Browsing category: How To’s & General Information

How Many Servings of Fruit and Vegetables Should Your Family Eat?

I was opening a bag of frozen organic broccoli last night when I noticed that the serving size listed on the bag was four florets… and that the two-pound bag supposedly contained twelve servings.


My Favorite Methods for Cooking the Perfect Hard Boiled Egg

Reader question… “I’ve been asked to make a large quantity of potato salad for a family reunion this weekend. I’m not looking forward to cooking so many hard boiled eggs because I usually have problems getting the shells off cleanly.”


How Much Does It Cost to Feed YOUR Family? — Updated for 2017

How much does it cost to feed YOUR family compared to these 2017 government guidelines? The guidelines are given for four levels of spending… thrifty, low-cost, moderate, and liberal.


How I Make Seed Tapes

I REALLY REALLY don’t like to cull seedlings… I also don’t want our gardens to be full of overcrowded plants… so I have found that seed tapes are the perfect solution for those small seeds that are so difficult to “sow thinly.”


When the One Cup Measure Doesn’t Measure One Cup

It didn’t take long for me to realize that my new measuring cups for dry ingredients weren’t giving me accurate measurements.


Easy To Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

If you’ve ever struggled to peel a hard boiled egg or ended up with a greenish yolk, try this… Start with eggs that have been refrigerated for several days (more than a week is best). NEW EGGS WILL NOT PEEL EASILY.


Crockpots, Slow Cooking Dried Beans & Phytohaemagglutinin

Reader question… “A neighbor told me this morning that I shouldn’t be using my crockpot to cook dried beans.”


How To Season Cast Iron Cookware

Reader question… “Last month I inherited a cast iron skillet from a great-aunt. My problem is, I don’t know what to do with it.”


Freezing Batter for Quick & Easy Muffins Anytime

Having ready-to-bake homemade muffins in your freezer is so convenient. The process is simple. Use any muffin recipe, mixing the batter as usual. Portion the batter into individual paper or foil baking cups in a muffin tin… but freeze the muffins instead of baking them.


An Easier Way To Clean Oven Racks

Cleaning oven racks can be a lengthy, miserable job… messy, too, if you use oven cleaners, ammonia, or even steel wool pads. However, there is another EASY way to get oven racks sparkling clean that takes almost no effort at all.