Cooking http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/21/all en-US 7 Podcasts for Foodies http://www.wisebread.com/7-podcasts-for-foodies <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-podcasts-for-foodies" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/young_woman_listening_music_on_yellow_headphones.jpg" alt="Young woman listening music on yellow headphones" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You love food. You love podcasts. You're not alone! The interwebs are now chock-full of podcasts for hungry listeners. While this list is by no means definitive, these are seven of my go-to podcasts when I need some inspiration in the kitchen. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cool-jobs-for-foodies?ref=seealso" target="_blank">12 Cool Jobs for Foodies</a>)</p> <h2>1. The Slow Melt</h2> <p>This chocolaty podcast is for those of us who are continuously fascinated by the versatility of chocolate and our special relationship with the magical ingredient. <a href="https://theslowmelt.com/" target="_blank">The Slow Melt</a> is expertly written and hosted by Simran Sethi, a journalist and former visiting scholar at the University of West Indies' Cocoa Research Centre. (Who knew there was such a wonderland?!) Simran is the author of <a href="http://amzn.to/2yXmtDG" target="_blank">Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love</a>, named one of the best food books of 2016 by <em>Smithsonian</em>.</p> <h2>2. Gastropod</h2> <p>Like your podcasts served with healthy sides of science and history? So do I, and <a href="https://gastropod.com/" target="_blank">Gastropod</a> delivers exactly that. From the back story of Fluff to the transformation of school lunches, this podcast will leave you with a higher food IQ and greater appreciation of the ever-expanding food landscape after each episode.</p> <h2>3. Go Fork Yourself</h2> <p>Who doesn't love a good food pun? I'm trying to fit as many of them as possible into this story! Don't let the title of this podcast fool you. The hosts of <a href="http://andrewzimmern.com/category/podcasts/" target="_blank">Go Fork Yourself</a> mean business when it comes to food. Andrew Zimmern and Molly Mogren contribute their seemingly endless plates of knowledge on the topics of international food. And they spice things up with interviews with famous chefs and travel experts from diverse backgrounds. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-new-podcasts-thatll-improve-your-money-mindset?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 New Podcasts That'll Improve Your Money Mindset</a>)</p> <h2>4. Add Passion and Stir: Big Passion ... Big Ideas</h2> <p>People who are dedicated to food are often just as dedicated to social justice issues such as food equity. <a href="http://addpassionandstir.com/" target="_blank">Add Passion and Stir</a> is the weekly podcast about people who are changing the world. Each week, <a href="https://www.nokidhungry.org/" target="_blank">Share Our Strength</a>'s founder and chairman Billy Shore has a conversation with a guest from the culinary world and an industry thought leader. Together, they craft a thought-provoking discussion about food and its impact on society. Central to our health, environment, educational achievement, sustainability, and overall quality of life, they never run out of unique food-based story ideas.</p> <h2>5. A Taste of the Past</h2> <p>William Faulkner said, &quot;The past isn't dead. It isn't even past.&quot; Recipes of the past are rich in history, giving us a sensory-based time machine that conveys what it was like to live in an earlier time. Host of <a href="http://heritageradionetwork.org/series/a-taste-of-the-past/" target="_blank">A Taste of the Past</a>, Linda Pelaccio, is a real deal food historian and she's got a mountain of knowledge to share with listeners. Hear her and her guests opine on topics such as the role of tea in shaping the modern world, the alchemy of vinegar, and the fierce baking powder wars.</p> <h2>6. Cooking Issues</h2> <p>If innovative ingredients, techniques, and gadgets is your thing, hosts of <a href="http://heritageradionetwork.org/series/cooking-issues/" target="_blank">Cooking Issues</a>, Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez are your guides. From pimping out your oven to making gourmet pizza at home to the virtues of liquid nitrogen, Dave and Nastassia have you covered.</p> <h2>7. Gravy</h2> <p>There are a few things that evoke more passion in people than food. It's primal to our identity and our survival. Nowhere is this more true than the American South. <a href="https://www.southernfoodways.org/gravy-format/gravy-podcast/" target="_blank">Gravy</a> is a production from the Southern Foodways Alliance. The Alliance is based at the University of Mississippi's Center for the Study of Southern Culture, and it documents, studies, and explores the diverse food cultures of the constantly changing American South, while also paying tribute to its deep and diverse cultural roots. Its episodes are produced in the spirit of respect and reconciliation. Examine your favorite southern foods through cultural, historical, and social lenses.</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" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F7-podcasts-for-foodies&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%2520Podcasts%2520for%2520Foodies.jpg&amp;description=7%20Podcasts%20for%20Foodies"></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%20Podcasts%20for%20Foodies.jpg" alt="7 Podcasts for Foodies" 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/7-podcasts-for-foodies">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/12-cool-jobs-for-foodies">12 Cool Jobs for Foodies</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-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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-perfectly-respectable-uses-for-instant-mashed-potatoes">5 Perfectly Respectable Uses for Instant Mashed Potatoes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-flour-tortillas-that-taste-great">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Flour Tortillas that Taste Great!</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/40-cheap-or-free-ways-to-make-the-most-of-the-weekend">40+ Cheap or Free Ways to Make the Most of the Weekend</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Food and Drink apple music best podcasts Cooking foodie foodies podcasts recipes spotify things to do Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:00:06 +0000 Christa Avampato 2035905 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Cookbooks for Beginners http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-cookbooks-for-beginners <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-cookbooks-for-beginners" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_cooking_food_499781701.jpg" alt="Man using best cookbooks while cooking" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Cooking at home can help you save money and eat healthier, so finding the right cookbook to guide you in the kitchen can be invaluable. Whether you&rsquo;re just learning to cook for yourself or are looking for the perfect gift for someone else, the cookbooks listed below will suit your needs.</p> <h2>What is a cookbook for beginners?</h2> <p>Cookbooks for beginners provide both easy standby recipes and the essential techniques you&rsquo;ll need to be successful in the kitchen. Whether you are completely clueless in the kitchen, or only have the basics to get by, an uncomplicated beginner&rsquo;s cookbook will get you started.</p> <h2>Top 5 cookbooks for beginners</h2> <h3>Joy of Cooking</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2zeUfFt" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/joy%20of%20cooking.jpg" width="175" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The best-selling <a href="http://amzn.to/2zeUfFt" target="_blank">Joy of Cooking</a> has been one of the most commonly purchased and gifted cookbooks since its publication in 1931. It has taught tens of millions of people to cook. The revised 75th Anniversary edition of <em>The New York Times</em> best-seller includes a total of 4,500 recipes, including both the classic beloved recipes along with hundreds of new recipes to keep up with the modern cooking. It also covers techniques like knife skills, different cooking methods, setting a table, and finding ways to save time in the kitchen. The all-purpose cookbook also has extensive reference materials and helpful illustrations.</p> <p>This is the only cookbook named one of the most influential books of the 20th century by The New York Public Library. The James Beard Foundation also included it on their 20 Essential Cookbooks List. Even Julia Child called it &ldquo;a fundamental resource for any American cook.&rdquo; It has over 49,100 five-star reviews on Goodreads and more than 2,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is recommended by Publishers Weekly, Newsweek, Cosmopolitan, Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Lifehacker, and The Muse.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2zeUfFt" target="_blank"><em>Currently $20.55 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>How to Cook Everything</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2kFOnSz" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/how%20to%20cook.jpg" width="216" height="245" align="right" alt="" />How to Cook Everything: 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food, 10th Anniversary Edition</a> is part cookbook and part reference guide. It provides basic recipes and techniques for just about everything, using easy-to-follow sentences and straightforward instructions and advice. It also offers helpful lists and charts, illustrations, expert advice, and variations to keep the 2,000+ simple recipes modern and exciting. In fact, nearly half the material is new in this revised edition, so you won&rsquo;t get bored of the recipes.</p> <p>Mark Bittman is one of the best-known food writers in the country. He also writes for The New York Times&rsquo; Opinion section and is regularly featured on <em>Today Show</em> cooking segments. The award-winning cookbook has over 23,400 five-star reviews on Goodreads and nearly 1,500 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is recommended by <em>The New York Times, Cosmopolitan</em>, Huffington Post, Lifehacker, Serious Eats, and The Muse. Even celebrity chefs like Mario Batali and Bobby Flay recommend this long-standing favorite. Celebrities like Al Roker, Lisa Loeb, and Isaac Mizrahi are also notable fans.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2kFOnSz" target="_blank"><em>Currently $20.30 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Better Homes and Gardens: New Cook Book, 16th Edition</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2yf8jQU" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/better%20homes.jpg" width="219" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The best-selling <a href="http://amzn.to/2yf8jQU" target="_blank">Better Homes and Gardens: New Cook Book, 16th Edition</a> is a classic cookbook that covers everything. The newly updated and expanded edition offers a redesigned cover, more than 1,200 recipes, 1,000 color photos, and tips to help you master basic techniques like canning and setting up a kitchen. All recipes were also reviewed and revised for the modern kitchen. There are also icons throughout the book to highlight fast, low-calorie, and best-loved recipes.</p> <p>This has served as a trusted go-to cookbook since 1930. It is recommended by Huffington Post, Lifehacker, and The Kitchn. It has over 43,400 five-star reviews on Goodreads and nearly 2,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2yf8jQU" target="_blank"><em>Currently $23.98 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2yfIvEm" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/barefoot%20contessa.jpg" width="184" height="245" align="right" alt="" />Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust</a> comes from the beloved Food Network star and #1 <em>New York Times</em> best-selling author, Ina Garten. The recipes are easy to follow and prepare, but are still sure to impress. The book also covers skills like planning a menu and making recipes in advance. There are 150 color photographs and helpful tips throughout the book to assist in the event that things go awry with the recipe.</p> <p>This is recommended by <em>The Washington Post</em> and The Muse. It has over 2,400 five-star reviews on Goodreads and over 900 five-star reviews on Amazon. <a href="http://amzn.to/2yfHhsH" target="_blank">Barefoot Contessa at Home: Everyday Recipes You'll Make Over and Over Again</a> is another favorite with beginners.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2yfIvEm" target="_blank"><em>Currently $19.11 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>The Science of Good Cooking</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2yYnqvM" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/science%20of%20good%20cooking.jpg" width="208" height="245" align="right" alt="" />The Science of Good Cooking: Master 50 Simple Concepts to Enjoy a Lifetime of Success in the Kitchen</a> comes from the editors of <em>Cook's Illustrated</em>. The new volume covers 50 core principles and offers 400 simple recipes that apply those principles in order to better teach fundamental kitchen skills. The recipes have been tested, written, and edited by the experts at America&rsquo;s Test Kitchen. The frequently recommended cookbook has nearly 1,100 five-star reviews on Goodreads and over 800 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2yYnqvM" target="_blank"><em>Currently $26.34 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best cookbooks for beginners. 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;">&nbsp;</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this Image? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthe-5-best-cookbooks-for-beginners&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%25205%2520Best%2520Cookbooks%2520for%2520Beginners.jpg&amp;description=The%205%20Best%20Cookbooks%20for%20Beginners"></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%20Cookbooks%20for%20Beginners.jpg" alt="The 5 Best Cookbooks for Beginners" 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-cookbooks-for-beginners">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-smart-water-bottles">The 5 Best Smart Water Bottles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-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-3 views-row-odd"> <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-4 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-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-food-steamers">The 5 Best Food Steamers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping 5 best books cookbooks cookbooks for beginners Cooking product reviews shopping Wed, 11 Oct 2017 08:00:08 +0000 Andrea Cannon 2034894 at http://www.wisebread.com Great Summertime Grilling for Any Budget http://www.wisebread.com/great-summertime-grilling-for-any-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/great-summertime-grilling-for-any-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/handsome_male_preparing_barbecue.jpg" alt="Handsome male preparing barbecue" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Grilling at home is a beloved summer activity but it can get really expensive, depending on what you buy and how often you grill it. In addition to the cost of food, you also have to pay for fuel to run the grill. A gas grill is cheaper to run than a charcoal grill, at about $1 per grilling session versus about $3 for a charcoal grill. But buying a gas grill is more expensive up front than a charcoal grill, depending on which grill you choose. I switched to a gas grill years ago, and the higher cost of the gas grill has been offset by the lower cost of operation over the years. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-reasons-you-should-be-grilling-on-gas?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Reasons You Should Be Grilling on Gas</a>)</p> <p>I investigated prices for items to grill at my local grocery store and found several items you can grill for $1 or less per four-ounce serving, or $4 per pound. Chicken and vegetables are the big winners for the cheapest things to grill. Watch out for steaks and fish, as these pricier items can run over $5 per four-ounce serving. Using my account at my grocery store, Hy-Vee Aisles Online, I was able to gather these prices per serving. Prices in your area may vary somewhat, but these 24 items are sure to be among the cheapest things you can make on the grill.</p> <h2>1. Bananas</h2> <p>You can throw bananas right on the grill for a very cheap grilled dessert. Add flavors such as vanilla or cinnamon for a novel treat.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 15 cents per serving.</p> <h2>2. Chicken drumsticks</h2> <p>Add barbecue sauce or Sriracha sauce to chicken drumsticks before grilling for some flavorful grilled protein.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 24 cents per serving.</p> <h2>3. Chicken thighs</h2> <p>Not everyone likes chicken drumsticks, so grill some cheap chicken thighs, too.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 25 cents per serving.</p> <h2>4. Pineapple</h2> <p>Once McDonald's tried to sell a hamburger with a grilled slice of pineapple instead of meat. It didn&rsquo;t catch on at McDonald's, but grilled pineapple is a cheap side dish, or you can throw it on a bun with condiments for a great vegetarian option.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 26 cents per serving.</p> <h2>5. Hot dogs (store or cheap brand)</h2> <p>Hot dogs are one of the cheapest meats you can grill, especially if you go for the cheapest brand.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 35 cents per serving.</p> <h2>6. Onions</h2> <p>Throw some sliced onions on a sheet of aluminum foil with some butter, and you&rsquo;ll have a grilled treat to put on top of hamburgers or to serve as a side dish.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 44 cents per serving.</p> <h2>7. Zucchini</h2> <p>There is no reason not to grill some vegetables along with your meat. Wrap some sliced zucchini in foil with a pat of butter for some easy grilled veggies.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 50 cents per serving.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-grilled-veggie-dishes-that-hold-their-own-with-meat?ref=seealso" target="_blank">15 Grilled Veggie Dishes That Hold Their Own With Meat</a></p> <h2>8. Eggplant</h2> <p>Slice up an eggplant, spray it with cooking oil, and grill it up for a side dish or even to put on a bun and eat as a veggie alternative to a hamburger.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 50 cents per serving.</p> <h2>9. Corn on the cob</h2> <p>With a little prep, you can grill a couple ears of sweet corn for well under $1 and avoid running the microwave on a hot day.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 67 cents per serving.</p> <h2>10. Chicken breasts (boneless/skinless)</h2> <p>Serve grilled chicken breasts on a bun, or on their own as a main course for well under $1 per serving.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 75 cents per serving.</p> <h2>11. Ground beef</h2> <p>You can sometimes find special offers on cheap ground beef, so stock up and put it in your freezer for cheap grilling all summer long.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 75 cents per serving.</p> <h2>12. Jalapeño peppers</h2> <p>Add some spice to your meals by grilling some fresh jalapeño peppers. Spray them with cooking oil and put them right on the grill or set them on a sheet of aluminum foil. Add some cheese in the middle of each pepper before grilling to make your own jalapeño poppers.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 75 cents per serving.</p> <h2>13. Pork loin</h2> <p>Grilled pork tastes great and is typically cheaper than most cuts of beef.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 83 cents per serving.</p> <h2>14. Pork loin butterfly chop</h2> <p>This is another cheap alternative to more expensive steaks.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 83 cents per serving.</p> <h2>15. Hamburger (fresh, 80% lean)</h2> <p>You can upgrade to fresh ground hamburger for a few cents more per serving, which can be worth it for the extra flavor.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 83 cents per serving.</p> <h2>16. Beef ribs</h2> <p>I picked up a cheap pack of boneless beef ribs and it was one of the best things I have grilled so far this year.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 87 cents per serving.</p> <h2>17. Frozen pizza</h2> <p>You can actually cook a pizza on your grill. This can be a great alternative to firing up your oven inside on a hot day. A grilled cheese pizza or veggie pizza is a nice option at your cookout for people who are not carnivores.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 93 cents per serving.</p> <h2>18. Ground chuck (steak burger)</h2> <p>Ground steak makes for delicious hamburgers, and even though it seems like it would be a pricey meat option, you can try ground chuck steak without going over $1 per serving.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $1.00 per serving.</p> <h2>19. Pork top loin chops</h2> <p>Pork typically costs less than beef, making it ideal for cheap grilling. A pork top loin chop is a boneless cut from the loin, which is lean and tender meat.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $1.00 per serving.</p> <h2>20. Pork loin rib-eye chop</h2> <p>Pork loin rib-eyes are a boneless pork chop cut from the rib area of the pork loin.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $1.00 per serving.</p> <h2>21. Pork loin porterhouse chop</h2> <p>A pork loin porterhouse chop usually has a &quot;T&quot; shaped bone in the cut and includes a section of loin on one side and tenderloin on the other.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $1.00 per serving.</p> <h2>22. Asparagus</h2> <p>Asparagus is an easy vegetable to grill and adds some class to any grilled meal.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $1.00 per serving.</p> <h2>23. Ground Turkey</h2> <p>The ground turkey was a bit higher than $1 per serving at my grocery store on the day I checked prices, but with a bit of digging I am sure ground turkey can be found for less than $4 per pound to bring it into the realm of cheap grilling.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $1.05 per serving.</p> <h2>24. Bratwurst</h2> <p>Bratwurst was also a bit higher than $1 per 4 oz serving at my local store, but this price was for some fresh bratwurst in a variety of flavors. With some power shopping, cheaper bratwurst can be had and enjoyed for less than $1 per serving.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $1.07 per serving.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/table.jpg" width="602" height="605" alt="" /></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%2Fgreat-summertime-grilling-for-any-budget&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FGreat%2520Summertime%2520Grilling%2520for%2520Any%2520Budget.jpg&amp;description=Great%20Summertime%20Grilling%20for%20Any%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/Great%20Summertime%20Grilling%20for%20Any%20Budget.jpg" alt="Great Summertime Grilling for Any 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/dr-penny-pincher">Dr Penny Pincher</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/great-summertime-grilling-for-any-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-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-surefire-ways-to-save-on-grilling">7 Surefire Ways to Save on Grilling</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-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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-cut-costs-on-holiday-feasts">13 Ways to Cut Costs on Holiday Feasts</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-only-15-foods-that-are-worth-buying-organic">The Only 15 Foods That Are Worth Buying Organic</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-grocery-shop-for-five-on-100-a-week">How to Grocery Shop for Five on $100 a Week</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping BBQ budget meals Cooking frugal food Grilling grocery shopping summer bbq summer food Mon, 03 Jul 2017 09:00:10 +0000 Dr Penny Pincher 1975739 at http://www.wisebread.com Save Time and Money With These 15 Delicious Sheet Pan Meals http://www.wisebread.com/save-time-and-money-with-these-15-delicious-sheet-pan-meals <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/save-time-and-money-with-these-15-delicious-sheet-pan-meals" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-469377646.jpg" alt="Finding delicious sheet pan meals that will save time and money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Feel like you're constantly stuck in a dinner rut? Don't turn into the drive-thru lane again for a quick dinner solution. Instead, use sheet pan meals to cook a delicious dinner, all in one pan.</p> <p>The best part about sheet pan meals is that there are endless options. Below are 15 recipes, but feel free to tweak them to your desire. These meals are practically foolproof. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-one-pot-meals-that-will-transform-dinner?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 One Pot Meals That Will Transform Dinner</a>)</p> <h2>1. Ultimate Chicken Nachos</h2> <p>Nachos can't really be dinner, can they? You bet they can, and your family will love you for it. Spread an overlapping layer of chips on your metal sheet pan, then top with grated cheese, cooked chicken pieces, diced tomatoes, corn kernels, and canned pinto or black beans. You can even add sliced jalapeños if you'd like.</p> <p>Bake at 400&ordm; for 10 to 15 minutes. Immediately sprinkle chopped cilantro on the finished chips. Top with your favorite wet ingredients (sour cream, guacamole, salsa, etc.) and enjoy!</p> <h2>2. Ratatouille</h2> <p>You won't miss the meat in this dish. Use a mandolin or vegetable slicer to save time. Cut Yukon potatoes, zucchinis, yellow squash, and eggplant into small coin shapes. Next, open a can of tomato puree and add a thin layer on your sheet pan. Season with salt, then arrange the sliced vegetables in an overlapping fashion. Drizzle the vegetables with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning.</p> <p>Bake the ratatouille for 35 minutes in a 375&ordm; oven. Sprinkle with goat cheese and serve with crusty bread for a complete meal.</p> <h2>3. Lemon Garlic Salmon and Green Beans</h2> <p>Baking salmon on top of green beans, or a vegetable with a similar cooking time, makes for a yummy, heart-healthy meal.</p> <p>Layer the green beans on a nonstick sheet pan. In a small bowl, mix &frac12; cup of olive oil, the juice of two lemons, a dash of salt, pepper, Parmesan cheese, and Italian seasoning. Dip the salmon fillets in the oil mixture and then lay them skin side up on the green beans.</p> <p>Broil on high for eight to 10 minutes. Make sure the oven is fully hot before sticking your fish in, and check the fish at the eight-minute mark. It should flake easily with a fork.</p> <h2>4. Cilantro Lime Chicken Fajitas</h2> <p>Cut raw chicken breasts, onions, and bell peppers into strips. In a bag or bowl, mix &frac12; cup of oil, &frac14; cup lime juice, finely chopped cilantro, and a packet of taco seasoning. Add the chicken, onion, and bell pepper mixture and coat evenly. Transfer chicken, onion, and bell pepper mixture to a nonstick pan and discard any of the remaining oil mixture.</p> <p>Bake for 25 minutes in a 400&ordm; oven. Wrap your tortillas in aluminum foil and place them in the oven at the 17-minute mark, so they have eight minutes to warm alongside the fajitas. Serve with cheese, sour cream, salsa, and guacamole.</p> <p>See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-cheap-and-easy-crock-pot-recipes?ref=seealso2" target="_blank">25 Great, Cheap, and Easy Crock Pot Recipes </a></p> <h2>5. Whole Chicken With Potatoes and Carrots</h2> <p>Whole chickens are very affordable and can feed your family for more than one meal. Use the leftover bones to make a rich broth.</p> <p>Dice your carrots and potatoes into thick chunks. These veggies are going to be in the oven for a while, so make sure you don't slice them too thin and overcook them. Make an herb butter by combining room temperature butter with a dash of salt, pepper, minced garlic, and either fresh or dried oregano and rosemary. Cover the chicken with this mixture and stick an apple cut in half in the cavity.</p> <p>Bake for 75 minutes in a 350&ordm; oven. Chicken will be done when the juices run clear.</p> <h2>6. Ranch Pork Chops and Potatoes</h2> <p>This tasty&nbsp;<a href="http://www.jocooks.com/one-pot/ranch-pork-chops-potatoes-sheet-pan-dinner/" target="_blank">ranch pork chops</a> combination from Jo Cooks is a fantastic dinner option.. All you need is ranch seasoning, baby potatoes, and pork chops (either boneless or bone-in), and a few pantry staples to create this easy dish. After 40 minutes, you will have moist pork chops and tender potatoes.</p> <h2>7. Teriyaki Chicken With Vegetables</h2> <p>Forget Chinese takeout. You can make your own with this&nbsp;<a href="http://therecipecritic.com/2016/09/sheet-pan-teriyaki-chicken-with-vegetables/" target="_blank">teriyaki chicken with vegetable recipe.</a> This sheet meal takes a few extra steps on the stove, but is totally worth it, and it will still save you time in your dinner rush.</p> <h2>8. Chicken Parmesan</h2> <p>For an easy&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cookingclassy.com/one-pan-chicken-parmesan-and-roasted-zucchini/" target="_blank">chicken parm</a>, simply bread your chicken breast, and cover with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. The thinner the chicken cutlet, the faster it will cook.</p> <h2>9. Eggplant Parmesan</h2> <p>Make this classic dish in less time by slicing the eggplant and topping each slice with tomato sauce and cheese. To avoid a soggy eggplant, let your sliced pieces dry out a little bit first.</p> <h2>10. Skinny Chicken Taco Fries</h2> <p>A plate of fries piled high with cheese and other goodness is a dream come true. However, this type of food can also pack on the pounds. These <a href="http://www.theseasonedmom.com/sheet-pan-supper-skinny-chicken-taco-fries/" target="_blank">skinny chicken taco&nbsp;fries</a> use sweet potatoes instead for a healthier touch.</p> <h2>11. Baked Apple Pork Chops and Green Beans</h2> <p>The combination of&nbsp;<a href="http://damndelicious.net/2016/08/22/baked-apple-pork-chops-green-beans/" target="_blank">pork chops and baked apples</a> is a winning one. Top pork chops with sliced apples and cook on one pan alongside green beans.</p> <h2>12. Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breast</h2> <p>Wrapping small&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dinneratthezoo.com/bacon-wrapped-stuffed-chicken-breast/" target="_blank">chicken breasts with bacon</a> keeps them moist while baking. This recipe pairs wrapped bacon with zucchini, but you can also stuff your chicken with cream cheese for a yummy alternative.</p> <p>See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-instant-pot-recipes-that-will-save-you-money?ref=seealso2" target="_blank">12 Instant Pot Recipes That Will Save You Money</a></p> <h2>13. Shrimp and Polenta</h2> <p>This&nbsp;<a href="http://thepigandquill.com/2015/03/04/roasted-shrimp-polenta-with-halloumi-or-pancetta-crisps/" target="_blank">shrimp and polenta dish</a> comes together in about 30 minutes, but it looks fancy enough for guests.</p> <h2>14. Sheet Pan Steak and Veggies</h2> <p>Nailing the perfect steak when you are crunched on time is made possible with this&nbsp;<a href="http://damndelicious.net/2016/12/16/sheet-pan-steak-and-veggies/" target="_blank">roasted steak and vegetable recipe</a>.</p> <h2>15. Asian Stir Fry</h2> <p>This&nbsp;<a href="http://damndelicious.net/2016/09/30/sheet-pan-asian-stir-fry/" target="_blank">sheet pan chicken stir fry</a> is easy to change up with tofu or steak. It takes only 15 minutes to ensemble and another 20 minutes to cook.</p> <p>Need more sheet pan meal ideas? Check out&nbsp;<a href="http://amzn.to/2mOvaLg" target="_blank">Sheet Pan Suppers: 120 Recipes for Simple, Surprising, Hands-Off Meals Straight from the Oven</a>. This book breaks down the science of cooking food together on one pan, and has gorgeous photography.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-eneriz">Ashley Eneriz</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-time-and-money-with-these-15-delicious-sheet-pan-meals">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/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies">Cooking for Beginners: 10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-63-best-cooking-hacks-for-busy-people">Flashback Friday: 63 Best Cooking Hacks for Busy People</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eat-better-and-save-money-with-these-easy-two-night-meals">Eat Better and Save Money With These Easy Two-Night Meals</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/11-meals-that-make-terrific-leftovers">11 Meals That Make Terrific Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink budgeting Cooking cooking tips dinner ideas dinner recipes food trends sheet pan meals Tue, 07 Mar 2017 11:00:11 +0000 Ashley Eneriz 1904506 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Ways to Prevent the Winter Blues from Busting Your Budget http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-prevent-the-winter-blues-from-busting-your-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-to-prevent-the-winter-blues-from-busting-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/woman_sad_window_507633424.jpg" alt="Woman keeping SAD from destroying her budget" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you start feeling a bit funky once the cold weather hits? For some, seasonal change can trigger depression called seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. With SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and can continue throughout the winter months. You might feel more tired or moody than usual. You may gain weight, oversleep, or have a heavy feeling in your arms and legs.</p> <p>Though doctors don't know<em> exactly </em>what causes SAD, it might have something to do with a decrease in sunlight. Less sun can affect anything from your circadian rhythm to your serotonin and melatonin levels. The result? You don't feel yourself. And you may not maintain your usual habits in other areas of your life, like spending.</p> <p>Here's how to keep SAD from sabotaging your budget this winter &mdash; as well as some things you can do to help yourself get out of a funk on the cheap. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-creative-ways-to-avoid-spending-money?ref=seealso">13 Creative Ways to Stop Spending Money</a>)</p> <h2>1. Unlink Payment Methods</h2> <p>While you might not randomly head out to the store at midnight, online shops are always open. You may have even linked your credit cards or PayPal account to your favorite store. Consider unlinking your payment methods so you'll need to pause for a moment before pushing the buy button. In the time it takes you to find your wallet, you may have second thoughts about your purchase.</p> <h2>2. Practice Self-Care</h2> <p>Instead of rushing to retail therapy to soothe yourself, consider spending time versus money. Practice self-care by doing things to ease your sadness. Take a warm bath, go for a walk, or visit YouTube to find a new yoga video. If you're having trouble thinking of what might make you feel better, try drafting up a list you can consult when you're feeling low. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-online-workout-videos-for-free-or-cheap?ref=seealso">7 Online Workout Stations for Free or Cheap</a>)</p> <h2>3. Enjoy Free Stuff</h2> <p>You may also want to make a list of all the free and fun things going on in your area. Being around people is important for people who have SAD, and it can help boost your mood. Check local calendars for events that look interesting to you. Instead of buying new books or music, check them out from your library.</p> <p>And when you want to spend, try consulting with the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/never-miss-free-ice-cream-again-complete-calendar-of-annual-free-stuff-days">Calendar of Annual Free Stuff</a> before heading out. There are many events throughout the year where you can score free food and more, allowing you to indulge without the financial guilt.</p> <h2>4. Cook Ahead</h2> <p>If you find you're spending tons of money on takeout or restaurant meals, plan ahead. You can make meals without much effort by using a Crock-Pot. Here are <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-cheap-and-easy-crock-pot-recipes">25 easy recipes</a> to get you started. And if you're really stuck on what you should consume, here's a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-eat-every-day-a-month-of-frugal-meals">frugal meal plan</a> for every single day this month. Eating a healthy diet may even help with your SAD symptoms. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-eat-well-on-just-20-a-week-with-meal-plans?ref=seealso">How to Eat on $20 a Week (With Meal Plans)</a>)</p> <h2>5. Reach Out</h2> <p>In the study on sadness and shopping, the researchers did discover an important link. The people who were sad were also more self-focused, which ultimately led to more spending. Thinking of others may help break the cycle. Instead of driving yourself to the mall when you're feeling down, you might call a friend to chat or meet up.</p> <h2>Easy Ways to Combat SAD</h2> <p>There are some things you can do at home to help ease your SAD symptoms. Of course, if you have concerns about your mood or health, it's always a good idea to make an appointment with your primary care physician.</p> <h3>Open Your Curtains</h3> <p>No, really. Do anything and everything you can to get more sunlight into your life. This may mean that you'll want to contact a landscaper to trim branches or bushes that are blocking light from getting into your home. Consider moving furniture, like your desk or reading chair, next to windows in your home or office.</p> <h3>Venture Outdoors</h3> <p>The weather may be frightful, but a quick walk around the block might make your day a bit more delightful. Getting in as much sun as possible can help lift your spirits. You'll be able to catch some rays even on cloudy days. Try to get outside within two hours of waking for the best results.</p> <h3>Exercise Daily</h3> <p>Moving your body is good no matter what, but for people with SAD, it's particularly important. Working out relieves stress and anxiety. These things can exacerbate SAD symptoms. Bonus points if you can exercise in the sunlight while getting in some fresh air.</p> <h3>Spend Money</h3> <p>On the right stuff, that is. There are a few products that can help with SAD. Look into buying a portable <a href="http://amzn.to/2hNmrtb">light box</a> that is made to emulate the sun. A light box works by stimulating all your eye's photoreceptors. Some people even choose to take certain supplements to ease their symptoms, including St. John's wort, SAMe, melatonin, and omega-3 fatty acids. Always consult with your doctor before starting any supplements.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-prevent-the-winter-blues-from-busting-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/5-ways-to-keep-anxiety-from-ruining-your-budget">5 Ways to Keep Anxiety From Ruining Your Budget</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/frugal-tip-do-not-spend-when-you-are-sad">Frugal Tip: Do Not Spend When You Are Sad</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-financial-perks-of-being-in-your-20s">The Financial Perks of Being in Your 20s</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-only-6-rules-of-frugal-living-you-need-to-know">The Only 6 Rules of Frugal Living You Need to Know</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-reasons-you-cant-focus-and-how-to-fix-it-now">12 Reasons You Can&#039;t Focus — And How to Fix It Now</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Health and Beauty Cooking depression free stuff mental illness retail therapy SAD seasonal affective disorder self care spending Thu, 05 Jan 2017 10:00:09 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1865738 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Instant Pot Recipes That Will Save You Money http://www.wisebread.com/12-instant-pot-recipes-that-will-save-you-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-instant-pot-recipes-that-will-save-you-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-518145080.jpg" alt="make these delicious recipes in your instant pot" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>So many people purchased <a href="http://amzn.to/2hpIS7k" target="_blank">Instant Pot electric pressure cookers</a> on Black Friday that Amazon warehouse pickers are sick of the sight of them.</p> <p>The sale was an especially good deal when you realize the many ways this versatile tool can help you save money. The countertop device is advertised as a seven-in-one tool because, besides pressure cooking, it also serves as a slow cooker, a rice maker, a yogurt maker, a steamer, and a warmer.</p> <p>I&rsquo;m one of the folks who bought an Instant Pot on sale, and I&rsquo;m quickly learning how to make it pay for itself by helping me create frugal meals and avoid food waste. Many of these recipes could be made in any pressure cooker, but one thing I appreciate about the Instant Pot is that you can brown or saute items in it as well, making for fewer pans to wash after dinner.</p> <h2>1. Eat a Homemade Breakfast on the Way to Work</h2> <p>Cooking up portable breakfasts in advance is all well and good for the type of people who plan ahead, but what about the rest of us? With the Instant Pot, your breakfast can cook while you shower, and be ready by the time you head out the door.</p> <p>The first recipe many new Instant Pot owners try is <a href="http://www.hippressurecooking.com/cracked-soft-medium-and-hard-boiled-eggs-in-the-pressure-cooker/" target="_blank">hard boiled eggs</a>. This takes less than 15 minutes from fridge to cool, easily-peelable eggs, and you don&rsquo;t have to worry about disasters like forgotten egg explosions.</p> <h2>2. No Soup Line for You</h2> <p>At $3 to $5, a paper cylinder of hot soup from the deli can be an easy lunch solution. But an Instant Pot and a Thermos or microwave can set you up almost as easily, for a far lower cost per serving.</p> <p>Do you spend 30 minutes walking from your desk to the deli, standing in line, and then returning with your soup? Because that&rsquo;s all this <a href="http://dontmesswithmama.com/instant-pot-minestrone-soup-gluten-free-real-food/#" target="_blank">hearty minestrone</a> takes to make, including prep time. And during that time, you can make enough for the whole week&rsquo;s lunches.</p> <h2>3. Drive Past the Drive Through</h2> <p>You know the kind of night I&rsquo;m talking about: You got stopped on your way out the door by a coworker with a question and missed your train. Your kids have practices in three different places. This would have been a great night to eat something out of the freezer, if only you had thought to defrost anything. Dinner is likely to come in a paper bag with fries.</p> <p>But wait! The blog Once a Month Meals has a whole section on how to defrost and heat frozen meals in your IP, like this <a href="https://onceamonthmeals.com/recipes/instant-pot-honey-bourbon-chicken-traditional-version/" target="_blank">honey bourbon chicken</a> that you can put in the pot frozen solid, set for 25 minutes, leave to drop off your kids, then leave on the &ldquo;warm&rdquo; setting all evening as people come in and out to eat.</p> <h2>4. Break the Rotisserie Cycle</h2> <p>A rotisserie chicken can be a godsend to a busy family, but there is a less expensive way. You can throw a fresh or frozen whole chicken into your IP and sit down to a <a href="http://retrohousewifegoesgreen.com/2016/10/instant-pot-whole-frozen-chicken/" target="_blank">chicken dinner within an hour</a>. No basting, and no worries about leaving the oven on if you need to leave the house. (For safety, though, stick around during the period when <a href="http://www.pressurecookrecipes.com/instant-pot-pressure-cooker-safety-101/" target="_blank">the IP is getting up to pressure</a>.)</p> <h2>5. Use Dried Beans Instead of Canned</h2> <p>Dried beans are consistently one of the most frugal healthy foods in the grocery store, but canned beans are so much faster that many of us ignore the bags of dried. The IP can fix that. If you&rsquo;ve soaked the beans overnight, you can put the uncooked beans right into this <a href="http://www.melskitchencafe.com/pressure-cooker-chicken-and-black-bean-chili/" target="_blank">chicken and black bean chili recipe</a> and eat it within an hour. If you didn&rsquo;t soak, you can spend about half an hour prepping the beans in the IP before you start the chili recipe. Soaking isn&rsquo;t strictly necessary, but it makes the beans more tender.</p> <h2>6. Make Indian Fakeout</h2> <p>Kori Lusignan, who blogs at Misery Loves Cookery, created this <a href="http://miserylovescookery.com/2016/12/13/instant-pot-dal-indian-lentils/" target="_blank">dal recipe for her Instant Pot</a>, giving her family a quick and cheap way to satisfy their jonesing for Indian food. Pair it with this <a href="http://www.yummly.co/recipe/Pressure-Cooker-Chicken-Korma-978763?columns=5" target="_blank">chicken korma</a> and rice, both of which you can also make in the IP. How to make multiple dishes for one meal in one appliance? Some folks buy <a href="http://amzn.to/2hpER2J" target="_blank">extra inserts</a>, so they can take the first dish out when done and start the next without having to wash up.</p> <h2>7. Use Up Vegetables That Would Otherwise Go Bad</h2> <p>If you receive a regular farm share box of produce each week like I do, it can be daunting to use everything before it starts to wilt. One way my Instant Pot has helped me with this: After I cook a meal, before washing the pot, I&rsquo;ll throw together another meal with similar flavors, using whatever vegetables I have on hand, and let it cook while I clean the kitchen and put my kids to bed. By my bedtime, I have a pot of food for the refrigerator or that I can pull out to serve tomorrow night, or eat for lunch. I can even refrigerate and reheat it right in the Instant Pot&rsquo;s liner pan.</p> <p>Since I currently have some broccoli and carrots to use up, I&rsquo;m going to try making <a href="http://www.pressurecookerdiaries.com/pressure-cooker-recipes/how-to-make-risotto-pressure-cooker-broccoli-risotto/" target="_blank">pressure cooker broccoli risotto</a> after dinner tonight. If you get vegetables that seem daunting to cook conventionally, <a href="http://miserylovescookery.com/2016/11/06/artichokes-deliciously-under-pressure/" target="_blank">like artichokes</a>, the Instant Pot might be the ticket to avoiding procrastination that ends in the garbage bin.</p> <h2>8. Make Stock</h2> <p>A great way to keep old vegetables, meat, bones, and even vegetable peelings from going to waste is to throw them in a stock pot. But stovetop stocks require you to be home for hours, occasionally stirring the pot. With an Instant Pot, you can make <a href="http://www.budgetbytes.com/2016/03/make-instant-pot-chicken-stock/" target="_blank">delicious stock in one hour</a>. It's so easy, Instant Pot enthusiasts quickly run out of leftovers, which is probably why a member of the IP Facebook community recently posted a photo of a bag of chicken feet she was about to turn into broth.</p> <h2>9. Reduce the Chinese Takeout Bill</h2> <p>Some Chinese restaurants don&rsquo;t charge for rice, but others do. If you like brown rice like we do at my house, that can cost even more. But remember: Your Instant Pot is a rice cooker, too. Start your own <a href="http://instantpot.com/cooking-time/rice-and-grains/" target="_blank">white or brown rice in the cooker</a> when you order your takeout, and you should have perfect rice by the time the doorbell rings.</p> <h2>10. Give Leftovers New Life</h2> <p>Just straight-up <a href="http://gnowfglins.com/2016/10/19/reheat-food-instant-pot-aw047/" target="_blank">reheating a meal</a> in the Instant Pot can be easier than doing it in the microwave, where you often have to open the door to stir and sometimes have the whole thing overflow and make a mess. You can even put glass or ceramic dishes into the IP to heat up multiple items at once. You can use the steam, saute, or even slow cook functions to reheat, depending on the food.</p> <p>But maybe your family, like mine, balks at eating the same dish two days in a row. Or maybe you have only a few ounces of meat left from your pot roast and are wondering what to do with it. This Instant Pot <a href="http://omnivorescookbook.com/instant-pot-rice-pilaf" target="_blank">rice pilaf</a> is an example of how you can take yesterday&rsquo;s food, mix it with something new &mdash; in this case, rice &mdash; hit a button, and have a flavorful new meal in minutes. The pressure cooker&rsquo;s way of infusing flavors throughout the whole dish makes this more successful than other attempts to refresh leftovers.</p> <h2>11. Make Your Own Yogurt</h2> <p>Yogurt can be a healthy snack for kids and adults alike, but commercial yogurts can be both expensive and over-sugared. The Instant Pot can turn milk plus a little starter into <a href="http://www.teamyogurt.com/posts/2016/3/30/making-yogurt-in-an-instant-pot-is-it-worth-it" target="_blank">yogurt overnight</a>, and you can even make it in individual jars so it&rsquo;s somewhat portable. (As long as the person carrying it is old enough to responsibly handle glass.)</p> <p>As with many things, the amount of money you can save by making your own yogurt increases as you move up the quality chain. You might score portable cups of store-brand yogurt on sale for 30 cents each, which would be tough to beat in your own kitchen. But if you enjoy premium, organic Greek yogurts, or if you want to customize your yogurt, homemade can pay off. For instance, one gallon of milk can make the equivalent of four 32 oz. containers of yogurt. If you pay $6 for a gallon of organic milk, that&rsquo;s like paying $1.50 per container of yogurt, while the same amount of organic yogurt might run for $6 at the grocery store.</p> <h2>12. Make Special Diets More Affordable</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;ve gone paleo or vegan, and are also busy, you could spend a fortune on specially prepared foods. Or, you could use your Instant Pot to make the specialized foods at home.</p> <p>The paleo recipes for Instant Pot on the Internet are so bountiful that I have used some of them myself, even though there is not a paleo bone in my body. I loved this <a href="https://paleopot.com/recipe/super-fast-instant-pot-sweet-potato-mash/" target="_blank">sweet potato mash</a> from PaleoPot because you don&rsquo;t have to dice anything &mdash; you can throw in whole or sliced sweet potatoes and go. And hello, bone broth? The blog Stupid Easy Paleo recommends simmering bones on the stove top for up to 48 hours &mdash; or <a href="http://stupideasypaleo.com/2014/07/23/bone-broth-101-how-to-make-best-broth/" target="_blank">in the Instant Pot for two hours</a>. If you were making bone broth every week as the author does, which would you choose?</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-instant-pot-recipes-that-will-save-you-money&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F12%2520Instant%2520Pot%2520Recipes%2520That%2520Will%2520Save%2520You%2520Money.jpg&amp;description=12%20Instant%20Pot%20Recipes%20That%20Will%20Save%20You%20Money"></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%20Instant%20Pot%20Recipes%20That%20Will%20Save%20You%20Money.jpg" alt="12 Instant Pot Recipes That Will Save You Money" 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/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-instant-pot-recipes-that-will-save-you-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-money-saving-hacks-for-those-who-hate-cooking">8 Money-Saving Hacks for Those Who Hate Cooking</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-simple-kitchen-skills-every-frugal-person-should-master">16 Simple Kitchen Skills Every Frugal Person Should Master</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beer-donuts-and-11-other-recipes-you-can-make-with-beer">Beer Donuts and 11 Other Recipes You Can Make With Beer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cheap-and-easy-meals-that-make-even-better-leftovers">10 Cheap and Easy Meals That Make Even Better Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-save-on-groceries-in-a-pinch">5 Easy Ways to Save on Groceries in a Pinch</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Cooking dinners instant pot meal planning pressure cooker recipes slow cooker Wed, 21 Dec 2016 10:31:36 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1858985 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Things You'll Waste Money on This Thanksgiving http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-youll-waste-money-on-this-thanksgiving <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-things-youll-waste-money-on-this-thanksgiving" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_29382656_XXXLARGE.jpg" alt="don&#039;t waste money on these things this thanksgiving" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Serving a Thanksgiving feast on a budget is like performing a magic trick. It takes a lot of money to buy the large quantities of food to fill the bellies of all your Turkey Day guests. But it helps to know what people usually end up wasting money on, before forming your feast menu. If you're the host, here are 10 ways to stay on track and not blow your Thanksgiving grocery budget.</p> <h2>1. Buying Expensive Centerpieces</h2> <p>Have you priced formal <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-save-on-your-thanksgiving-celebrations">floral Thanksgiving centerpieces</a>, lately? Your basic cornucopia number runs around $50. Ouch! No need to engage a florist. Try your own hand at tablescaping. Here are <a href="http://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/entertaining/30-thanksgiving-centerpieces-pictures">simple, beautiful ideas</a> using items you may already own, or that are easily found outdoors.</p> <h2>2. Serving Food Nobody Really Likes</h2> <p>Yes, Aunt Peggy's wiggly molded red jello may be traditional, but does anyone really <em>like</em> it? Take a hard look at your menu. It may be time ax the dishes you think you <em>ought</em> to make in favor of ones that people actually enjoy. Why waste time, money, and energy on food that is going to sit in the fridge for weeks?</p> <h2>3. Making Too Much Food</h2> <p>One of my grandmothers always worried about not having everyone's favorites, so she made it all. We really did not need both a turkey and a ham, or sweet potatoes fixed two ways. Even when everyone took leftovers home, her refrigerator was still difficult to close. Learn from my grandma: Stop overspending and also cut back on your food waste.</p> <h2>4. Only Buying Name Brands</h2> <p>Per pound, turkey is pretty inexpensive, unless you decide you need a pasture-raised one, which will cost you more. Big-box stores now offer organic products, too, so do your homework before you buy.</p> <h2>5. Not Asking for Help</h2> <p>One of the inevitable questions from your guests will be, &quot;What can I bring?&quot; Take them up on that! Hate peeling potatoes? Ask someone to bring the mashed potatoes. My mother couldn't make gravy without lumps, so she'd ask a friend to bring that. My daughter, who doesn't cook, can be depended upon to bring wine. There is nothing wrong with taking people up on their offers of help, and it will keep your costs down.</p> <h2>6. Serving Elaborate Hors d'Oeuvres</h2> <p>Spending loads of time on dinner? There's not much sense in your guests filling up on snacks ahead of time, and ruining their appetites. Instead of yet another hot appetizer that takes up space in the oven, try serving some inexpensive raw vegetables and <a href="http://markbittman.com/roasted-nuts-so-easy-so-good/">spicy nuts</a> that you can make ahead of time.</p> <h2>7. Using Fancy China</h2> <p>As someone who has multiple sets of china, I'm going to give you the straight scoop: I rarely use it. While I found the pretty flowers and silver bands on the rims just enchanting at age 20, now, I wish I had registered for a plain, good quality pattern. White, or off-white, is a lot more versatile, and a good quality plate is more useful than a highly decorative one.</p> <h2>8. Making Multiple Trips to the Store</h2> <p>Five years, ago, I found myself making a third trip to the supermarket when I realized I only had one type of cranberry sauce. What a waste of gas! How to avoid this? Make a list. Get out each and every recipe and make sure you either have the ingredient on hand, or that it is on your shopping list.</p> <h2>9. Creating Elaborate Place-Settings</h2> <p>I'm all for proper use of silverware, but you really don't need to go out and buy it all. It's no fun for my guests if they have anxiety about which fork to use first, or they don't know which bread plate is theirs. Here are some excellent photos and tips about <a href="http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-set-the-table-properly-206075">which silverware to put where</a>, ensuring that your guests don't stress.</p> <h2>10. Presenting Over-the-Top House Decor</h2> <p>Guests want to feel relaxed, welcomed, and comfortable. If you hang a wreath on your door, fine. But piles of pumpkins, huge hurricanes with candles, or hay bales at the front door are really unnecessary, and the cost adds up. What are you going to do with all this decor when Thanksgiving is over? Think ahead, and only buy the stuff you need and will use again.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-youll-waste-money-on-this-thanksgiving">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-vegetarian-thanksgiving-dishes-that-hold-their-own-with-turkey">6 Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dishes That Hold Their Own With Turkey</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-a-thanksgiving-turkey-teaches-us-about-money-0">7 Things a Thanksgiving Turkey Teaches Us About Money</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-easy-ways-to-stretch-your-grocery-dollars">20 Easy Ways to Stretch Your Grocery Dollars</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-save-on-groceries-in-a-pinch">5 Easy Ways to Save on Groceries in a Pinch</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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 black friday Cooking dinner party food shopping groceries Holidays host Thanksgiving thanksgiving dinner turkey turkey day Wed, 09 Nov 2016 10:30:29 +0000 Marla Walters 1829423 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: 63 Best Cooking Hacks for Busy People http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-63-best-cooking-hacks-for-busy-people <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-63-best-cooking-hacks-for-busy-people" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family_cooking_together_64644743.jpg" alt="Family learning cooking hacks for busy people" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Your to-do lists are never-ending. Your schedule is constantly a hectic mess. You rarely get a moment to just relax, and you're also expected to prepare healthy, balanced meals each night? Who has the time? Luckily, time is not a requirement to preparing a delicious meal. With these brilliant, timesaving cooking hacks, you can live your busy life, and eat well, too!</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/couple_making_pizza_63266135_0.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-money-saving-hacks-for-those-who-hate-cooking?ref=fbf">8 Money-Saving Hacks for Those Who Hate Cooking</a> &mdash; The main reason you hate cooking is because it takes so much time and energy each night. But you can eat fresh and save money by preparing simple meals, cooking ahead of time, embracing convenient groceries, and more.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-surprising-cooking-hacks-that-save-time?ref=fbf">7 Surprising Cooking Hacks That Save Time</a> &mdash; Your workday has ended and you have less than an hour to make dinner before your favorite TV show comes on. And with the right cooking tricks, in less than an hour you can make yourself a delicious meal, and eat it, with time to spare before the show comes on.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/pasta_dinner_000041265532.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-quick-dinners-for-lazy-cooks?ref=fbf">8 Quick Dinners for Lazy Cooks</a> &mdash; Lazy or busy, elaborate meals are hard to justify every single day. But these quick and easy dinners are delicious, make great leftovers, and their ingredients are extremely budget-friendly. It's a win-win!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-to-keeping-your-kitchen-clean-while-you-cook?ref=fbf">10 Tricks to Keeping Your Kitchen Clean While You Cook</a> &mdash; One of the worst parts about cooking is the messy kitchen that follows. But if you use these cleaning tricks while you cook, the mess will be nonexistent by the time dinner is ready.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock_000068458311_Large.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cheap-and-easy-meals-that-make-even-better-leftovers?ref=fbf">10 Cheap and Easy Meals That Make Even Better Leftovers</a> &mdash; The meal that makes great leftovers is the gift that keeps on giving. You only need to cook a few of these meals per week since you can finish them the following day.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-tasty-5-ingredient-recipes?ref=fbf">20 Tasty 5-Ingredient Recipes</a> &mdash; If I see a recipe with several ingredients, I get intimidated and lose all my motivation to cook. But taste doesn't rely on the number of ingredients in a meal. You can easily create wonderful meals with only five ingredients. Give these a try!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-63-best-cooking-hacks-for-busy-people">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-60-best-ways-to-use-food-other-than-eating-it">Flashback Friday: The 60 Best Ways to Use Food Other Than Eating It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-63-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-leftovers">Flashback Friday: 63 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-62-creative-uses-for-your-favorite-condiments">Flashback Friday: 62 Creative Uses for Your Favorite Condiments</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-80-holiday-treats-that-wont-bust-your-budget">Flashback Friday: 80 Holiday Treats That Won&#039;t Bust Your Budget</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/throwback-thursday-58-best-thanksgiving-hacks-ever">Throwback Thursday: 58 Best Thanksgiving Hacks Ever</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink busy people Cooking cooking hacks cooking tips fbf flashback friday food hacks frugal food frugal living Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:00:11 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1798177 at http://www.wisebread.com Sous Vide Is the Fancy Cooking Technique That Saves You Money, Too http://www.wisebread.com/sous-vide-is-the-fancy-cooking-technique-that-saves-you-money-too <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sous-vide-is-the-fancy-cooking-technique-that-saves-you-money-too" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/sous_vide_cooking_29930096.jpg" alt="Learning about fancy sous vide cooking that saves money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Sous vide</em> is a fancy French term that means &quot;under vacuum,&quot; but don't let this new word scare you. It's actually a lot simpler than it sounds. Sous vide is a method of cooking by sealing food in airtight plastic bags, and then placing it in a water bath or temperature-controlled steam environment for longer than normal cooking times. Not only does this make delicious food, but it can also save you a lot of money and time on groceries and meal prep.</p> <h2>How Sous Vide Can Save You Time and Money</h2> <p>Although sous vide equipment will cost some money upfront, this process can save you money and time in the long run. Here are just a few ways sous vide can save you money:</p> <h3>1. Reduced Waste From Cooking Mistakes</h3> <p>I don't know about you, but I am not a pro chef. Many dinners have gone to waste from the meat being too dry or overcooked. Cooking meats sous vide makes even the difficult cuts easy to prepare. As long as you know the temperature and cook time, your meat will never be over or undercooked. For example, for a medium-rare steak, you would simply set the device to 134&deg;F. This would give you a juicy piece of steak without any dry edges or undercooked centers.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-money-saving-hacks-for-those-who-hate-cooking?ref=seealso">8 Money-Saving Hacks for Those Who Hate Cooking</a></p> <h3>2. Reduced Energy Usage</h3> <p>Not only is a sous vide machine as easy to use as a microwave, it also takes less energy to cook your food. Once the device heats your water to the set degrees, very little energy is used to maintain the temperature.</p> <h3>3. Easy Bulk Cooking</h3> <p>You can sous vide multiple cuts of meat at a time and store them in the fridge or freezer for later use. This will allow you to cook for the entire week on the weekend, saving you money from impulse fast food buys.</p> <h3>4. Cheaper Cuts Taste Better</h3> <p>Since sous vide makes meats so much juicier, you can get away with buying the cheaper cuts. You can have an amazing steak dinner with a cheap flank steak.</p> <p>While I gave a lot of examples of saving on meat cooking, sous vide can be used for a lot of different recipes. In fact, the method can help you make many gourmet-type dishes, such as hard to make custards and butter sauces.</p> <h2>How to Get Started With Sous Vide on a Budget</h2> <p>Sous vide enthusiasts can spend a few hundred dollars on higher end sous vide gadgets. Some enthusiasts argue that you need special containers or machines that circulate the water, but you can keep the process and costs simple and still enjoy sous vide dishes.</p> <p>My husband found the <a href="http://amzn.to/2cYKgcP">ANOVA Culinary Bluetooth Precision Cooker</a> when it was discounted on Amazon. This device clamps on to any pot or container and will heat the water and cook the meat at an even temperature. What is neat about this device is that you can program it through your phone, so you don't even need to be at home when you are cooking.</p> <p>We started off with a stainless silver pot we already had, but were only able to cook two bags of meat at once. You can also use your Crock-Pot or other large container. Some people have even used ice coolers.</p> <p>A&nbsp;<a href="http://amzn.to/2cnYJxO">12-quart Rubbermaid container</a> was less than $20 on Amazon, and proved a better solution since we bought a lid with it. My husband cut a hole in the lid for the sous vide machine to keep the water temperature more accurate and prevent evaporation on longer cooking sessions.</p> <p>You can use regular gallon-sized zipper food storage bags, but we decided to go with something a little sturdier (and safer to use in heat). The <a href="http://amzn.to/2cnYXVJ">FoodSaver Gallon-Sized Vacuum Bags</a> can be reused if washed well. You don't have to buy the hand-held vacuum to seal the bags either. Simply zip the bag 98% and then dunk the bag in a pot of water. The pressure of the water will push the excess air out.</p> <p>In total, we invested about $175 for the above items, which is a deal compared to how much other chefs and home cooks spend on their sous vide systems. However, Instructables has directions to <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Sous-vide-cooker-for-less-than-40/">make your own sous vide machine</a> for under $40.</p> <p>The way to get the most benefit from the device is to plan to use it regularly. We currently shop for discounted or clearance meat on the weekend from our local Vons, and then sous vide them and either stick the meat in the fridge or freezer, depending on the meal plan for the week.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-eneriz">Ashley Eneriz</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sous-vide-is-the-fancy-cooking-technique-that-saves-you-money-too">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-money-saving-hacks-for-those-who-hate-cooking">8 Money-Saving Hacks for Those Who Hate Cooking</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-simple-kitchen-skills-every-frugal-person-should-master">16 Simple Kitchen Skills Every Frugal Person Should Master</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-save-on-groceries-in-a-pinch">5 Easy Ways to Save on Groceries in a Pinch</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cheap-and-easy-meals-that-make-even-better-leftovers">10 Cheap and Easy Meals That Make Even Better Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink batch cooking Cooking crock-pot kitchen tools meal planning meal prep sous vide Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:00:05 +0000 Ashley Eneriz 1793094 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Everybody Should Know How to Cook These Foods http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-everybody-should-know-how-to-cook-these-foods <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-everybody-should-know-how-to-cook-these-foods" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_cooking_kitchen_43128502.jpg" alt="Woman cooking foods everyone should know" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on recipes that everyone should know how to cook, creative ways to decorate pumpkins without carving them, and how NOT to pick a bank.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://moneyaware.co.uk/2016/09/12-recipes-everyone-should-know/">12 Recipes Everyone Should Know How to Cook</a> &mdash; These basic recipes are easy to master &mdash; and delicious! [StepChange MoneyAware]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/-Carve-Pumpkin-Ideas-35634192">35+ Ways to Decorate Pumpkins Without Carving</a> &mdash; You don't always need a carving knife to dress up a pumpkin! This fall gourd is an excellent base for a tissue paper collage, a googly-eyed critter, or a hedgehog family. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saaving-Money/2016/0809/How-not-to-pick-a-bank">How not to pick a bank</a> &mdash; Don't choose a bank just for its special offers. Low fees, good rates, and convenient services are more important in the long run. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneysmartguides.com/ultimate-guide-buying-a-house">Your Complete Guide To Buying A House</a> &mdash; Planning to buy a house? This step-by-step guide will walk you through the process, from preparing your finances to closing. [Money Smart Guides]</p> <p><a href="http://productivitytheory.com/bullet-point-journal-productivity/">How Keeping A Bullet-Point Journal Can Make You More Productive</a> &mdash; A bullet journal can eliminate the stress of planning daily life tasks and big events. [Productivity Theory]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thefrugaltoad.com/personalfinance/knowing-best-time-to-buy-save-big-money">Knowing the Best Time to Buy Can Save You Big Money</a> &mdash; Be willing to walk away. The salesperson might decide to give you a better deal in order to make the sale. [The Frugal Toad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyspruce.com/5-ways-build-financial-security/">5 Ways to Build Financial Security</a> &mdash; Pay off any high-interest debt as soon as possible. [Money Spruce]</p> <p><a href="http://savvyscot.com/how-to-be-successful-in-whatever-you-do/">How to be Successful in Whatever you Do</a> &mdash; The first step to being successful is believing that you can be successful. [The Savvy Scot]</p> <p><a href="https://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/always-feel-bad-when-not-working-here-are-3-steps-to-get-you-comfortable-with-doing-nothing/">Always Feel Bad When Not Working? Here Are 3 Steps to Get You Comfortable With Doing Nothing</a>. &mdash; You don't get extra points for working yourself to death. Taking breaks regularly will actually help you be more productive. [Pick The Brain]</p> <p><a href="https://timemanagementninja.com/2016/09/5-tips-to-help-put-meetings-in-their-place/">5 Tips to Help Put Meetings in Their Place</a> &mdash; Block out time for your work before your schedule gets crammed with other people's meetings and agendas. [Time Management Ninja]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-everybody-should-know-how-to-cook-these-foods">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies">Cooking for Beginners: 10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-recipes-perfect-for-the-traveling-chef">5 Easy Recipes Perfect for the Traveling Chef</a></span> </div> </li> <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/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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-perfectly-respectable-uses-for-instant-mashed-potatoes">5 Perfectly Respectable Uses for Instant Mashed Potatoes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-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-cookbooks-for-beginners">The 5 Best Cookbooks for Beginners</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips Cooking Thu, 08 Sep 2016 10:00:14 +0000 Amy Lu 1788079 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Money-Saving Hacks for Those Who Hate Cooking http://www.wisebread.com/8-money-saving-hacks-for-those-who-hate-cooking <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-money-saving-hacks-for-those-who-hate-cooking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_making_pizza_63266135_0.jpg" alt="Couple who hate cooking learning money-saving hacks" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Cooking at home is one of the top ways to keep your budget in check. While cooking and eating at home is a wonderful idea, it is also a daunting one for those who hate to cook (and those who hate to clean up afterward). Worry no more. These hacks will save you money on eating out, while also saving you time and cleanup anxiety.</p> <h2>1. Befriend the Crock-Pot</h2> <p>Crock-Pots are popular with older generations of moms of multiple kids, but what about everyone else? Whether you are single, a family of two, or a family of many, a <a href="http://amzn.to/2bKkRSW">Crock-Pot</a> can be the perfect timesaving tool. Use <a href="http://amzn.to/2bKl4pr">Crock-Pot liners</a>, and you won't even have to scrub your cooking dish afterward.</p> <p>Crock-Pot cooking doesn't have to be complicated or bland. Pinterest is full of recipes (and so is <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-cheap-and-easy-crock-pot-recipes?ref=internal">Wise Bread</a>). Look for Crock-Pot dump ideas that you can assemble and freeze ahead of time. I regularly do this after I find meat on sale, and I am able to assemble 10 Crock-Pot dump meals in only 30 minutes.</p> <p>One easy and tasty option to get you started is to combine boneless, skinless chicken thighs with one package of cream cheese and one jar (16 oz.) of your favorite salsa. Cook on low for three to four hours. Shred the chicken and stir, and you have creamy chicken ready to eat for tacos, pasta, or just on its own.</p> <h2>2. Cook Once, Eat Twice (or Thrice)</h2> <p>Making a lasagna is time consuming. It can take almost 30 minutes to make a pan. However, if you make two or three pans of lasagna, surprisingly the time effort is not multiplied. The extra lasagna can be frozen and used at a later date, for up to three to six months.</p> <p>You can use this method for enchiladas, many casserole recipes, and more. This method doesn't have to be used just for main dishes. It can also be used for side dishes, such as rice and beans.</p> <h2>3. Embrace Convenient Groceries</h2> <p>There is no shame in buying frozen vegetables, canned beans, and pre-marinated meat. In fact, they make your job a lot easier. Buying items such as pre-chopped onions, microwaveable steamed vegetables, frozen brown rice, pre-made dough, and ready-to-cook meat costs more at the grocery store. However, paying a little more for the convenience will save you a lot more at the drive-thru window.</p> <p>Make sure you are buying convenient groceries that are still healthy instead of processed, cheap food. For example, frozen brown rice where rice is the only ingredient is a better choice than purchasing Rice-a-Roni.</p> <h2>4. Simple Meals Are Best</h2> <p>Ditch the fancy recipes and cookbooks. Your meals don't need to take a lot of time or have a lot of ingredients. Think of your meal in terms of protein + carb + vegetable. With this simple recipe, you can have a healthy and filling dinner in five to 10 minutes.</p> <p>See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-quick-dinners-for-lazy-cooks?ref=seealso">8 Quick Dinners for Lazy Cooks</a></p> <h2>5. Grill All Your Meat for the Week</h2> <p>My husband loves to grill, so I will take advantage of this by having him grill a week's worth of meat in one go. For him, this takes about 30&ndash;45 minutes. For me, it takes only a few minutes to season or pour a marinade over each meat. The meat can then be used in salads, soups, tacos, pizza, sandwiches, and more for the rest of the week.</p> <h2>6. Get Over the Leftover Mentality</h2> <p>I've heard so many people complain about eating leftovers, even to the point of avoiding them altogether. Eating leftovers doesn't mean you have to eat mushy casserole repeats each night. Instead, repurpose a meal into something new and simple. For example, if you eat chicken breasts one night for dinner, try taking the extra chicken and turn it into fajitas or barbecue chicken sandwiches. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-meals-that-make-terrific-leftovers?ref=seealso">11 Meals That Make Terrific Leftovers</a>)</p> <p>Many times getting over the ick factor of eating leftovers is just a mental game you need to conquer. The food still tastes good the next day. Even better, eating leftovers will save you money and time.</p> <h2>7. Don't Forget Other Helpful Kitchen Tools</h2> <p>The Crock-Pot gets a lot of praise in the kitchen, but don't forget to utilize a rice cooker, pressure cooker, and bread maker. A <a href="http://amzn.to/2bKoDvE">rice cooker</a> that can cook rice and steam vegetables at the same time does all the work for you while you prepare the meat. <a href="http://amzn.to/2beBoxo">Pressure cookers</a> are a pricier investment, but they can make tender meat and meals in very little time. Finally, a <a href="http://amzn.to/2bfpe7k">bread maker</a>, which is easy to find inexpensively second-hand, can be used to mix dough quickly for homemade pizza and rolls/biscuits (and of course bread).</p> <h2>8. Make Meal Prep Time Enjoyable</h2> <p>Whether you are cooking one meal or tackling freezer meals for the month, start off with an empty dishwasher. This will allow you to quickly clean as you go.</p> <p>Make sure to have all of the items you need out and ready to use. Combine tasks to save time. For example, open all of the cans at once or chop all of your vegetables together.</p> <p>Finally, listen to something fun. I love to listen to audiobooks while meal prepping, but you can also watch your favorite show on a laptop, listen to upbeat music, or watch YouTube videos.</p> <p>In the end, cooking and eating at home will save you money over purchasing fast food frequently. Even if you hate cooking, you can still enjoy the cost-saving benefits of eating at home without spending too much time in front of the oven or washing dishes.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite quick recipes to make when you don't feel like cooking?</em></p> <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%2F8-money-saving-hacks-for-those-who-hate-cooking&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F8%2520Money-Saving%2520Hacks%2520for%2520Those%2520Who%2520Hate%2520Cooking.jpg&amp;description=8%20Money-Saving%20Hacks%20for%20Those%20Who%20Hate%20Cooking"></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/u5180/8%20Money-Saving%20Hacks%20for%20Those%20Who%20Hate%20Cooking.jpg" alt="8 Money-Saving Hacks for Those Who Hate Cooking" 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/ashley-eneriz">Ashley Eneriz</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-money-saving-hacks-for-those-who-hate-cooking">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/sous-vide-is-the-fancy-cooking-technique-that-saves-you-money-too">Sous Vide Is the Fancy Cooking Technique That Saves You Money, Too</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-save-on-groceries-in-a-pinch">5 Easy Ways to Save on Groceries in a Pinch</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-alternative-ways-to-cook-outside">8 Alternative Ways to Cook Outside</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-best-pieces-of-cooking-advice-from-julia-child">The 10 Best Pieces of Cooking Advice From Julia Child</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Food and Drink batch cooking Cooking crock-pot dinners family meals food prep Grilling meal planning meal prep planning ahead Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:30:07 +0000 Ashley Eneriz 1778734 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Ways to Salvage a Burnt Meal http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-salvage-a-burnt-meal <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-to-salvage-a-burnt-meal" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_burned_chicken_51534210.jpg" alt="Woman trying to salvage a burned meal" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>My husband likes to joke that his mother cooked by the &quot;smoke alarm method.&quot; I laugh, but not too hard, because people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. I have burned my share of meals &mdash; I'm also prone to burn some types of things more than others. It happens, but you may not have to waste food and money if you burn, or overcook, your food. Here are 10 ways to salvage your &quot;Cajun-style&quot; food.</p> <h2>1. Rice</h2> <p>Rice came in first on my list, because to this day, sometimes I get distracted and burn the heck out of it.</p> <h3>What to Do</h3> <p>Quickly (before the smell gets bad), scoop out as much rice as you can and put it in a separate bowl. Fill the pan with water (don't just let it sit) so that it's easy to clean up, later.</p> <p>Another method is to turn off the heat, put a slice of white bread over the rice, and re-cover for five minutes. This might help to absorb the bad smell, but you may still have a stuck-on layer on the pot bottom. The rice may still be okay for other uses, such as fried rice. You may also be able to use it in meatballs or soup.</p> <h3>How to Prevent It</h3> <p>If you eat a lot of rice, consider purchasing a rice cooker. Alternatively, check your water to rice ratio. I use two cups of water to one cup of rice. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer, cover, and cook for 25 minutes. I cheat and check under the lid once in awhile, to make sure it isn't burning. Turn off the heat at 25 minutes, fluff the rice with a fork, cover, and let it sit for five to seven minutes.</p> <h2>2. Overdone Turkey</h2> <p>Haven't we all been there? The table is set beautifully, and everyone is awaiting the grand entrance of the Thanksgiving turkey. You start carving, and oh, no. It's so dry.</p> <h3>What to Do</h3> <p>Reconsider carving at the table. It makes a mess, anyway. If you carve in the kitchen, you have time to do some rescuing, if need be. Ladle some broth over the turkey pieces; it will soak in. Another tactic is to brush the pieces with a little melted butter. Or, just 'fess up, and tell folks they'll need a <em>lot</em> of gravy. Fortunately, chopped turkey (even if it's dry) will be fine in creamy casseroles, or enchiladas.</p> <h3>How to Prevent It</h3> <p>Before you start cooking your turkey, make sure it's thawed. Also, for beginners, buy the brand with the pop-up button, or use a turkey cooking bag.</p> <h2>3. No-Longer-Rare Roast</h2> <p>There you were, making a nice roast for Sunday dinner, and the phone rang. You forgot about that roast, and now it's toast.</p> <h3>What to Do</h3> <p>Shift gears. You can still probably use some of it. My mother made <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/traditional_roast_beef_hash/">roast beef hash</a> a lot when I was a kid, and now I suspect I know why. Also, try tossing it, along with veggies, into a stir-fry, or making fried rice.</p> <h3>How to Prevent It</h3> <p>A good meat thermometer is a wonderful thing.</p> <h2>4. Burned Chicken</h2> <p>Visions of a picture-perfect cookout go right out of your head when flames turn the chicken black, right?</p> <h3>What to Do</h3> <p>If it has skin on, remove the skin, and finish baking it in the oven. You may also be able to cut the burned parts off and chop up the meat. Having a salad with the picnic? Toss the remaining meat into that.</p> <h3>How to Prevent It</h3> <p>If you really must keep the skin on (I know, it's so tasty), trim the skin so that it doesn't hang down and catch on fire. Make sure you brush the grill with oil before heating it, so that it doesn't stick and burn. Don't put the sauce on until the chicken is almost done, because any sugars in the sauce may cause the chicken to burn.</p> <h2>5. Chocolate</h2> <p>It's a pretty sickening feeling to burn chocolate while attempting to melt it. I mean come on, it's chocolate. Ouch.</p> <h3>What to Do</h3> <p>First, get it away from the heat. If you have any more chocolate around, chop it, add it, and stir. That will stop it from melting any further. Still lumpy? Try adding a little vegetable oil or shortening to the chocolate and stir it. If it still cannot be saved, just let it cool, chop it up, and toss it into cookies.</p> <h3>How to Prevent It</h3> <p>Rather than melting it on the stove, try short bursts in the microwave. Start at one minute, and stir. Try another 20 seconds, stir, and check. If it still has not melted, give it 15 seconds more and stir. If you own a double boiler, that's also a safer method than just melting on the stovetop.</p> <h2>6. Very Well-Done Vegetables</h2> <p>The veggies were steaming along nicely, and you got a phone call. The water evaporated in the pan. Oops.</p> <h3>What to Do</h3> <p>Scrape out what you can. There is still hope! One idea is to add grated Parmesan and a little cream to the leftover vegetables. This might actually be yummier than the original healthy steamed vegetables. Or, you can puree them with a little butter, and use as a thick sauce. Lastly, puree, add some stock, and call it soup.</p> <p>How to Prevent It</p> <p>Set the timer, or turn off the stove if you are distracted.</p> <h2>7. Butter</h2> <p>There you were, just melting butter to make a sauce, and... It went from melted to muddy-brown.</p> <h3>What to Do</h3> <p>Grab a coffee filter and a bowl. Strain the butter through the filter. Now you have delicious, nutty, brown butter. Add some chopped herbs, and pretend you meant to do that. Browned butter makes a great sauce.</p> <h3>How to Prevent It</h3> <p>Use low heat to melt butter, and don't leave the stove. If you get distracted, turn off the burner.</p> <h2>8. Pie Crust</h2> <p>You were feeling like Betty Crocker there, for a while, until you burned your pie crust. All that work, down the drain? Nope.</p> <h3>What to Do</h3> <p>If it's just a little brown, who cares? It looks better than <em>underbaked</em>. However, if it's really obvious, see if you can cut up your pie and put it onto a serving plate minus the outer crust. If it's burned beyond being edible, remove the whole top and make a crumb topping (combine one cup flour, &frac12; cup butter, and &frac12; cup brown sugar, mix together, and sprinkle over top). Put it back into the oven at 425 and bake until brown.</p> <h3>How to Prevent It</h3> <p>Next time, wrap foil around the edges of the pie, removing just for the last 15 minutes of baking. Also, bake on the bottom rack of your oven, not the top.</p> <h2>9. Burnt Bacon</h2> <p>It happens quickly. You aren't alone.</p> <h3>What to Do</h3> <p>It's still edible. Let it drain, crumble it up, and sprinkle over salads, soups, or onto scrambled eggs.</p> <h3>How to Prevent It</h3> <p>Try <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AALN13mQhRw">cooking bacon in the oven</a>, which is easy and makes less mess, too. Don't forget to set the timer!</p> <h2>10. Crispy Lasagna</h2> <p>My grandmother always burned the top of her lasagna, so I actually learned to like it that way. But that's probably a unique thing.</p> <h3>What to Do</h3> <p>If the top is black and crunchy, peel back a layer. Add more sauce and cheese, and return to the oven just to brown it up.</p> <h3>How to Prevent It</h3> <p>Before you pop it into the oven, cover it with foil. Halfway through baking, remove the foil.</p> <p>If it's overdone, don't throw it out! You may be able to save some food <em>and</em> some money.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-salvage-a-burnt-meal">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-ways-to-save-stale-bread">10 Delicious Ways to Save Stale Bread</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-uses-for-stale-bread">17 Uses for Stale Bread</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-perfectly-respectable-uses-for-instant-mashed-potatoes">5 Perfectly Respectable Uses for Instant Mashed Potatoes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cool-jobs-for-foodies">12 Cool Jobs for Foodies</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink burned food Cooking food waste Mistakes recipes repurposing salvaging Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:30:29 +0000 Marla Walters 1775892 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Decorative Plants You Can Eat, Too http://www.wisebread.com/6-decorative-plants-you-can-eat-too <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-decorative-plants-you-can-eat-too" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_holding_artichoke_16187019.jpg" alt="Woman finding pretty landscaping plants she can eat" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When it comes to home landscaping, why not kill two birds with one stone? Up your home's curb appeal this summer with plants and vegetation that can also stock your pantry. Use strawberry plants as ground cover. Edge a garden with colorful rosettes of lettuce. Or infuse your backyard flora with some of the other beautiful and utilitarian plants on this list.</p> <h2>1. Sunchokes</h2> <p>A member of the sunflower family, sunchokes produce chirpy yellow flowers that can add a pop of color to any landscaping design. This staple food can also keep you well-fed through the winter. Alternatively known as Jerusalem artichokes, sunchokes are tubers that resemble a ginger root but taste more like a savory potato. Widely harvested in temperate regions, sunchokes are ready for picking after the first or second frost of the season. They make for a great base ingredient in purees, soups, hashes, and mashes. That&rsquo;s not all: When sauteed, sunchokes can contribute a&nbsp;<a href="http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1014360-fettuccine-with-sunchokes-and-herbs">slightly nutty flavor</a> to any sauceless pasta dish.</p> <h2>2. Serviceberry</h2> <p>Native to every state but Hawaii, the serviceberry plant produces lacy spring flowers in white, pink, yellow, or red, as well as purplish-red berries infused with a <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2008-05-28/entertainment/0805230407_1_crust-pie-pan-serviceberry">tart flavor reminiscent of blueberries</a>. In addition to eating them raw, the berries, which fruit for about two weeks per year, can be tossed in salads, baked into pies, or smashed into jams. Also known as amelanchier or Juneberry, this member of the rose family comes in about 20 varieties of small trees and large, deciduous shrubs. To grow well, the plant requires moist soil with good drainage. Other than that, it&rsquo;s not particularly fussy, making it a great selection for the novice gardener.</p> <h2>3. Sage</h2> <p>With its silvery-green, low-to-the-ground leaves, sage makes for a wonderful front-row ornamental. Tricolor sage, which also has brush strokes of purple and white, is a particularly terrific variety for edging the garden. Not only is sage a delicious herb that can spruce up any meat, stir fry, or pasta, it&rsquo;s also deliciously fragrant &mdash; a welcome addition to any yard. Easy to grow, a backyard mound of sage is a chef&rsquo;s dream.</p> <h2>4. Small-Fruited Tomatoes</h2> <p>Small-fruited tomato varieties, such as the Cuban yellow grape, elfin, or sugar lump, produce plentiful yields of sweet tasting, gumball-sized fruit that can be eaten right from the garden &mdash; or added into salads, pastas, or veggie platters for dipping with vinaigrettes or hummus. Outside the kitchen, small-fruited tomatoes also make for a colorful, perky addition to the yard. Since keeping them on the ground will increase the risk of rotting, these attractive edibles can best be grown with stakes, in raised beds, or on trellises. Sunny spots are optimal.</p> <h2>5. Globe Artichokes</h2> <p>Easy to grow and <a href="http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/videos/techniques/how-prepare-globe-artichokes">easy to cook</a>, the globe artichoke is a perennial species of thistle that produces large flower buds with thick, tender, geometric scales that are both ornamental and edible. In flavor, the antioxidant-rich globe artichoke is nutty and tangy. You can prepare them raw, grilled, boiled, sauteed, or stuffed. Our recommendation: Chop the heart into pieces, then marinate and <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/local/recipes/2007/08/26/1993966.htm">toss them into a risotto</a> or salad &mdash; or simply eat them as they are.</p> <h2>6. Paprika Peppers</h2> <p>This mild variety of the pepper has a striking, shiny red color that can add a bit of flash to any home garden. In the kitchen, they can be dried, ground, and used as a spice in mayo-based salads, goulash, or chorizo, or as a deviled egg garnish. These vitamin C-rich peppers can also be eaten raw straight from the garden. Paprika peppers thrive in fertile, well-draining soil with plentiful access to sunlight. Harvest time extends from summer to fall.</p> <p><em>Do you have any edibles in your pretty garden?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-decorative-plants-you-can-eat-too">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-most-valuable-things-to-plant-in-your-garden-this-spring">10 Most Valuable Things to Plant in Your Garden This Spring</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/17-cheap-ways-to-dress-up-your-garden">17 Cheap Ways to Dress Up Your Garden</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/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies">Cooking for Beginners: 10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-your-spices-fake">Are Your Spices Fake?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/garden-ideas-for-small-spaces">Garden Ideas for Small Spaces</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Home Cooking curb appeal edible gardening herbs landscaping plants vegetables Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:00:06 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1740460 at http://www.wisebread.com Don't Throw That Out! 19 Great Meals You Can Make From Scraps http://www.wisebread.com/dont-throw-that-out-19-great-meals-you-can-make-from-scraps <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/dont-throw-that-out-19-great-meals-you-can-make-from-scraps" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_16330968_LARGE.jpg" alt="making meals out of food scraps" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Trying to save money? Are you also interested in cutting back on food waste? Sure, most of us are on board with that. What you may not know is that you are probably tossing out both money and nutrients every day. Don't be put off by the word, &quot;scraps.&quot; These 19 food scrap meal ideas are easy and delicious &mdash; and practically free. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-money-lessons-to-take-from-the-great-depression?ref=seealso">9 Money Lessons to Take From the Great Depression</a>)</p> <h2>1. Power Bowl Beet Greens</h2> <p>Beet greens, or tops, are my favorite &quot;greens.&quot; All you need to do is to wash, dry, and sauté those greens. Heat two tablespoons of olive oil. Add a tablespoon of chopped onion and stir until it is tender and translucent. Add beet greens, stir, and cook until the beet greens are wilted. A dash of balsamic vinegar on top and some chopped bacon really &quot;make&quot; this dish. This is makes a nice power bowl with a side of grains (quinoa or barley are good), a poached egg, and a little diced, cooked squash.</p> <h2>2. Juice Pulp Muffins</h2> <p>Are you a juicer? My favorite juice is carrot-ginger. When I make it, I save the carrot and ginger pulp. It makes a delicious muffin. Just take your favorite, basic muffin recipe (here is <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/220651/quick-and-easy-oatmeal-muffins/?internalSource=search%20result&amp;referringContentType=search%20results">mine</a>) and add &frac14; cup of pulp. This is also good with pineapple pulp.</p> <h2>3. Candied Orange Peels</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/yIGztrldUvM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>These <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIGztrldUvM">candied orange peels</a> take a couple of days to make, but they are well worth it. I made them as Christmas gifts one year and they were a hit. Watch for oranges to go on sale, and DIY some cute packaging for adorable treats.</p> <h2>4. Roasted Seeds</h2> <p>Seeds are full of nutrients. You probably know to save pumpkin seeds (soak them overnight, drain, then spread on a baking sheet, sprinkle with olive oil and salt; roast), but did you know you can also roast cantaloupe seeds? They are high in protein, fiber, and vitamin E, so roast away. They are great for snacking, or sprinkled onto a salad.</p> <h2>5. Onion Skins for Soup</h2> <p>Onion skins are full of flavor, so next time you peel an onion, save those skins. Either freeze for stock, or just toss into soup or broth for extra flavor. Remove before serving.</p> <h2>6. Fish Stock</h2> <p>You may have made beef or chicken stock, but how about a <a href="http://www.morethangourmet.com/our-family-recipes/category/fish-fumet-stock">fumet</a>? Fumet is the French term for a fish stock. Using fumet in a poached salmon, or in linguine with clam sauce gives a huge flavor boost.</p> <h2>7. Broccoli Stalks</h2> <p>For years, I just chopped the florets off the broccoli to cook and tossed the rest. Big mistake, because it's all edible. Slice the stalks thinly and cook with the rest of the broccoli, or save for another use, like a stir-fry. The leaves, too, can be eaten. Just wash them and sauté.</p> <h2>8. Celery Leaves for Broth</h2> <p>I have never understood why grocers remove celery leaves. They are the most flavorful part. I keep them in a bag in my freezer until I am ready to make chicken stock. Just toss them in with your other scraps for a super-flavorful broth.</p> <h2>9. Beef Stock</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/WvIbGOBNblA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Cutting scraps from beef? Don't throw the fatty scraps away. Put them into a freezer bag and later, make beef stock. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvIbGOBNblA">Here's</a> how.</p> <h2>10. Pickled Watermelon Rinds</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/lu4xGmMHBNQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Ever heard of <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lu4xGmMHBNQ">pickled watermelon rinds</a>? They are delicious, and really easy to make. They are refreshing right out of the jar, or added to a salad.</p> <h2>11. Beef Bone Broth</h2> <p>My mother rarely gave bones to our poodle. Instead, she made <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/beef-bone-broth-51260700">Beef Bone Broth</a>, which was delicious.</p> <h2>12. Chicken Stock</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/bOTUU9S_pXc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Speaking of broth, done with that rotisserie chicken? Make <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOTUU9S_pXc">chicken stock!</a> It's so easy, and so much more flavorful than the canned stuff.</p> <h2>13. Apple Peel Smoothie</h2> <p>I love the idea of making a healthy smoothie using <a href="http://www.southernliving.com/food/how-to/what-to-do-with-apple-peels-video">apple peels</a>. Or, you can <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/925882/apple-peel-twigs">roast</a> the peels for a fun, fiber-filled snack.</p> <h2>14. Lemon Peel Butter</h2> <p>Done with a lemon? Zest it, and make this yummy <a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/herb-lemon-zest-butter">compound butter.</a> Put a dollop of this on a grilled steak or a piece of salmon. Or, save the lemon peels and put them inside your next roast chicken for extra lemony flavor.</p> <h2>15. Steamed Carrot Tops</h2> <p>Carrot tops can easily be steamed or sautéed, and they make a great side dish. Or, if you are a smoothie fan, wash and toss in the blender, along with the other ingredients.</p> <h2>16. Herb Stem Dressing</h2> <p>Don't waste those herb stems! They are good in salads or stock; you can also use them to infuse oils and vinegar. They are even good tossed into scrambled eggs.</p> <h2>17. Bread Heel Croutons</h2> <p>Not everyone in my household likes the heel of a loaf of bread, but nobody complains when I use them to make croutons. Save them in a freezer bag. When you want fresh croutons for a salad, just defrost, slice into small squares, and sauté in olive oil. Sprinkle with garlic salt and toss over a salad.</p> <h2>18. Cereal Cookies</h2> <p>Right now, I am staring at a box of cornflakes. There must be a cup of them left in the box, but everyone seems to be tired of cornflakes for breakfast. Solution? Cookies! Cornflakes are a great addition to a basic cookie mix. Also, leftover unsweetened cereals can be tossed with crackers, pretzels, and nuts, and baked in the oven with a little butter, garlic salt, and oregano.</p> <h2>19. Nut Butter</h2> <p>I seem to accumulate bags of leftover nuts. Solution? Nut butter, my newest addiction. Using roasted nuts, just toss into your blender or food processor. It takes patience, so don't give up. Add a tiny bit of honey, if you'd like a little more sweetness.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite way to use food scraps?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-throw-that-out-19-great-meals-you-can-make-from-scraps">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-recipes-thatll-clean-out-the-fridge">8 Recipes That&#039;ll Clean Out the Fridge</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-and-frugal-power-bowls-you-want-right-now">10 Delicious and Frugal Power Bowls You Want Right Now</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-recipes-perfect-for-the-traveling-chef">5 Easy Recipes Perfect for the Traveling Chef</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies">Cooking for Beginners: 10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Cooking dinner ideas easy dinners food scraps healthy eating lunches recipes Thu, 16 Jun 2016 09:00:05 +0000 Marla Walters 1731886 at http://www.wisebread.com 16 Simple Kitchen Skills Every Frugal Person Should Master http://www.wisebread.com/16-simple-kitchen-skills-every-frugal-person-should-master <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/16-simple-kitchen-skills-every-frugal-person-should-master" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_cooking_000088771691.jpg" alt="Frugal woman mastering simple kitchen skills " title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Would you rather eat out than cook? You aren't alone. In fact, owing greatly to the availability of fast food, frozen food, and convenience food, fewer people are preparing meals at home regularly. Another factor is the decline of home economics classes at the high school level, where many basics were taught to both sexes. All of that eating out takes a toll, though, on your budget and your health. Learning to cook can also be relaxing and enjoyable. Ready to give it a try? Here are 16 simple kitchen skills that every frugal person should, and easily can, learn.</p> <h2>1. Make Coffee</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0FRDQM19WfE" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>How much are you spending each week at Starbucks? Ouch, right? Why not <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-starbucks-drinks-you-can-easily-make-yourself" target="_blank">be your own barista</a>? If you own a <a href="http://amzn.to/1VRcFm0">French press</a> (I paid less than $20 for mine), you can make your coffee concoctions right at home. I love a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FRDQM19WfE">good latte</a>. Some people are intimidated by the frothy milk, but there is no need to be. It's just aerating the milk, and you don't need fancy equipment. Your &quot;froth&quot; goal is to just double its volume. That can be done in the French press, too, or by using a whisk. Add your favorite <a href="http://amzn.to/1VRd08s">Torani syrup</a>, if desired, and you're set.</p> <h2>2. Roast a Chicken</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/MOtuBSOcVCs" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>One of the pleasures of being a home cook is the aroma of a roasting chicken on a Sunday afternoon &mdash; especially one that contains fresh lemon and herbs. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOtuBSOcVCs">Roast chicken</a> ensures you'll have delicious leftovers for several days (or you can freeze the leftovers). You don't even need a fancy roasting pan; a large, shallow <a href="http://amzn.to/1qG9zWF">casserole dish</a> will work.</p> <h2>3. Boil an Egg</h2> <p>Every time Easter rolls around, I am surprised by the number of articles online, or in the newspapers, explaining how to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtt43zDzXSY">hard-boil eggs</a>. Egg hunts aside, hard-boiled eggs are a very handy thing to have around for a quick high-protein snack, an egg-salad sandwich, deviled eggs, etc.</p> <h2>4. Cook Rice</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-TaeYSiIbbw" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>I'm one of the few people I know who doesn't own a rice cooker. No need! It's really easy to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TaeYSiIbbw">make perfect rice</a> on your stovetop, and so long as you use your timer, it's pretty darn foolproof. I always make a big batch, because I think it's nice to have leftovers in the refrigerator for fried rice, a cold rice salad, or to toss into a tortilla with beans and cheese.</p> <h2>5. Cut Up an Avocado</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/3HnqTz-0MvI" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Avocados are so enormously popular right now (watch for Sharwil avocados, now being imported from the Big Island of Hawaii). Full of healthy fat and vitamins, B6, E and C, we just can't get enough of them. How do you <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HnqTz-0MvI">cut up avocados</a> without making a mess? If you're a beginner, the chef in this video has an excellent safety tip for cutting out the pit, using a towel.</p> <h2>6. Know Which Knife to Use for Which Job</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pKgGlpe45T0" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Ever use a paring knife to cut meat? How about a serrated edge for cheese? Doesn't work very well, does it? Choosing <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKgGlpe45T0&amp;nohtml5=False">the right knife</a> for the right kitchen job, as well as knowing how to use that knife, will not only keep you safe, but is also more efficient.</p> <h2>7. Use Sharp Knives</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/SBn1i9YqN1k" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Most kitchen accidents occur from use of a dull knife. This is due to the fact that a dull knife requires more pressure to do the job, increasing the odds of slipping and cutting yourself. Is <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBn1i9YqN1k">sharpening knives</a> something that you can do, yourself? Sure! As you become more comfortable with cooking, you'll learn to appreciate working with sharp knives.</p> <h2>8. Bake a Potato</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/XeDsOAW7JC4" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>I prefer a potato <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeDsOAW7JC4">baked in the oven</a>, but you can also do them in the microwave. However, they won't have that nice, crispy potato skin. Few foods are as economical as potatoes, and you can easily make a meal out of one. Try adding chili, sour cream, and onions, or how about steamed broccoli and cheese? Key point: Don't forget to prick the potato with a fork to allow steam to escape.</p> <h2>9. Use Separate Cutting Boards</h2> <p>To minimize risk of cross-contamination, and making yourself sick, use different <a href="http://amzn.to/1SLhCYz">cutting boards</a> for meats and vegetables. Wash thoroughly after use. If a board starts getting grooves in it from your knives, replace it.</p> <h2>10. Brown Meat</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/MRRDRk23gRA" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Why do you need to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRRDRk23gRA">brown meat</a>? Browning meat, or chicken, adds color and flavor, as well as gives it a better texture. If your recipe calls for browned meat, don't skip that step. It's mildly messy, and you need to be careful you don't burn yourself. However, the results make this step well worth the effort.</p> <h2>11. Peel/Chop Garlic</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rdAbdY7fUcY" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>As you begin to do more cooking, you will want to learn how to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdAbdY7fUcY">peel and chop up garlic</a>. This isn't difficult, and it will give your food so much flavor! One bulb of garlic will go a long way. Store in a cool, dark place (but not in your refrigerator). If you prefer, you can put it in a little jar, and cover with olive oil.</p> <h2>12. Grow Herbs</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/RfJSIlL0PZI" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Even if you have no outdoor space, you can still <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfJSIlL0PZI&amp;nohtml5=False">grow herbs</a> inside. Herbs greatly enhance your food &mdash; think of dill in potatoes, tarragon with chicken, or sage in stuffing. You can make a quick pesto if you have fresh basil around, or liven up a tomato sauce with some fresh oregano.</p> <h2>13. Make an Omelet</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/OQyRuOEKfVk" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Not only inexpensive to make, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQyRuOEKfVk">homemade omelets</a> are really versatile. Think ham, cheese, and tomatoes at breakfast; herbs and a little shaved parmesan at lunch, or a &quot;filled&quot; omelet for dinner. They take a little practice, but even when they don't come out looking omelet-y, they're still delicious.</p> <h2>14. Make Chicken Broth</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/X6jOzA2MTfI" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>After making <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6jOzA2MTfI&amp;nohtml5=False">chicken broth</a>, I let it cool, and then pour into Ziploc quart bags, and freeze flat to stack (don't forget to label with the date). I use broth just about as fast as I can make it, using it in soups, sauces, or in place of water (try in rice). The bonus is the cooked chicken, which you can also use right away in meals, or freeze.</p> <h2>15. Frost a Cake</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/fQKCitgCRuQ" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Not much of a baker, my cakes always had a humorous &quot;made this for you myself&quot; look. I finally sat and watched an amateur cake decorator <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQKCitgCRuQ&amp;nohtml5=False">frost a cake</a>, and what a difference that made. Getting rid of the crumbs was my favorite tip, followed by cutting the cake into the right shape.</p> <h2>16. Plan Your Menu</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/EENpjugzBU8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>You'll save yourself a lot of time and money if you learn to plan menus. It doesn't need to be complicated &mdash; all you need is pencil and paper. Getting the hang of cooking once and eating twice is a real treat, particularly during a busy week. Learn to watch grocery ads for sales; plan around those and save more money.</p> <p>Lastly, if you have gone to the trouble of making your own meal, why not enjoy it in style? Here is how to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EENpjugzBU8">set the table</a>.</p> <p><em>What frugal kitchen skills do you find essential?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-simple-kitchen-skills-every-frugal-person-should-master">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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