- In The Pantry | In The Pantry | Thu, Aug 1, 2013 2:16 PM EDT | Comments
According to a recent study by the Natural Resources Defense Council, food waste costs the average American family $2,275 per year. Where's that money--and food--going? In the trash. One simple way to help save money and food is to utilize your freezer. This week on "In the Pantry," Aida Mollenkamp explains the fundamentals of how to best preserve your food in the freezer....Read More »
Stock up on freezer bags, freezer-safe containers, aluminum foil or parchment paper, masking tape, and a Sharpie pen. Choose freezer bags that have a label on them so you can easily mark your food. You'll use the foil or parchment paper to protect your solid foods. As for masking tape, you'll use it to label your containers. Masking tape can withstand cold temperatures and won't peel off with moisture.
Use freezer bags for anything liquid, such as stock and soups. Make sure the liquid is cold before you put it in the freezer bag, and freeze the liquid flat so that it can be easily stacked. When you want to defrost a so
- Martha Stewart | In The Pantry | Wed, Aug 7, 2013 1:00 PM EDT | CommentsWith guidance from Living's test kitchen, we've created a chart to introduce some of the newer oils at the grocery store. You can decide their best applications based on cooking temperature ("smoke point" is the temperature at which an oil begins to break down and smoke) and flavor.
Smoke Point: 520 degrees (high heat)
Suggested Use: Excellent for high-heat sauteing and in dressing and dips.
Flavor: Delicate avocado taste. Emerald-green color makes it a pretty finishing oil for grilled veggies.
Smoke Point: 490 degrees (high heat)
Suggested Use: Great for high-heat sauteing and panfrying.
Flavor: Mild flavor lets other flavors stand out. Excellent for wok-cooking shrimp and vegetables.
Smoke Point: 425 degrees (medium-high heat)
Suggested Use: Nice everyday oil; works well for baking and high-heat sauteing.
Flavor: Very neutral. Lets ingredients in pasta sauces, soups, and salad dre...Read More »
- Good Housekeeping | In The Pantry | Fri, Aug 9, 2013 5:04 PM EDT | CommentsThis recipe is a creamy, rich, and decadent peanut butter lovers dream. Garnish the cheesecake with halved peanut butter cups for an extra wow-factor.
Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake
Total Time: 1 hr 55 min
Prep Time: 35 min
Oven Temp: 350 degrees
- 6 tablespoons(s) butter, melted, plus more for pan
- 1 1/2 cup(s) graham cracker crumbs
- 1/4 cup(s) finely crushed chocolate sandwich-cookie crumbs
- 1/4 cup(s) sugar
- 3/4 cup(s) creamy peanut butter
Related: 12 Delicious Peanut Butter Desserts
- 3 package(s) (8 ounces each) cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1 cup(s) sugar
- 1 cup(s) sour cream
- 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
- 3 (large) eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 cup(s) hot fudge ice cream topping
- Peanut butter cups, cut into halves
1. Crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Brush 9-inch springform pan with melted butter. In large bowl, mix all crumbs, sugar, and 6 tablespoons butter. Press onto bottom and 1 inch up side of pan. Bake 10 minutes or ...Read More »
- Wed, Jul 31, 2013 12:56 PM EDT | Comments
One of the best things about summer is the sudden influx of beautiful summer produce. Markets, grocery stores, and gardens are practically bursting with fresh vegetables, ready to be enjoyed in their natural state. Sure, you can grill, roast, or saute them, but really, this is the time to be enjoying vegetables in all their raw, crunchy glory. Here are 10 recipes that celebrate that approach.
- Martha Stewart | In The Pantry | Mon, Jul 29, 2013 10:48 AM EDT | CommentsWhat's in your trash? A few moldy apples, half a can of spoiled tomato paste, limp veggies, Saturday's leftovers? That might not seem like much, but it adds up: The average household creates about 1.28 pounds of daily waste, equal to 14 percent of the family's food purchases.
It's bad enough that discarded items take up space in landfills. But rotting food also releases methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
The good news: We can reduce food waste. Here, experts tell us how to shop and eat a little more carefully.
Watch Your Trash
For one week, take note of what's in your trash. Don't just look at it, but analyze everything that goes in the bin or down the disposal. (If you're really serious, you might jot down your observations in a notebook.)
Then adjust your habits. If you threw away half a box of stale cereal, either buy a smaller box or store cereal in an airtight container immediately after opening. If week-old leftovers are still taking up real esta...Read More »
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