Sunday, May 24, 2009
I first saw the containers below on the "Chef at Home" TV show. I love them.
The lids sit on loosely, so they aren't good for transporting but they are perfect for the fridge and they stack nicely on each other. They are hard to find however, I've only seen them at restaurant supply stores.
FYI Your containers don't need to burp! Leftovers aren't meant to last forever; they don't need to hermetically seal!
Now if you really do want to lock in freshness, Rubbermaid Premier containers (below) are my new favorite. They meet my criteria perfectly: crystal clear, stackable, tough and...the lids on these stack on each other. They take up very little space in the cupboard. I bought mine for 60% off at Walmart last week.
Anybody out there have any good leftovers storage tips?
Sunday, May 17, 2009
THE BAKER'S EDGE PAN ! Google it.
We LOVE brownies at our house but we waste the middle which is usually undercooked. We just eat the edges...enter the pan that makes perfect brownies..all edges!
We'd always wondered about this pan when we saw it on those inflight marketplace magazines. Then our daughter bought one for an early Father's day present and now my husband will whip up the brownies HIMSELF because he loves how they turn out.
It's a nice heavy nonstick pan, comes with the perfect size spatula and costs about $40. Not cheap but really worth it if you love brownies. Our favorite way to make brownies is really cheap and the pan was a gift so I'm still obeying my self-imposed cheapness!
Betty Crocker plain brownie mix (about $1.20 at WalMart - ) I will be looking for coupons and sales to stock up!) I may even go back to making my own brownie Master Mix which would be seriously cheap.
Then we add our own fancy stuff : chopped walnuts that I have in my freezer that I bought fresh from an alternative food source (a later blog) or mint chips, chocolate chips , white chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, or a swirl of caramel inside the batter. Why pay for the expensive mixes (which are double the price) when you can add your own fancy stuff from what you have on hand!
As I write this my husband is making fiber one apple cinnamon muffins in the pan. Yum!
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Food is the most flexible part of your budget. Learning how to spend less while eating well is a skill that saves a LOT of money!
MUSHROOM SOUP 19oz
$1.69 UNIT PRICE
Notice that the unit price for both cans of soup is the same, therefore the shopper is not saving by buying the larger size. Comparing the unit price of similar products will insure that you get the best deal available without having to do the math. The unit price is the cost of the item per ounce, quart, gallon, pound, or any other unit of measure. Knowing the unit pricing keeps you from being fooled by the downsizing that food manufacturers have been doing lately...same size box with less product inside! Now go forth and compare!