Opinion

I Got an Instant Pot, but I’m Still Keeping My Slow Cooker — Kitchn Slow Cooker

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I love my Instant Pot, I really do. Even as a professional chef, getting one in my home kitchen really was a game-changer. Perfectly cooked, no-soak beans every time! Homemade nutrient-dense bone broth in 45 minutes! Fluffy rice! Homemade yogurt! Perfect hard-boiled eggs … for 20 people!

The list could go on and on, but I'll let you in on a little secret: I still love my slow cooker, too. Let me tell you why.

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An Honest Review of 5 of the Most Popular Lunch Boxes from a Mom and Her 5-Year-Old — Tips from The Kitchn

Kindergarteners are incredibly opinionated about everything from their favorite My Little Pony to which socks they will be wearing today. While those strong opinions might make the school morning routine more taxing, they definitely come in handy when it comes to testing and reviewing lunch boxes for school lunches. I enlisted my favorite 5-year-old, who will be starting elementary school this fall, to test drive five of the most popular lunch boxes on the market. The results were both surprising and entertaining, with one clear winner. Turns out that moms have pretty strong opinions too.

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Why My Family Decided to Give Up Eating Beef (for the Most Part) — Life in the Kitchen

A couple of years ago, I started to have beef with beef. Even though it had been a staple in my diet from the time I was a little kid, it was getting harder and harder to feel good about eating it. Not only was I concerned about hormones and antibiotics in cheap, mass-produced meat (which led to seeking out grass-fed, organic alternatives), or the poor living conditions of these animals (which led to seeking out locally farmed, grass-fed, organic alternatives), I was surprised to learn that our collective consumption of beef was hurting the environment more than our driving habits.

Whoa! Cows are hurting us more than cars? Beef was beginning to feel so not worth it.

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The One Cooking Shortcut I’ll Never Take in My Kitchen — Opinion

I am all about taking cooking shortcuts in the kitchen. There are a lot of websites out there that will tell you that you should take your time in the kitchen, or that grocery shortcuts means you're not really "cooking," but when it's Wednesday night and it's late and I'm hungry, there's nothing that makes me feel like a smarter cook than relying on shortcuts to help me make dinner faster (and with less stress).

I have no shame in buying pre-cut butternut squash during the fall, or store-bought salsa for my breakfast tacos. I love that I don't have to bust out my stand mixer to make fresh whipped cream (use a Mason jar!) or that the fastest way to peel a mango is with a drinking glass. But there's one kitchen shortcut that I refuse to give into — one shortcut that I truly think will not benefit you or your cooking in the slightest — and that's store-bought minced garlic.

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The Worst Thing You Can Buy for Your Kitchen — Strong Opinions

Hello! You clicked on this post because you thought the "thing" I referred to in the title could be any number of, well, things, right? You might have guessed paper towels. Or wine charms. Or a coconut opener. All of those things would technically be correct-ish. (See what you should use instead of wine charms.)

The actual answer (at least the one I had in mind): fold-top sandwich bags.

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Minimalism Is Just Another Boring Product Wealthy People Can Buy — The Financial Diet

Welcome to a column from The Financial Diet, one of our very favorite sites, dedicated to money and everything it touches. One of the best ways to take charge of your financial life is through food and cooking. This column from TFD founders Chelsea Fagan and Lauren Ver Hage will help you be better with money, thanks to the kitchen. A version of this post originally appeared on The Financial Diet.

I think it's probably no secret by now that I hate minimalism. I hate it as the incredibly tedious piece of personal performance art it has come to be in our society, but I also hate it as an aesthetic: your white-on-white-on-white life and meticulously crafted wardrobe of only the most wispy products Everlane and Aritzia have to offer are, frankly, a saltine cracker's idea of what a Cool Girl would wear.

In terms of its visual merits, or as a capital-S Style, the hyper-curated minimalism really only conveys one thing: "I wanted to take the very safest route to chic, cut away every possible misstep or risk. I saw the French Girl Chic articles and I was like … that's pretty damn homogenous, but smoking tests poorly in focus groups and those occasional striped shirts are too bold. Time to reduce my look even further until literally every item I purchase tells people 'I could get something more interesting, but I have enough money to choose not to.'"

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