Kitchen Hint of the Day!

January 1, 2014 at 9:07 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Shop later in the day to take advantage of markdowns in your grocery store‘s bakery and meat departments. Also make sure to keep an eye on the prices at the salad bar. If you only need a few artichoke hearts or croutons, they may be cheaper to buy there by the pound than elsewhere in the store.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

December 31, 2013 at 10:40 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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It may be a pain, but the best way to save on groceries is to shop at more than one market. You’ll soon find that one store will have cheaper produce, one will have cheaper meat, and so forth. Explore grocery stores you’ve never shopped at – perhaps one that is closer to your workplace or gym rather than by your home – and you may find even lower prices. We’ve even found cheaper products at stores that are the same chain, just a different location. Write down the prices of your most frequently purchased items, or bring a receipt from an average grocery trip with you. That way you can be sure to remember where the prices are the most reasonable.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

December 30, 2013 at 10:31 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | 2 Comments
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When you’ve been buying the same brand for as long as you can remember, it’s hard to make the switch to generics. However, you’ll be surprised when you find many generic and store-brand products taste exactly the same (or better) for less than half the cost.

 

 

* Always buy generic baking ingredients such as flour, oil, and sugar. These generics are indistinguishable from their more-expensive counterparts. Frozen and canned vegetables are also usually exactly the same.

 

 
* As for products such as cereals, cookies, and crackers basic is better – most have had good luck with plain granola, potato chips, and wheat crackers.

 

 
* No matter what the product, it never hurts to try. If you end up having to throw away one can of soup, you’ve wasted a dollar or two, but if you like it, you can save a lot over the course of a year.

 

 
* Save the boxes from name-brand products your kids are attached to, then empty the generic products into them. Your picky eaters won’t know the difference if they can’t see it on the outside.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

December 28, 2013 at 10:14 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Meat is expensive enough, but a big part of the cost is the price you’re paying the butcher to cut it up for you. Buy the largest cuts of meat you can, then cut it up, wrap it in foil, and put in a plastic bag in your freezer. Here are some more tips for butchering meat.

 

 

* Many stores will butcher big cuts of meat for you for free, so ask before doing it yourself!

 
* Use the sharpest knife you have, and never use a serrated knife, which will shred the meat.

 
* For illustrated instructions on how to cut any piece of meat, type the word “butchering” along with the type of meat into a search engine online. There are many tutorials (some including video) online.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

December 27, 2013 at 10:26 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Did you know that the best time to shop for meat is in the morning? That is usually when the butcher marks down meat that is close to its sell-by-date. If you won’t cook it tonight, freeze it for later

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

December 25, 2013 at 10:33 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Supermarkets have started using their own wording on meat packages to make you think the meat you are buying is a better grade than what it really is. Most of the major chains are buying more select-grade beef, but may call it by any number of fancy names such as “top premium beef”, “prime quality cut”, “select choice”, or “premium cut.” Be aware that these titles don’t mean a thing.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

December 22, 2013 at 8:27 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | 1 Comment
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You may not think of CVS, Walgreens, and other drugstores as good places to buy food, but many of them carry weekly specials on staples and snacks such as soup, spaghetti sauce, and soda. It’s worth it to take a walk down the food aisle while you’re in the store, and always check the circular to see if anything you use is on special.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

December 21, 2013 at 9:18 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Many dollar stores have more than just easy decorations, cheap toys, and fake flowers – they also have food. Make sure to check the prices for canned goods and other staples in your neighborhood dollar store. You may be surprised at the deals you find!

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

December 18, 2013 at 7:57 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | 1 Comment
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What’s the easiest way to clean a messy cheese grater? Reach for a lemon! Just rub the pulp-side of a cut lemon across a grater and it will clean off any stuck-on cheese.

Kitchen Hints of the Day!

December 10, 2013 at 9:54 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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* Hint #1 – Keep your brown sugar soft and lump-free with this simple trick: Just throw a couple of marshmallows into the bag with it.

 

 

 

* Hint #2 – Granulated sugar clumps less than brown sugar, but it’s still easy to get lumps. Keep this from happening by sticking a few salt-free crackers in the canister to absorb the moisture; replace the crackers every week.

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