Part II: Tips for Choosing the Best Shape for Freshness and Convenience Part III: Best Ways to Organize Your Food Storage Containers My kids like to take leftover casseroles to school. So last night I made a large batch of lasagna with spinach, homemade noodles and marinara sauce. This took a couple of days of […]
The extreme heat in my part of the world has led to high prices in the markets, especially for vegetables. Here are some tips to help you cut down on your produce bill no matter where you live: Buy vegetables in season. Instead of buying according to your recipe, choose your menu according to the […]
Wednesday is Recipe Day at Cooking Manager. Sometimes leftovers get under your skin. I made lentils on Tuesday and used some of them in dinner. Then I forgot about them. On Friday I thought about putting them in a salad. But I had other salads, and didn’t feel like draining the lentils from the liquid. […]
On the Cooking Manager Facebook page (have you “liked” it yet?) I asked readers to share ideas for leftover chicken in response to Aviva Hadas’ comment on 13 Smart Ways to Manage Your Leftovers. Leftover chicken, especially white meat (the kind that is usually left behind in my house), requires special care. Because white meat […]
I read an article by a woman trying to get a recipe for the patties her European-born grandmother would make. The grandmother started by removing a covered plate of cooked zucchini from the refrigerator. The granddaughter tried to get down exact quantities with no success. The granddaughter just knew that the dish was delicious. She didn’t know that there was no set recipe and they were different each time.
Here is my guide to making patties. You can use fresh ingredients or pre-cooked. The basics are eggs, a filler like flour, breadcrumbs or oats, and flavorful meat, fish, vegetables, milk or cheese. The patties need to hold together.
Acquiring good habits and keeping track of what’s in your refrigerator will save you money on your food bill.
Below I share tips to avoid cross-contamination: Don’t inadvertently mix up foods with different “eat-by” dates.
For more information see my chart on storing leftovers, Is This Food Safe to Eat?
1. New package, new spoon. When you open a new container of cottage cheese, use a fresh spoon too. The bits of older food on the original spoon will contaminate the fresh package.
Commenter Ariela asked how to use the meat juices and sauces—drippings—from cooking meat. I called these drippings “a cook’s secret weapon,” because they are a cheap and easy way of adding meat flavor and protein to food without fat. Technically they are not gravy, which is made by mixing meat juices with flour to make […]