Better than Waxed Paper

Use the waxed paper liners from cereal boxes instead of buying waxed paper, as it is much stronger.

I use it to separate pancakes,  hamburgers, and to individually wrap chicken parts before freezing in a ziplock bag.

They also keep your counter clean when you are kneading dough.

If you have little ones visiting, it will protect your table from crayon marks, paint drippings, and play dough.

I open my liners so they lay flat, rinse them, dry them, and wrap around a paper towel tube.  I secure them with a rubber band, gotten from a bunch of broccoli or a blueberry box.

Make Shopping Easier with Handy Grocery IQ App

My husband and I use the free Grocery IQ app on our smartphones.

I can scan items at home as I use them up or I can type in what I need. My husband can also add items to the grocery list as well.

When I go to the store, I have our complete list which includes the brands I like to buy. It is a really great tool. Bernice



Got Lemons? Make Limoncello

I loved reading the Everyday Cheapskate column on Mary’s lemon bounty. I wanted to suggest for anyone who has an excess of lemons—make Limoncello. This is an Italian lemon liqueur that also uses the lemon’s peels, and it is delicious.

I made it last year for Christmas gifts and had the most fun shopping swap meets and yard sales to find really beautiful and unusual bottles. I even researched recipes using limoncello and attached a copy of the recipe I used to each gift. It takes awhile to “brew,” but it’s easy and the end result is beautiful. With all the juicing, peeling, and cooking, there’s not a smidgen of waste. Carol



Sneak Nutrition into Kids’ Meals

For a grandson who wants to eat only bread, pancakes, and macaroni and cheese, I have learned to sneak nutrition into his favorite things.

I make pancakes with mostly sweet potatoes or with multiple high protein flours (almond and quinoa), and I add pureed cauliflower and carrots into the macaroni and cheese. He doesn’t realize exactly what he is eating and gobbles it down. JEJ



No More Lost Toast

In the morning, my husband and I enjoy a piece of toast with our coffee. Unfortunately, the bread we like is small and hard to get out of the toaster. I bought an appetizer tong and it works perfectly.

First, I toast my bread.  Then, after unplugging the toaster, I insert the tongs and lift the toast out of the toaster. Willa





Half a Turkey, Please

During the turkey sales in November, I buy an extra frozen turkey and have the butcher cut it in half. I also buy a fresh turkey and have that split, too.

At home, I cut the legs and thighs like I would a chicken. Then I package everything individually and cook or freeze to enjoy later. Jane



Frozen Rice

I cruise through the frozen food aisles at my favorite warehouse clubs (like Sam’s and Costco) to see what’s new. I figure if they can freeze it, so can I.

On a recent trip I saw a long line of people waiting for samples. I sneaked over to see what it was, only to discover rice! Frozen pre-cooked plain white rice. People seemed to think that was the greatest invention ever and they were all tossing it in their carts.

I went home, pulled out the rice cooker, made my own and froze it in individual portions. Rebecca



Frozen Bacon Stockpile

I have discovered what I think is the most effective way to fry up a lot of bacon for freezing.

In a jelly roll pan covered with foil, I lay out the bacon strips in a single layer. I place the pan in a preheated 450F oven and cook, checking after 10 or 15 minutes. Sometimes I’ll turn the strips over.

Once cooked, I drain on paper towels until cooled. I separate enough for a morning breakfast, dividing the batch into freezer bags and then tossing in the freezer. Dick