Every so often I catch my husband going through the refrigerator or pantry and throwing away items that have passed their expiration dates. Mayonnaise, relish, canned food. But have they really expired? Are you looking to minimize food waste and save money? Then stop throwing away perfectly good food. How to tell if the food you’re throwing out is really expired.
We could probably eat out of our pantry for three months if we had to. Does that seem like a long time? According to ShopSmart magazine, you can actually freeze some items up to nine months. Tomato products can last up to 18 months. That’s insane! Good thing I’m no longer a freezer diva. We don’t have a second freezer, so while we stock up on
Love them or loathe them, Peeps are everywhere this time of year. Gritty to the taste, they are more than just “food.” They are perfect for crafts and decorating your table as well as your desserts. And best of all, they are cheap! (Or should I say, “cheep!”) Some of these suggestions are 100% legit, others are just for fun. Can you tell the difference? Does it matter?
Laura Taylor is a tomato specialist who grows over 100 varieties of tomatoes and personally teaches over 30 classes each year. She has been featured in various newspapers and radio shows and is a repeat guest teacher at Los Angeles area cooking schools. I went to her for advice about growing your own tomatoes – can you really save money in the long run, or is it
When I first started cooking for my son’s doctor-recommended gluten free diet, it was a challenge. There was no nearby Whole Foods – or any health food store – and I bought most of my ingredients online. I had a pantry full of sorghum flour, tapioca flour, xantham gum, guar gum, garfava bean flour, quinoa flour, amaranth flour, arrowroot flour, potato flour…and other ingredients that
Looking for a dairy alternative? There’s soy milk, rice milk, almond milk, coconut milk, hemp milk, oat milk, potato milk, flax milk… and many other substitutes for cow’s milk. I’ll be honest, I love dairy. And so do my kids. But one of my kids can’t have dairy, so I’ve made it my mission to find milk alternatives that pass the kid taste-test and don’t cost a
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Thinking about starting a gluten-free diet? Before you do, make sure all your questions are answered. Going gluten-free doesn’t have to be confusing – and you can eat gluten free for cheap. Be informed before you fill your shopping cart to save money and your health. Top 10 questions and answers about gluten-free foods.
During college I survived through my Dad’s generous Costco buys. Six girls living in one house….it’s no surprise we loved all those bulk buys and extra savings and that hasn’t changed for me! There are so many way to make your Costco membership worth it BUT there are plenty of BAD BUYS at Costco. 25 items to avoid at Costco
Announcing the winner of the Presto pancake griddle contest, sponsored by my desire to forget about the heaps of snow on the ground and focus on delicious, steaming, pancakes. My Presto griddle is a workhouse that makes pancakes and potato-bacon hash on the weekends. You can check out out here. (Price ranges from about $35-$49 on Amazon.) Never burns pancakes Cooks pancakes and bacon and
My son has been gluten-free for 12 years, so I pretty much have a Master’s Degree in trying to find deals on gluten-free products. When we started out, there wasn’t even a Whole Foods nearby – I was ordering everything online and it was quite pricey. Sales of gluten-free food and drink there have surged from $5.4 billion to $8.8 billion over the past two
What do you look forward to about weekends? For me it’s pancakes. Every Saturday is “pancake day” and on Sundays we use our griddle to make bacon-potato-red pepper hash. YUM! Our Presto Griddle is a workhorse. I’m buried in snow here in New England, so what better way to cheer up than share my love of pancakes. Plus, tomorrow is the start of Lent! (When folks often give
Lemon peels smell great and have so many household uses – some of which I found quite surprising. Even Martha Stewart likes to repurpose them. While the peels are great for cooking, there are so many other ways they can be useful around the house. Here are 17 ways to use lemon peels. Add to ice cubes. Add lemon peel twists to your ice cube
Are you obsessed with potato chips? Have a little bit of a sweet tooth? If you answered yes to either of these questions (or both like me!) you’ll see why you NEED a food dehydrator. Food dehydrators are great because they allow you to make healthy treats that are just as delicious, if not more, than store bought snacks. The dehydrator recipes below are quick