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Home Economics: Kitchen Tips

Make the Most of Your Ingredients
Make Your Own Breadcrumbs
The next time you have leftover bread from a meal, make homemade breadcrumbs. You'll save a few dollars without skimping on flavor. Tossed with lemon zest, herbs, and Parmesan cheese, these fresh breadcrumbs are perfect for coating chicken, pork, or turkey cutlets, or as a pasta topping.

Roasted Applesauce
Easy Cheese Spread
Juicing Citrus Fruits
Long-Lasting Mushrooms
Herbal Soda
No-Waste Dressing

Freeze Some for Later
Frozen Fruit

Cooking Wine
If you have leftover wine, don't throw it out. Pour it into a resealable bag or ice cube tray, and freeze it. It's a great ingredient to deglaze with. After sauteing meat, add 1/2 cup of wine and stir in a little bit of butter.


Make Cleanup a Breeze
DIY Dishwashing Liquid (from Smart Home)
Shelf Within a Shelf
Polishing Copper
Cleaning a Refrigerator

Master the Basics
An Easy Method for Separating Yolks and Whites
Chopping Chives
Peeling Ginger
Flash Freeze

Save Money
A Well-Kept Pantry
Transfer flour, sugar, and other dry goods to wide-mouth, airtight containers. This will help keep them fresh and make them easier to scoop with measuring tools. If you don't use ingredients quickly, note the purchase date on the containers. Keep these pantry staples in a low-humidity environment. Moisture can make solid sugars lumpy, so be sure to leave brown sugar in its original bag, and then double-wrap it to keep it soft.

Spice Storage
Put spices into labeled tins, date them, and store them in a cool, dark location. Light and heat can cause them to lose their flavor more rapidly.

Prioritize Organic Foods
Buying everything organic isn't always financially feasible, so make the switch for items most likely to have higher pesticide residues -- apples, bell peppers, celery, cherries, grapes (imported), lettuce, nectarines, peaches, pears, potatoes, spinach, and strawberries. It's also wise to buy organic meat and dairy products that don't contain growth hormones.

Cook Pasta
The benefits of cooking pasta are many -- it's easy to make, versatile, and inexpensive. Many delicious dishes can be assembled from just a few pantry staples. Try our hearty Baked Pasta with Tomatoes and Parmesan, healthy Fusilli with Broccoli and Chicken, or super-easy Spaghetti with Pecorino and Black Pepper.

Buy Chickens Whole
It's more economical to buy whole chickens instead of individual parts. Cutting up the whole bird may seem complicated for first-timers, but it's not. Try these easy step-by-step instructions or consult Martha Stewart's Cooking School for illustrated how-tos and more. Leftover parts can be used to make Basic Chicken Stock.

10 Smart Ways to Save at the Grocery Store

Hash: Old Favorites and New Takes
Wild and Brown Rice Salad
Brown-Rice Stir-Fry with Flavored Tofu and Vegetables
Red Beans with Cheese
Boston Baked Beans
Chili with Chicken and Beans

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