resurrecting the hardened brown sugar

i have avoided using brown sugar because after using a little bit that a recipe called for, it would sit in my cabinet for a while and then when i need to use it again, it would be hard as a ROCK! knowing it would happen, the next time i bought it, i try to reseal in the best possible way – double bagging in an air tight ziplock bag but to no avail. i never used it fast enough to not harden. ugh. Continue reading “resurrecting the hardened brown sugar”

solutions to household issues

here are some practical and cheap advice for fixing many modern day domestic problems. 1. Stained Tupperware Take a wet cloth and scrub it away with baking soda. Another way to rid the color is to fill the Tupperware with water and drop in denture cleaning tablets, wait twenty or so minutes, and rinse out. 2. A Smelly Coffee Maker Coffee-acid buildup is normal and can lead to a burnt bean smell that isn’t very pleasant. An easy to way to get rid of it is to pour white vinegar where the water normally goes and run the machine through … Continue reading solutions to household issues

what and how to freeze food

i saw on alton brown’s Good Eats show a few years ago that the more packed your freezer is, the better it keeps your food. while that’s good to know, it’s also important to know what you keep and how long you keep them. here are some tips from Eating Well Magazine: Myth: You can freeze all foods. There are some that should never see the inside of your freezer: delicate vegetables like lettuce, creamy sauces separate and “break” or curdle when thawed, coffee especially dark roasts. The USDA also advises not to freeze canned goods or eggs in their … Continue reading what and how to freeze food

storage on-the-go

i love my new glass containers but they are heavy. it is fine to use around the house but when i go out, i also like to bring take out containers for leftovers. so, i started looking into safe, light storage containers and i found LunchBots. these 7″ x 5.5″ x 2″ stainless steel containers and lid are super light, wide and deep enough for fit a good amount of food. LunchBots also have a variety of sizes and container dividers to separate food. the only negative is that they aren’t water tight. most of the time, it doesn’t matter. … Continue reading storage on-the-go

making the change to glass storage containers

while i had made the change to read the labels and throw out plastics 3, 6 and 7, it really isn’t enough. most plastics contain an organic compound called BPA (Bisphenol A) and when improperly reused again and again, over time the BPA starts to breakdown and is ingested by people. this can cause brain damage not to mention ovarian and breast cancers. therefore instead of checking to see how much plastic i ingest, i invested in glass storage containers. while plastic containers are lighter and cheaper, glass is easier to clean, doesn’t absorb the smell of food and last a … Continue reading making the change to glass storage containers

things you should buy organic

it’s hard to know what items are necessary to buy organic but it’s cost-effective to know since organic items usually cost more so if it really isn’t a benefit, why spend more? MEATS: Beef PRODUCE: – Strawberries (and if possible peaches, apples, blueberries, and cherries) – Celery BEVERAGES: Milk SNACKS: Popcorn PACKAGED ITEMS: Tomato sauce in glass jar or box FOOD STORAGE: – Change from plastic water bottles to unlined stainless steel – Change form plastic food-storage containers to glass food-storage containers COOKWARE: Avoid non-stick pans: switch to stainless steel, ceramic, or cast iron cookware. HOME: – All-purpose natural home cleaners – Yard pesticides ________________________________________________________________________________ … Continue reading things you should buy organic

too cute to eat bento boxes

bento boxes are so tasty but OMG these are too cute to eat! from anime, to video games, to sanrio characters, to architecture and people … anyhoo. there are a few of my favorites from the wildammo site: Tonari no Totoro Tare Panda Hello Kitty Mario Bros. WALL-E … and in spirit of this blog: Cooking Mama ________________________________________________________________________________ see even more on Wildammo‘s website: Why You SHOULD Play With Your Food Continue reading too cute to eat bento boxes

avoid canned tomatoes – buy tomatoes in glass instead

after i made my tortilla soup, i saw an article about issues with canned tomatoes. the reason i looked at this again was because i remember reading about this before. problem with canned tomatoes: “The resin linings of tin cans contain bisphenol-A, a synthetic estrogen that has been linked to ailments ranging from reproductive problems to heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Unfortunately, acidity (a prominent characteristic of tomatoes) causes BPA to leach into your food.” it is not yet conclusive how big a problem the toxicity of canned tomatoes can cause in adults but it may be more of an … Continue reading avoid canned tomatoes – buy tomatoes in glass instead

throw out plastics 3, 6 and 7

m has read that we consume too much plastic — even though we don’t know we are. we started to replace plastic cooking tools like spatulas and spoons with wood spatulas and spoons. we also make sure to let soups or any dishes we’re going to store in plastic containers to cool completely before we store them in the plastic containers. in an ironic development in light of the recent change in age requirement for mammogram testing (previously at age 40+. now at age 50+), m found an interesting article where ny times columnist, nicholas kristof attended a symposium at … Continue reading throw out plastics 3, 6 and 7