Back to Basics: 12 Ways to Prepare Ground Beef — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Add ground beef to your shopping list and you can be sure easy, filling weeknight meals are well within your reach. It's a humble, hard-working ingredient that is always worth having on hand and keeping stashed in the freezer. It's packed with rich flavor and it's versatile enough to be turned into everything from tacos and bolognese to stuffed peppers and chili.


5 Freezer Marinades for Chicken or Pork — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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While marinades are brilliant at turning cuts of meat that can often dry out when cooked into flavorful, moist meals, it's easy to forget to plan ahead and get that meat into a marinade well before you're ready to cook it. Enter: the freezer marinade, when you bring that meat home from the grocery store toss it in a marinade first and freeze it right in it. It will absorb the marinade whenever you decide to thaw it, and then all you have to do is bake, sauté, or grill it. This is a weeknight dinner game-changer.


What’s the Deal with Black Chickens? — Ingredient Intelligence

Have you ever seen a black chicken? We don't mean a black-feathered chicken; we mean a Silkie chicken, which is black-pigmented right down to its bones. They aren't commonly found in the grocery store, but you might see them in Asian groceries. What's the deal with these black chickens, and do they taste different than the paler breed?


10 Easy Ways to Cook Meat in the Slow Cooker — Recipes from The Kitchn

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The slow cooker is one of our favorite tools to turn tough, inexpensive cuts of meat, like pork shoulder of beef chuck roast and brisket, into tender, totally delicious meals. You'll need some time and advance planning, though it requires very little effort and delivers a big reward.

From shredded chicken to carnitas, brisket, and pot roast, here are 10 easy ways to cook meat in your slow cooker.


Recipe: Slow Cooker Sausages with Peppers and Onions — Recipes from The Kitchn

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When I think of my travels in Germany, I think of beers, brats, and mustard, and it's still that satisfying trinity that I crave when the weather starts to cool down. Throwing everything into a slow cooker means I can come back to tender sausages that have been gently braising in beer, with a pile of sweet peppers and onions coated in grainy mustard right on top. Serve in buns if you like, but I like my sausage and peppers next to a mound of vinegar-based potato salad and some more mustard for dipping.


So You Forget to Defrost the Chicken. Here’s How to Save Dinner. — Tips from The Kitchn

Remembering to thaw the chicken should be easy, right? All you have to do is put it in the refrigerator before you go to bed and, by the next evening when you're ready to cook, it should be good to go. But a lot of things should be easy that aren't, like remembering to buy milk, apply eye cream before bed, or mail the bills on time, or getting your kids to go to the bathroom before a long trip.

So what do you do when you're ready to make dinner and you forgot the most important part? Well, if you're me, you might just go buy a thawed chicken and keep the other one in the freezer for another day, or pick up a bucket of fried chicken. But sometimes those options aren't available. Can this dinner be saved? Maybe!


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