drink http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/5651/all en-US Survivor Island Meal Plans: Use it or Lose It in 5 Easy Steps http://www.wisebread.com/survivor-island-meal-plans-use-it-or-lose-it-in-5-easy-steps <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/survivor-island-meal-plans-use-it-or-lose-it-in-5-easy-steps" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/bird%20island.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="169" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">Whether you&rsquo;re a bit strapped for cash, or you&rsquo;re facing the dreaded task of defrosting your freezer, it&rsquo;s always good to do a complete &ldquo;use it up&rdquo; routine with your food supply.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Here are steps for keeping it delicious and making the best of what you have.<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The Survivor Island Meal Plan is simple.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>With the exception of a few perishables you might be forced to buy (milk, bread, etc.), you use ONLY what you have in your home for the next week&rsquo;s meals (or longer.)<span style="">&nbsp; </span>The thought behind the practice is twofold:<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in;"> <!--[if !supportLists]--><!--[if !supportLists]--><p><span style="">1)<span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></p> <!--[endif]--><!--[endif]--><p>You save some money by not buying anything more than the essentials.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>A food budget of $85 a week, for example, could be cut down to $15 or less during the plan.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in;"> <!--[if !supportLists]--><!--[if !supportLists]--><p><span style="">2)<span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></p> <!--[endif]--><!--[endif]--><p>You guarantee that every item in your home gets used by the expiration date and that items are rotated appropriately in the future.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>(Plus it&rsquo;s great for those who have wanted to clean their pantry shelves, defrost their deep freeze, or are preparing to move.<o:p>)</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">There is no science behind Survivor Island Meal Plans, but there are some tricks to pulling it off.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Since you&rsquo;ll most likely be using up some odd items, experimenting with new recipes, and cutting back on your regular shopping, it may raise some eyebrows in your family.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>You can choose to explain your motives, or just let them know that you will be &ldquo;trying new things&rdquo; over the next few weeks.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>(This is especially useful if you are finding yourself using the Survivor Island Technique out of necessity &ndash; many who have found themselves without a paycheck are scrounging.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>There&rsquo;s no shame in doing what you have to.)<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="">Step One:<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Sort out the Good from the Bad</b><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you are like most households, you already have some &ldquo;questionable&rdquo; food stuffs lurking in your cupboards and fridge.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>It may be an expired container of yogurt, a buggy bag of flour, or a freezer-burnt side of beef.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>While it is always sad to see waste (especially when it is due to your negligence), it&rsquo;s best to own up to your mistake and move on.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Eating old food is never cool.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>(We have been blessed to be able to give buggy grains to our chickens, and the freezer-burnt meats can be <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-homemade-dog-food-with-your-slow-cooker">made into dog food.</a><span style="">&nbsp; </span>For the rest of us, it&rsquo;s best to let bygones be bygones.)<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="">Step Two:<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Make a List and Check it Twice</b><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Here is the fun part &ndash; now we take inventory of our food items.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>You will most likely find things you never knew you had, stuff you wonder why you have, and even more things you aren&rsquo;t sure when you ever acquired it.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Group your list by food type (meat, veggies, etc), and take a minute to examine your shopping behaviors.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>(Families who hate liver, for example, should have no good reason for storing it.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Make a note to yourself that you will from now on only buy food you will eat in a timely fashion.)</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="">Step Three:<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Plan Your Meals</b><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Depending on how much food you have on hand, you can get anywhere from one week to a month or more of meals from your current reserves.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Planning meals from some of the odd items can be difficult, but if you think of it as a flavor adventure (and a chance to really experiment), it can take it from a task to a treat.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Here are some ways I get inspiration for my most unusual meals:<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <ul> <li><strong>Check the packages that the food comes in</strong> - Just today, I found an old (but edible) bag of coconut. &nbsp;I don't use coconut, but I was inspired by the macaroon recipe on the side of the bag.&nbsp; They were delicious, and I don't konw how long I would have searched for a good recipe.&nbsp; Since food manufacturers often test recipes with their own products, there is a good chance that the result will be above par.&nbsp; (Another great resource is the book <span style="font-size: 12pt; font-weight: normal;"> <i style=""><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0883658275?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wisebread03-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0883658275">Best Recipes from the Backs of Boxes, Bottles, Cans and Jars</a>.)</i></span></li> <li><strong>Look in old magazines</strong> - Even those magazines that don't specialize in food have some unique recipes for odds and ends ingredients.&nbsp; (Farming, lifestyle, and parenting mags are great resources that shouldn't be overlooked!)<o:p> <br /> </o:p></li> <li><strong>Use the internet - </strong>Obviously, this is my first choice. &nbsp;</li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-weight: normal;">Many of Wise Bread&rsquo;s expanding list of articles deal with &ldquo;awkward&rdquo; ingredients, including <a href="../../../../../../8-spectacular-uses-for-that-lone-can-of-fruit">a lone can of fruit</a>, <a href="../../../../../../lentil-love-how-to-sex-up-a-simple-staple-and-save">lentils</a>, <a href="../../../../../../cornmeal-fresh-ideas-for-a-frugal-family-staple">corn meal</a>, and <a href="../../../../../../dump-cake-and-other-sweet-easy-treats">cake mix</a>. Two other favorite web sites are <a href="http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/">A Year of Crockpotting</a> and <a href="http://busycooks.about.com/library/recipes/blfiveingred.htm">About.com</a>.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b style="">Step Four: Cook</b><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p>This is the easy (but rather time-consuming part.) You can choose to make your meals all at once (via the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/assembly-cooking-for-newbies">batch-cooking method</a>) or day by day.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>You can also freeze many of your meals for later &ndash; giving those &ldquo;older&rdquo; food items a new lease on life! The goal is to keep using up those foodstuffs and keeping your costs very low.<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p><b style="">Step Five: Shop</b><o:p></o:p></p> <p>And so we begin the shopping cycle all over again.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>For many, you will have already been buying a few things here and there to keep your Survivor Island Meal Plan going.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>For others, you won&rsquo;t be able to let your food supply get that low without feeling uncomfortable (out of a sense of preparedness, possibly).<span style="">&nbsp; </span>This is OK, and if you are truly concerned about being caught in an emergency with your pantry down, go ahead and shop the sales to keep some fresh, new items on hand.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>(Just be sure to keep them completely separate from your &ldquo;use &lsquo;em ups&rdquo; and don&rsquo;t overspend.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>The goal is to cut costs for a little while.)<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p><em>Hopefully, you will have learned something from the process.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>In addition to looking carefully at your spending and cooking habits, you can see how storage and planning may need to be tweaked to reduce waste and keep your future meal plans at peak efficiency.</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/survivor-island-meal-plans-use-it-or-lose-it-in-5-easy-steps" class="sharethis-link" title="Survivor Island Meal Plans: Use it or Lose It in 5 Easy Steps" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Frugal Living Budgeting Food and Drink budgeting drink Food saving money on food Tue, 05 May 2009 02:43:50 +0000 Linsey Knerl 3122 at http://www.wisebread.com Eight Natural Ways to Make Water More Flavorful http://www.wisebread.com/eight-natural-ways-to-make-water-more-flavorful <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/eight-natural-ways-to-make-water-more-flavorful" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/water_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In a<a href="/why-is-gasoline-so-cheap-a-cost-comparison-of-40-common-household-liquids" target="_blank"> previous article about gasoline prices</a> I noted that many packaged drinks are quite expensive and the cheapest drink out there is water. The main reason that people don&#39;t drink water is that it is tasteless and not very &quot;fun&quot; to drink. On the other hand, water is definitely more healthy than sodas so now there is a entire category of packaged drinks such as VitaminWater that is basically bottled water with coloring,vitamins,and flavor. Instead of buying these drinks, there are many things you can add to water add home to make it more exciting to drink.</p> <p><strong>1. Salt</strong> - I am sure you have heard of the term &quot;electrolytes&quot; in the marketing for energy drinks. Actually electrolytes are just ions that can be found in common table salt. Adding a little bit of salt to water helps your body absorb the liquid more quickly. As long as you don&#39;t go overboard with the salt the water should be very quenching and it would be great for workouts since the body loses salt through sweat.</p> <p><strong> 2. Ginger</strong> - If you like spices, ginger is a great way to add a &quot;zing&quot; to your water. If it is added to boiling water it is also a great way to clear your throat and sinuses during a cold.</p> <p><strong>3. Citrus</strong> - My husband&#39;s family members often freeze a small citrus fruit called <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calamondin" target="_blank">kalamansi</a> in ice cube trays and then put the ice cubes in water for flavor. The same can be done with other citrus fruits and the water produced would be infused with vitamin C.</p> <p><strong>4. Herbs</strong> - Mint, lemongrass, and parsley are great for adding aroma and a hint of green to your water. If you want to release the flavor you can crush the plants a little bit before putting them into your water.</p> <p><strong>5. Cucumber</strong> - I saw this at a spa I went to in Hawaii. A water dispenser was half filled up with cucumber slices, and the water dispensed tasted very refreshing and smelled a bit like cucumber.</p> <p><strong>6. Wine</strong> - A favorite of mine to add to water is plum wine or umeshu. It is a very sweet Japanese liquere made from green plums so I drink it with a lot of water. The distinct sweet flavor still comes through when there is one part umeshu in ten parts water. I am sure the same can be done with other syrupy liqueres.</p> <p><strong>7. Berries</strong> - Blueberries and strawberries have distinct flavors that could be soaked up by water. All you have to do is cut or crush a few of the berries into your water.</p> <p><strong>8. Vinegar</strong> - Adding vinegar to water is similar to adding citrus. You will get sour water that has vitamin C. When I was a kid I liked adding apple vinegar to water and then drinking it. I do not recommend mixing in balsamic vinegar since it has oil, but any clear vinegar is good for flavoring your water.</p> <p>Of course any of these things could also be added to soda water if you want to make your own lightly flavored soda. The possibilities are really endless since you can mix and match the ingredients any way you want. What do you think? Do you prefer flavored waters over plain tap? What do you do to make your water more palatable?</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eight-natural-ways-to-make-water-more-flavorful" class="sharethis-link" title="Eight Natural Ways to Make Water More Flavorful" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/xin-lu">Xin Lu</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. 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You can print the coupon twice!</p> <p>You can also get a $1.25 printable coupon for Glucerna <a href="http://glucerna.com/offer/">here</a></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-food-for-diabetics" class="sharethis-link" title="FREE food for diabetics" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Freebies cereal diabetes diabetic diet drink Food free free food Glucerna shake suger-free Tue, 22 May 2007 22:58:21 +0000 Paul Michael 672 at http://www.wisebread.com