Slow Cookers Save Money

One of the advantages of using a slow cooker is that it’s low wattage uses very little electricity. It costs only 21 cents to operate a slow cooker for a total of 10 hours! For example, if you roast a pork roast for 2 hours in the oven instead of using the slow...

Fresh Bread Crumbs

Fresh bread crumbs are easy to make using a food processor or blender. Simply tear a few bread slices into 1-1/2-inch pieces and place in the food processor or blender container. Cover and pulse (short on/off actions) until the bread turns into crumbs....

Fluffy Long Grain White Rice

To make fluffy long-grain white rice, combine 1 cup rice, 1 tablespoon butter or margarine, 1 teaspoon salt and 2 cups water in a 3 quart saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat stirring twice. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, 15 minutes. If water is not all...

When To Rinse Pasta

Drained, cooked pasta should not be rinsed when it is to be served with a sauce or combined in a baked dish. Rinsing can remove starch that may help to slightly thicken the sauce. On the other hand, pasta may be rinsed in a colander when it is to be served cold, such...

Keeping Fresh Parsley “Fresh”

Fresh parsley will keep in the refrigerator for several weeks. Simply wash the bunch in warm water, shake off the excess, wrap in paper towel and seal in a resealable plastic bag. For longer storage time, remove the paper towel and place the sealed bag in the freezer....

Don’t Overcook Pasta

When cooking pasta to be used in a casserole, cook only the minimum amount of time listed on the package. The pasta will continue to cook and absorb liquid while baking and the texture could become too soft if overcooked....