Preparing Your Refrigerator for a Power Outage

As I mentioned Friday, I have a large amount of challah and quiche in the freezer for my son’s Bar Mitzvah. Then the electric company posted a notice that they are scheduling an outage for Tuesday from 8 am to 5 pm. The last one was at night. It doesn’t seem right to expect families to manage in the August heat with no air-conditioning, elevator, or refrigerator. But be that is it may, at least we know in advance. If I had known when I baked, I might have brought them to someone else, but I risk them thawing too much if I try that at this point.

How to Cool Food Quickly for Storage

My mother used to cool off food before refrigeration. But the safety guidelines have changed. Thanks to better refrigerator efficiency, and concerns about food spoilage, it’s best to refrigerate foods immediately after cooking. Apparently this poses no danger to the rest of the food in your fridge. But there are times when you will still […]

Salvaging Food During an Electrical Outage

Despite living in a major American metropolis, Cooking Manager reader Miriam has been suffering from electrical outages on a regular basis. The most recent one lasted 52 hours, forcing her to evacuate to a friend. She brought along some cheese and other delicate items, but wondered about the rest of the food in her fridge. […]

Ten Things You Should Know About Freezing for a Crowd

Reader Hadassah is planning to freeze meals in advance of a Bat Mitzvah dinner for about 100 people. She plans on serving quiches and casseroles, but soups and baked goods also freeze well. Here are ten important tips for freezing Speed is important. The faster you get your food frozen, the fresher it will taste […]

Tips for Moms, Barbecuing and Friday Roundup #31

Thanks to Melodie at Breastfeeding Moms Unite for posting Ten Essential Kitchen Tools for Breastfeeding Moms. I hope that all busy moms will find them helpful.  On Cooking Manager, I have a series on Feeding Babies Frugally. Last week I was looking for frugal grilling tips. Penny stepped into the ring and wrote this excellent […]

Don’t Let Your Freezer Turn into a Dungeon

Don’t let your freezer become a dungeon of forgotten food. Tips for keeping track of the contents.

Foods for Putting Quick Meals Together

In Pre-Leftovers and Rotating Food I described how I often cook something new and combine it with something on hand, putting a series of meals together like a train.

Below are cooked foods I like to have on hand for putting together quick meals:

Don’t Bite the Bugs: How to Prevent Insect Infestation

Insects aren’t necessarily bad for you, and insects in grains have served as a source of Vitamin B12 for vegans in some countries. However, they can destroy your food. And most people prefer not to include them in their diet. Since bugs aren’t kosher, I’ve learned techniques for keeping bugs out of food in the […]

Do You Need a Second Freezer?

Conventional wisdom says that running an extra freezer saves money, because you can take advantage of sales and bulk-cooking. But it’s not a wise investment for everyone. Here are some questions to ask yourself before you decide. Do you keep track of your current freezer? Take a look in the back.  If you have mostly […]