eggs http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/8168/all en-US 10 Smart Things to Do With Leftover Easter Goodies http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-things-to-do-with-leftover-easter-goodies <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-smart-things-to-do-with-leftover-easter-goodies" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/little_girl_easter_000037037264.jpg" alt="Finding smart things to do with leftover Easter goodies" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Easter holiday means a house filled with pastel&hellip; everything... cluttering the house. Don't toss all those goodies right away after. Instead, here are some ingenious ways to repurpose your leftovers for immediate use or year-round enjoyment.&nbsp;</p> <h2>1. Plastic Eggs (Practical)</h2> <p>These&nbsp;<a href="http://redeemyourground.com/easter-egg-birdseed-ornaments/">birdseed ornaments</a> will liven up your backyard for pennies. Mix together flour, birdseed, water, and corn syrup. Scoop mixture into your plastic eggs, firmly packing to fit. Then close them up to set into your egg shape. Gently open the eggs (it helps to place them in a muffin tin) and let air dry for a few hours. To hang, tie some string or yarn around them. This tutorial makes about 18 small feeders.</p> <h2>2. Plastic Eggs (Pretty)</h2> <p>This sophisticated&nbsp;<a href="http://www.taylormadecreates.com/2011/05/tealight-flight.html">tealight flight</a> is incredibly easy to make. Take your leftover plastic eggs, crack them in half (using the bottoms only), spray on a few coats of spray paint, and attach them to a piece of scrap wood with strong glue. Let everything dry before you place tealights inside to create a beautiful glow.</p> <h2>3. Plastic Eggs (Educational)</h2> <p>I've seen quite a number of ways to repurpose plastic eggs for learning. For my four-year-old daughter, I plan to work on reading skills with these&nbsp;<a href="http://www.playdoughtoplato.com/word-family-eggs/">word family eggs</a>. Just collect your eggs, and use a permanent marker to write several letters on one half and the rest of the word on the second half of the egg. (For example, b-, c-, m-, s- and -at to make bat, cat, mat, and sat.) Your child can turn the sides of the eggs to create the different words and see how they relate.</p> <h2>4. Egg Dye</h2> <p>You've finished coloring your eggs &mdash; now what? Use leftover dye to get crafty. Try&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gsheller.com/2011/04/fun-with-easter-egg-dyes-and-yarn.html">dying bare yarn</a> in a rainbow of colors for whatever projects you have on your calendar. First, soak the yarn in vinegar and water. Get your dyes ready in different containers and use plastic pipettes for coloring. Apply the dye to the yarn, microwave to set, rinse, squeeze, and hang to dry.</p> <h2>5. Jelly Beans</h2> <p>Teach your kids some&nbsp;<a href="http://lemonlimeadventures.com/engineering-for-kids-building-with-jelly-beans/">engineering basics</a> using colorful jelly beans as your guide. To set up the experiment, you'll just need toothpicks, jelly beans, and some creative minds. Make cubes to start and then move on to more complicated shapes to see how they stabilize and shift. The author of this project said that these simple supplies gave her kids over a month of educational enjoyment.</p> <h2>6. Fake Grass</h2> <p>We typically fill our Easter baskets with fake grass of the paper variety. I then use whatever we have left for wrapping gifts (usually in gift bags) throughout the year. I've also used it as cheap packing material and given handfuls of it to my daughter to add dimension to art projects. Alternatively, you can carefully collect your leftovers and reuse them next year.</p> <h2>7. Hard-Boiled Eggs</h2> <p>Before eating your hard-boiled eggs, make sure they haven't been sitting out of the refrigerator for longer than two hours, haven't been in contact with pesticides or animal waste in an outdoor hunt, and aren't more than a week old. Once you've considered these&nbsp;<a href="http://shelflifeadvice.com/content/are-eggs-dyed-easter-safe-eat">food safety points</a>, you can eat them plain, make deviled eggs, or whip up a delicious egg salad.</p> <h2>8. Candy</h2> <p>These&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/leftover-easter-candy-cookies/">leftover Easter candy cookies</a> will help clear out your pantry shelves for fresh spring produce in no time. You simply mix together the dough base with flour, baking soda, sugars, salt, vanilla, and eggs. Then chop up two cups of whatever candy you have left (assorted chocolates probably work better than jelly beans), fold it into the dough, and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown.</p> <h2>9. Baskets</h2> <p>Whether they're crazy colored or more neutral, you can always find great uses for baskets around your home. I store my daughter's markers, crayons, and other art supplies in small baskets that I keep in my craft room. When we're ready to do some coloring or art, I grab a basket and it helps keep everything tidy. Use yours to wrangle small toys (cars, blocks, etc.), books, or store it away to use again next year. Don't like your basket's looks? Spray paint it another color to suit your mood or decor.</p> <h2>10. Egg Crates</h2> <p>There are seriously a million ways you can reuse an egg carton in your home. My current favorite? I'm&nbsp;<a href="http://planetforward.ca/blog/my-organic-gardening-part-three-cartons-are-not-just-for-eggs-anymore-sustainable-practice/">organizing my seedlings</a> for the upcoming planting season. Just cut the lid off, poke a small hole in the bottom of each cup, fill each three-quarters full with soil, place your seeds inside, and put it on a plastic tray. Then label so you know what is what. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-creative-ways-to-reuse-egg-crates?ref=seealso">11 Creative Ways to Reuse Egg Crates</a>)</p> <p><em>How are you re-using your Easter stuff? Let us know in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-things-to-do-with-leftover-easter-goodies">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-have-a-cheaper-easter">10 Ways to Have a Cheaper Easter</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-cool-ways-to-make-treasure-out-of-trash">12 Cool Ways to Make Treasure Out of Trash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-creative-ways-to-reuse-egg-crates">11 Creative Ways to Reuse Egg Crates</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-baking-soda-took-my-bathroom-from-yuck-to-yes">How Baking Soda Took My Bathroom from “Yuck” to Yes!</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/18-smart-ways-to-reuse-your-empty-glass-bottles">18 Smart Ways to Reuse Your Empty Glass Bottles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks DIY Green Living baskets candy Easter eggs Holidays leftovers recycling repurposing Fri, 25 Mar 2016 09:00:11 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1678890 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Easy and Delicious Eggs-for-Dinner Recipes http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-and-delicious-eggs-for-dinner-recipes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-easy-and-delicious-eggs-for-dinner-recipes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/eggdin-169261755.jpg" alt="eggs" title="eggs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&#39;s difficult to say anything bad about eggs. Sure, they might be <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cholesterol/HQ00608">a little hard on your cholesterol</a>, but <a href="http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/eggs/">they&#39;re packed with protein</a> (and some heart healthy B vitamins) and can give you all the energy you need for a morning &mdash; or in this case, an evening. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fantastic-facts-about-eggs">10 Things You Didn&#39;t Know About Eggs</a>)</p> <p>Perhaps you feel the same way. Which is why I&#39;ve explored 10 different ways you can eat eggs for dinner while avoiding the usual egg-pairing suspects like pancakes, sausage, and other breakfast-typical foods and instead incorporated more interesting food items to go along with the eggs that we love so much.</p> <p>Keep in mind, every idea here can work with the entire egg or just the egg whites, for those of you who might be worried about that cholesterol thing I mentioned earlier. Let&#39;s get crackin&#39;. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-make-perfectly-cooked-eggs">6 Ways to Cook Eggs Perfectly</a>)</p> <h2>1. Baked in an Avocado</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/eggdin-138045472-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>What could be better than combining two of the best tasting and healthiest foods on the planet?</p> <p>Avocado is packed with good fats and a nice flavor that complements an egg quite well. Simply <a href="http://whiteonricecouple.com/recipes/baked-eggs-avocado/">bake the egg into the avocado</a> and add bacon or tomato if you want to spice it up a little more. Basil or oregano to flavor works well also.</p> <h2>2. Bibimbap: Stir Fry With Rice and Veggies</h2> <p>Anytime you have a Korean-style stir fry dish, you can add scrambled eggs to up the protein content.</p> <p>Try starting with a rice and soy sauce base as <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/boy-meets-grill/bibimbap-recipe/index.html">this recipe for bibimbap suggests</a>, and then add your eggs and favorite vegetables. Granted, while this requires a decent amount of prep, the cook time is 10 minutes or less; this could be a great date-night meal to get you and your sweetie in the kitchen and cooking together. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-frugal-and-romantic-dates-at-home">18 Frugal, Romantic Dates at Home</a>)</p> <h2>3. Cheeseburger</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/eggdin-120904527-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>Most would refer to this as an &quot;<a href="http://www.jasonandshawnda.com/foodiebride/archives/13522/">Eggs Benedict Burger</a>,&quot; or in some restaurant circles, a &quot;Sundowner.&quot;</p> <p>Whatever you decide to call it, the complement of flavors is stellar, and if you want to bring the avocado back into the picture, you can add a slice or two to your burger for even more flavor.</p> <p>Good advice would be to leave ketchup out of the equation if you go this route and you&#39;re worried about flavors clashing.</p> <h2>4. With Grits and Asparagus</h2> <p>Cooked asparagus is a traditional dinner side dish, so throwing a poached egg on top only makes it better. A<a href="http://www.happyolks.com/asparagus-with-poached-eggs-over-grits/"> recipe that includes grits</a> brings the dish full circle.</p> <h2>5. Traditional French Omelet</h2> <p>A <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/video/dining/100000001116746/jacques-pepin-makes-an-omelet-.html">traditional French omelet</a> makes a great evening meal and is easy to prepare. Fresh herbs and kosher salt is all that&#39;s used in the video, but you can add other veggies and even meat if you so choose. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-breakfast-for-dinner-meals">25 Yummy Breakfast-for-Dinner Meals</a>)</p> <h2>6. With Bacon and Risotto</h2> <p>You can leave the bacon out if you feel like that makes it too &quot;breakfast-y,&quot; but the flavor that it adds is tough to pass up. I suppose you could look at this as a&nbsp;<a href="http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2012/05/bacon-egg-and-leek-risotto/">risotto for breakfast recipe</a> as well.</p> <h2>7. Twice Baked Eggs and Potatoes</h2> <p>In this case you can <a href="http://www.homecookingadventure.com/recipes/twice-baked-potato-with-egg-on-top">cook the egg directly on top of the potato</a> and add whatever other toppings you would like once it&#39;s out of the oven. Make sure to cut the potato first so the egg has somewhere to sit.</p> <h2>8. Pita With Avocado and Tomato</h2> <p>You could add ham, turkey, or whatever else you like to eat on a pita; just fry the egg and put it on top of everything. Sound advice would be to cook the egg yolk until it doesn&#39;t run, so that you&#39;re not at risk of losing most of the egg portion of your meal to your plate. <a href="http://www.erecipe.com/recipe/pita-with-avocado-and-fried-egg-ala-fast-breakfast-pizza-3338">Top off the recipe</a> with fresh and healthy avocado and tomato.</p> <h2>9. Scotch Egg</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/eggdin-177036176-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>This <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2012/may/31/how-to-cook-the-perfect-scotch-egg">recipe for a scotch egg</a> takes a little bit of work, but the result is well worth the effort. A scotch egg is essentially a hardboiled egg encased in a sausage, mustard and breadcrumb mixture that&#39;s then fried in oil. Prep time is about 20 to 30 minutes to make four eggs.</p> <h2>10. On Grilled Cheese</h2> <p>There are a few grilled cheese restaurants popping up these days and nearly all of them offer something on their menu that incorporates eggs into their sandwiches.</p> <p>It&#39;s a great idea, so we can <a href="http://acozykitchen.com/egg-in-a-hole-grilled-cheese/">follow suit at home</a>.</p> <p>To avoid your eggs running, go ahead and fry the egg first, then put it on your grilled cheese with tomato and whatever else you want to include &mdash; but it&#39;s hard to imagine you would need anything more than those three beautiful things together.</p> <h2>Eggs Are an Easy Fit</h2> <p>One of the most attractive aspects of eggs is how easy they are to prepare and add to other meals and recipes. Eggs with dinner makes a lot of sense, and it works pretty well &quot;straight out of the box&quot; without a lot of tinkering or configurations required. Try adding eggs to these and some of your other favorite dinner items. Chances are good that they&#39;re an easy fit.</p> <p><em>Do you have other easy eggs-for-dinner recipes or ideas? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-and-delicious-eggs-for-dinner-recipes">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/25-breakfast-for-dinner-meals">25 Breakfast-For-Dinner Meals</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/35-tasty-ways-to-use-frozen-spinach">35 Tasty Ways to Use Frozen Spinach</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/50-ways-to-use-canned-salmon">50 Ways to Use Canned Salmon</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/25-ways-to-use-frozen-mixed-vegetables">25 Ways to Use Frozen Mixed Vegetables</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-rice-cake-topping-ideas">40 Rice Cake Topping Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cheap recipes egg recipes eggs eggs for dinner Wed, 04 Dec 2013 10:48:04 +0000 Mikey Rox 1098551 at http://www.wisebread.com 25 Breakfast-For-Dinner Meals http://www.wisebread.com/25-breakfast-for-dinner-meals <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-breakfast-for-dinner-meals" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/food-179985169.jpg" alt="savory crepe" title="savory crepe" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Breakfast food for dinner can be a great way to mix up your meal plans and take your culinary creativity to the next level. Another perk? Breakfast is often cheaper than other meals. Here are 25 ways you can enjoy morning cuisine well into the night. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-healthy-and-cheap-5-minute-dinners">Healthy, Cheap, and Quick Dinners)</a></p> <h2>1. Pancakes</h2> <p>Pancakes don&#39;t have to be solely breakfast fare. For a dinner twist, try adding savory toppings and add-ins, like <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/skip-the-syrup-6-savory-pancakes-for-breakfast-or-dinner-167153">spinach and cherry tomatoes</a>.</p> <h2>2. Crepes</h2> <p>Like pancakes, a crepe for dinner can bring out the creative side of a cook. Make a <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/crepes-recipe/index.html">sweet or savory crepe</a> and fill it with cheese, veggies, fruit compote, or chocolate. Your dinner guest will think it&#39;s tres chic!</p> <h2>3. Waffles</h2> <p>Like pancakes and crepes, you can add savory toppings to round out this night time meal. Try these <a href="http://www.amybites.com/?p=2443">pizza stuffed waffles</a> or <a href="http://www.chow.com/recipes/30448-savory-cheddar-waffle-blt-with-egg">savory cheddar waffle BLT with egg</a>.</p> <h2>4. Breakfast Potatoes</h2> <p>Why not try a <a href="http://www.babble.com/best-recipes/dill-breakfast-potatoes/">side of breakfast potatoes</a> instead of mashed potatoes when you&#39;re planning dinner? It can be healthier than traditional mashed potatoes and uses great spices like dill, rosemary, and oregano. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/end-potato-prejudice-10-reasons-why-you-should-eat-potatoes">10 Reasons Why You Should Eat Potatoes</a>)</p> <h2>5. Biscuits</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/brkdin-168731069-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>I&#39;ve always thought biscuits are great as snacks and for any meal, but <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-cream-biscuits-in-109151">this recipe</a> takes the traditional breakfast biscuit to the next level! Mix with cheese, meat or even leftover gravy, and you&#39;ll have a biscuit that transcends mealtime labels.</p> <h2>6. Breakfast Casseroles</h2> <p>Breakfast casseroles incorporate classic early-in-the-day flavors like cheese, ham, potatoes, and bread, but there&#39;s no reason these aren&#39;t just as good in the evening.</p> <h2>7. Shakshouka</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.babble.com/best-recipes/shakshouka/">North African dish</a> is a zingy twist on traditional poached eggs&hellip;and has enough sauce and veggies to eat for a respectable dinner. For younger diners, you may want amend the recipe and forego the poblano peppers and red pepper flakes.</p> <h2>8. Breakfast Burritos</h2> <p>Breakfast burritos are packed with all the nutrients you need, and they&#39;re just as convenient to eat for dinner. Raid your fridge for leftover items, scramble them with your eggs, and dinner is served.</p> <h2>9. Scrambled Eggs</h2> <p>Simple, cheap and tasty, scrambled eggs have been a primary part of my breakfasts for years. Make your scrambled eggs heartier by using bacon, avocado and cheese for a meal that&#39;s truly dinner-worthy. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-make-perfectly-cooked-eggs">How to Make Perfectly Cooked Eggs</a>)</p> <h2>10. Omelets</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/brkdin-95831415-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>You can put practically anything in an omelet, which makes it an ideal meal, morning, noon, or night. My favorite omelet ingredients include feta cheese, spinach, and sundried tomatoes.</p> <h2>11. Tortillas</h2> <p>In Spain, &quot;tortilla&quot; refers to a hearty egg-and-potato dish that&#39;s eaten warm or cold any time of day. Try this <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/317116/spanish-tortilla-with-bell-pepper?czone=food%2Fproduce-guide-cnt%2Fsummer-produce-recipes&amp;gallery=275370&amp;slide=317116&amp;center=276955">red bell pepper version</a> that&#39;s like a casserole in a pan.</p> <h2>12. Croque Madame</h2> <p>This traditional French favorite puts a <a href="http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Croque-Madame-Sandwich">breakfast spin on a ham sandwich</a> by adding a soft- or hard-cooked egg on top.</p> <h2>13. Breakfast Sandwiches</h2> <p>Why not enjoy an egg, ham, and cheese sandwich for dinner?</p> <h2>14. Frittatas</h2> <p>Easier to perfect than an omelet (and often heartier!) the frittata is a great, cost-effective way to eat breakfast ingredients anytime. I like a good <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/15/dining/151mrex.html">vegetable frittata</a> with roasted peppers and mushrooms, but you can pretty much stuff it with anything you&#39;re in the mood for.</p> <h2>15. Hash</h2> <p>Made of potatoes and meat, hash won&#39;t empty your wallet or leave you feeling hungry. Try a traditional version or this <a href="http://www.babble.com/best-recipes/breakfast-for-dinner-sweet-potato-red-onion-hash/">healthy sweet potato hash recipe</a>.</p> <h2>16. Smoked Fish</h2> <p>A breakfast and brunch mainstay, smoked fish can also be delightful as a dinner protein. Toss smoked fish in a salad or put in a sandwich with cream cheese for a yummy version of the breakfast favorite. (See also: Affordable, Sustainable Seafood Choices)</p> <h2>17. Bacon</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/brkdin-183076924-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>Bacon is great anytime, but probably needs a little dressing up if you&#39;re going to do it right for dinner. Take bacon and put it in your favorite salad or a BLT. You can also get a little more advanced and <a href="http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/fish-recipes/delicious-roasted-white-fish-wrapped-in-smoked-bacon-with-lemon-mayonnaise-and-asparagus">wrap a fish filet in bacon</a>.</p> <h2>18. Yogurt</h2> <p>Usually light and sweet, you can definitely make yogurt great for dinner, too! Make a yogurt salad with pepper, avocado, cucumber, dill, and other veggies you have lying around for a light vegetarian dinner you won&#39;t soon forget!</p> <h2>19. Quiche</h2> <p>Like a frittata but crustier, <a href="http://www.incredibleegg.org/recipes/recipe/basic-cheese-quiche">eating quiche for dinner</a> will help you use your eggs and leftover produce and meat.</p> <h2>20. Tofu Scramble</h2> <p>This dish packs so much healthy protein, it should definitely not be confined to breakfast time. It doesn&#39;t have to be boring, either: throw in some vegan cheese, vegetables, and chili peppers to give your tofu scramble personality. This is a <a href="http://www.babble.com/best-recipes/five-ingredient-tofu-scramble/">great, simple recipe</a> from Babble.com if you&#39;re new to the making of a great tofu scramble.</p> <h2>21. Sausage Patties</h2> <p>Sausage patties are delicious and filling, so why not eat them for dinner? Pair sausage patties with pasta and a light wine sauce, and you&#39;ve got a great meat dish that will wow.</p> <h2>22. Stuffed Peppers</h2> <p>Use yellow bell peppers as bowls for this morning/early afternoon dish that can include ingredients such as shredded hash browns, bacon, cheese, egg custard, and biscuit mix. Don&#39;t forget to eat the bowl, especially using this <a href="http://www.rippedrecipes.com/recipe/stuffed-breakfast-peppers-611.html">low-fat recipe.</a></p> <h2>23. Bread Pudding</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/brkdin-178451502-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>A dessert or traditional English breakfast dish, Bread pudding can be made savory with a little ham and cheddar thrown into the mix. Try this delectable recipe from MyRecipes that gives a <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/savory-bread-pudding-ham-cheddar-50400000115188/">savory bread pudding</a> a healthy twist.</p> <h2>24. Libanais Breakfast</h2> <p>This Middle Eastern-inspired dish is popular for breakfast, but can easily turn into an unforgettable dinner. The dish traditionally includes a boiled egg and three salads (tabbouleh, cucumber salad, and baba ghanoush) complemented with crisp pita toasts. <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/libanais-breakfast-50400000109593/">This version</a> features just one salad, making it easy to make.</p> <h2>25. Chilaquiles</h2> <p>A traditional Mexican breakfast, chilaquiles is a saute of day-old tortilla strips, fresh tomato sauce, cream, and cheese. This <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/black-bean-chicken-chilaquiles-10000001545709/">hearty version</a> is baked and makes for a divine dinner, especially if you want to improvise and add some of your favorite veggies!</p> <p><em>What&#39;s your favorite breakfast for dinner dish?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/rebecca-leib">Rebecca Leib</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-breakfast-for-dinner-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-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/50-ways-to-use-canned-salmon">50 Ways to Use Canned Salmon</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/15-delicious-ways-to-prepare-a-humble-head-of-cabbage">15 Delicious Ways to Prepare a Humble Head of Cabbage</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-delicious-ways-to-use-pineapple">20 Delicious Ways to Use Pineapple</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-ways-to-prepare-frozen-broccoli">15 Delicious Ways to Prepare Frozen Broccoli</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-chicken-leg-and-thigh-recipes-from-around-the-world">15 Chicken Leg and Thigh Recipes From Around the World</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink breakfast cheap recipes dinner eggs recipes Fri, 08 Nov 2013 22:33:01 +0000 Rebecca Leib 922384 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Ways to Make Perfectly Cooked Eggs http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-make-perfectly-cooked-eggs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-ways-to-make-perfectly-cooked-eggs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cooking-4148750-small.jpg" alt="eggs" title="eggs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Eggs are one of my favorite foods. No matter how they're cooked, I'll eat them. However, there's just nothing better than <em>perfectly </em>cooked eggs. Here are the techniques to make perfect eggs, any way you like them. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fantastic-facts-about-eggs" target="_blank">10 Fantastic Facts About Eggs</a>)</p> <h2>Scrambled Eggs</h2> <p>Did you know you're probably making your scrambled eggs all wrong? According to Gordon Ramsay, adding salt and beating the eggs too early prevent the eggs from turning out nice and fluffy. Here's how he makes the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dU_B3QNu_Ks" target="_blank">perfect scrambled eggs</a>. (I leave out the Creme Fraiche, and it still tastes great.)</p> <p><iframe width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/dU_B3QNu_Ks"></iframe></p> <h2>Poached Eggs</h2> <p>Poached eggs have always seemed too intimidating to try making at home, but here's the secret to making the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pux9JRiGRHY" target="_blank">perfect poached egg</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="600" height="338" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Pux9JRiGRHY"></iframe></p> <h2>Omelettes</h2> <p>Omelettes are usually overcooked, dense and textureless. Here's how to <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgHgbn_sVUw" target="_blank">properly make an omelete</a>, creating a perfectly silky breakfast.</p> <p><iframe width="600" height="338" frameborder="0" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/AgHgbn_sVUw" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <h2>Half, Soft, Hard Boiled Eggs</h2> <p>No matter how cooked you like your boiled eggs, this video will show the you the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sSni2HTfvM" target="_blank">perfect timing to make soft, half, or hard boiled eggs</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="601" height="338" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/-sSni2HTfvM"></iframe></p> <h2>Over Easy/Medium/Hard</h2> <p>Alton Brown cracks the mysterious egg case to show the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ORcW7UrbKc" target="_blank">perfect technique for over easy eggs</a> (or however cooked you like them). (The cooking starts at around 7:20 minutes.)</p> <p><iframe width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/8ORcW7UrbKc"></iframe></p> <h2>Sunny Side Up Eggs</h2> <p>How do you make <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MhzKI4q5FE" target="_blank">perfect sunny sunny side up eggs</a>? Mr. Breakfast reveals the secret to cooking the egg whites without overcooking the yolk!</p> <p><iframe width="601" height="338" frameborder="0" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/4MhzKI4q5FE" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><em>How do you like your eggs? Share your secrets in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lynn-truong">Lynn Truong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-make-perfectly-cooked-eggs">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/how-to-pick-and-cut-a-watermelon-and-eat-the-rind-too">How to Pick and Cut a Watermelon (and Eat the Rind 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/10-fantastic-facts-about-eggs">10 Fantastic Facts About Eggs</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/25-breakfast-for-dinner-meals">25 Breakfast-For-Dinner Meals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-raise-backyard-chickens">How to Raise Backyard Chickens</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-diy-kitchen-skills-that-will-save-you-money">7 DIY Kitchen Skills That Will Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cooking at home eggs kitchen tips Tue, 09 Jul 2013 10:24:32 +0000 Lynn Truong 980437 at http://www.wisebread.com Beyond Beef: Tasty, Frugal Protein http://www.wisebread.com/beyond-beef-tasty-frugal-protein <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/beyond-beef-tasty-frugal-protein" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/6099142484_e4be412052_z.jpg" alt="tempeh" title="tempeh" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In an age of rising obesity rates and increasing health consciousness, many of us are wondering whether we have enough protein in our diets. Sources of protein are not only plentiful in several everyday food items, but most of them are also affordable. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/peanut-butter-the-poor-man-s-protein">Peanut Butter: The Poor Man's Protein</a>)</p> <h2>Tempeh</h2> <p>One of the best-known sources of protein is tempeh, a fermented food made from soybeans. A longtime staple food in Indonesia, tempeh is slowly gaining traction in the U.S. and popping up in grocery stores across the country. It&rsquo;s also <a href="http://veganfazool.blogspot.com/2012/02/homemade-tempeh-illustrated-guide.html">possible to make your own tempeh</a>, generally a cheaper option using dried soybeans than buying premade tempeh from a store.</p> <h2>Eggs...From&nbsp;Your Own Chickens</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;re seeking a good source of protein without paying an exorbitant amount for organic, cage-free eggs, why not raise your own chickens? There is an upfront investment (coop, chicken feed, the chickens themselves, etc.) and ongoing work involved, but having your own chickens means you know exactly how your egg-layers are treated and could offer a daily supply of fresh eggs. For more information, check out our own Linsey Knerl's article on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-raise-backyard-chickens">raising backyard chickens</a>.</p> <h2>Beans</h2> <p>Whether they&rsquo;re dried and bagged or canned, beans are an excellent source of protein (and iron!) that won&rsquo;t break the bank. According to the USDA, black and kidney beans have the highest protein content, followed by baked, pinto, and lima beans. Dry beans tend to be cheaper than their canned counterparts, but again, it depends on where you live and shop for groceries.</p> <h2>Options at Farmers Markets</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-not-to-buy-at-a-farmers-market">Farmers markets</a> are one of the best places to buy fresh, affordable produce. Offerings will vary from season to season, but you can often buy protein-rich produce such as soybeans and support your local economy at the same time.</p> <h2>Canned Tuna</h2> <p>Another source of protein for frugal-minded families is canned tuna. Costs vary from store to store, but online, you can buy over 3 lbs of canned tuna for as little as $12. Tuna packed in water is generally less healthy than tuna packed in olive oil, but if cost is your only concern, go with the cheaper options. However, buyer beware &mdash; according to <a href="http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine-archive/2011/january/food/mercury-in-tuna/overview/index.htm">Consumer Reports</a>, mercury in canned tuna is still a pressing problem. Studies show higher levels of mercury in white tuna than light tuna, so be sure to keep this in mind while you&rsquo;re shopping.</p> <h2>Whey Protein</h2> <p>Whey protein powder purchased in bulk can be a frugal option, and it's especially convenient for those looking to add nutritional value to meal replacement shakes. Just make sure to watch out for allergies and overdependence (balance consumption with other sources of protein).</p> <h2>Not-So-Frugal Sources</h2> <p>When discussing significant sources of protein, I couldn&rsquo;t leave out <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/organic-groceries-on-a-budget">organic meats</a> such as chickens (raised without hormones) and grass-fed livestock. Unfortunately, organic meats tend to be quite pricey in comparison to their grain-fed, hormone-loaded counterparts. If quality outweighs price however, organic is the way to go with your meats.</p> <p><em>What about you? Do you know of any other frugal sources of protein? Tell us in the comments below.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kelly-kehoe">Kelly Kehoe</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beyond-beef-tasty-frugal-protein">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/discount-luxury-save-50-or-more-on-5-fabulous-substitutions">Discount Luxury: Save 50% or More on 5 Fabulous Substitutions</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/anyone-can-spend-less-for-food">Anyone Can Spend Less for Food</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-eat-well-on-just-20-a-week-with-meal-plans">How to Eat Well on Just $20 a Week (With Meal Plans!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-really-save-with-amazon-prime-pantry">Can You Really Save With Amazon Prime Pantry?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Lifestyle Shopping Cheap Food eggs organic food tuna Fri, 05 Oct 2012 10:24:41 +0000 Kelly Kehoe 954832 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Raise Backyard Chickens http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-raise-backyard-chickens <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-raise-backyard-chickens" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/kid_with_chickens.jpg" alt="Kid with chickens" title="Kid with chickens" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="133" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&rsquo;ve kept chickens on our small 3-acre farm for over five years. I grew up raising them, so I&rsquo;m comfortable with the ins and outs of the practice. As food gets increasingly pricey, and consumers turn to organic and free-range for their egg and poultry needs, a backyard flock is becoming more popular each year. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fantastic-facts-about-eggs">10 Fantastic Facts About Eggs</a>)</p> <p>This short guide to owning a backyard flock is by no means complete. Entire books have been written on the topic, so consider this a conversation starter for those who want to explore the idea further. Chickens can be so much more than just food. Our entire family (even my young kids) has had a blast <a href="http://www.thefreelancefarmer.com/2010/05/why-dine-alone.html">sharing our farm</a> with these feathered friends!</p> <h3>Check Your Local Laws</h3> <p>If you live outside of city limits, chances are great that you&rsquo;ll be able to lawfully keep chickens. As you head toward town, however, the ordinances become murky. Some towns allow for two hens in a backyard, properly contained. Others will not be so accommodating (especially if you come under a housing authority for your regulations). If you are unsure as to whether you can keep chickens, ask. Remember, however, that some chicken owners have been keeping their flock under the assumption that no law is the same as allowing it. <em>Be wary if you choose to go this route</em>. (Don&rsquo;t like the law in your town? <a href="http://www.grit.com/livestock/chickens/chicken-laws-guide.aspx">Change it</a>!)</p> <h3>Set Up Your Habitat</h3> <p>Whether you choose to let your chickens run all over the yard (as we do) or confine them to a small run or fenced-in area, you will still need to provide them with a sturdy, safe shelter to protect them from the elements and predators. We converted an old shed into a coop by hanging some laying boxes, using broken ladders as roosts, and laying straw on the ground. You can look into buying premade chicken coops and chicken tractors, as well as plans for making your own. Remember, newborn chicks will not reside in the coop at first. They will likely live in a box with a heating lamp in your home or basement until they are old enough to go outside.</p> <h3>Order Your Chicks</h3> <p>Getting your chickens may be as simple as strolling down to the local farm supply store and popping a few in a box to take home. Depending on the variety you are looking at getting (and where you are located), you may have to order your chickens from a specialty supplier or a local hatchery. When ordering chickens by mail, be sure you will be home on the day they are set to arrive. They come to you just a few days old, in a box with holes poked in it. You will need to get the chickens out of the box ASAP and to their feed and water within hours.</p> <p>Raising chickens from just a few days old is not for the faint of heart. It is likely that, even with your full attention and care, one or two may die. Baby chicks are extremely fragile in the first few days of life. They are prone to falling into their water and drowning. (I recommend filling any water dish with marbles to the top. This will allow the babies to drink from the spaces between the marbles, but not be able to fall in.) If you do not have any idea how to care for new babies, just skip the process altogether, and buy a pullet that is close to egg-laying stage.</p> <p>I shouldn&rsquo;t have to say this, but you will need to have hens (females) if you want eggs. Hens will lay eggs with or without a rooster. You can eat fertilized eggs &mdash; they won&rsquo;t hurt you. If you do decide to keep a rooster or two, be prepared.&nbsp;They like to stay busy with the hens (if you know what I mean).</p> <h3>Watch and Care for Them</h3> <p>Chickens are relatively low-maintenance, but can be costly to keep (especially with the increase in grain prices). Once established, they will need nothing more than a daily &ldquo;checking,&rdquo; fresh feed, the proper amount of grit (to keep their gullets healthy and egg shells strong), and water. Keeping their coop clean is important to prevent disease, but chickens do not need to be bathed. If given access to dirt, they will take regular &ldquo;<a href="http://www.ruleworks.co.uk/poultry/dust-bath.asp">dust baths</a>&rdquo; &mdash; burrowing into the ground to coat their entire bodies with fine dust. This prevents mites and feels good to the chicken!</p> <p>You will want to pay careful attention to keep them from predators. In addition to neighborhood dogs, chickens can be attacked or eaten by hawks, ferrets, raccoons, and skunks, among other critters. (If you have large rats in your area, you will want to be certain to keep any small holes sealed from the inside. Rats will eat chickens, as well as your feed!)</p> <h3>Gather and Store Your Eggs</h3> <p>After about four or five months, your hens should start laying eggs, and they will continue to lay up to an egg a day during the sunny season, if properly fed. If you just have a few hens, you&rsquo;ll probably eat the eggs as fast as they are laid. If you have as many as we do (40 at the moment), you&rsquo;ll need to gather, clean, and store them properly &mdash; especially if you will be selling them to friends and family. There are many different opinions on how to do this, as many farmers have had luck leaving the eggs on a basket on the counter and then eating them as they get to them. I have a process of gathering daily, using an egg wash to gently remove any dirt from the shell, allowing to air dry, and then storing in clean egg cartons in my fridge for two to four weeks For details on how to &ldquo;wash&rdquo; eggs (which is really only necessary for very dirty eggs), see this document on <a href="http://www.ianrpubs.unl.edu/epublic/live/g1724/build/g1724.pdf">egg-cleaning procedures</a>.</p> <h3>To Eat, or Not to Eat</h3> <p>Perhaps you&rsquo;re looking forward to eating your own fresh <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-do-with-chicken-leg-quarters">chicken meat</a>. This is doable even with the smallest flock, although it&rsquo;s not for the faint of heart. I have yet to butcher my own chicken, as I have a hubby that does the honors, but I do know that skinning instead of plucking is where it&rsquo;s at. Those that want to explore the conversation further can reference this tutorial on <a href="http://www.backwoodshome.com/articles2/grim79.html">skinning a chicken in 20 minutes or less</a>.</p> <p>Even after you&rsquo;ve owned chickens for what seems like forever, it&rsquo;s always useful and fun to stay connected to updated resources and a like-minded, chicken-loving community. I highly recommend the following resources for getting your poultry fix:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li><strong><a href="http://www.chicken-revolution.com/">Chicken Revolution</a></strong> &ndash; The official website of CITY (Chickens in the Yard), a group focused on getting urban chickens legalized all over the country.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong><a href="http://urbanchickens.org/">Urban Chickens</a></strong> &ndash; Don&rsquo;t let the title fool you! While it&rsquo;s designed to help you get started raising chickens within city limits, the tips are useful for farm folks, too.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.mypetchicken.com/">My Pet Chicken</a></strong> &ndash; This is a great site for 101-level chicken info.&nbsp;I suggest reading over the <a href="http://www.mypetchicken.com/about-chickens/frequently-asked-questions.aspx">FAQs</a> before you make the commitment to buying your first chicken.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.grit.com/article-categories.aspx?taxonomyid=254">Grit</a></strong> &ndash; Perhaps my favorite print magazine for rural living, their chicken articles are perfect for any size flock.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.backyardchickens.com/">Backyard Chickens</a></strong> &ndash; A visitor-friendly site with a little bit of everything, the site has a large assortment of <a href="http://www.backyardchickens.com/coopdesigns.html">coop designs</a>.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>This is a very abridged version of the ins and outs of raising chickens. There are so many <a href="http://www.examiner.com/gardening-in-national/eight-benefits-of-raising-backyard-chickens">benefits to backyard chickens</a> that I would highly recommend it to anyone with the space, time, and commitment. Our chickens are more than a source of nourishment. They are a delight to be around! Inquisitive, friendly, and beautiful, chickens are one of God&rsquo;s most charming creatures. Once you find a variety that suits your personality (we adore <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plymouth_Rock_(chicken)">Barred Rock</a>), you may stick with them for life!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-raise-backyard-chickens">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/real-eggs">Real eggs</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/bottled-water-bottled-hype-part-1">Bottled Water, Bottled Hype Part 1</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-cooking-oils-for-your-heart-and-wallet">The Best Cooking Oils: For Your Heart and Wallet</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-fantastic-facts-about-eggs">10 Fantastic Facts About Eggs</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/what-not-to-buy-at-a-farmers-market">What NOT to Buy at a Farmers Market</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Green Living chickens eggs farming Mon, 21 Mar 2011 11:36:09 +0000 Linsey Knerl 506660 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Fantastic Facts About Eggs http://www.wisebread.com/10-fantastic-facts-about-eggs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-fantastic-facts-about-eggs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3436159484_32392fe584_z.jpg" alt="superhero eggs" title="superhero eggs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>From starting salmonella scares to <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FtNm9CgA6U">acting as a drug-addled brain</a>, from sparking factory-farming concerns to causing worry about high cholesterol, the humble egg can get a bad rap. But these little guys also serve as the glue to make great baked goods, provide a lot of nutrition for a low cost, and can serve as the basis for a whole host of delicious meals. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/egg-cellent-ideas-for-money-saving-and-menu-planning">Egg-cellent Ideas for Money Saving and Menu Planning</a>)</p> <p>Here are 10 things you might not know about this frugal food:</p> <h3>1. Chicken Eggs Come in More Colors Than White and Brown</h3> <p>Different breeds of chickens produce different colors of eggs. In addition to the typical white and brown, some chickens produce blue, blue-green, reddish-brown, or even speckled eggs. A great place to look for atypical egg colors is at your local farmers market; one vendor at my market sells a dozen eggs in a mix of blue, white, cream, and brown.</p> <h3>2. You Can Use Water to Easily Determine the Age of an Egg</h3> <p>If you have eggs of questionable freshness, fill a bowl with enough water to cover the eggs, then add them to the bowl. If an egg sinks to the bottom, it's fresh. If it floats to the top, it's not. This happens because as an egg ages, it develops a larger and larger air pocket in its shell. According to <em>The Oxford Companion to Food</em>, it's actually better to choose a less-fresh egg if you're hard-boiling it, because in fresh eggs &quot;the white adheres closely to the shell, making it more difficult to remove the latter.&quot;</p> <h3>3. Eggs Are a Great Hangover Cure</h3> <p>As you can see from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-ultimate-list-of-hangover-cures">Paul's list of hangover cures</a>, eating eggs is a great way to help shake off the previous evening's festivities.</p> <h3>4. Raw Eggs Can Make Delicious &mdash; and Safe &mdash; Food and Drinks</h3> <p>Classic recipes for mayonnaise, caesar salad dressing, lemon curd, and <a href="http://www.artofdrink.com/ingredients/misc/egg/egg-whites-and-cocktails">several cocktails</a> include raw eggs. While salmonella is certainly a concern in using raw eggs or other raw animal products, you can reduce your risk by using the freshest eggs possible (ideally locally produced) or purchasing pasturized eggs.</p> <h3>5. Chickens Aren't the Only Birds That Lay Edible Eggs</h3> <p>Duck, quail, emu, goose, and ostrich eggs can all be cooked up.</p> <h3>6. What Eggs You Buy Can Be a Very Personal Decision</h3> <p>Eggs tend to be a battleground food, with lots of conflicting information available about which eggs are best for you, your budget, the chickens, and the environment. For more information about choosing the eggs that are right for you, check out Carrie's post about <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/supermarket-angst-part-ii-what-eggs-should-i-buy">egg angst at the supermarket</a>&nbsp;or&nbsp;Philip's post on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/real-eggs">&quot;real&quot; eggs</a>.</p> <h3>7. You Can Make Your Eggs Cube-Shaped</h3> <p>Somebody invented a product that <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Egg-Cuber-Square-Press/dp/B002C8ZDQE">presses hard-boiled eggs into cubes</a>. I suppose this would be useful if, um, you really, really needed to stack your hard-boiled eggs.</p> <h3>8. Eggshells Are Useful!</h3> <p>Don't throw your eggshells away. You can carefully <a href="http://craftydaisies.com/2007/03/28/hallowed-easter-eggs/">hollow out eggshells</a> to decorate around Easter, use them to <a href="http://www.greenissexy.org/2008/03/28/recipe-of-the-month-6/">start seeds</a>, or help <a href="http://www.motherearthnews.com/Organic-Gardening/2007-08-01/Garden-Slug-Control.aspx">control slugs in your garden</a>.</p> <h3>9. Preserved Eggs Known as &quot;Century Eggs&quot; Are a Chinese Delicacy</h3> <p>According <a href="http://chemistry.about.com/b/2008/10/16/are-century-eggs-soaked-in-horse-urine.htm">Anne Marie Helmenstine</a>, About.com's guide to chemistry, these dark-colored preserved eggs &quot;are made by storing raw eggs for a few months in a mixture of wood ash, salt, lime, and maybe tea with rice straw or clay.&quot; But they are not, as has often been rumored, preserved in horse urine. I actually ate a century egg once as part of an eating contest. I wish I could tell you what it tasted like, but my previous feat had been to eat two massive hot peppers, and they utterly destroyed my sense of taste for the next half hour.</p> <h3>10. There Are Hundreds, If Not Thousands, Ways to Prepare Eggs</h3> <p>Just check out the 1898 book <em><a href="http://books.google.com/books?id=9f4YAAAAYAAJ&amp;dq=eggs&amp;pg=PA9#v=onepage&amp;q&amp;f=false">Eggs, and How to Use Them</a></em>, available for free on Google Books, which boasts over 500 recipes.</p> <p><em>Do you have a favorite egg fact &mdash; or a favorite way to prepare eggs? What kind of eggs do you buy? Share your thoughts in the comments.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/meg-favreau">Meg Favreau</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fantastic-facts-about-eggs">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/25-breakfast-for-dinner-meals">25 Breakfast-For-Dinner Meals</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/turn-off-the-oven-25-no-cook-meals">Turn Off the Oven: 25 No-Cook Meals</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/a-beginners-guide-to-homemade-bread">A Beginner&#039;s Guide to Homemade Bread</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-time-for-home-cooked-meals">How to Find Time for Home-Cooked 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/6-ways-to-make-perfectly-cooked-eggs">6 Ways to Make Perfectly Cooked Eggs</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink affordable cooking crafts eggs protein Thu, 13 Jan 2011 13:00:12 +0000 Meg Favreau 452332 at http://www.wisebread.com Supermarket Angst Part II: What Eggs Should I Buy? http://www.wisebread.com/supermarket-angst-part-ii-what-eggs-should-i-buy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/supermarket-angst-part-ii-what-eggs-should-i-buy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/eggs_1.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Recently I wrote about marketplace confusion when it comes to milk -- in terms of cost, health, the environment and animal welfare. Today, I'm taking on eggs, another area where my bargain-sensor and desire to eat better end upmutually lost in a sea of terminology. In future installments, I'll look at poultry and meat choices as well.</p> <p>Eggs are very nutritious, and conventional eggs represent one of the best protein bargains on the market -- you can often get a dozen eggs, 12 protein servings, for around $2 or less. When you get into cage-free, organic and other more rarified eggs, you're looking at $3-$5 a dozen or more, which is still a bargain when compared to the same amount of meat with similar classifications. A meat protein serving is 3 ounces, which means to equal a dozen eggs you'd have to buy 2.25 pounds of meat. You're not going to find 2 pounds of organic meat for $5.</p> <p>But are eggs with organic and cage-free labels worth the extra cost? What about other labels, like free range and &quot;fertile,&quot; and those labeled touting high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids? In the past couple of years, I decided that I was willing and able to pay the average $1/dozen price difference to purchase cage-free eggs instead of regular. I usually buy a brand called Spareboe, whose cage-free eggs sell at my favorite store for $2.67 and for around $2.99 at some other bargain stores.</p> <p>But I wondered: How was this one brand able to sell cage-free eggs for less than other producers? Were their chickens living under worse conditions than others? And does cage-free equal cruelty free? Are the eggs I'm feeding my kids safe even though the chickens aren't eating organic feed?</p> <p>The Humane Society of the United States has campaigned to ban battery hen cages, a movement that so far has succeeded in California, and the organization's <a href="http://www.hsus.org/farm/camp/nbe/compare.html">description&nbsp;of a typical laying hen's life in a cage</a> is enough to confirm at least one thing for me: I don't want to go back to buying regular eggs. The same page also comes right out and confirms my worry that cage free is not equivalent to cruelty free: &quot;the mere absence of cages doesn't necessarily ensure a high level of welfare.&quot;</p> <p>But it does sound like buying cage-free is a big step in the right direction; cage-free hens usually get to lay their eggs in nests and express other natural behaviors, sparing them a lot of stress. But if I do want more assurance that the eggs we eat are truly cruelty free -- and my neighborhood does not allow backyard hen-raising -- what should I be buying? The Humane Society also has a <a href="http://www.hsus.org/farm/resources/pubs/animal_welfare_claims_on_egg_cartons.html">handy guide to a whole bunch of labels</a>&nbsp;that appear on egg cartons, many of which I have never seen.</p> <p>One claim the guide gets out of the way: &quot;natural&quot; doesn't mean anything when it comes to animal welfare. It also explains that USDA has no standards for use of the term &quot;free range&quot; when it comes to egg production, but as a general rule, the difference between eggs labeled cage-free and those labeled free-range is that the latter has some degree of outdoor access. There are no rules dictating whether that means they spend most of their lives in sunny pastures, happily pecking at bugs, or if they get to venture out a little door into a tiny outdoor dirt pen once a week. Hens laying certified organic eggs are required to have outdoor access, but again, how much and what kind are not specified.</p> <p>Eggs labeled fertile are layed by hens who are kept around roosters, which would not be the case if they were caged. So it's another way of saying cage free or free range.</p> <p>Based on this information, I DON'T feel that it would be worth it to spend more to upgrade from the cage-free eggs to free-range or organic, just based on animal welfare. There just aren't adequate standards to guarantee that these labels mean less animal cruelty.</p> <p>There are two labels that guarantee hens a better life -- &quot;certified humane&quot; and &quot;animal welfare approved.&quot; But I have never seen these labels, and no wonder -- according to the Humane Society, the second, stricter category has NO participating producers who sell to supermarkets.</p> <p>Another strategy for getting eggs I'd feel good about would be buying from a local producer or <a href="http://www.localharvest.org/csa/">Community-Supported Agriculture</a> program where I can see that the hens are doing ok or where people I trust could vouch for their welfare. That's definitely not out of the question, but it will take some research.</p> <p>Then there's the question of health -- is it worth it to upgrade to organic or Omega-3 eggs for health reasons? Well, the main advantage touted with organic eggs is the pesticide-free feed consumed by the hens. But is pesticide &nbsp;residue from chicken feed really a health risk in conventional eggs?</p> <p>I have found this a tough area to research; there are plenty of health food advocates out there who simply state that conventional eggs contain pesticide residues, but any reference to studies I've found online are too technical for me to decipher. The only straightforward advice I could find came from <a href="http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0846/is_1_26/ai_n16714184/pg_2/">Shape magazine</a>, which advised that eggs contain a minimal level of pesticide residue if any and that I needn't worry about it.</p> <p>As for the claim -- touted on many health food Web sites -- that organic or free-range eggs contain more nutrients?</p> <p>Well, it does seem sensible that chickens allowed to indulge in a natural diet of bugs and grass would pick up a broader range of nutrients to pass on to their eggs than those pecking at ground-up corn all day. But I was unable to find anything resembling a study on this, and besides, as I said before, there is no guarantee that an egg labeled free-range or organic comes from a hen that ate anything different from caged hens or cage-free ones kept in a warehouse. A chicken eating organic corn is still eating corn.</p> <p>I'd say that if you take the health claims seriously, you've got to buy eggs from a source that you know allows its hens to get outside and eat the good stuff.</p> <p>As for me,&nbsp;my reading has&nbsp;encouraged me to seek out a source of eggs that are probably more nutritious than the supermarket fare, but once I find my local options, I'm going to look hard at the price before I make any final decisions. I think eggs from hens that get outdoors are probably a bit healthier and a bit kinder, but there are limits on how much more I'd be willing to pay for these hazy distinctions.</p> <p>That leaves just one fancy label to decide on: Omega-3-enhanced eggs. Fortunately, this is an easy one. There are LOTS of sources out there that advise these eggs are not worth the extra cost. In fact, the Center for Science in the Public Interest <a href="http://www.cspinet.org/new/200706211_print.html">conducted a campaign</a> asking the FDA to stop egg producers from claiming Omega-3 eggs provide any extra health benefits at all.</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/supermarket-angst-part-ii-what-eggs-should-i-buy">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beyond-beef-tasty-frugal-protein">Beyond Beef: Tasty, Frugal Protein</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-home-hair-dyes">The 5 Best Home Hair Dyes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-the-best-back-to-school-sales">How to Find the Best Back to School Sales</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-medications">The 5 Best Pet Flea Medications</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping cage-free eggs cruelty-free eggs eggs omega-3 eggs organic eggs Mon, 01 Jun 2009 04:03:06 +0000 Carrie Kirby 3217 at http://www.wisebread.com Real eggs http://www.wisebread.com/real-eggs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/real-eggs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/urban-chickens.jpg" alt="Urban chickens" title="Urban chickens" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have you ever eaten an egg from a chicken that lives outside, eating bugs and worms and grubs instead of just chicken feed? You notice the difference as soon as you crack the shell--it&#39;s twice as strong as a regular grocery store egg. The difference is visible, as well--the yokes are firmer and stand up better. I won&#39;t even bother trying to compare the taste in words--I&#39;ll just say, find a farmer who sells eggs from grass-fed chickens and eat some yourself.</p> <p>Don&#39;t settle for so-called &quot;free-range&quot; chickens. That&#39;s a term defined by the federal government to mean chickens raised in a pen that includes a door that&#39;s open to the outside. There&#39;s no rule that there be anything outside that door (such as grass, for example), and the rules allow the door to be kept closed when the chickens are small. The result is that most &quot;free-range&quot; chickens have never seen a blade of grass.</p> <p>My wife and I get good, grass-fed eggs at the farmer&#39;s market. We don&#39;t get them very often, though, as they are not a frugal alternative. On the other hand, they&#39;re so much better tasting, it&#39;s hardly fair to consider them an alternative at all--they&#39;re effectively a completely different thing from grocery store eggs.</p> <p>The excellent book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0143038583?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wisbre08-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0143038583">The Omnivore&#39;s Dilemma</a> first piqued my interest in eating real eggs. It&#39;s a book that deserves a full-blown review, which I&#39;ll try get done. In the meantime, let me just say that, if you care about what you eat and how it&#39;s grown or raised, you should read this book.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u203/egg-price-graph.png" alt="Graph of egg prices 2005-2007" title="Midwest egg prices 2005-2007" width="400" height="285" align="right" />Keeping two or three chickens for eggs used to be a perfectly ordinary thing for people to do, even in cities. Modern lifestyles and local ordinances have made that more difficult (although raising chickens for eggs is still legal in many towns). More important, modern factory farming techniques drove the price of eggs so low, it didn&#39;t make much sense to go to all the trouble to keep chickens any more.</p> <p>Recently, though, egg prices (like all commodity prices) have shot up. (Egg price data from the <a href="http://www.ams.usda.gov/poultry/mncs/ShellEgg/USDAEGGMARKETNEWSREPORT.html">USDA</a>.) Maybe keeping a couple of chickens makes sense again. If you let them scratch for worms and bugs in your yard (as well as feeding them chicken feed), you&#39;ll get much better-tasting eggs.</p> <p>If that&#39;s not the choice for you, be sure to check out Myscha&#39;s <a href="/egg-cellent-ideas-for-money-saving-and-menu-planning">Egg-cellent ideas for money saving and menu planning</a>.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/philip-brewer">Philip Brewer</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/real-eggs">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-raise-backyard-chickens">How to Raise Backyard Chickens</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/getting-by-without-a-job-part-4-get-free-stuff">Getting by without a job, part 4--get free stuff</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-frugal-new-twists-on-classic-lemonade">12 Frugal New Twists on Classic Lemonade</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/4-starbucks-drinks-you-can-easily-make-yourself">4 Starbucks Drinks You Can Easily Make Yourself</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-smart-and-frugal-uses-for-epsom-salt">10 Smart and Frugal Uses for Epsom Salt</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Green Living DIY eggs Fri, 16 Nov 2007 15:23:31 +0000 Philip Brewer 1399 at http://www.wisebread.com