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In the Pantry: Must-Haves for a Well-Stocked Pantry. If you want to spice up your recipes and save money, you need to begin with a well-curated cupboard.

In the Pantry: Must-Haves for a Well-Stocked Pantry

What should you have within arm's reach at all times? Start with a good salt and a good pepper. One suggestion is to keep two salts on hand: a kosher salt and a high-quality salt to use as a finishing touch on whatever you are serving. And of course salt can't be far from pepper, so stock your pantry with real peppercorns and a quality peppermill. Related: Making your kitchen sizzle - 5 oils every pantry should have Next, make sure you have an oil that can withstand high temperatures for tasks such as searing, grilling, and sautéing. Related: 13 must-have items for your pantry Now add some vinegars to your pantry. Then stock your pantry with sweetness. In addition to the salt, the sweet, the pepper, and the acid, keep some savory items in your pantry, such as tomato paste or soy sauce.

After you've stocked your seasonings, make sure you have a selection of starches available. Related links. Recipe Index. Recipes. A Busy Mom's Slow Cooker Adventures: Recipe Index. AppetizersApricot-Glazed WingsCheesy Chorizo DipChex MixCranberry-Barbeque WingsMeatball SlidersMexican Fiesta DipRed Currant Meatballs Baby FoodBeefButternut Squash and Sweet PotatoesChicken BeansBeef ChiliBlack Bean SoupBlack Bean Soup with Chicken and SalsaEnchilada CasseroleFall Harvest Soup - Gluten-FreeFour Bean and Barley SoupHope's "Caldo Cancun" SoupKickin' BeansMjadra (Lentils with Rice)Mjadra, Tabbuli and Arabic BreadPasta FagioliSalsa Ranch Chicken With Black BeansSalsa Ranch Chicken With Black Beans LeftoversSlow Cooked Baked Beans"The Best" Bean and Ham SoupTomato, Bean and Vegetable SoupVegetable and Lentil SoupVegetarian Stuffed PeppersWhite Bean and Chicken "Chili"White Bean ChiliWhite Chicken ChiliWhite Chicken Chili Again!

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BeveragesApple CiderHot Chocolate - Peppermint, Dark and OrangeWhite Ancho Chili Hot Chocolate with Orange Blueberry Brandy Crock Pot Slow Cooker Meals for $10 or Less DairySlow Cooker Yogurt. Once a Month Cooking and Freezing Recipes Tips Lessons. Once a month cooking is a very popular topic.

Once a Month Cooking and Freezing Recipes Tips Lessons

There are entire web sites devoted to recipes, hints, and rules (and my first cookbook, Everything Meals for a Month). If you have an reliable, large freezer and want to devote one weekend a month to a marathon cooking session, OAMC is an excellent way to save time. There are a few ways to tackle OAMC. You can cook double batches of your favorite recipes and freeze them in smaller containers; you can cook 20 individual recipes and freeze them; or you can buy a large quantity of meats and ingredients, cook a large batch of starter foods (meats, spaghetti sauce or chili) and then make lots of different casseroles and entrees from the starter.

You have to be very organized to cook such a large amount of food at one time, keep it safe and package and label well. PlanThere is an excellent program at Cook Once a Month that I would recommend to learn how to cook this way. FreezingPreparedFoods. Freezing Foods: A Real Time-Saver Article. Save It for Later Making meals in advance can be as simple as doubling a casserole recipe or tossing an extra meatloaf into the oven.

Freezing Foods: A Real Time-Saver Article

Before You Freeze Before freezing hot food, it's important to let it cool down. Heat will raise the temperature of the freezer; and the food will not freeze uniformly, the outer edges of the hot dish will freeze hard quickly while the inside might not cool in time to prevent spoilage. There are just a few things to keep in mind: Cool precooked dishes as quickly as possible before they are placed in the freezer.For fastest cooling, place the pan of hot food in a sink filled with ice water (or in a larger pan of ice water). Tips for Freezing Foods Poorly wrapped foods run the risk of developing freezer burn and unpleasant odors from other foods in the freezer. 1000's of Free Slow Cooker Recipes, Videos, How-To Slow Cook Guides and More! Recipe Index. SmoothiesHow to Make a Green Smoothie ~ a video!

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Add this recipe to ZipList! Posted by Stephanie O'Dea at 10:06 AM 11 comments: Sarah said... You are a lifesaver!! December 7, 2010 at 11:12 AM Jane said... Wow, great idea to use the slow cooker for breakfast too. December 7, 2010 at 12:22 PM Melinda said... Peanut clusters for breakfast? December 7, 2010 at 1:17 PM Stephanie O'Dea said... LOL, Melinda! December 7, 2010 at 1:18 PM greenmomintheburbs said... do you get around the short cooking times for these? December 7, 2010 at 6:56 PM. All Recipes. Substitutions for Baking Ingredients. Discount Vitamins, Supplements, Health Foods, Whole Foods and Sports Nutrition online, Vitacost. 101 Cookbooks - Healthy Recipe Journal.