Food Articles

Want to Save Some Grocery Money? Try Foraging for Food

If you’re careful, you can save money by foraging for food and otherwise living off the land.

Foraging for food may seem a little old-fashioned, and you may not have actively considered it before. Still, you’ve probably done it once or twice. Think about it: ever picked a berry from a roadside, or collected a morsel for a snack? Most of us have done something like that.

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How to Salvage Old Frozen Food

If you’ve got some old or damaged frozen food to deal with, don’t just throw it away. You can probably still get some use out of it.

Have you been straightening up the frozen food in the deep freeze and realized, to your dismay, that some of the packages down at the bottom date from the last presidential administration? With the best of intentions, you stashed them away for the perfect occasion… which never came.

And then there are the packages that somehow weren’t as well-wrapped as you thought, so now the contents are freezer-burned and awful-looking. Who wants to put that in their mouth? In both instances, there’s nothing to do but throw the ruined food away… right?

Not necessarily.

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Stop Wasting Your Money on Bottled Water!

In recent years, canny marketers have managed to convince many of us that bottled water is better for us than tap water. Well… no.

Bottled water is an expensive fad. Think about it: it’s not unusual to have to pay a dollar or more for a pint of the trendy brands, and even the cheapest cost a dollar or more per gallon in the grocery store. So why bother, when you can get water for next to nothing from the tap?

Mostly it’s because we’ve been brainwashed into thinking we need it by sharp marketers. Sometimes there are valid reasons for buying water, if the municipal supply piped to your house is low in quality or just plain tastes bad. But even then, you don’t need to buy water in bottles.

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Wrap It Up in Aluminum Foil

Most people don’t think twice about using plastic bags, waxed paper, and plastic wrap to store food. But in the end, aluminum foil is cheaper.

Rather than store your refrigerator goodies in plastic wrap, plastic bags, or even waxed paper, why not give aluminum foil a whirl? Not only does it do a great job, it’s more environmentally sound — and it’s cheaper.

Intrigued? Then let’s take a closer look.

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Home-Grown Eggs, and How to Produce Them

If you’ve got a few chickens, a cozy coop, and a little patience, you can begin enjoying home-grown eggs in just a few months

If you’ve got a hankering for eggs and enjoy a challenge, then may I suggest some home-grown eggs? Given economies of scale, you won’t be able to beat the commercial price for everyday eggs, but you’ll certainly be competitive when it comes to free range and organic eggs. Plus, you can’t beat the freshness.

Let’s explore the concept a bit.

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How About Some Micro-Greens In Your Salad?

Micro-greens seem to be all the rage when it comes to restaurant salads these days, but you don’t have to go to a restaurant to enjoy them.

Lately, you may have noticed so-called “micro-greens” appearing in your restaurant salads. This is because the restaurant industry finally tripped over the fact that sometimes, very young greens taste significantly different — and often significantly better — than their mature versions.

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Follow These Food Safety Tips to Keep Your Family Safe

Know how to prevent food poisoning by following these food safety tips.

Never underestimate the importance of food safety. According to the CDC, more than 200 known food borne illnesses cause 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations, and 5,000 deaths each year in the United States. For many of these illnesses, there isn’t a treatment. Once you get salmonella poisoning, Ecoli, or Listeria, all doctors can do is control your symptoms. Your best bet is to avoid getting sick from food borne bacteria by following these tips.

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What’s That Product’s Nutrition Score?

Worried about how healthy your food really is? Check the nutrition score to find out

Recently, the Kroger grocery store chain partnered with a nutritional research company called NuVal to provide a “nutrition score” for every food product inside their stores. Basically, the higher the score, the more nutritious the product.

The idea is to give us consumers a better idea of what’s really good for us, so we can make the right dietary choices. And you guessed it: there have been some pretty nasty shockers so far.

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Do You Know How to Avoid Salmonella Poisoning?

Follow these tips to stay safe and avoid salmonella

Vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, upset stomach and dehydration are all signs of salmonella. According to the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, every year approximately 76 million people get sick from salmonella poisoning. Of those 76 million, 325,000 are hospitalized and 5,000 die. Learn how to stay safe and prevent this from happening to you and your family.

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The Hollywood Diet: Replace Meals with a Cookie?

Can you really lose weight following the trendy Hollywood diet?

Like many short term weight fixes, the Hollywood diet sounds too good to be true. Also known as the Hollywood cookie diet, this plan replaces two meals a day with special cookies. You then eat a sensible dinner and lose weight. So: does it work, is it healthy, and should you take a look at it?

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