Wash Your Potatoes In The Dishwasher

Wash Your Potatoes In The Dishwasher

Need to wash a lot of potatoes in a hurry? Pop them in the dishwasher. Set it to quick rinse and go. Of course, don’t put any suds in! [More]

Burger King Greases Palms With Oil From Company That Kills Fewer Trees

Burger King Greases Palms With Oil From Company That Kills Fewer Trees

Kings — especially ones with creepy face masks — are there to serve their subjects, so Burger King responded to complaints from critics by switching its source for palm oil in which to cook its delicacies. Led by Greenpeace, environmentalists had harangued the company from buying from a subsidiary of Sinar Mas, Indonesian outfit accused of deforestation. [More]

Hey You In The Kitchen: You're Doing It Wrong

Hey You In The Kitchen: You're Doing It Wrong

Are you holding on to some old kitchen myths? If so, this website will shock and astound you as it slap chops the truth into your face. For example, baking soda in the fridge isn’t an efficient way to prevent odors, aluminum cookware doesn’t cause Alzheimer’s, and mayonnaise–at least the commercial brands made in the U.S.–will actually help prevent spoilage in dishes like chicken salad. [More]

How Long Is It Ok To Freeze Food?

How Long Is It Ok To Freeze Food?

Freezing food is a good way to save time and money, but how long is too long? [More]

Somebody On The Set Hates Sandra Lee

Somebody On The Set Hates Sandra Lee

Here is a video of the Food Network’s Sandra Lee telling people to mix cream, lemonade and vodka to make a “delicious, sweet treat.” From the look on her face, we suspect this is a lie. Also, when you put accidentally put cream in tea that has lemon — it curdles (sigh). This leads us to further suspect that someone hates Sandra Lee. [More]

Keep These Numbers Handy If You're Cooking A Turkey

Keep These Numbers Handy If You're Cooking A Turkey

Are you cooking a turkey, but not accustomed to baking and carving entire animals? You’re not alone, and there are hotlines full of helpful and knowledgeable people ready to help you with any and all poultry crises. Or other food safety issues.

There’s also an app for that–the interactive Turkey Timer iPhone application is on sale for $1.99 today (regular price $2.99). It reminds you when to baste, tells you how long until the turkey is cooked, and even estimates the internal temperature of your bird. (Warning: do not insert iPhone inside turkey.)

Consumers Forgo Restaurants, Cook Fancy Steaks At Home

Consumers Forgo Restaurants, Cook Fancy Steaks At Home

Americans love steak. Now, in a recession, we still love it, but we’ve shifted to buying and cooking delicious high-end steaks at home instead of eating them in restaurants, thanks to greater availability of fancy cuts of meat to consumers.

Cook Your Own Delicious Food At Home, On A Budget

Cook Your Own Delicious Food At Home, On A Budget

Do you want to save money by making your own meals at home, but aren’t sure where to start? Let the blog Budget Bytes help you. It contains not only frugal but delicious recipes (including vegetarian ones) broken down by total cost and cost per serving, but a guide to stocking your pantry when you first live on your own or learn to cook.

How To Make The Shake Shack Burger At Home

How To Make The Shake Shack Burger At Home

Shake Shack is a place that has burgers (example pictured here) that people in NYC seem to think are good. We have not personally tried said burgers, but we’ve yet to meet someone who has that isn’t enthusiastic about them. With that in mind, we direct you to a recipe that claims to allow you to make the Shake Shack burger at home.

How To Cook A Meal In Your Hotel Room

How To Cook A Meal In Your Hotel Room

We’ve never looked at a hotel’s bathroom counter and thought, “I could probably roll out some dough right there.” We’ve also never tried to use an iron for a hot plate, or shoved uncooked spinach into the coffee maker. But now that we’ve watched this proof of concept video from George Egg, we may consider going grocery shopping the next time we’re stuck in a hotel with an overpriced room service menu.

Save Money On Groceries, Save The World …Er, Wallet

Save Money On Groceries, Save The World …Er, Wallet

Our sibling publication ShopSmart has a great article this month on ways to save money at the grocery store. It’s available as a PDF download, but here are some of the highlights.

What's Your Favorite Recipe Site?

What's Your Favorite Recipe Site?

As numerous commenters on our “50 Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free Or Cheap” pointed out, it’s easier to get good food at a good price with a nice home-cooked meal with fresh ingredients. Then we have the perpetual dilemma, what to make, and how to make it?

Is It Cheaper To Make Or To Buy? Six Foods Tested

Is It Cheaper To Make Or To Buy? Six Foods Tested

Jennifer Reese decided to make six common food items and then determine whether it was better to go the homemade route or to buy from the store. We briefly considered making our own crackers last month in a fit of anger over how expensive generic saltines have become, so we’re glad someone did the research for us.

Learn To Make Depression Era Recipes With 93-Year-Old Clara

Learn To Make Depression Era Recipes With 93-Year-Old Clara

Clara was born in 1915 and grew up in Chicago during the Great Depression. Now she’s on YouTube teaching a new generation how to make the simple, inexpensive food that her family used to eat during those hard times. Clara is so awesome!

http://consumerist.com/2008/09/16/got-a-picky-eater-want/

Got a picky eater? Want to avoid getting one in the future? The NYT has 6 mistakes that you may be making when it comes to feeding your kids. [NYT]

http://consumerist.com/2008/08/12/heres-a-fun-summer-project/

Here’s a “fun” summer project: make your own homemade Oreo cookies! Will you save money? Who can say! Will they be healthier? Probably not! Will your friends think you have too much time on your hands? Yes, but they’ll appreciate the free baked goods. [Post Tribune]

Surviving On 99-Cent-Store Food For A Week In NYC

Surviving On 99-Cent-Store Food For A Week In NYC

Henry Alford of the New York Times writes that sometimes he will “plop a can of chicken broth down on the checkout counter and think, ‘$2.19? For someone to boil chicken bones? I want that job,’” so he decided to try going a week with food from 99 cent stores in New York City.

The Truth About Kobe Beef

The Truth About Kobe Beef

Real Kobe beef can only come from one region of Japan—and since the U.S. has banned Japanese beef imports due to mad cow fears, the best you can hope for now in an American restaurant is Kobe-style beef, writes Debonair Magazine. They explain what to look for if you’re shopping for this premium beef in the U.S., and the best way to prepare it.