Food and Drink http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/209/all en-US How to Keep Food Waste From Spoiling Your Budget http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-keep-food-waste-from-spoiling-your-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-keep-food-waste-from-spoiling-your-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-459410387.jpg" alt="save money by tracking food waste" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>How much food do wealthy nations waste? More than <a href="http://www.fao.org/save-food/resources/keyfindings/en/" target="_blank">all of Sub-Saharan Africa produces</a>, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. In the United States alone, from the farm to your kitchen, half of all produce ends up in the trash, according to a report by The Guardian.</p> <p>What does that waste mean for your household budget? If you're like the average family of four, you're literally <a href="https://www.nrdc.org/resources/wasted-how-america-losing-40-percent-its-food-farm-fork-landfill" target="_blank">throwing away $1,800 a year</a>, the National Resources Defense Council estimates.</p> <p>So a melon is a terrible thing to waste. We've heard it before. But what can we really do about it? Here are six ideas for taking action by quantifying food waste. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/youre-wasting-13-of-the-food-you-buy-heres-how-to-stop?ref=seealso" target="_blank">You're Wasting 1/3 of the Food You Buy &mdash; Here's How to Stop</a>)</p> <h2>Weigh your waste</h2> <p>The Environmental Protection Agency suggests that households spend two weeks separating &quot;preventable food waste&quot; garbage from inedible scraps as part of its <a href="https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-02/documents/get_smart_ftgtw_2_1_2016_pubnumberadded_508.pdf" target="_blank">Food: Too Good to Waste Challenge</a>.</p> <p>At the end of each week, weigh and record the food you could have eaten but tossed instead. Then, spend three weeks using the EPA's tips to improve your planning, shopping, and storage practices. Finally, measure what you waste during the sixth week, and share the impressive progress you've (ideally) made on social media. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/waste-not-want-not-stop-throwing-away-your-food?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Waste Not, Want Not: Stop Throwing Away Your Food!</a>)</p> <h2>Get the app</h2> <p>So often in busy households food goes to waste because you forget it's there. The iOS app <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nowaste-food-inventory-list/id926211004?mt=8" target="_blank">No Waste</a> allows you to scan the barcodes of stuff in your fridge, enter expiration dates, and track everything you've got. If you don't mark a food item as &quot;eaten&quot; before its expiration date, the app marks that food as wasted. It keeps track of the percent of your food that you waste, and shows you a cute little tree that loses its green if your waste increases. It also allows you to compare your waste percentage with other app users, and gives you an estimate of how much money you're saving by eating the food you paid for.</p> <h2>Create a food diary</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.squawkfox.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Food-Waste-Diary.pdf" target="_blank">printable food waste diary</a> prompts you to record not just the amount of food wasted at each meal, but also the reason and estimated value. This should be helpful to put a weekly dollar figure on your waste and motivate you to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-uses-for-food-thats-about-to-go-bad" target="_blank">consume foods that are about to go bad</a>.</p> <h2>Impose consequences</h2> <p>Whether you used a printable from, a smartphone app, or simply scrawled the amounts and values of your waste on a scrap of paper stuck to the fridge, what do you do with this data? Why not use it to (gently) punish yourself? Take the total value of this week's waste, and deduct it from next week's grocery budget. Chances are, the pain of passing up buying the steak you wanted might help you remember to use up that meatloaf next week.</p> <h2>Track it publicly</h2> <p>Recording your food waste alone in your kitchen is OK, but wouldn't it be more fun to inspire others by planning a <a href="https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/food-waste/research/assignments/mission-no-waste-meal1" target="_blank">Watch Your Waste Meal</a>? In the days leading up to your event, you're supposed to track your waste and share photos of your discards, which a celebrity chef might use as inspiration for a new dish.</p> <h2>Take a picture, it'll last longer</h2> <p>Are you more of a visual learner? Then follow The Frugal Girl's example and photograph <a href="http://www.thefrugalgirl.com/category/food-waste/food-waste-photos/" target="_blank">every bit of food you waste</a>. If you really want to push yourself to improve, share it online like she does! But even a private gallery of moldy horrors should be enough to encourage yourself to save the kale.</p> <h2>Beyond your kitchen</h2> <p>Once you've got a handle on what you throw away at home, turn your attention to the millions of pounds of food that gets thrown away by businesses before you even get a crack at it.</p> <h3>Buy ugly</h3> <p>In California and Portland, <a href="https://www.imperfectproduce.com/" target="_blank">Imperfect Produce</a> delivers weekly boxes of vegetables and fruits that are not cosmetically perfect enough to be sold in stores but still fresh and wholesome.</p> <h3>Take-out the trash</h3> <p>Still in beta, the app <a href="https://foodforall.us/" target="_blank">Food for All</a> will allow you to purchase unsold food from restaurants at the end of the day, at discounts as steep as 80 percent. Lucky Bostonians get to try this super frugal service first.</p> <h3>Save a mint</h3> <p>If you work in or own a restaurant, try the app <a href="https://www.mintscraps.com/" target="_blank">MintScraps</a> to track and reduce food waste.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-keep-food-waste-from-spoiling-your-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-hot-new-food-trends-the-frugal-way">8 Hot New Food Trends — The Frugal Way</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-smart-shoppers-will-save-at-amazons-whole-foods">How Smart Shoppers Will Save at Amazon&#039;s Whole Foods</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/shop-the-salad-bar-and-other-ways-to-save-big-on-groceries">Shop the Salad Bar and Other Ways to Save Big on Groceries</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-122-no-fuss-dinner-ideas-thatll-save-you-money">Flashback Friday: 122 No-Fuss Dinner Ideas That&#039;ll Save You Money</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-53-grocery-shopping-tricks-thatll-make-your-life-easier">Flashback Friday: 53 Grocery Shopping Tricks That&#039;ll Make Your Life Easier</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink food shopping food waste green living groceries grocery bill grocery budget saving money shopping tips Spending Money Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:00:06 +0000 Carrie Kirby 2024819 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: 5 Ways to Waste Money at the Grocery Store http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-5-ways-to-waste-money-at-the-grocery-store <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-5-ways-to-waste-money-at-the-grocery-store" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_produce_groceries_577319084.jpg" alt="Woman wasting money at the grocery store" 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 ways you may be wasting money at the grocery store, smart ways to grow your savings, and the best deal sites for coupons and discounts on everything.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="https://fortunateinvestor.com/5-ways-waste-money-grocery-store/">5 Ways We Waste Money at the Grocery Store</a> &mdash; Not all organic produce is worth the extra cost. [The Fortunate Investor]</p> <p><a href="https://dyernews.com/3-smart-ways-to-start-growing-your-savings/">3 Smart Ways to Start Growing Your Savings</a> &mdash; Resist the temptation to withdraw from your savings by making it more difficult to access the funds. A CD &mdash; certificate of deposit &mdash; will do just that! [Dyer News]</p> <p><a href="http://moneypantry.com/deal-sites/">22 Best Deal Sites: Bargain Shopping Sites for Coupons &amp; Discounts (on Everything!)</a> &mdash; Find the best bargains on practically everything by checking these sites for coupons, discounts, and deals. [Money Pantry]</p> <p><a href="https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Car-Hacks-35664947">19 Insanely Cool Car Hacks You Should Try Out</a> &mdash; Hang a shoe organizer on the back of a seat to store knickknacks during road trips. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.frugalvillage.com/2017/09/18/inexpensive-improvements-for-your-backyard-experience/">Inexpensive Improvements for Your Backyard Experience</a> &mdash; Simple updates can make a big difference. Rent a pressure washer and clean your patio and walkways, or add some flowering plants to brighten up the space. [Frugal Village]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2017/09/17/10-regrets-too-many-people-will-have-in-10-years/">10 Regrets Too Many People Will Have in 10 Years</a> &mdash; Too many people wait, overanalyze, and never take the necessary steps to realize their goals. [Marc &amp; Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyjojo.com/making-money/ways-to-get-paid-to-travel-the-world/">16 Ways To Get Paid To Travel The World</a> &mdash; If you have experience in sales, you can take it abroad and help businesses break into new markets in various countries. [Moneyjojo]</p> <p><a href="http://productivitytheory.com/4-ways-increase-empathy/">4 Ways to Increase your Empathy</a> &mdash; Empathy is a skill you can cultivate like any other. Follow these steps to increase your empathy and enhance how you relate to and communicate with others. [Productivity Theory]</p> <p><a href="https://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2017/0915/Can-resilience-planning-be-disentangled-from-climate-politics">Can resilience planning be disentangled from climate politics?</a> &mdash; Climate change is a polarizing topic. In contrast, most people agree that resilience planning is crucial to help communities deal with disasters. [The Christian Science Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.easyways.net/20-easy-ways-get-rid-cramps/">20 Easy Ways To Get Rid of Cramps</a> &mdash; Moderate exercise (like yoga, swimming, walking and jogging) can help relieve cramps, especially the kind caused by menstruation. [easyWays]</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-5-ways-to-waste-money-at-the-grocery-store">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/breaking-the-bread-code-how-to-get-the-freshest-loaf">Breaking the Bread Code: How to Get the Freshest Loaf</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/want-to-save-a-bundle-on-your-groceries-consider-you-local-asian-market">Save a Bundle on Your Groceries: Consider Your Local Asian Market</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/6-foods-that-are-actually-cheaper-at-whole-foods">6 Foods That Are Actually Cheaper At Whole Foods</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping best money tips groceries Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:30:17 +0000 Amy Lu 2023543 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Camping Stoves http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-camping-stoves <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-camping-stoves" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/camping_stove_157378096.jpg" alt="Using the best camping stove" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Why bother with the struggle of cooking over a fire when you can use an affordable camping stove instead? A camp stove can be used to cook food and boil water, so you can enjoy a hot meal anywhere.</p> <h2>What is a camping stove?</h2> <p>A camping stove is a portable, lightweight cooking device that can be easily transported to your favorite outdoor location. They are ideal for camping, hunting, hiking, picnicking, backpacking, tailgating, and most other outdoor activities. They are also a great item to include in your emergency kit in the event of a power outage.</p> <h2>Top 5 camping stoves</h2> <h3>Coleman Classic Propane Stove</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2fiboci" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/coleman_2.jpg" width="245" height="137" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s Choice for camping stoves, the rugged <a href="http://amzn.to/2fiboci" target="_blank">Coleman Classic Propane Stove</a> features two independently adjustable 10,000 BTU burners for quick, even cooking. It includes WindBlock side panels to shield the burners for maximum heat and to adjust for different pot sizes. PerfectHeat&trade; technology regulates the pressure of the propane for more efficient cooking with less fuel, while PerfectFlow&trade; pressure control technology provides consistent heat, even in extreme conditions.</p> <p>The durable aluminized steel cooktop is rust-resistant. You can use both burners on high for up to an hour. It&rsquo;s easy to set up, pack, and clean thanks to the durable, removable chrome-plated grate. This is recommended by The Wirecutter and has more than 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. It has been a classic for 50 years and is backed by a three-year limited warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2fiboci" target="_blank"><em>Currently $49.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Range</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ynZOkp" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/camp%20chef.jpg" width="245" height="222" align="right" alt="" /></a>The rugged <a href="http://amzn.to/2ynZOkp" target="_blank">Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Range</a> has two highly efficient &quot;blue flame&quot; cast-aluminum burners with an output of 30,000 BTU each. The modular cooking system adjusts to what you&rsquo;re cooking and has a large cooking space and fully adjustable heat-control dials. The durable, versatile stove is portable thanks to removable/adjustable legs and a three-sided windscreen.</p> <p>This is ready to use right out of the box and includes a regulator and three-foot hose for use with a bulk propane tank. You can also mix and match accessories from the brand for a customized cooking system. This is the winner of Fish Alaska's Editors' Choice Award and has more than 800 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ynZOkp" target="_blank"><em>Currently $102.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Etekcity 2-Pack Ultralight Outdoor Camping Stove</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2yp98EN" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/etekcity_1.jpg" width="245" height="161" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in gas fireplace stores, the durable <a href="http://amzn.to/2yp98EN" target="_blank">Etekcity 2-Pack Ultralight Outdoor Camping Stove</a> is easy to use and heats up quickly, even in cold conditions. It features foldable anti-slip support arms, built-in Piezo ignition system, and adjustable fuel flow valve. It produces one of the strongest flames for its size and has an easy flame intensity control. It is made of aluminum alloy and stainless steel which can stand high temperature and weight.</p> <p>This is reliable, portable, lightweight, and easy to set up. It has broad compatibility and includes a convenient carrying case. It also adheres to &quot;Leave No Trace&quot; principles and burns clean, with no leftover soot or debris. It has great reviews and is backed by a one-year warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2yp98EN" target="_blank"><em>Currently $15.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Bisgear Camping Cookware Stove</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2xRb4c0" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/bisgear.jpg" width="245" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2xRb4c0" target="_blank">Bisgear Camping Cookware Stove Canister Stand Set</a> is the perfect set for outdoor cooking. The small, lightweight camping cookware set includes a multipurpose set of durable, easy clean, nonstick anodized aluminum pots and pans, two BPA-free bowls, utensils, wine opener, rice ladle, loofah sponge, carabiner, and nylon bag. The mini stove with Piezo ignition is easy to use and heats up quickly. The internal surface material is nontoxic and wear-resistant.</p> <p>The space saving design and high temperature-resistant folding handle design makes it easy to carry around in the included mesh bag. The set is available in a range of sizes and colors. It is also backed by a 100% money-back guarantee.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2xRb4c0" target="_blank"><em>Currently $26.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Coleman Road Trip Propane Portable Grill LXE</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ypatvi" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/coleman%20road%20trip.jpg" width="245" height="193" align="right" alt="" /></a>If you&rsquo;re looking for a full outdoor grill and stove, you won&rsquo;t find better than the <a href="http://amzn.to/2ypatvi" target="_blank">Coleman Road Trip Propane Portable Grill LXE</a>. Equipped with 20,000 BTUs of power, you can cook for more than an hour on one propane cylinder. It features Instastart Ignition matchless lighting system, PerfectFlow Pressure Control System for steady heat (even in the cold), and Swaptop interchangeable cooktops. It is easy to clean, sets up in seconds with a lift and lock system, and folds down small with a large handle and wheels for easy transport. The durable, open-flame, drip-through, cast-iron grilling surface gives an authentic grill taste.</p> <p>This is available in a range of colors. It has more than 4,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also backed by a limited three-year warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ypatvi" target="_blank"><em>Currently $149.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best camping stoves. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" target="_blank">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-camping-stoves">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-cheese-graters">The 5 Best Cheese Graters</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-smart-water-bottles">The 5 Best Smart Water Bottles</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-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-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-air-fryers">The 5 Best Air Fryers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping 5 best camping accessories camping stove kitchen tools portable stove product reviews shopping Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:00:09 +0000 Andrea Cannon 2023942 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Ways to Split the Bill Without Losing Friends http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-split-the-bill-without-losing-friends <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-ways-to-split-the-bill-without-losing-friends" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/pizza_break.jpg" alt="Pizza break" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>After a wonderful dinner with old friends, the check arrives and someone suggests splitting the bill equally. It's a simple solution, but not always a fair one. The price of a dinner salad with iced tea just doesn't compare to the cost of a cedar plank salmon with white wine. So how do you enjoy dinner out without jeopardizing the relationships you hold dear? Here are six ways to split the bill without losing friends. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paying-for-a-piece-of-the-pizza-techniques-for-splitting-the-bill?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Paying for a Piece of the Pizza: Techniques for Splitting the Bill</a>)</p> <h2>1. Take control</h2> <p>In social situations, the person who speaks first speaks loudest. Rather than risk a conflict, people tend to agree with whatever payment strategy is initially proposed. With this truth in mind, anticipate those moments when the conversation will naturally turn to payment matters (usually when a group is ready to order or when the check arrives) and be prepared with your suggestion. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-painless-ways-to-split-the-check?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Painless Ways to Split the Check</a>)</p> <h2>2. Request separate checks</h2> <p>Though technically not <em>splitting</em> the bill, it's the cleanest method by far. Avoid sticky situations by simply requesting separate checks up front. Though it may be more work for your server, it's the most equitable approach. If necessary, justify your strategy with a little white lie like, &quot;I might have to leave a few minutes early.&quot;</p> <h2>3. Split it evenly &hellip; sometimes</h2> <p>On occasions when everyone has had a similar amount of items (drinks, appetizers, and dessert) or similarly priced items, splitting the bill evenly is the simplest way to go. To be sensitive to all diners, only suggest this option &mdash; don't declare it. Though you may not mind pitching in an extra two or three bucks to make this method work, it could be a big deal to someone else.</p> <h2>4. Use a bill splitting app</h2> <p>Yes, there's an app for that! Explore <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-modern-ways-to-split-the-bill?ref=internal" target="_blank">modern ways to split the bill</a> with apps like <a href="https://www.tabapp.co/" target="_blank">Tab</a>, and <a href="http://billr.me/" target="_blank">Billr</a>. These tools help calculate how much each person owes &mdash; including the divided cost of shared items, tax, and tip. Whether the gathering is large or small, it's the perfect way to divvy things up fairly and avoid those awkward moments.</p> <h2>5. Rotate payment</h2> <p>Again, while this approach isn't technically <em>splitting</em> the bill, it's designed to divide the burden of payment evenly. With close friends who get together often, consider taking turns paying the entire bill. It's a simple solution that makes the process clean and easy. Just remember, in order for this system to work, the restaurants you choose must be in the same general price range (no five-star establishment one week and a hot dog stand the next).</p> <h2>6. Keep things light</h2> <p>No matter what method you choose, use humor to diffuse tense bill-splitting moments. If you meet resistance when suggesting everyone pay for their own items, say something like, &quot;Hey guys, I'm on a budget. I'm not paying for Mark's filet mignon with black truffle butter and baby root vegetables.&quot; Though Mark may have only ordered a burger and a beer, your point is expertly made and folks will get a good chuckle.</p> <p>Wherever money is concerned, there's bound to be some awkwardness &mdash; even between friends. It's a side effect of a culture that's built on consumption, wealth, and keeping up with the Joneses. The truth is, most people are terrified of being perceived as cheap; we'll even risk logic and fairness to avoid it. The trick to splitting the check equitably is communicating your expectations clearly and not letting your voice be drowned out by the crowd. So the next time you're having drinks or dinner with friends, speak up when the bill arrives. Split the check, not your friendships.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F6-ways-to-split-the-bill-without-losing-friends&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F6%2520Ways%2520to%2520Split%2520the%2520Bill%2520Without%2520Losing%2520Friends.jpg&amp;description=6%20Ways%20to%20Split%20the%20Bill%20Without%20Losing%20Friends"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/6%20Ways%20to%20Split%20the%20Bill%20Without%20Losing%20Friends.jpg" alt="6 Ways to Split the Bill Without Losing Friends" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-split-the-bill-without-losing-friends">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/a-cheapskates-guide-to-eating-out">A Cheapskate’s Guide to Eating Out</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/bridging-the-gap-from-dining-out-to-eating-in">Bridging The Gap From Dining Out To Eating In</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/9-ways-restaurant-menus-are-designed-to-make-you-spend-more">9 Ways Restaurant Menus Are Designed to Make You Spend More</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/crappy-service-great-food-what-to-do">Crappy service, great food...what to do?</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-credit-cards-for-dining-out">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Dining Out</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Food and Drink bill etiquette dining out losing friends restaurant Spending Money split the bill venmo Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:00:05 +0000 Kentin Waits 2020341 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Delicious Reasons Cider Is Our Favorite Fall Treat http://www.wisebread.com/9-delicious-reasons-cider-is-our-favorite-fall-treat <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-delicious-reasons-cider-is-our-favorite-fall-treat" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/a_cup_of_warm_apple_cider_with_cinnamon.jpg" alt="A cup of warm apple cider with cinnamon" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's starting to get a little cooler, and the leaves are changing. You know what that means? The best autumn beverage will soon be available everywhere. No, not pumpkin spice!</p> <p>It's apple cider time! We can throw back all that delicious, tangy apple juice &mdash; or the hard, drier version &mdash; in drinks, breads, cakes, candles, and more. Here are just a few of the reasons cider season is our favorite time of year.</p> <h2>1. It's easy to make</h2> <p>Cider starts to get cheap this time of year. I can usually buy all that I need for a week or so for under $10 at my grocery store &mdash; depending on the brand I want and whether there's anything special about it (organic, already spiced, flavor infused, etc.). But one of my favorite parts of cider season is making it myself.</p> <p>I love this basic <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/211772/homemade-apple-cider/" target="_blank">cider recipe</a>, because it's delicious as-is, but I can also add anything I want. I've done it with chai spices, with cinnamon and ginger, and even with a little curry (be careful with that one!). It's fun to play around and see what you like, and it's super low cost. And you don't even have to peel the apples! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-easy-and-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-apples?ref=seealso" target="_blank">18 Easy and Delicious Ways to Enjoy Apples</a>)</p> <h2>2. You can make your own hard versions, too</h2> <p>Hard cider is truly one of the joys of my life, year-round. I'll be honest, making this is a much bigger commitment than making regular cider. But if you have access to some beer-making supplies (usually a <a href="http://amzn.to/2gWXpt0" target="_blank">demijohn</a>, a <a href="http://amzn.to/2xrVpQh" target="_blank">rubber stopper</a>, an <a href="http://amzn.to/2wVU0Aa" target="_blank">airlock</a>, and a <a href="http://amzn.to/2xs3vIQ" target="_blank">siphon hose</a>), it's actually one of the easiest brewing projects out there.</p> <p>There are as many recipes for hard cider as there are cider makers, but this <a href="https://andhereweare.net/how-to-make-hard-cider-from-whole-apples/" target="_blank">hard cider recipe</a> is one of my favorites. I love that it doesn't require a press for the apples, and tells you how to make both sweet cider and dry.</p> <h2>3. You can make cider in a slow cooker</h2> <p>Cider is wonderful to drink, but it can also be a great way to give your house a good smell over the holidays. I love to pour a bunch in my slow cooker, add some spices, and let it bubble away with the lid off. We drink it slowly, and it makes the place smell all warm and cozy until it's gone.</p> <p>You can make everything from <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-mulled-cider-in-the-slow-cooker-235029" target="_blank">traditional mulled cider</a> to the <a href="https://houseofyumm.com/slow-cooker-pumpkin-spice-apple-cider/" target="_blank">pumpkin spice version</a>.</p> <h2>4. Turn it into apple cider vinegar</h2> <p>While not technically a derivative of apple cider, I always make this vinegar alongside my fall drinks. Some people swear that apple cider vinegar makes them healthier, but I just like to have it on hand for recipes and salad dressings. Since you <a href="http://talesofakitchen.com/raw/homemade-organic-raw-apple-cider-vinegar/" target="_blank">use apple scraps</a> to make it, cider season seems like the best time to stock up. I also love that it's a pretty foolproof venture. Follow the recipe, wait a while, and the magic happens. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-awesome-ways-to-use-apple-cider-vinegar?ref=seealso" target="_blank">12 Awesome Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar</a>)</p> <h2>5. Whip up your own apple cider soup</h2> <p>OK, it sounds a little nutty, but bear with me. I found this <a href="http://www.eatthis.com/apple-cider" target="_blank">apple cider soup</a> a few years ago when I had leftover apple cider that we just weren't drinking (I may have gone a little overboard and made way too much). You can combine apple cider with either beef or chicken stock to make a unique and delicious soup base. Add almost anything you want to the base, and you have a fun holiday soup that everyone will gobble up.</p> <h2>6. Add cider to sauces</h2> <p>Another great way I've used cider to spice up any meal is to add it to the sauce. Making pancakes for breakfast? Put <a href="https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/apple-pancakes-with-cider-syrup" target="_blank">cider in the syrup</a>. Dinner? <a href="https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/sage-pork-chops-with-cider-pan-gravy" target="_blank">Add it to the gravy</a>. These are just a couple of ideas to get you started. Honestly, you can add cider to almost any sauce. Its flavor is subtle enough that it won't overwhelm the rest of your spices, but it definitely adds something special to whatever you're cooking.</p> <p>You can also marinate almost anything in cider. I've used it as part of my marinade for chicken, pork chops, and <a href="http://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/recipes/a1103/cider-marinated-short-ribs-3210/" target="_blank">even short ribs</a>. While you likely won't taste the cider once you cook up your meat, I've found that it adds and richness and a texture to that flavor that I can't find anywhere else. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-instant-pot-meals-that-prove-autumn-is-the-best-season?ref=seealso" target="_blank">11 Instant Pot Meals That Prove Autumn Is the Best Season</a>)</p> <h2>7. Make your own apple cider crisp</h2> <p>What is fall without chowing down on at least one really good apple crisp? When you <a href="https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/contest-winning-caramel-apple-crisp" target="_blank">add cider</a>, though, it takes your everyday, amazing apple crisp to a whole different level. After all, why not make your apple crisp even apple-ier?</p> <h2>8. Spice up your quinoa</h2> <p><a href="http://heatherchristo.com/2015/10/11/spiced-apple-cider-and-sweet-potato-quinoa-bowl/" target="_blank">Quinoa cooked in apple cider</a>, sweet potatoes, more apples, and all sorts of little add-ins make this dish taste like an autumn dream. While the cider flavor may be more subtle here than in some of the other recipes I've mentioned, it's a great way to enjoy your cider and eat healthy, too!</p> <h2>9. Make scalloped potatoes even better</h2> <p>We all know that scalloped potatoes are truly spectacular as they are. Would cider really make them better? Yes. Yes, it would. These are some of the <a href="http://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/recipes/a1537/cider-scalloped-potatoes-gouda-3651/" target="_blank">best scalloped potatoes</a> I've ever had. There's something about adding the cider and the nutmeg that gives them an earthier taste. It's not much, but these two ingredients bring out flavors in both the potatoes and the cheeses that you just don't taste otherwise.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F9-delicious-reasons-cider-is-our-favorite-fall-treat&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F9%2520Delicious%2520Reasons%2520Cider%2520Is%2520Our%2520Favorite%2520Fall%2520Treat.jpg&amp;description=9%20Delicious%20Reasons%20Cider%20Is%20Our%20Favorite%20Fall%20Treat"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/9%20Delicious%20Reasons%20Cider%20Is%20Our%20Favorite%20Fall%20Treat.jpg" alt="9 Delicious Reasons Cider Is Our Favorite Fall Treat" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-delicious-reasons-cider-is-our-favorite-fall-treat">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-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-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-feed-a-large-family-on-a-small-budget">How to Feed a Large Family on a Small Budget</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/how-smart-shoppers-will-save-at-amazons-whole-foods">How Smart Shoppers Will Save at Amazon&#039;s Whole Foods</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/6-ways-having-your-groceries-delivered-can-save-you-money">6 Ways Having Your Groceries Delivered Can Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-shop-for-food-once-a-month-and-save-big">How to Shop for Food Once a Month and Save Big</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink apple cider autumn recipes cider cider recipes fall drinks fall food fall recipes food shopping Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:01:05 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 2020339 at http://www.wisebread.com How Smart Shoppers Will Save at Amazon's Whole Foods http://www.wisebread.com/how-smart-shoppers-will-save-at-amazons-whole-foods <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-smart-shoppers-will-save-at-amazons-whole-foods" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-529131548.jpg" alt="whole foods just got cheaper" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Amazon is looking to repeat its e-commerce success in the grocery vertical. Its recent acquisition of Whole Foods brought sweeping and immediate changes to the notoriously pricey grocery chain by taking a page from Amazon's traditional playbook &mdash; slashing prices. Here are details on the price changes that were implemented, and how you can cash in while shopping.</p> <h2>Look for the signs</h2> <p>All over Whole Foods stores, you can now find tags and large signage that clearly explain the recent price drops that Amazon has implemented. The produce market of Whole Foods, opulent and historically expensive, is one of the hallmarks of the chain. It makes perfect sense that Amazon would begin there. Certain varieties of apples have dropped a full dollar per pound, from $2.99 to $1.99. Avocados, which have been extra pricey this summer due to crop shortages in California and Mexico, have dropped, too, from $2.50 a piece to $1.49. Bananas dropped from $0.79 to $0.49 per pound, and lean ground beef dropped from $10.99 per pound to $6.99.</p> <p>Overall, prices have dropped an average of 43 percent on the store's most popular items. To find the best deals in-store, be on the lookout for these signs and tags.</p> <h2>Lock it up</h2> <p>One of the signature benefits of being an Amazon shopper is a relatively easy return policy on many items. Amazon will start placing Amazon lockers in select Whole Foods locations where you can drop off your packages for easy returns, and also pick up packages that you order if you don't want them shipped to your home. This makes it more convenient for people to shop both brands in one, while having a single location where returns can be managed. (Lockers are ideal for people who aren't home during the day and don't have a doorman to collect their packages. With Amazon Lockers, there is less of a chance of packages being lost or stolen off of your doorstep.)</p> <h2>Shop Whole Foods products from Amazon</h2> <p>Amazon is in the process of adding Whole Foods private label brand items to the website for ordering through Prime Pantry, Prime Fresh, and Prime Now delivery programs. The Whole Foods private label brands include 365 Everyday Value and Whole Foods Market. They have long been touted as the best deals in the store. Now Amazon is elevating them even higher by making them available online.</p> <h2>Become a Prime member</h2> <p>Amazon is crafting big plans to integrate Amazon Prime into the Whole Foods shopping experience to further enrich the Prime program. Jeff Wilke, CEO of Amazon Worldwide Consumer, said in a recent statement that Amazon Prime will become the customer rewards program at Whole Foods and will trigger lower prices and other benefits for Prime members over time. Whole Foods created a pilot customer rewards program of its own in the Philadelphia and Dallas/Fort Worth areas, but it never took off nationwide. Amazon provides an opportunity to change that with a quick solution that already has a large and loyal user base. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-amazon-prime-perks-youve-forgotten-to-use?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Amazon Prime Perks You've Forgotten to Use</a>)</p> <p>We're in the early days of Amazon's ownership of Whole Foods. What's clear is that the two brands intend to continue co-inventing ways to improve the shopping experience, provide enhanced value to customers, and compete with innovation in a traditional market.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-smart-shoppers-will-save-at-amazons-whole-foods&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520Smart%2520Shoppers%2520Will%2520Save%2520at%2520Amazons%2520Whole%2520Foods.jpg&amp;description=How%20Smart%20Shoppers%20Will%20Save%20at%20Amazons%20Whole%20Foods"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20Smart%20Shoppers%20Will%20Save%20at%20Amazons%20Whole%20Foods.jpg" alt="How Smart Shoppers Will Save at Amazon's Whole Foods" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-smart-shoppers-will-save-at-amazons-whole-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-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/6-ways-having-your-groceries-delivered-can-save-you-money">6 Ways Having Your Groceries Delivered Can Save You Money</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-shop-for-food-once-a-month-and-save-big">How to Shop for Food Once a Month and Save Big</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-checkout-line-tricks-to-finish-shopping-faster">5 Checkout Line Tricks to Finish Shopping Faster</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-hot-new-food-trends-the-frugal-way">8 Hot New Food Trends — The Frugal Way</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/shop-the-salad-bar-and-other-ways-to-save-big-on-groceries">Shop the Salad Bar and Other Ways to Save Big on Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping Amazon food shopping grocery shopping saving money shopping tips smart shopping Whole Foods Mon, 11 Sep 2017 09:00:06 +0000 Christa Avampato 2018088 at http://www.wisebread.com How Nutrition Labels Are About to Get Better http://www.wisebread.com/how-nutrition-labels-are-about-to-get-better <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-nutrition-labels-are-about-to-get-better" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/nutrition_facts_of_brown_rice_pasta.jpg" alt="Nutrition facts of Brown Rice Pasta" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We've all experienced it &mdash; we walk into the grocery store, intent on making the best health decisions during our shopping trip. Then we get completely confused by the nutrition labels on the food we want to buy.</p> <p>Consumer confusion surrounding these labels is totally understandable. The labels were created 25 years ago, and have remained largely unchanged since that time. Our food system, the way we eat, and our ever-growing knowledge of nutrition and health has vastly changed in the last two and a half decades.</p> <p>As a result of many years of consumer pressure, the FDA finally agreed to <a href="https://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryInformation/LabelingNutrition/ucm385663.htm#highlights" target="_blank">update the nutrition facts labels</a> on packaged food, and they are getting quite a makeover. The work is already in progress and manufacturers will have to be in compliance of the new label standards no later than July 26, 2018. Here are the biggest changes to look out for.</p> <h2>The size of the font and key info in bold</h2> <p>The font size of different sections of the nutrition facts will help make it easier to focus on the points that matter most. The number of servings per container, serving size, and calorie count per serving will be bolded and in a larger font than the rest of the nutrition information on the label. This change will also make the label easier to scan as a whole.</p> <h2>An emphasis on the daily value percentage</h2> <p>The layout of the label will also change with a greater emphasis on the daily value percentages. These are the percentages that tell you the amount of the daily recommended value of vitamins, minerals, and components such as fat, fiber, sugar, protein, and sodium that you will get from each serving in the package.</p> <h2>&quot;Added Sugars&quot; will be included</h2> <p>Added sugar is exactly what it sounds like: sugar that manufacturers add to a food item that doesn't come naturally from ingredients such as fruit. It's no secret that many manufacturers add sugar to foods to make them tastier for consumers. There is scientific research to suggest that the <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5133084/" target="_blank">amount of added sugar we're consuming</a> is contributing to chronic diseases such as diabetes. Given the spike that we're seeing in chronic diseases in our society, it makes sense that the FDA is making this distinction between added sugars and other carbohydrates. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eat-less-sugar-with-these-10-simple-tricks?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Eat Less Sugar With These 10 Simple Tricks</a>)</p> <h2>Serving sizes will be more realistic</h2> <p>It's endlessly frustrating when you see something small and unhealthy &mdash; a candy bar, for example &mdash; and the nutrition label has it listed as a three-serving snack. You know you're probably going to eat it in one sitting, as would most people. Luckily, nutrition labels will now reflect that reality.</p> <p>The FDA states that &quot;packages that are between one and two servings, such as a 20-ounce soda or a 15-ounce can of soup, the calories and other nutrients will be required to be labeled as one serving because people typically consume it in one sitting.&quot;</p> <p>Though we are the ones who remain in control of our health and food consumption, the FDA is putting forward a good deal of effort to make sure that food manufacturers are helping consumers achieve and maintain good health through balanced nutrition. While these new and improved nutrition facts labels won't be the silver bullet for better health, they are a big step in the right direction.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-nutrition-labels-are-about-to-get-better">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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/move-over-weight-watchers-the-new-pyramid-is-here">Move Over Weight Watchers, the New Pyramid is Here!</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/healthy-frugal-eating">Healthy, frugal eating</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/save-money-and-eat-better-with-these-6-online-meal-planners">Save Money and Eat Better With These 6 Online Meal Planners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-ways-to-eat-cauliflower-rice">12 Delicious Ways to Eat Cauliflower Rice</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty eat healthy Food food labels healthy eating nutrition labels sugar intake Thu, 07 Sep 2017 09:01:06 +0000 Christa Avampato 2016466 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Feed a Large Family on a Small Budget http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-feed-a-large-family-on-a-small-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-feed-a-large-family-on-a-small-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/happy_family_having_roast_chicken_dinner_at_table.jpg" alt="Happy family having roast chicken dinner at table" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Feeding a large family is a challenge. You need plenty to eat for plenty of hungry people, and you'd like to accomplish that without draining all of your free time and money. As the mother of four hungry kids, I've learned a few strategies that work well for our family. I also called in an expert: my friend Jeff Page, father of eight and founder of Hectic Meals.</p> <h2>Plan your meals</h2> <p>You need to plan your meals in advance. Winging it on meals, especially with a large family, will cost you. You'll stress every day over that, &quot;What's for dinner?&quot; question, and end up depending on fast food, takeout, or multiple grocery store trips to feed hungry people. It's impractical and terrible for your budget. Jeff calls meal planning, &quot;a matter of self-preservation.&quot; (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-stop-the-takeout-meal-cycle-and-save?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Stop the Takeout Meal Cycle and Save</a>)</p> <p>Meal planning doesn't have to be complicated, though. It's usually easiest to plan a week's worth of meals at a time. Jeff recommends collecting your favorite recipes and using them on a regular rotation.</p> <h3>Get input from your family</h3> <p>You may be the meal planner, but you can get great ideas on favorite meals by polling the crowd. I've found that my kids are quite happy to eat the same basic thing for breakfast everyday, but they get tired of that kind of repetition for lunches.</p> <h3>Work with the seasons and the sales</h3> <p>If you pay attention to what's in season for produce, and what's on sale at your local grocery store, you can plan your menu around these items. You'll not only get fresher, better produce with this approach, but you'll also save money.</p> <h3>Combine new and old recipes</h3> <p>Depend on your tried-and-true favorites for the bulk of your meal planning, but add in some new and interesting recipes here and there. It's a good way to expand your family's eating repertoire without alienating your picky eaters. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-money-and-eat-better-with-these-6-online-meal-planners?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Save Money and Eat Better With These 6 Online Meal Planners</a>)</p> <h2>Buy and prepare food in bulk</h2> <p>If your family eats in high volume, buying and prepping your food in correspondingly high volume makes sense. Meal planning will help you determine what you need in advance, and buying in bulk will help you get it at the best price.</p> <h3>What to buy in bulk</h3> <p>Basic pantry items, such as baking ingredients and canned goods, are almost always a good idea for bulk purchases. The savings might not be huge, but since you can go through high quantities of these staples, you want to keep them on hand and buy them in large quantities when they go on sale. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-shop-for-food-once-a-month-and-save-big?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Shop for Food Once a Month and Save Big</a>)</p> <p>Another smart bulk purchase is your main protein source: meat, eggs, beans, dairy, etc. For Jeff's family, their biggest value has been in purchasing meat in the largest quantities possible, then freezing it for use as needed.</p> <p>Fresh produce can be a great bulk purchase, as well, if you're able to process or preserve it. Otherwise, you might watch it go to waste, which is the opposite of budget-friendly. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-food-items-to-always-buy-in-bulk?ref=seealso" target="_blank">13 Food Items to Always Buy in Bulk</a>)</p> <h3>How to prep your food in bulk</h3> <p>Whether you bring home 15 pounds of ground beef or a couple of overflowing boxes of ripe tomatoes, you need to do something with your bulk food to make it easily usable. Some bulk purchases are best treated with a partial prep. For example, if you bring home 10 pounds of fresh carrots, you can peel and slice them, divide into portions, freeze some for use in soups later and refrigerate the rest for easy snacking. You can buy chicken in bulk, chop and season it, then freeze.</p> <p>For the most efficient bulk food prep, Jeff recommends a high-quality <a href="http://amzn.to/2vm1htL" target="_blank">set of knives</a> and a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-vacuum-sealers" target="_blank">vacuum sealer</a>. That way you can work your way quickly through a big pile of whatever's in season and ensure that it won't be frostbitten and gross by the time you eat it. Another great tool for bulk prep and preservation is a <a href="http://amzn.to/2xHgnqx" target="_blank">food dehydrator</a>; couple it with that vacuum sealer for maximum prep and storage efficiency.</p> <h3>Go local</h3> <p>Check into <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-affordable-alternatives-to-the-grocery-store" target="_blank">your local grocery options</a> for other bulk food purchases. You may find grocery co-ops, ethnic food stores, and local farmers markets can offer you great ingredients at a much better price than your regular grocery store.</p> <h3>Have a storage plan</h3> <p>Don't bring home the bacon (or any other food in bulk), unless you have a plan for how you will store it. You need to have adequate pantry or cabinet space for dry and canned goods, and adequate freezer space for other items.</p> <h2>Implement a meal schedule</h2> <p>You need a healthy amount of organization to keep a big-family kitchen from falling into chaos. When multiple people access the food and food spaces, basic rules can keep things clean, organized, and usable.</p> <p>The most important rule is to clean up after yourself. Even young children can learn to wash a dish after they use it. Yes, you will have to remind them of their ability to do so approximately 4,327 times before they will learn it, but stick with it. Eventually, they will remember. Or they'll move out. Either way, fewer dishes for you!</p> <h3>Get organized</h3> <p>For large families, it's very helpful to have a secondary refrigerator and/or freezer, perhaps in the garage or on the patio, for food storage. You can designate the kitchen refrigerator for this week's snacks and meal ingredients, and the other refrigerator can be used for less-often used items and ingredients you're storing for later use.</p> <p>A key part of food organization is finding a way to communicate it with the rest of your family. Use labels to mark where things should go, and bins or other storage items to keep things separated in the freezer or pantry. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-pantry-tricks-that-save-you-big?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 Pantry Tricks That Save You Big</a>)</p> <h3>How to schedule meals</h3> <p>A schedule and a list will help you get through the grocery shopping as quickly as possible. Jeff generates a list from his meal plan and, with that in hand, he's usually able to keep his weekly shopping trip under an hour.</p> <h3>Share the information</h3> <p>Print out your meal plan, so all the hungry members of your family can see at a glance what's for dinner. That might encourage them to quit asking you about it. In an alternate universe, it might encourage them to start making dinner. I have not found the entrance to this universe. If you do, let me know. Please.</p> <h3>Designate shelves</h3> <p>In the pantry, Jeff recommends labeling shelves so there's a designated area for particular items. This can make the putting away process faster for everyone after grocery shopping. We have a designated snack shelf, and when it's snack time, the kids know what they can have and help themselves.</p> <h2>Keep it simple</h2> <p>An endless variety of food costs money. My kids would like to have a pantry that looks like the snack aisle at Costco. I would rather pay the bills &mdash; all of them &mdash; because having that much variety would cost a small fortune. I keep three to five snack options on hand, along with a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, and that's enough for us.</p> <h3>Incorporate change every once in awhile</h3> <p>The same snacks or dishes over and over again can get boring for you and everyone in your family. You can rotate options, but you don't have to have all the options at one time. So, choose a few snack options this month, and different ones for next month.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-feed-a-large-family-on-a-small-budget&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Feed%2520a%2520Large%2520Family%2520on%2520a%2520Small%2520Budget.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Feed%20a%20Large%20Family%20on%20a%20Small%20Budget"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20to%20Feed%20a%20Large%20Family%20on%20a%20Small%20Budget.jpg" alt="How to Feed a Large Family on a Small Budget" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/annie-mueller">Annie Mueller</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-feed-a-large-family-on-a-small-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-hot-new-food-trends-the-frugal-way">8 Hot New Food Trends — The Frugal Way</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-affordable-alternatives-to-the-grocery-store">10 Affordable Alternatives to the Grocery Store</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/how-to-keep-food-waste-from-spoiling-your-budget">How to Keep Food Waste From Spoiling Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-smart-shoppers-will-save-at-amazons-whole-foods">How Smart Shoppers Will Save at Amazon&#039;s Whole Foods</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-instant-pot-recipes-that-will-save-you-money">12 Instant Pot Recipes That Will Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family Food and Drink dinner dinners feeding the family food shopping grocery budget grocery shopping meal planning Wed, 30 Aug 2017 08:30:05 +0000 Annie Mueller 2011824 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Instant Pot Meals That Prove Autumn Is the Best Season http://www.wisebread.com/11-instant-pot-meals-that-prove-autumn-is-the-best-season <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-instant-pot-meals-that-prove-autumn-is-the-best-season" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/homemade_slow_cooker_pot_roast.jpg" alt="Homemade Slow Cooker Pot Roast" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>From pressure-cooking quick meals, slow-cooking while at work, or even baking cakes, it's all done in one place with the instant pot. At around $100, an <a href="http://amzn.to/2g911HI" target="_blank">instant pot</a> is going to pay for itself pretty fast. In my experience, I actually cook <em>more often </em>using the pot, because it's so easy. Make a big batch of chili or spaghetti sauce, and you'll have lunch-ready leftovers, or you can freeze them for another meal.</p> <p>A tried-and-true method of saving money on groceries is to shop seasonally. As we head into autumn, there are plenty of fall foods to make in your instant pot that'll make you happy summer is over. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-instant-pot-recipes-that-will-save-you-money?ref=seealso" target="_blank">12 Instant Pot Recipes That Will Save You Money</a>)</p> <h2>1. Applesauce</h2> <p>What do I love about making my own <a href="http://busymommymedia.com/make-applesauce-instant-pot/" target="_blank">applesauce</a>? I can make it without sugar or preservatives. I can also make it smooth or chunky, depending upon my mood. Looking to add a little extra seasonal spice to it? My mother used to stir some candy red-hots into hers, which does give it a pretty color and cinnamon-y flavor.</p> <h2>2. Rotisserie chicken, sort of</h2> <p>How great is rotisserie chicken when you need to throw dinner together in a flash? Plus, I love the leftovers on day two. Try making this <a href="http://cookingwithcurls.com/2017/01/08/instant-pot-faux-tisserie-chicken/" target="_blank">&quot;faux-tisserie&quot; chicken</a> in your pot. The chicken is super-tender and moist.</p> <h2>3. Baked potato soup</h2> <p>For this <a href="https://www.livinglocurto.com/baked-potato-soup-instant-pot/" target="_blank">baked potato soup</a> recipe, you'll need five pounds of potatoes. That's OK, though, because when you're done (after only 10 minutes of cooking), you have dinner for eight to 10 people! We like to sip this soup in big mugs while watching old movies. It's killer comfort food.</p> <h2>4. Apple cake</h2> <p>When you first got an instant pot, did you realize you could make cake in it? That blew my mind. Chocolate cakes are dense and moist, but check out this <a href="https://www.hippressurecooking.com/delish-pressure-cooked-upside-down-apple-and-ricotta-cake/" target="_blank">apple and ricotta cake</a>, which is <em>super</em> dense and moist. I like raisins, so I kept those in, and also used pecans. A dollop of whipped cream infused with a little bourbon really dresses it up, too.</p> <h2>5. Chili</h2> <p>What's better when the weather turns cold than a hot bowl of <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/instant-pot-cowboy-chili" target="_blank">chili</a>? Chili that you can make in 45 minutes! We're watching calories, so I substituted ground turkey and turkey sausage for the beef in this recipe. Finally, pile on your favorite toppings: sour cream, shredded sharp cheddar, or tortilla chips.</p> <h2>6. Sunday pot roast</h2> <p>Enjoy a family meal on Sundays? No need to start this pot roast early in the day, though. You can procrastinate and still serve up tender <a href="https://www.favfamilyrecipes.com/sunday-pot-roast-instant-pot-recipe/?utm_source=pinterest&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_campaign=SocialWarfare" target="_blank">pot roast</a>, potatoes, and carrots in just two hours. Pass the gravy!</p> <h2>7. Pear cider</h2> <p>Here is a different twist on cider &mdash; it's made from <a href="http://www.momnoms.net/blog/instant-pot-pear-cider" target="_blank">pears</a>! I used Bartlett pears, which were slightly bruised, but it mattered not, as this was delicious. It'll perfectly hit the spot on blustery days.</p> <h2>8. Greek yogurt</h2> <p>It took a little experimentation to get my <a href="http://naturemoms.com/blog/2017/05/01/making-yogurt-lux-instant-pot/" target="_blank">instant pot yogurt</a> as thick as I wanted it. I whisk in one packet of plain gelatin with the milk. Then, before I add in the plain yogurt (the culture, or starter), I also add one cup of dry milk powder and whisk that in. That makes a thicker yogurt, which is also nice to use in place of sour cream. Give the yogurt some fall flavor with toasted pecans, dried cranberries, and honey on top.</p> <h2>9. Butternut squash risotto</h2> <p>This <a href="http://makerealfood.com/2014/07/15/butternut-squash-risotto-rice-cooker-instant-pot-vegangluten-free/" target="_blank">instant pot risotto</a> is a delicious fall meal, and it's also vegan and gluten-free! What's more, it looks beautiful and it makes enough for you to take for lunch the next day. Risotto is not something I make every day, due to all the work involved. However, in the instant pot, it goes together quickly. This calls for butternut squash, but I had kabocha squash on hand, so I used that instead.</p> <h2>10. Oatmeal</h2> <p>A bowl of oatmeal on a chilly fall morning is a good way to start your day. This is a great <a href="http://simplyip.blogspot.com/2016/12/pumpkin-spice-oatmeal-rolled-oats.html" target="_blank">pumpkin spice oatmeal</a> recipe explaining how to make it in an instant pot. You can use either rolled oats, or steel cut, although those do take longer. I thought it was very creamy using just water, but you can substitute milk. Add extra fiber with toasted walnut bits and dried fruit topping.</p> <h2>11. Dulce de Leche</h2> <p>This <a href="https://www.pressurecookingtoday.com/pressure-cooker-dulce-de-leche/" target="_blank">dulce de leche</a> sauce is good on just about everything, including the oatmeal mentioned above. However, if you can stop yourself from eating it all, a jar of it makes a great gift.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F11-instant-pot-meals-that-prove-autumn-is-the-best-season&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F11%2520Instant%2520Pot%2520Meals%2520That%2520Prove%2520Autumn%2520Is%2520the%2520Best%2520Season.jpg&amp;description=11%20Instant%20Pot%20Meals%20That%20Prove%20Autumn%20Is%20the%20Best%20Season"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/11%20Instant%20Pot%20Meals%20That%20Prove%20Autumn%20Is%20the%20Best%20Season.jpg" alt="11 Instant Pot Meals That Prove Autumn Is the Best Season" width="250" height="374" /></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/11-instant-pot-meals-that-prove-autumn-is-the-best-season">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-63-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-leftovers">Flashback Friday: 63 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-feed-a-large-family-on-a-small-budget">How to Feed a Large Family on a Small Budget</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/20-cheap-and-easy-soup-recipes">20 Cheap and Easy Soup Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-instant-pot-recipes-that-will-save-you-money">12 Instant Pot Recipes That Will Save You Money</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/hunt-fish-money-food">Is hunting/fishing a good way to feed your family?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink autumn dinner easy dinners fall dinner instant pot instant pot recipes seasonal meals Mon, 28 Aug 2017 09:00:05 +0000 Marla Walters 2010094 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: 122 Delicious Vegetarian Meals That Are Surprisingly Filling http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-122-delicious-vegetarian-meals-that-are-surprisingly-filling <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-122-delicious-vegetarian-meals-that-are-surprisingly-filling" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/vegetarian_dinner_514221670.jpg" alt="Vegetarian meal that is filling" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Those looking to go completely meatless often worry that vegetarian meals won't be as filling. Meat and potatoes is a staple of stick-to-your-ribs comfort food, after all. But luckily, there are tons of delicious and easy meals that lack meat and will also fill your belly. They'll also fit your budget. Here are over 100 to get you started.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/food-2020009-small_0.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-slow-cooker-recipes-for-busy-or-lazy-vegetarians?ref=fbf">35 Slow Cooker Recipes for Busy (or Lazy) Vegetarians</a> &mdash; For those with a hectic schedule, or no interest in spending a ton of time in the kitchen, these vegetarian dinner ideas are for you. Just toss the ingredients into your slow cooker, walk away for a few hours, and come back when dinner is ready.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-ways-to-go-meatless-for-the-newly-vegetarian?ref=fbf">12 Delicious Ways to Go Meatless for the Newly Vegetarian</a> &mdash; Going meatless is a whole new world, but these tasty dishes will make for a seamless transition. You'll get to indulge in crispy tofu nuggets, eggplant bolognese, black bean chili, and more!</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/lentil-100441514.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-mouth-watering-lentil-recipes?ref=fbf">35 Mouth Watering Lentil Recipes</a> &mdash; Lentils are such an underrated legume. They are packed with iron, fiber, and amino acids, and they can be added to just about every meal. Still not convinced? I have three words for you: Lentil. Sloppy. Joes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-grilled-veggie-dishes-that-hold-their-own-with-meat?ref=fbf">15 Grilled Veggie Dishes That Hold Their Own With Meat</a> &mdash; Question: What's the best kind of a veggie? Answer: A grilled veggie. Sure, the grill is known is the sacred space for meat, but after eating a few grilled veggie kabobs, grilled black bean and pineapple burgers, and grilled veggie pizzas, you'll be singing a different tune.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock_42217120_LARGE.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-fresh-corn-recipes-youll-swoon-over?ref=fbf">15 Fresh Corn Recipes You'll Swoon Over</a> &mdash; There's nothing quite like fresh corn on a hot day. There's also nothing like a hearty corn dish on a cold day. Corn is always a treat! So pull out the corn on the cob or frozen corn and cook up these delicacies.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-amazing-veggie-burgers-to-make-tonight?ref=fbf">10 Amazing Veggie Burgers to Make Tonight</a> &mdash; Don't go into this new lifestyle thinking veggie burgers will taste anything like beef or turkey. They won't. But they will be healthier, packed with flavor, and just as filling. And these are the veggie burger recipes to try first.</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-122-delicious-vegetarian-meals-that-are-surprisingly-filling">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-63-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-leftovers">Flashback Friday: 63 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-ways-to-go-meatless-for-the-newly-vegetarian">12 Delicious Ways to Go Meatless for the Newly Vegetarian</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-47-brilliant-ways-to-save-money-on-dinner">Flashback Friday: 47 Brilliant Ways to Save Money on Dinner</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-122-no-fuss-dinner-ideas-thatll-save-you-money">Flashback Friday: 122 No-Fuss Dinner Ideas That&#039;ll Save You Money</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-102-amazing-food-hacks-you-have-to-try-this-summer">Flashback Friday: 102 Amazing Food Hacks You Have to Try This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink dinner dinner ideas fbf flashback friday meatless meals recipes vegetarian vegetarian dinners veggies Fri, 25 Aug 2017 08:30:11 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 2009950 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Cold Brew Coffee Makers http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-cold-brew-coffee-makers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-cold-brew-coffee-makers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cold_brew_coffee_490581978.jpg" alt="Using the best cold brew coffee maker to make coffee" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There&rsquo;s nothing better on a hot day than an ice-cold coffee. With a cold brew coffee maker, you can make all your favorite hot or iced coffeehouse drinks from the comfort of your own home, at a fraction of the cost. The coffee concentrate also stays fresh in the fridge for longer, so you can get more out of your coffee beans.</p> <h2>What is a cold brew coffee maker?</h2> <p>A cold brew coffee maker is a kitchen appliance that allows you to brew smooth, low-acid coffee concentrate with minimal effort. Traditional hot brewing methods release acids, oils, and a bitter flavor. With cold brewing, the grounds never come in contact with hot water, so only the natural flavors are extracted. This results in a smooth coffee concentrate with a less bitter flavor. Cold brew coffee also has less acid than hot-brewed coffee, so it is better for those suffering from acid reflux or sensitive stomachs.</p> <h2>Top 5 cold brew coffee makers</h2> <h3>Toddy T2N Cold Brew System</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2g3rAOB" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/toddy.jpg" width="245" height="241" align="right" alt="" /></a>You won&rsquo;t find a more highly-recommended cold brew system than the easy-to-use <a href="http://amzn.to/2g3rAOB" target="_blank">Toddy T2N Cold Brew System</a>. Even Stumptown Coffee Roasters recommends it. The cult classic brew system makes about 48 ounces of coffee concentrate, which is about twice what most other models can brew. It promises to brew coffee with 67 percent less acid than coffee made with hot brew methods, so it's easier on sensitive stomachs. The patented cold brew system uses regular coffee beans to brew hot coffee, with no electricity required. It brews smooth, rich, full-flavored coffee concentrate in 12 to 24 hours, and stays fresh in the fridge for up to three weeks.</p> <p>This has been a favorite for decades. It can also be used to make hot or iced tea, so it offers a great value. The box includes the unbreakable brewing container with handle, glass decanter with lid, two reusable filters, a reusable stopper, and recipe guide. It is recommended by Consumer Reports, Cook&rsquo;s Illustrated, The Washington Post, CNET, The Independent, and Heavy.com. It is also backed by outstanding online reviews, including more than 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2g3rAOB" target="_blank"><em>Currently $36.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2g2NPnI" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/oxo_7.jpg" width="183" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2g2NPnI" target="_blank">OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker</a> is easy to use, clean, and store. The BPA-free coffee maker features auto-stop when the carafe is removed to prevent a mess. One glass carafe of smooth, strong, low-acid coffee concentrate makes up to 14 beverages. The unique rainmaker function evenly distributes water over coarsely ground coffee for optimal flavor extraction. After 12 to 24 hours, simply flip the Brew-Release switch to start the filtration process.</p> <p>This can also be used to make iced tea, so it offers a great value. It includes a reusable, removable stainless steel ultrafine mesh filter and a stopper with measurement markings and a silicone seal to keep coffee fresh in the fridge for up to two weeks. It is recommended by Consumer Reports, CNET, Wired, The Independent, The Sweethome, and Heavy.com.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2g2NPnI" target="_blank"><em>Currently $49.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Hario Mizudashi Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2w1bXuN" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/hario.jpg" width="104" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in coffee servers, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2w1bXuN" target="_blank">Hario Mizudashi Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker</a> makes at least four cups of smooth coffee with minimal effort. It features a reusable filter and an easy pour spout to reduce drips. The tall, cold coffee maker is made of durable glass with a sturdy handle and is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.</p> <p>This is available in three colors to suit your kitchen. It was selected as the best cold brew coffee maker by The Independent and Heavy.com. It is also backed by outstanding online reviews, including more than 1,500 five-star reviews on Amazon. Many reviewers agree that this brews the best coffee they&rsquo;ve ever tasted.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2w1bXuN" target="_blank"><em>Currently $14.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Cold Bruer Drip Coffee Maker</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2wlIn6a" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/cold%20bruer.jpg" width="124" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2wlIn6a" target="_blank">Cold Bruer Drip Coffee Maker</a> started as a successful Kickstarter project. While it is the most expensive option on our list, reviewers tend to agree that the difference in quality makes the price difference worth it. It also claims to be the fastest per ounce, at a drop of water per second.</p> <p>The design features premium food-safe silicone and stainless steel, and includes a quality glass pitcher and brew chamber. It makes up to 20 ounces of rich, smooth coffee concentrate with very little acid in as little as four hours, which will last up to two weeks in the fridge. The easy-to-use, slow-drip glass brewer has a flow-through process and adjustable valve, allowing you to make the perfect coffee customized to your liking.</p> <p>This includes a reusable stainless steel mesh filter and a starter pack of paper top filters. It is available in three colors to suit your kitchen. It is recommended by Consumer Reports, Cook&rsquo;s Illustrated, and The Independent.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2wlIn6a" target="_blank"><em>Currently $79.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Takeya Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2wlACNj" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/takeya_0.jpg" width="154" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in coffee makers, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2wlACNj" target="_blank">Takeya Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker</a> makes four servings of rich, smooth tasting coffee with minimal effort. The BPA-free one-quart Tritan pitcher features a soft, nonslip silicone handle to help minimize spills and an airtight, leakproof lid to help lock in freshness and flavor for up to two weeks in the fridge. The fine mesh infuser filters the coffee grounds to remove sediments.</p> <p>This needs to be stored in the refrigerator up to 36 hours for brewing. It is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning and conveniently fits in most refrigerator doors. It can also be used to make iced tea, so it offers a great value. It is frequently recommended online by publications like CNET and Heavy.com. It is also backed by outstanding online reviews, including more than 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2wlACNj" target="_blank"><em>Currently $18.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best cold brew coffee makers. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" target="_blank">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthe-5-best-cold-brew-coffee-makers&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%25205%2520Best%2520Cold%2520Brew%2520Coffee%2520Makers.jpg&amp;description=The%205%20Best%20Cold%20Brew%20Coffee%20Makers"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/The%205%20Best%20Cold%20Brew%20Coffee%20Makers.jpg" alt="The 5 Best Cold Brew Coffee Makers" width="250" height="374" /></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-cold-brew-coffee-makers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-thermoses">The 5 Best Thermoses</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-reusable-straws">The 5 Best Reusable Straws</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-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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-cheese-graters">The 5 Best Cheese Graters</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-descalers">The 5 Best Descalers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Home Shopping 5 best coffee coffee maker cold brew cold brew coffee makers product reviews shopping Wed, 23 Aug 2017 08:00:06 +0000 Andrea Cannon 2007960 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Delicious Ways to Go Meatless for the Newly Vegetarian http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-ways-to-go-meatless-for-the-newly-vegetarian <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-delicious-ways-to-go-meatless-for-the-newly-vegetarian" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/homemade_southwestern_mexican_quinoa_salad.jpg" alt="Homemade Southwestern Mexican Quinoa Salad" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I have the hang of Meatless Monday, and I'm even able to cruise through Tofu Tuesday. By the time I get to Tempeh Thursday, though, the Golden Arches start calling to me. Sound familiar? The science behind eating more plant-based foods is compelling, but if you aren't used to it, it's just harder to figure out what to put on the table.</p> <p>While I might be inclined to try making veggie burgers, will my family eat them? How in the heck can grilled tofu compete with a rib-eye? If you're just starting out with more meatless meals, here are 12 recipes for hearty, meatless dinners. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-slow-cooker-recipes-for-busy-or-lazy-vegetarians?ref=seealso" target="_blank">35 Slow Cooker Recipes for Busy Vegetarians</a>)</p> <h2>Jackfruit</h2> <p>Have you seen packages of jackfruit popping up in stores? Popular in Brazil and native to South India, it has made its way to the U.S. and there are some good reasons to try it as a meatless dish. Besides being full of dietary fiber, minerals, and vitamins, it contains no cholesterol.</p> <p>If you buy it prepared (which I recommend, as the fruits are large and a little daunting to cut), it looks a lot like pulled pork. It comes in prepared pouches or canned. If you buy canned, be aware it comes two ways: with syrup and without. You don't want the sweetened kind. Jackfruit tastes like mild pineapple and if you add a little barbecue sauce, you've got the perfect tangy treat.</p> <h3>1. Jackfruit Rice Bowl</h3> <p>This <a href="http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/spicy-jackfruit-rice-bowl" target="_blank">Spicy Jackfruit Rice Bowl</a> is a good jackfruit tester dish. See if you like the flavor in a very simple preparation. It's also nice with jasmine rice and some chopped avocado.</p> <h3>2. Jackfruit &quot;Pulled Pork&quot; Sandwiches</h3> <p>Try this vegetarian take on <a href="http://keepinitkind.com/the-veggie-lovers-sriracha-cookbook-review-giveaway/" target="_blank">&quot;Pulled Pork&quot;</a> sandwiches. Great with sweet-potato fries!</p> <h2>Tofu</h2> <p>Tofu is mainstream now, but preparing it can still be a mystery. It's worth learning to cook, because it's a good source of protein, iron, minerals, and vitamin B1<strong>. </strong>When is tofu at its best? In my opinion, when the outside is crispy, and it's well-seasoned.</p> <p>Many people make the mistake of selecting the wrong type of tofu for cooking. Look for firm tofu, and not the &quot;silken&quot; variety. Slice it into the shape as directed in your recipe and let it dry out on a clean towel.</p> <h3>3. Crispy Tofu Bowl</h3> <p>This <a href="http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/food-recipes/easy/a45226/crispy-tofu-bowl-recipe/" target="_blank">Crispy Tofu Bowl</a> is a good beginner recipe. I liked their recommendation of letting the tofu sit for 30 minutes, not just 10, before cooking for extra crispiness.</p> <h3>4. Crispy Tofu Nuggets</h3> <p>Need a kid-friendly meal? These <a href="http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-recipe/crispy-tofu-nuggets/" target="_blank">Crispy Tofu Nuggets</a> will fit the bill. If you don't have corn flake cereal, panko crumbs are a great substitute.</p> <h2>Mushrooms</h2> <p>If you are wary about making the move to a vegetarian lifestyle, mushrooms are a great &quot;bridge&quot; food.</p> <h3>5. Mushroom Bourguignon</h3> <p>One of my favorite meals is Julia Child's <em>Boeuf Bourguignon. </em>This <a href="http://www.simple-veganista.com/2012/11/mushroom-bourguignon_10.html" target="_blank">Mushroom Bourguignon</a> amazed me, because the flavors are dead-on. If you like farro, it's a delicious, chewy grain to go under the stew. This is also good with crusty French bread.</p> <h3>6. Vegan Portobello Pizza</h3> <p>Pizza is another great &quot;transition&quot; food when you are trying out a vegetarian diet. These <a href="http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/2017/01/easy-vegan-portobello-pizzas.html" target="_blank">Vegan Portobello Pizzas</a> will really wow you. Pro tip: Let the edges get crispy when you broil.</p> <h2>Black Beans</h2> <p>Black beans are an excellent source of protein, and I personally love their flavor, so I use them a lot in vegetarian recipes. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-delicious-rice-and-bean-dishes?ref=seealso" target="_blank">35 Delicious Rice and Bean Dishes</a>)</p> <h3>7. Black Bean Burger</h3> <p>Leave it to a rancher's wife to come up with a seriously delicious meatless <a href="http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/black-bean-burger/" target="_blank">Black Bean Burger</a>. These are so yummy that you will, like me, start watching for black beans to go on sale.</p> <h3>8. Black Bean Chili</h3> <p>Next time you have a drizzly evening, cook up a batch of this <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/vegetarian-black-bean-chili-230632" target="_blank">Vegetarian Black Bean Chili</a>. I think it's even better the next day, when the flavors have mellowed. Again, use soy cheese if you are avoiding dairy. The leftovers are great to pack in your lunchbox, too.</p> <h2>Chickpeas</h2> <p>I eat chickpeas right out of the can. I like them that much. My husband, however, will sprinkle them over a salad, but eating them out of the can? No. That's not a problem, because they are easy to prepare and contain protein, fiber, and manganese. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tasty-and-frugal-chickpea-recipes?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Tasty and Frugal Chickpea Recipes</a>)</p> <h3>9. Chickpea, Barley, and Feta Salad</h3> <p>This <a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/slideshow/chickpea-recipes#10" target="_blank">Chickpea, Barley, and Feta Salad</a> has a Greek flavor palate. It is satisfyingly chewy, thanks to the barley, and the feta adds a tart touch. I like to make extra so that I can tote leftovers for lunch.</p> <h3>10. Indian Chickpea Stew</h3> <p>As suggested, head for an Indian grocery for the spices needed for this easy &quot;Chana Masala,&quot; or <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/member/views/15-minute-vegetarian-indian-chickpea-stew-chana-masala-50063808" target="_blank">Indian Chickpea Stew</a>. I like this with ready-made Garlic Naan, lightly toasted in the oven.</p> <h2>Eggplant</h2> <p>Eggplants are big, meaty vegetables, and when added as the main ingredient to a meal, they can be very filling. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-tasty-frugal-eggplant-recipes?ref=seealso" target="_blank">14 Tasty, Frugal Eggplant Recipes</a>)</p> <h3>11. Eggplant Bolognese</h3> <p>This <a href="https://greatist.com/eat/recipes/eggplant-bolognese" target="_blank">Eggplant Bolognese</a> takes less than an hour to prepare, and is still as hearty and delicious as the meat version. And if you have leftovers, it's a great freezable meal to save for later.</p> <h3>12. Eggplant Rollatini Quinoa Casserole</h3> <p>When you need a belly-filling meal that can be tossed into a baking dish and thrown into the oven, this <a href="https://cooknourishbliss.com/2014/06/18/eggplant-rollatini-quinoa-casserole/" target="_blank">Eggplant Rollatini Quinoa Casserole</a> is a great option. Also? There is a ridiculous amount of cheese on top.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F12-delicious-ways-to-go-meatless-for-the-newly-vegetarian&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F12%2520Delicious%2520Ways%2520to%2520Go%2520Meatless%2520for%2520the%2520Newly%2520Vegetarian.jpg&amp;description=12%20Delicious%20Ways%20to%20Go%20Meatless%20for%20the%20Newly%20Vegetarian"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/12%20Delicious%20Ways%20to%20Go%20Meatless%20for%20the%20Newly%20Vegetarian.jpg" alt="12 Delicious Ways to Go Meatless for the Newly Vegetarian" width="250" height="374" /></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/12-delicious-ways-to-go-meatless-for-the-newly-vegetarian">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/how-to-save-a-ton-by-eating-soup-every-day-and-never-get-bored">How to Save a Ton by Eating Soup Every Day (and Never Get Bored!)</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-122-delicious-vegetarian-meals-that-are-surprisingly-filling">Flashback Friday: 122 Delicious Vegetarian Meals That Are Surprisingly Filling</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-ways-to-save-on-dinner-no-meal-planning-required">8 Ways to Save on Dinner — No Meal Planning Required</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/11-ways-to-turn-leftover-sweet-potatoes-and-other-starchy-foods-into-something-special">11 Ways to Turn Leftover Sweet Potatoes and Other Starchy Foods Into Something Special</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-feed-a-large-family-on-a-small-budget">How to Feed a Large Family on a Small Budget</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink dinner ideas grocery shopping meal planning meatless meatless mondays recipes saving money vegetarian Tue, 22 Aug 2017 08:00:10 +0000 Marla Walters 2007139 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Ways Your Bartender Is Ripping You Off http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-your-bartender-is-ripping-you-off <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-ways-your-bartender-is-ripping-you-off" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/juice_for_client.jpg" alt="your bartender is ripping you off" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Let's be clear, most bartenders out there are great. They're professional, they enjoy interacting with customers, and they work incredibly hard. But sometimes you'll come across a bartender who is not giving you what you're paying for. That could be for a number of reasons. He or she may be under orders from the owner to cut corners and save money. The customer could be difficult, or even rude. Or, the bartender is finding ways to pocket cash. Whatever the reason, here are the most common ways your bartender can rip you off.</p> <h2>1. The rim dip</h2> <p>This is a sneaky way to serve you less alcohol than you paid for, by tricking your senses into smelling and tasting a strong drink. The bartender can do this in several ways, but the outcome is the same; the rim of the glass will be dipped in the alcohol of your choice, from vodka or gin, to whiskey or brandy. The easiest method is to have a sponge soaked in alcohol out of sight. You order your drink, the bartender dips the rim of the glass in the sponge, then pours a drink that's very light on alcohol. You don't realize this because you taste and smell alcohol every time you take a sip. If you are watching the bartender closely, and the glass disappears from sight for a few seconds, you could be a victim of the rim dip.</p> <p>The easiest way to find out is to wipe the rim of the glass thoroughly with a napkin and take another sip. Is it weak? Then you've been had.</p> <h2>2. The long pour</h2> <p>Next time your bartender goes all Tom Cruise in <em>Cocktail'</em>on you, be skeptical. One of the easiest ways to trick you into thinking you're getting more booze than you actually are is the long pour. By pulling the bottle away from the glass and creating a long stream of alcohol, you believe you're getting a healthy shot. But it's an illusion. The amount of alcohol you get is based on the time it takes to come out of the spout, and has nothing to do with the length of the stream. These long pours are done quickly, and therefore cheat you of alcohol. Sometimes the bartender doesn't even realize they are shortchanging you, believing the showmanship is all part of the experience. If you want what you pay for, ask the bartender to cut the theatrics. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-save-money-when-getting-your-drink-on?ref=seealso" target="_blank">15 Ways to Save Money When Getting Your Drink On</a>)</p> <h2>3. The diluted bottle</h2> <p>To be fair, this is usually a collaboration between the bartender and the owner. But however it happens, it's an easy way to rip off customers in plain sight. The bartender will simply add water to the liquor in the bottle, be it a clear spirit, or something darker. It's only going to be around 10 to 15 percent of the bottle's volume, which makes it very difficult for the average customer to detect. But it's very profitable for the bartender and the owner. However, you see nothing wrong because the pours all look legit.</p> <p>This is a tough one to catch. The only way to know for sure is to test a neat shot from an open bottle against a neat shot from a bottle that has not yet been touched. And that's not likely to happen in a busy bar scenario.</p> <h2>4. The brand swap</h2> <p>The simplest way to achieve the brand swap is to pour cheap liquor into empty bottles of a more expensive brand. Another way is to apply expensive labels to bottles of a cheaper brand, but this is time-consuming and tricky to pull off. Either way, the result is that you're paying for a higher quality of liquor than you're receiving. With some drinks, it's very difficult to tell, especially with vodka and rum. But if you're a whiskey or bourbon aficionado, you're likely to detect the switch. However, most bars stay away from this one as it's a crime, and can result in fines and the revocation of their liquor license.</p> <h2>5. The light mixer</h2> <p>This is not exactly a rip off, but more a trick to get you to believe that your bartender is giving you strong pours, while also making you finish your drink more quickly. Basically, the bartender will add a little extra ice to the drink, a regular shot of liquor, and a smaller amount of mixer. This has the effect of making you think your bartender just hooked you up with a strong drink, when in fact, you simply got a lower mixer-to-alcohol ratio. You might be inclined to tip your bartender more, you'll finish your drink in less time (and therefore buy more drinks in an hour than you would have), and you'll actually get inebriated more easily. If your drink tastes strong, you can always ask for more mixer to be added. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bookmark-this-how-much-to-tip-in-almost-every-situation?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Bookmark This: How Much to Tip in Almost Every Situation</a>)</p> <h2>6. The liquored-up straw</h2> <p>If you order a drink that naturally comes with a straw, you may be getting scammed. In this illusion, the bartender has a series of containers behind the counter filled with different liquors and straws. The straws become filled with the alcohol. The bartender will then mix your drink with very little alcohol, and add the boozy straw at the end. As you take your first sip, you will get a big hit of alcohol and think that the bartender has hooked you up with a heavy pour. In fact, you got almost no alcohol.</p> <p>The easiest way to spot this is to sip directly from the glass first. Then, sip from the straw. Notice a big difference? You just got played.</p> <h2>7. The top shelf exchange</h2> <p>You order a drink &mdash; let's say a vodka and orange juice &mdash; and it arrives. It tastes great. You order a few more. Then you get the bill. Instead of making your screwdriver with a basic vodka brand, the bartender has poured you one of the expensive options, such as Ketel One, Grey Goose, or even Stoli Elit. The markup on these bottles is huge, and instead of paying $7 for your drink, you're suddenly seeing $14 per cocktail.</p> <p>Very few bartenders go in for this practice. It's a surefire way of losing customers after just one visit. But places that see a lot of tourist traffic, and few repeat customers have been known to pull it. Just make sure you ask for the cheapest brand when you're getting your cocktails. If you're drinking neat, or with a splash of water or ice, then you will probably be asked what brand you desire.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F7-ways-your-bartender-is-ripping-you-off&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%2520Ways%2520Your%2520Bartender%2520Is%2520Ripping%2520You%2520Off.jpg&amp;description=7%20Ways%20Your%20Bartender%20Is%20Ripping%20You%20Off"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Ways%20Your%20Bartender%20Is%20Ripping%20You%20Off.jpg" alt="7 Ways Your Bartender Is Ripping You Off" width="250" height="374" /></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/7-ways-your-bartender-is-ripping-you-off">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/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-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-save-money-at-the-bars">4 Ways to Save Money at the Bars</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-common-weekend-money-traps-and-how-to-avoid-them">8 Common Weekend Money Traps (And How to Avoid Them)</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/what-booze-teaches-us-about-money">What Booze Teaches Us About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-smart-shoppers-will-save-at-amazons-whole-foods">How Smart Shoppers Will Save at Amazon&#039;s Whole Foods</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Food and Drink bar bar hopping bartender drinks happy hour saving money weekend plans Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:00:05 +0000 Paul Michael 2003034 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Core Removers http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-core-removers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-core-removers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/apple_corer_487526834.jpg" alt="Using the best core remover to eat an apple" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A core remover can save you time and frustration in the kitchen. It can be used to quickly, neatly remove inedible cores from fruits and vegetables, allowing you to create more perfect slices.</p> <h2>What is a core remover?</h2> <p>A core remover is a kitchen tool used to remove the cores of fruits and vegetables. It typically consists of a half circle with a scooped side or a handle with a circular cutting device at the end. Along with coring fruits, it can also be used to core pumpkins, cucumbers, zucchinis, cupcakes, and more.</p> <h2>Top 5 core removers</h2> <h3>OXO Good Grips Apple Corer</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ftDkcP" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/oxo_6.jpg" width="207" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2ftDkcP" target="_blank">OXO Good Grips Apple Corer</a> features a large, soft rubber handle that absorbs pressure and won&rsquo;t slip in your hands. The durable stainless steel core head offers precise cuts and can core the whole fruit at once. The core is easily removed from the tool with a simple shake. It is dishwasher safe for easy cleanup and features a large hole for hanging.</p> <p>This is available in two colors and is designed to hold up to repeated usage, so you&rsquo;ll get a good value out of it. It is recommended by America&rsquo;s Test Kitchen and Cook&rsquo;s Country and is backed by hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon. OXO has a wide range of core removers available, so you may also want to consider the highly-rated <a href="http://amzn.to/2hKGDgv" target="_blank">OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Ratcheting Pineapple Slicer with Depth Guide</a>, or <a href="http://amzn.to/2wuCUqU" target="_blank">OXO Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ftDkcP" target="_blank"><em>Currently $8.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Cuisipro Apple Corer</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2vk6lgs" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/cuisipro_1.jpg" width="136" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2vk6lgs" target="_blank">Cuisipro Apple Corer</a> is quick and easy to use. Simply insert it into the apple, pull out the core, and press the lever to split the tool in half for easy release of the core. The ergonomic handle easily twists to push the corer through the apple. The large diameter and long, sharp serrated teeth easily break through all types of apples. It is dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.</p> <p>This is America&rsquo;s Test Kitchen&rsquo;s top pick, Cook&rsquo;s Illustrated&rsquo;s top pick, and recommended by Good Housekeeping. It also has outstanding online reviews, including hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2vk6lgs" target="_blank"><em>Currently $9.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Silver Stainless Steel Pineapple De-Corer</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ftvTlP" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/silver%20pinapple.jpg" width="103" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in fruit and vegetable corers, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2ftvTlP" target="_blank">Silver Stainless Steel Pineapple De-Corer</a> is ideal for larger fruits, like pineapples. The durable stainless steel blade can peel, core, and slice a pineapple in seconds. It&rsquo;s fast and easy to use. Simply grip and turn to slice the fruit one slice at a time or cut the whole fruit up at once. It ensures perfectly-shaped rings every time and preserves the shell, in case you want to use it as a bowl. The knob and slicer separate with a button for easy cleaning.</p> <p>This has more than 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon and is backed by a 100% money-back manufacturer&rsquo;s warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ftvTlP" target="_blank"><em>Currently $6.96 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Calphalon Easy Grip Apple Corer Slicer</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2uGxo2f" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/calphalon_0.jpg" width="245" height="203" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2uGxo2f" target="_blank">Calphalon Easy Grip Apple Corer Slicer</a> can core and slice apples or pears in one quick motion, so you can enjoy perfectly-sized slices in seconds. It has stainless steel blades that are designed to stay sharp over a lifetime of use and oversized, offset handles for better leverage and control. This soft control zone also offers greater comfort. It is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. It has hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon, and is backed by a lifetime warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2uGxo2f" target="_blank"><em>Currently $14.98 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Chef'n StemGem Strawberry Huller</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2fsydd7" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/chefn.jpg" width="128" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2fsydd7" target="_blank">Chef'n StemGem Strawberry Huller</a> is particularly ideal if you tend to core large amounts of strawberries at once as it will save you a lot of time. It leaves more flesh intact, so you can eat more fruit or easily fill the soft fruit with chocolate. It&rsquo;s easy to use. All you do is push the green button, insert the stainless steel claw into a strawberry or other soft fruit or vegetable, twist, and press the button again to get rid of the strawberry core. The cute design is easy to spot in your kitchen drawer and is dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.</p> <p>This is safe enough for kids to use. It is recommended by Cook&rsquo;s Illustrated and backed by more than 2,500 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2fsydd7" target="_blank"><em>Currently $7.11 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best core removers. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" target="_blank">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthe-5-best-core-removers&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%25205%2520Best%2520Core%2520Removers.jpg&amp;description=The%205%20Best%20Core%20Removers"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/The%205%20Best%20Core%20Removers.jpg" alt="The 5 Best Core Removers" width="250" height="374" /></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-core-removers">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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But produce doesn't last very long &mdash; unless you know how to preserve it. Here are a few methods you can use to preserve the food you have now so you can enjoy it months, or even years later.</p> <h2>1. Drying</h2> <p>Some produce can be preserved by drying it so it can be stored in jars or plastic bags without spoiling. Beans, peas, corn, and hot peppers can be dried and rehydrated for later use. Apples, apricots, pears, and plums can also be preserved by drying. Another way to preserve fruit by drying is to make &quot;fruit leather&quot; by processing it in a blender and spreading it out to dry on a thin sheet. And grapes can be dried in the sun to become raisins. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/all-dried-up-how-to-dry-fruits-and-vegetables?ref=seealso" target="_blank">All Dried Up: How to Dry Fruits and Vegetables</a>)</p> <p>You can preserve fresh herbs such as mint, cilantro, rosemary, sage, oregano, and dill by hanging them to dry. Roast soy beans and pumpkin seeds in the oven on a baking sheet to dry.</p> <p>If you have a lot of produce to dry, you can buy or build a food dehydrator to more efficiently preserve larger quantities of food in a small space. You can get a small plastic food dehydrator for around $40 or a larger food dehydrator with metal racks for around $100. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-food-dehydrators?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best Food Dehydrators</a>)</p> <h2>2. Freezing</h2> <p>Most vegetables have better taste, color, and texture if you blanch or steam them before freezing. Some good candidates to freeze are: asparagus, broccoli, greens, okra, peas, peppers, pumpkin, tomato, blueberry, cherry, cranberry, peaches, pears, rhubarb, and strawberries. Another way to use your freezer to preserve your produce is to cook up a big batch of soup with your vegetables and freeze it.</p> <p>You'll need a freezer and an airtight storage container to preserve food by freezing. The important thing is to make sure you have an airtight seal to prevent your food from drying out and oxidizing in the freezer, otherwise known as freezer burn. The better your container, the longer your food will last in the freezer and maintain its quality.</p> <p>You can get a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-vacuum-sealers" target="_blank">vacuum sealing system</a> that includes a vacuum pump and a few heat-sealable bags for around $60. If that's too much, look for a hand vacuum pump starter kit with zipper bags for around $15. The cheapest way to get started is to use thick plastic zipper bags intended for freezer use and squeeze the air out manually before zipping closed. You can get a box of 28 gallon-sized freezer bags for about $5.</p> <h2>3. Canning</h2> <p>For foods with high acid content such as fruit, fruit juice, jelly, jam, tomatoes, and pickled foods, you can use a simple water bath canning method that does not require a pressure cooker. Water bath canning involves submerging jars of produce in a very large container of boiling water.</p> <p>I use a large pot of boiling water, Mason jars, lids, and bands to preserve my salsa made with vinegar, tomatoes, and green peppers. You can add corn, hot peppers, and lots of other ingredients to make a unique and tasty salsa. The jars and bands are reusable, but the lids should be used only once.</p> <p>You can get a <a href="http://amzn.to/2ur4ItM" target="_blank">box of 12 Mason jars</a> with lids and bands for under $20 to get started. Highly acidic foods will be good to eat for 12 to 18 months after canning. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-home-canned-foods-that-beat-store-bought?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Home Canned Foods That Beat Store Bought</a>)</p> <p>If you want to expand into canning of other produce, you can get a range-top <a href="http://amzn.to/2fqfIpD" target="_blank">pressure cooker</a> for around $100, depending on the capacity you need. This allows higher temperatures to be reached during canning to ensure that harmful bacteria are killed, avoiding food spoilage or food poisoning. Low acid foods canned with a pressure cooker are safe and nutritious for many years after canning.</p> <h2>4. Cellaring</h2> <p>Cellaring is a technique of preserving fruits and vegetables by using a space in your house that you keep at about 32&ordm;F to 40&ordm;F with high humidity. These conditions slow decomposition and prevent dehydration and withering. Beets, cabbage, carrots, onions, potatoes, parsnips, garlic, apples, and winter squash are some things that can be stored during the winter in a root cellar.</p> <p>You may be able to make a root cellar in a cold corner of your basement, or you may be able to dig a hole below the frost line and place produce in a container to preserve it.</p> <h2>5. Pickling</h2> <p>Pickling is a way of preserving vegetables by heating them in a vinegar and water mixture. This method of pickling does not involve fermentation, and is the way most store-bought pickles are produced. Cucumbers, beets, and okra can be easily made into delicious pickles. Add sugar and spices such as cloves and dill to the vinegar mixture to get the flavor of pickles that you like best. You can keep your homemade pickles in a container in the refrigerator for a few weeks, or use water bath canning to preserve your pickled produce for the long haul.</p> <h2>6. Fermenting</h2> <p>Fermentation is a method of preservation that changes the chemical properties of your produce, converting it into a new form that can be stored for a long time. In fermented pickled produce, the sugar in vegetables is converted into lactic acid by lactic acid bacteria. In fermented beverages, the sugar in fruit is converted into alcohol by yeast.</p> <p>Cabbage can be fermented into sauerkraut or kimchi, which is tasty and rich in vitamins and minerals. Vegetables can be fermented into pickles that have a shelf life of six months or so. Use pickling salt or kosher salt when making fermented pickles since regular salt is iodized and contains anti-caking agents that can result in cloudy brine and reduce the quality of your pickles.</p> <p>For making sauerkraut, kimchi, or fermented pickles, you can get a set of <a href="http://amzn.to/2vBqQWX" target="_blank">fermentation lids</a> to put on Mason jars for about $35, or a <a href="http://amzn.to/2vg3GEK" target="_blank">fermentation crock with weights</a> for $60.</p> <p>Grapes, berries, and fruit juice can be fermented into wine or hard cider. Honey mixed with water can be fermented into mead. When bottled, these fermented beverages last for years and can even develop improved flavor with aging.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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