Tips & Techniques

The 5 Best Frozen Foods to Cook in Your Instant Pot — Freezer to Table

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There is a lot to love about the Instant Pot, and if you snagged one on Amazon Prime Day you probably already know what I'm talking about. But the one feature that makes cooking more convenient above all else is the ability to use the pressure-cooking function to cook foods straight from the freezer. That's right — no defrosting necessary. Here are five foods that can be cooked from frozen in your Instant Pot.

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This Grocery App Will Save You Time and Money — Supermarket Savings

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There are a ton of grocery apps out there, claiming to save you time and money. Unfortunately, most of them (like a lot of apps) aren't actually worth the time it takes to figure them out or the money it costs to use them.

There is one, however, that is super easy and convenient to use — and it's free! It's called Flipp and you should download it ASAP.

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10 Delicious Ways to Turn Tortillas into a Meal — Tips from The Kitchn

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Born and raised in Los Angeles County, I grew up eating tortillas several times a week, often handmade from the taco stand. Today my husband and our girls regularly make corn tortillas from scratch, but I have no qualms about buying giant bags of both corn and flour tortillas at the store. They are super versatile, can be transformed into any number of dishes, and taste amazing. I'm not sure why tortillas haven't been declared a superfood, but I'm casting my vote.

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What’s the Difference Between Freezer Bags and Regular Zip-Top Bags? — Storage Smarts

The food storage aisle of your grocery store can be a mystifying place. All the papers and foils and wraps! Do you want natural or dyed parchment paper? Do you really need heavy-duty aluminum foil? And don't even get us started on the bags! There are bags of every size imaginable, ones with single zipper tops, double zipper tops, and the ones with the sliding zippers! There are bags for regular storage and others intended specifically for freezer storage. How do you decide?

We can't help you if you're set on those fold-top sandwich bags, but we can explain the difference between freezer bags and regular zip-top bags.

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Did You Know Your Instant Pot Can Do This? — Tips from The Kitchn

With the option for lightning-fast pressure cooking, slow cooking, sautéing, and making a killer batch of chicken broth, the Instant Pot is the do-it-all multi-cooker that has been winning hearts and stomachs everywhere. In addition to its seven functions, there's something even better and more convenient that it can do, and it might just be the thing that saves dinner when planning does not go as expected. Can you guess what it is?

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5 Grocery Store Items That Are Worth the Splurge — Shopping

Confession: I get a rush of adrenaline from finding good grocery store deals. Recently, I stocked up on chips, kettle corn, and other snacks that were 90 percent off at a local imports store. I think I paid 35 cents for the most expensive item!

But while I love a bargain, I'm pretty choosy on what I'll snatch up. In fact, I'm kinda picky when it comes to certain foods that I think are worth the splurge. Here are five ingredients that I am always willing to spend money on at the grocery store.

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