovers</a>)</p> <p>Many times getting over the ick factor of eating leftovers is just a mental game you need to conquer. The food still tastes good the next day. Even better, eating leftovers will save you money and time.</p> <h2>7. Don't Forget Other Helpful Kitchen Tools</h2> <p>The Crock-Pot gets a lot of praise in the kitchen, but don't forget to utilize a rice cooker, pressure cooker, and bread maker. A <a href="http://amzn.to/2bKoDvE">rice cooker</a> that can cook rice and steam vegetables at the same time does all the work for you while you prepare the meat. <a href="http://amzn.to/2beBoxo">Pressure cookers</a> are a pricier investment, but they can make tender meat and meals in very little time. Finally, a <a href="http://amzn.to/2bfpe7k">bread maker</a>, which is easy to find inexpensively second-hand, can be used to mix dough quickly for homemade pizza and rolls/biscuits (and of course bread).</p> <h2>8. Make Meal Prep Time Enjoyable</h2> <p>Whether you are cooking one meal or tackling freezer meals for the month, start off with an empty dishwasher. This will allow you to quickly clean as you go.</p> <p>Make sure to have all of the items you need out and ready to use. Combine tasks to save time. For example, open all of the cans at once or chop all of your vegetables together.</p> <p>Finally, listen to something fun. I love to listen to audiobooks while meal prepping, but you can also watch your favorite show on a laptop, listen to upbeat music, or watch YouTube videos.</p> <p>In the end, cooking and eating at home will save you money over purchasing fast food frequently. Even if you hate cooking, you can still enjoy the cost-saving benefits of eating at home without spending too much time in front of the oven or washing dishes.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite quick recipes to make when you don't feel like cooking?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-eneriz">Ashley Eneriz</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-money-saving-hacks-for-those-who-hate-cooking">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/sous-vide-is-the-fancy-cooking-technique-that-saves-you-money-too">Sous Vide Is the Fancy Cooking Technique That Saves You Money, Too</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/5-easy-ways-to-save-on-groceries-in-a-pinch">5 Easy Ways to Save on Groceries in a Pinch</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/8-alternative-ways-to-cook-outside">8 Alternative Ways to Cook Outside</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-9-easiest-food-budget-wins">The 9 Easiest Food Budget Wins</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-cheap-and-easy-meals-that-make-even-better-leftovers">10 Cheap and Easy Meals That Make Even Better Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Food and Drink batch cooking Cooking crock-pot dinners family meals food prep Grilling meal planning meal prep planning ahead Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:30:07 +0000 Ashley Eneriz 1778734 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Digital Food Scales http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-digital-food-scales <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-digital-food-scales" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/digital_food_scale_21481586.jpg" alt="Best digital food scales for weighing food" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Dietitians and fitness gurus say that a digital scale is one of the most important tools in any weight-loss program. Even celebrity chef, Alton Brown, says it&rsquo;s one of the best things to have in your kitchen.</p> <p>According to Everyday Health, in a national survey of more than 6,000 adults, it was proven that people who accurately measure their food are <a href="http://www.everydayhealth.com/weight/food-scale-for-weight-loss.aspx">more successful at losing weight</a> (and keeping it off). That&rsquo;s because using a scale allows you to easily achieve controlled portions and makes calorie counting effortless.</p> <h2>What Is a Digital Food Scale?</h2> <p>A digital food scale is used to measure the weight or mass of an object. It ensures precise ingredient measurements so that you can achieve picture-perfect results every time you bake. It can also cut down on prep time by accurately measuring your ingredients. Along with baking and cooking, digital scales can also be used to weigh jewelry, small packages, and much more.</p> <h2>Top 5 Digital Scales</h2> <h3>OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Food Scale</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2buKfi5"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/oxo_1.jpg" width="245" height="143" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2buKfi5">OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Food Scale with Pull-Out Display</a> accurately measures in ounces and grams. It has a slim profile, auto shut-off feature, and is easy to store. The user-friendly scale has a tare function and a weight indicator, which displays how much capacity is left on the scale. The pull-out display and large numbers with optional backlight make the display easier to read. The stainless steel platform can also be removed for easy cleaning.</p> <p>This scale is an Amazon best-seller and has nearly 700 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also recommended by Cook&rsquo;s Illustrated and The SweetHome. If this one doesn&rsquo;t work for you, consider the widely recommended <a href="http://amzn.to/2bDjsiT">Ozeri Pro Digital Kitchen Food Scale, 1g to 12 lbs. Capacity</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2buKfi5"><em>Currently $49.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Ozeri Pronto Digital Multifunction Kitchen and Food Scale</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2bgSZo2"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/ozeri_0.jpg" width="189" height="200" align="right" alt="" /></a>As Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in digital kitchen scales, you can count on the <a href="http://amzn.to/2bgSZo2">Ozeri Pronto Digital Multifunction Kitchen and Food Scale</a> to offer accurate and immediate measurements. It has the latest generation in sensor technology and instantly converts between ounces, grams, pounds, milliliters, and kilograms. It is elegantly designed with a refined chrome finish and features a widescreen LCD screen and large weighing platform. It has an auto shut-off feature and the tare and unit buttons provide an audible click confirmation for ease of use. The easy-to-use digital kitchen scale is also easy to clean and store.</p> <p>This scale is available in four different colors to match your preferences. It is one of Amazon&rsquo;s &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items and has more than 6,200 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also backed by a no-hassle one-year warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2bgSZo2"><em>Currently $12.69 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2byRD98"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/eatsmart%20scale.jpg" width="245" height="187" align="right" alt="" /></a>The highly accurate <a href="http://amzn.to/2byRD98">EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale</a> measures in ounces, pounds, grams, and kilograms. The compact design features five non-slip rubber feet and a high-resolution screen. It is easy to use and has tare and auto shut-off functions.</p> <p>This highly regarded scale is recommended by The SweetHome. It has nearly 7,000 five-star reviews on Amazon and is backed by a satisfaction guarantee.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2byRD98"><em>Currently $19.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>American Weigh Digital Scale</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2bAIa5E"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/american%20weigh.jpg" width="200" height="190" align="right" alt="" /></a>The durable, compact <a href="http://amzn.to/2bAIa5E">American Weigh 100g x 0.01g Digital Scale</a> accurately measures in pounds or grams. The portable pocket scale has a flip-open cover to protect the weighing surface. It has a backlit LCD display, which makes the numbers easy to read. The stainless steel weighing surface is also easy to clean.</p> <p>This affordable scale is available in five different colors to match your preferences. It is an Amazon best-seller and has more than 2,500 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also backed by a 10-year warranty. If this one doesn&rsquo;t work for you, there are a number of other highly rated and recommended American Weigh options, including the <a href="http://amzn.to/2bAIKjR">American Weigh Scales Black Blade Digital Pocket Scale</a>, <a href="http://amzn.to/2bDjVlb">American Weigh Digital Pocket Scale</a>, and <a href="http://amzn.to/2bUgeJr">American Weigh Scales Table Top Postal Scale</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2bAIa5E"><em>Currently $10.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Etekcity Digital Multifunction Stainless Steel Kitchen Food Scale</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2bM6dLh"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/etekcity.jpg" width="177" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2bM6dLh">Etekcity 11lb/5kg Digital Multifunction Stainless Steel Kitchen Food Scale</a> offers accurate measurements in ounces, milliliters, pounds, or grams thanks to four highly accurate sensors. The slim, sleek stainless steel scale has anti-fingerprint technology and is easy to clean, use, and store. The modern compact scale has a clear backlit digital display, quick unit conversion, low battery indication, safe overload indication, and auto tare, auto zero, and auto shut-off features.</p> <p>This food scale is an Amazon best-seller and has more than 800 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also backed by a one-year warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2bM6dLh"><em>Currently $13.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best digital scales. 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-digital-food-scales">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/the-5-best-aluminum-and-stainless-steel-water-bottles">The 5 Best Aluminum and Stainless Steel Water Bottles</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-thermoses">The 5 Best Thermoses</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-cast-iron-skillets">The 5 Best Cast Iron Skillets</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-glass-cleaners">The 5 Best Glass Cleaners</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-pet-flea-shampoos">The 5 Best Pet Flea Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Home Shopping 5 best digital food scale Food food scales kitchen appliances product reviews shopping Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:30:37 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1778739 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Ways to Salvage a Burnt Meal http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-salvage-a-burnt-meal <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-to-salvage-a-burnt-meal" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_burned_chicken_51534210.jpg" alt="Woman trying to salvage a burned meal" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>My husband likes to joke that his mother cooked by the &quot;smoke alarm method.&quot; I laugh, but not too hard, because people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. I have burned my share of meals &mdash; I'm also prone to burn some types of things more than others. It happens, but you may not have to waste food and money if you burn, or overcook, your food. Here are 10 ways to salvage your &quot;Cajun-style&quot; food.</p> <h2>1. Rice</h2> <p>Rice came in first on my list, because to this day, sometimes I get distracted and burn the heck out of it.</p> <h3>What to Do</h3> <p>Quickly (before the smell gets bad), scoop out as much rice as you can and put it in a separate bowl. Fill the pan with water (don't just let it sit) so that it's easy to clean up, later.</p> <p>Another method is to turn off the heat, put a slice of white bread over the rice, and re-cover for five minutes. This might help to absorb the bad smell, but you may still have a stuck-on layer on the pot bottom. The rice may still be okay for other uses, such as fried rice. You may also be able to use it in meatballs or soup.</p> <h3>How to Prevent It</h3> <p>If you eat a lot of rice, consider purchasing a rice cooker. Alternatively, check your water to rice ratio. I use two cups of water to one cup of rice. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer, cover, and cook for 25 minutes. I cheat and check under the lid once in awhile, to make sure it isn't burning. Turn off the heat at 25 minutes, fluff the rice with a fork, cover, and let it sit for five to seven minutes.</p> <h2>2. Overdone Turkey</h2> <p>Haven't we all been there? The table is set beautifully, and everyone is awaiting the grand entrance of the Thanksgiving turkey. You start carving, and oh, no. It's so dry.</p> <h3>What to Do</h3> <p>Reconsider carving at the table. It makes a mess, anyway. If you carve in the kitchen, you have time to do some rescuing, if need be. Ladle some broth over the turkey pieces; it will soak in. Another tactic is to brush the pieces with a little melted butter. Or, just 'fess up, and tell folks they'll need a <em>lot</em> of gravy. Fortunately, chopped turkey (even if it's dry) will be fine in creamy casseroles, or enchiladas.</p> <h3>How to Prevent It</h3> <p>Before you start cooking your turkey, make sure it's thawed. Also, for beginners, buy the brand with the pop-up button, or use a turkey cooking bag.</p> <h2>3. No-Longer-Rare Roast</h2> <p>There you were, making a nice roast for Sunday dinner, and the phone rang. You forgot about that roast, and now it's toast.</p> <h3>What to Do</h3> <p>Shift gears. You can still probably use some of it. My mother made <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/traditional_roast_beef_hash/">roast beef hash</a> a lot when I was a kid, and now I suspect I know why. Also, try tossing it, along with veggies, into a stir-fry, or making fried rice.</p> <h3>How to Prevent It</h3> <p>A good meat thermometer is a wonderful thing.</p> <h2>4. Burned Chicken</h2> <p>Visions of a picture-perfect cookout go right out of your head when flames turn the chicken black, right?</p> <h3>What to Do</h3> <p>If it has skin on, remove the skin, and finish baking it in the oven. You may also be able to cut the burned parts off and chop up the meat. Having a salad with the picnic? Toss the remaining meat into that.</p> <h3>How to Prevent It</h3> <p>If you really must keep the skin on (I know, it's so tasty), trim the skin so that it doesn't hang down and catch on fire. Make sure you brush the grill with oil before heating it, so that it doesn't stick and burn. Don't put the sauce on until the chicken is almost done, because any sugars in the sauce may cause the chicken to burn.</p> <h2>5. Chocolate</h2> <p>It's a pretty sickening feeling to burn chocolate while attempting to melt it. I mean come on, it's chocolate. Ouch.</p> <h3>What to Do</h3> <p>First, get it away from the heat. If you have any more chocolate around, chop it, add it, and stir. That will stop it from melting any further. Still lumpy? Try adding a little vegetable oil or shortening to the chocolate and stir it. If it still cannot be saved, just let it cool, chop it up, and toss it into cookies.</p> <h3>How to Prevent It</h3> <p>Rather than melting it on the stove, try short bursts in the microwave. Start at one minute, and stir. Try another 20 seconds, stir, and check. If it still has not melted, give it 15 seconds more and stir. If you own a double boiler, that's also a safer method than just melting on the stovetop.</p> <h2>6. Very Well-Done Vegetables</h2> <p>The veggies were steaming along nicely, and you got a phone call. The water evaporated in the pan. Oops.</p> <h3>What to Do</h3> <p>Scrape out what you can. There is still hope! One idea is to add grated Parmesan and a little cream to the leftover vegetables. This might actually be yummier than the original healthy steamed vegetables. Or, you can puree them with a little butter, and use as a thick sauce. Lastly, puree, add some stock, and call it soup.</p> <p>How to Prevent It</p> <p>Set the timer, or turn off the stove if you are distracted.</p> <h2>7. Butter</h2> <p>There you were, just melting butter to make a sauce, and... It went from melted to muddy-brown.</p> <h3>What to Do</h3> <p>Grab a coffee filter and a bowl. Strain the butter through the filter. Now you have delicious, nutty, brown butter. Add some chopped herbs, and pretend you meant to do that. Browned butter makes a great sauce.</p> <h3>How to Prevent It</h3> <p>Use low heat to melt butter, and don't leave the stove. If you get distracted, turn off the burner.</p> <h2>8. Pie Crust</h2> <p>You were feeling like Betty Crocker there, for a while, until you burned your pie crust. All that work, down the drain? Nope.</p> <h3>What to Do</h3> <p>If it's just a little brown, who cares? It looks better than <em>underbaked</em>. However, if it's really obvious, see if you can cut up your pie and put it onto a serving plate minus the outer crust. If it's burned beyond being edible, remove the whole top and make a crumb topping (combine one cup flour, &frac12; cup butter, and &frac12; cup brown sugar, mix together, and sprinkle over top). Put it back into the oven at 425 and bake until brown.</p> <h3>How to Prevent It</h3> <p>Next time, wrap foil around the edges of the pie, removing just for the last 15 minutes of baking. Also, bake on the bottom rack of your oven, not the top.</p> <h2>9. Burnt Bacon</h2> <p>It happens quickly. You aren't alone.</p> <h3>What to Do</h3> <p>It's still edible. Let it drain, crumble it up, and sprinkle over salads, soups, or onto scrambled eggs.</p> <h3>How to Prevent It</h3> <p>Try <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AALN13mQhRw">cooking bacon in the oven</a>, which is easy and makes less mess, too. Don't forget to set the timer!</p> <h2>10. Crispy Lasagna</h2> <p>My grandmother always burned the top of her lasagna, so I actually learned to like it that way. But that's probably a unique thing.</p> <h3>What to Do</h3> <p>If the top is black and crunchy, peel back a layer. Add more sauce and cheese, and return to the oven just to brown it up.</p> <h3>How to Prevent It</h3> <p>Before you pop it into the oven, cover it with foil. Halfway through baking, remove the foil.</p> <p>If it's overdone, don't throw it out! You may be able to save some food <em>and</em> some money.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-salvage-a-burnt-meal">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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I've eaten more than enough ice cream to last me until next year, and the high temps are slowly killing my spirit. We're still about a month away from jumping in piles of leaves and consuming way too many candied apples, but until then, let's all get psyched for the wonders of autumn we will soon get to enjoy.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/autumn-candle-178492659-small.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ideas-for-cheap-festive-fall-decor?ref=fbf">12 Ideas for Cheap, Festive, Fall Decor</a> &mdash; Pumpkins, dried leaves, candles that make you feel like you moved into a bakery, oh and everything orange. Fall decor is rich and cozy, and you can easily decorate your home on the cheap.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-cheap-fun-fall-getaways?ref=fbf">5 Cheap, Fun Fall Getaways</a> &mdash; Plan your fun fall getaway now and you'll save even more! Plus, it'll give you something to look forward to until it becomes socially acceptable to order hot pumpkin spiced lattes.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/mother_daughter_halloween_000075821055.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carving-pumpkins-and-14-other-cool-ways-to-make-cash-from-fall-holidays?ref=fbf">Carving Pumpkins and 14 Other Cool Ways to Make Cash From Fall Holidays</a> &mdash; Did you know that you can do all the fun fall holiday activities you normally do, but also make money? Yep, it's true! Map out your moneymaking strategy now, because as you know Autumn is coming.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-autumn-is-good-for-your-mind-and-body?ref=fbf">6 Ways Autumn Is Good for Your Mind and Body</a> &mdash; See? It's not just because sweater weather is the most universally flattering time of year. Fall is a season of healing, and pies. You really can't go wrong.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/homemade-pizza-479473563-small.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-fall-pizzas?ref=fbf">15 Easy Fall Pizzas</a> &mdash; Any pizza is a winner in my book, but these fab fall pizzas use seasonal ingredients, and creative alternatives to the classic pie that will make you drool. The following three words should sell you on it: Pot. Roast. Pizza. Hungry yet?&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/31-frugal-ways-to-celebrate-fall?ref=fbf">31 Frugal Ways to Celebrate Fall</a> &mdash; There are so many amazing ways to welcome the prettiest season of the year, and you don't need to spend a fortune to do so. Most of these activities are free, because the best way to celebrate autumn is to take a step outside and look around.</p> <p><em>What are some other reasons to welcome the Autumn season? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-84-reasons-to-be-done-with-summer-and-get-excited-for-fall">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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When it comes to storing food, the aluminum can not only keeps out air, but also light, which can degrade the product within. It's also lightweight, and easier to recycle, with the average aluminum can containing three times more recycled content than either plastic or glass bottles (plastic bottles contain only 3% recycled materials). That all adds up to great sustainability, and less impact on the environment. So it's hardly surprising that so many cool things in cans are popping up on shelves. Here are 10 of the most noteworthy&hellip; which have you tried? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-and-easy-ways-to-enjoy-canned-peaches?ref=seealso">15 Delicious and Easy Ways to Enjoy Canned Peaches</a>)</p> <h2>1. Wine</h2> <p>There was a time when only wine that came in a bottle, with a cork, was acceptable. Times have certainly changed. In fact, many wine experts now believe that wines that are meant to be consumed at an earlier age (drunk young) should be sealed with a screw top to prevent oxygen from entering the bottle. And boxed wine is no longer a stigma, either.</p> <p>So, enter canned wine. It's a relatively new market, with sales of $16.4 million last year, but it's growing at a rapid rate. Americans in particular are jumping onto the canned wine trend, saying it is way easier to store, cool, transport, and hold. No more need for wineglasses, just grab a four-pack and share with friends. Next time you pop into the local liquor store, don't be surprised to see canned wine right next to the bottles on the shelf.</p> <h2>2. Bacon!</h2> <p>Yes&hellip; bacon. The smoky, delicious treat that comedians like Jim Gaffigan cannot get enough of. You've had bacon in the usual deli packaging, and in boxes ready to be microwaved. Now, bacon comes in a can, and it has a 10-year shelf life! For instance, you can opt for Yoder's Canned Bacon, a 9-oz can containing 50-60 fully cooked slices of bacon, for around $20. The price drops if you order a case of 12, but still, $20 for 50-60 slices of bacon is a bargain. Of course, the big question is: is it any good? With 64 customer <a href="http://amzn.to/2bxcwDd">reviews on Amazon</a>, it's got a 4.5/5 rating. So, yeah, people seem to think so.</p> <h2>3. Spray-On Fabric</h2> <p>This is not simply a T-shirt or pair of boxer shorts in a cute little can. This is actually fabric that can be sprayed onto your body, out of an aerosol can, which then sets and becomes wearable fabric. It seems like the stuff of a science-fiction movie, but it's real, and it has many useful applications.</p> <p>British company <a href="http://www.fabricanltd.com/">Fabrican</a> states that the innovative spray-on fabric can be used in fashion, the medical field, spill management, the automotive industry, and anyplace else that requires the use of an instant fabric that molds to any surface. From casts and bandages, to T-shirts that cling precisely to your own curves, it's set to make a huge difference in many different industries. You could even cover your dashboard or car seats in a brand-new coat of fabric, and it will look like it was custom-made.</p> <h2>4. Whisky</h2> <p>If you thought wine was adventurous, wait until you get a load of canned whisky. A company called Scottish Spirits produces a three-year old single grain scotch whisky, and it's something of a bargain. The company website boasts that you will can buy a <a href="http://www.scottishspirits.com/news.html">can of whisky</a> for just $5, and it contains eight shots of a whisky that has been aged in oak casks. It's 80% proof, and the company is said to be working on a can that can also close after being opened. Check with your local liquor store for availability.</p> <h2>5. Snow</h2> <p>If you live in one of the colder parts of the nation, this is probably not all that cool for you (no pun intended). But if you live in warmer climates, and rarely, if ever, get to see snow, then this product may be just what you're looking for. Available on Amazon, and other online retailers, <a href="http://amzn.to/2aTAFX0">Instant Snow in a Can</a> is just what it sounds like. You open the can, add water, and voilà &mdash; snow. In fact, as the description states, it's &quot;white cold snow at your fingertips any time you want to add some sparkle. It doesn't melt or go soggy and can be hoovered away easily when it's finally time to clean up.&quot; The product description also states that it can be reused, but clearly not if it's inside the vacuum cleaner. You may have to buy a few cans to experiment, but at over $8 a pop, it's not exactly the bargain that real snow is.</p> <h2>6. Remote Controlled Cars</h2> <p>Cars in a can? Why not?! The craze for tiny remote-control cars (called micro-cars) caught on a few years ago, and someone decided to sell one in a can. These mini-racers come in many different varieties, and some (<a href="http://amzn.to/2aZCD3H">like this one</a>) even come with a little set of traffic cones; very helpful for practicing your sick swerving skills. Even better, most are under $10 including shipping, which means you don't have to break the bank to have some miniature fun.</p> <h2>7. Fresh Herbs</h2> <p>The price of fresh herbs from the grocery store can often force you into the dried herbs and spices aisle. After all, fresh herbs quickly go bad, and that means waste. But if you pick them directly from a living plant, you never have to worry about that. That's why herbs in a can is such a great idea. At Back to the Roots, you can pick up a&nbsp;<a href="https://backtotheroots.com/products/gardeninacan">Garden-In-A-Can</a> four-pack for under $24, featuring a can of basil, cilantro, sage, and dill. It comes with everything you need, including organic seeds and nutrient-rich soil. No drainage holes are needed. Just pop the top, add water, and wait.</p> <h2>8. Unicorn Meat!</h2> <p>And you thought unicorns didn't exist. Well, it's a gag gift brought to you by <a href="http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/e5a7/">ThinkGeek,</a> but as silly gifts go, it's really cool. Advertised as an &quot;excellent source of sparkles,&quot; Unicorn Meat comes in a can that would be right at home next to Spam and vienna sausages. But don't worry, there's no actual meat inside. Instead, when you open it up, you get a mini stuffed unicorn that has been sliced into bite-sized inedible pieces. The can opens from the bottom, so it always looks new. If you've got a white elephant party coming up, bring a can of unicorn.</p> <h2>9. Uranium Ore</h2> <p>Planning to build your own nuclear reactor, or maybe a time machine like the one Doc Brown made in <em>Back to the Future</em>? Well, this won't get you very far, but it is genuine. The <a href="http://amzn.to/2aTDKGx">uranium in this can</a> is called NORM (Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials) and is useful for science labs, and for testing Geiger counters. As it has low radioactivity, it's safe, and gives off alpha, beta, and gamma radiation types. Once again, if you're looking to find a gift for someone who has everything, it's certainly unique.</p> <h2>10. Bread</h2> <p>No more panicked trips to the grocery store for bread next time bad weather is on the way. You can actually get <a href="http://amzn.to/2bzoBKv">bread in a can</a>, and it will stay on the shelf for years. It's never going to take the place of a real loaf, but in a pinch it will do the job. Right now Amazon has a 12-pack on special for around $34, which works out at less than $3 a can. The reviews are great, although it's definitely more of a sweet bread than something you'd make a sandwich with.</p> <p><em>Any other cool things come in a can? Share with us!</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-coolest-things-that-come-in-a-can">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/blergh-could-you-eat-these-strange-canned-foods">Blergh! 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