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10 Smart Ways to Get More Life Out of Your Stale Bread — Tips from The Kitchn

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Sometimes I buy a baguette or a loaf of sourdough, brioche, or ciabatta, and for one reason or another, it doesn't get finished. I always have good intentions of storing the extras in the freezer for later. But all too often I forget and a day or two later I have a loaf of stale bread on my hands.

If you find yourself in the same position, instead of tossing it, try these great ways to get more life out of your stale bread.

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You Should Buy the Cheap Generic Versions of These 25 Foods — Grocery Shopping Tips

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There's no real science behind knowing when to buy generic or store-brand foods, and when to stick to your favorite (and probably more expensive) name brand. But we all know that you'll do your grocery bill a serious favor when you shun labels. Think of it this way: name brand foods are subsidizing their own marketing, so you're often paying for more than what will end up on your plate.

Over the years and with countless taste tests, I've compiled my own list of when to buy brand and when to buy the item at the bottom of the shelf with the lowest price tag.

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Recipe: Pan-Seared Chicken Thighs with Blistered Tomatoes & Basil — Weeknight Dinner Recipes from The Kitchn

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Sweet, blistered tomatoes and fresh basil are, without a doubt, the stars of this budget-friendly dinner! But the chicken doesn't hurt either. With just five ingredients and about half an hour, you can be feasting on crispy-skinned, tender chicken piled high with beautiful tomatoes and herbs. This is a simple summer dinner, the best kind.

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5 Foods That Will Save You Money if You Make Them at Home — Tips from The Kitchn

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Sometimes I look at my pantry and think, I would probably save so much money if I made half of this myself. But then I remember that I live in America: land of the free and home of the processed, pre-made, prepackaged foods that have perfected the art of cheap and convenient. In many cases, the store-bought version of a food item, although not always as wholesome as the homemade version, might be easier on your wallet.

However, there are still many foods you can make at home that will cut your grocery bill.

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The Best Time of Day to Shop for Groceries — Shopping

In a former, less experienced life, I would head to the grocery store at any time, day or night. An hour later, I'd drive home exhausted and hungry with five items that weren't even on my list (I'm looking at you, potato chips in the jumbo bag). I've since learned more than a few tips for smart grocery shopping, and one of my top methods has everything to do with the time of day that I set out for the store.

Here are my best tips, which you should totally steal.

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8 Essential Tips for Avoiding Food Waste — Reader Intelligence Report

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None of us like wasting food. We definitely don't set out to do it. But, as hard as we try it inevitably seems to happen in one way or another. We've talked a lot about food waste here on The Kitchn. Like, ways to avoid it, great habits to to help you prevent it, the useful tips to minimize it. And each and every time you guys come back to us with tons of your own smart and amazing tips!

Here are our eight favorite reader tips on how to avoid food waste and make full use of the good food you buy.

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