Tips & Techniques

10 Grocery Store Shortcuts That Are Cheaper than Doing It Yourself — Shopping

It's no secret how much we love a shortcut in the kitchen. If we've said it once, we've said it a million times: There is no shame in doing something or buying something that can save you time when it comes to getting dinner on the table. While it's true that sometimes, yes, you'll pay more for that convenience, it's not always the case. Sometimes a shortcut can save you time and money. It's true! Just check out these 10 instances uncovered by grocery shopper extraordinaire, Maria Speidel.

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Not to Brag, but I Always Pick the Best Corn. Here’s How I Do It. — Tips from The Kitchn

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I have a peculiar problem: I'm frequently stopped in the grocery store for advice about picking produce. This phenomenon is not stopped by the two whining kids in my cart or the sometimes-harried expression on my face when I'm running into the store for a last-minute ingredient. But I've always got an answer ready since the same advice applies to many fruit and vegetables: It should feel heavy for its size, inspect for dry or soft spots, and give it a smell.

When it comes to corn-selecting advice, I've got a lot to say. Sure, I have a very strong opinion about how you should be choosing corn at the supermarket, but then I've also never picked a bad ear in my life.

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The Essential School Lunch Grocery List — Tips from The Kitchn

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Beyond the benefit of a packed school lunch giving parents more control over what kids eat at school, we often don't talk about the financial benefits of packing school lunch. It's a point I'm always quick to point out to my husband when the kids request "hot lunch" — the lunch the school serves.

When I fold school lunch shopping into my regular grocery shopping I find that not only do I save money by skipping prepared lunches at school, but I also save my sanity — no last-minute scramble to fill lunch boxes in the morning or trying to hold back dinner portions to make sure that I can pack lunches. When I have this list on hand, packing lunch boxes is way more fun.

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What’s the Difference Between Wax Paper and Parchment Paper? — Storage Smarts

Along with plastic wrap and aluminum foil, wax and parchment paper are two handy kitchen papers we keep within arm's reach for cooking, baking, and storing food. While they share similarities in the way they're used, there's one distinct quality that sets these two kitchen papers apart, and once you know what it is, you'll know exactly which one to reach for.

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6 Things That Make Your Kitchen Look Messier than It Is — Organizing Tips from The Kitchn

Whether you're sprucing up for company or just trying to maintain a tidy home on the reg, there are several things that can actually hinder your efforts. Kitchens are a notoriously tough room; no matter how often you scrub, sweep, and organize, if you do any of these six things it will still look messy.

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6 Things That Make Your Kitchen Look Messier than It Is — Organizing Tips from The Kitchn

Whether you're sprucing up for company or just trying to maintain a tidy home on the reg, there are several things that can actually hinder your efforts. Kitchens are a notoriously tough room; no matter how often you scrub, sweep, and organize, if you do any of these six things it will still look messy.

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