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Never Make a Dry Pork Chop Again Never Make a Dry Pork Chop Again

A juicy, perfectly cooked pork chop can rival a good steak, and chops of the porcine variety are way cheaper than any cut of beef (except like, stew meat and cheap hamburger). But pork chops are easy to overcook, and this can intimidate skittish home cooks, barring them from enjoying this fiscally responsible,…

Our Favorite Ways to Eat Cheaply Our Favorite Ways to Eat Cheaply

Eating is an unavoidable aspect of living in a body, and it can be expensive. Here we have rounded up our favorite ways to cook, eat, and even drink more cheaply, not a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in sight (though those are quite good).

The Best Credit Cards for Grocery and Dining Out Rewards The Best Credit Cards for Grocery and Dining Out Rewards

Food is the third-biggest expense for American households, which means if you’re not maximizing your cash-back rewards on groceries and dining out you could be missing out on a not-insignificant amount of money.

How to Save Money on Lunch at Your First Job How to Save Money on Lunch at Your First Job

As a recent college grad, starting your first “real world job” while trying to budget your expenses can be quite difficult. Expenses in college are less pricey than the post-grad life for most people, making it easy to fall off the wagon and end up spending more money than you anticipated.

How to Safely Reuse Food Packaging How to Safely Reuse Food Packaging

Wasteful packaging is an inescapable part of drawing breath in a capitalist society but, for a variety of reasons, most people can’t alter their food choices based solely on the materials that contain it. This is why I reuse food packaging whenever I can: sure, it cuts down on waste, but I also get to stock up on…

Which Foods Are Actually Cheaper to Make Yourself? Which Foods Are Actually Cheaper to Make Yourself?

“Making your own” is a big part of home cook culture. One’s reasons for wanting to DIY every food thing may vary, but it usually has something to do with taste, health, or cost. Cost-wise, some things are obvious; cooking dinner at home is almost always cheaper than takeout, but things aren’t as straightforward when…

Your Apartment Needs a Chest Freezer Your Apartment Needs a Chest Freezer

Stocking up on staples is a great way to stretch a budget and minimize waste, so a good chest freezer is a boon to the budget-minded home cook. Sadly, common misconceptions about their energy usage and footprint size discourage the folks who would benefit the most from a chest freezer—apartment-dwellers with decrepit,…

These Are the Best Deals at Whole Foods These Are the Best Deals at Whole Foods

Whole Foods has never been know for its price deals—people go for the dazzling array of cold-pressed juices and asparagus water, I imagine—but, since the Bezos takeover, prices on certain items have dropped pretty drastically, and they’ve stayed down.

How to Turn a Fridge Full of Sad Produce Into Dinner How to Turn a Fridge Full of Sad Produce Into Dinner

We’ve all stared down a sad, empty fridge at too-late-for-a-grocery-run-o’clock on a weeknight, willing some higher power to magically replenish the shelves while our eyes are closed.

How to Make a Meal Plan For Your Next Vacation How to Make a Meal Plan For Your Next Vacation

I’ve always been a fan of pre-travel planning, to the point that I build a packing grid before every trip. The packing grid includes outfit components for every day of travel (based on predicted weather and activity), as well as a list of essentials that I don’t want to leave behind: Advil, Band-Aids, my Fitbit…

How to Make Canned Beans Taste Amazing How to Make Canned Beans Taste Amazing

Eating cheaply isn’t as easy as “cooking it yourself.” Besides the cost of the groceries, cooking takes time, and—if you’re working multiple jobs or long hours to support yourself or your family—you might not have an excess of hours.

How Much Do You Spend On Groceries? How Much Do You Spend On Groceries?

How much do you spend on groceries? According to the USDA, Americans in the U.S. spend as much as 33 percent of household income on groceries each month. GoBankingRates found that women spend on average $323 per month on groceries, while men spend $290 on average.

How to Conquer Feeling 'Hangry' How to Conquer Feeling 'Hangry'

Hunger has a strange effect on our emotions. Even the nicest folks can get a little upset, irritable, and snippy the minute they start to feel those familiar pangs down in their stomach. One solution is to eat, of course. But when that’s not an option, there is another way you can avoid transforming into a bad…

The Broccoli Beer Cheese Casserole Is the Upgrade Your Potluck Needs The Broccoli Beer Cheese Casserole Is the Upgrade Your Potluck Needs

Hello, and welcome back to Will It Casserole?, the column where I take your delicious concepts and re-imagine them as tasty casserole creations. This week, we’re taking an already known and loved hotdish—the broccoli cheese casserole—and upgrading to a broccoli beer cheese casserole, as suggested by D. Hooper:

How to Make Perfect Lemon Curd in the Microwave How to Make Perfect Lemon Curd in the Microwave

No matter how many flawless custards or mirror glazes you’ve made in your life, some culinary techniques just seem to invite disaster, especially those that hinge on precise temperature control. If you need to evenly heat a delicate substance to a precise temperature, the microwave might seem like a horrible…

Use Leek Greens to Flavor Grilled or Steamed Seafood  Use Leek Greens to Flavor Grilled or Steamed Seafood 

Leek greens are quickly becoming my favorite part of the leek. Not only are they freaking banging when pan fried, but they can be used to infuse fish and other seafood with delicate, oniony flavor.

Your Convection Setting May Not Be the Best Choice For Baking Your Convection Setting May Not Be the Best Choice For Baking

If you have an oven with a convection setting—meaning it is equipped with a fan that circulates the hot air around the food—it may be tempting to use it on your cakes, cookies, and biscuits to help things cook “more evenly.” However, according to Patron Saint of Good Baked Things, Stella Parks (aka The Brave Tart),…

The Best, Easiest Ways to Steam Corn  The Best, Easiest Ways to Steam Corn 

I am obsessed with summer corn. You take how Oprah feels about bread, and multiply it by three, and that is how I feel about corn. Those crisp, sweet kernels of sunshine are everything that is good about summer produce, and it needs very little in the way of preparation.

How to Enjoy Old Chain Restaurants How to Enjoy Old Chain Restaurants

IHOP is now IHOB, and now it’s in a fight with all the burger chains, because nothing can stay pure in our decrepit world. Luckily Metafilter recently unearthed a charming blog called Broken Chains, which reviews the remaining locations of chain restaurants long past their prime, like Ponderosa, Lum’s, and the York…

These Blends Should Be in Your Spice Cabinet These Blends Should Be in Your Spice Cabinet

Making your own spice blends isn’t particularly challenging, but buying a single bottle of a blend is both more convenient and fiscally responsible than buying five bottles of five different spices. Plus, if you’re just getting into the world of seasonings and spices, blends can be a bit less intimidating.

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