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11/21/11 9:37 P

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my best kitchen tool by FAR is my Food Saver vacuum sealer. It is a 2 step process, which can be annoying. First I freeze the food, THEN vacuum seal it. But I have not had any freezer burn or spoilage since I got this gaget!



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11/20/11 4:03 A

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For roasting veggies I love my Misto and Stoneware Roasting Pan from Pampered Chef. The veggies come out so delicious with these two items.

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11/17/11 4:20 P

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I use spray oil on par boiled potatoes before I roast them, they still crisp up and do not sit in oil.

I dry fry mushrooms start them off in a hot frying pan then lower the heat the mushrooms cook in their own juice that is released and have a far more intense flavour. Mushrooms absorb oil turning a low calorie food into calorie laden.

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11/11/11 4:05 P

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Good one. Thanks!

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11/11/11 2:01 P

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Maybe not the kind of tip you're looking for, but here goes. With all of the fresh fruits & veggies in the house, fruit flies can be a problem. We keep a small open container near the sink with a little apple cider vinegar and a few drops of dish washing liquid. It does need to be emptied and replaced as the fruit flies arrive in the liquid but do not depart.

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For all that like to cook like me, here is a tip. you can add maximum flavor but minimal fat if you mist your vegies with herb or garlic infused oil before roasting . emoticon emoticon

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First i love my wolfgang puck multi cooker, it can be used to steam, rice cooker an ctockpot. The pluses its very light weight it comes with a removable metal pot that is lined with non stick liner there is a steamer basket an a special spoon to use in it.
next a tip/trick if you like salads but not the accidential overdose of calories from dressings make your own as needed. I also have a wolfgang puck blender. It comes with a picture that has a knife blade an emulsion tool and a bowl with knife blade an emulsion tool. I use the bowl put emulsion tool in add a little olive oil , tahini an variouse spices depending my mood an type salad it comes out looking creamy an tast yummy an without the antifreeze that is used in some brands of bottled salad dressing like the news has shown. Plus dressing is fresh an truly tast good when you make your own. Its customisable. I exspermented to i found certian blends i love.

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9/29/11 9:37 A

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My latest gadget is a low tech one: a mango corer. Works like a charm.

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9/28/11 9:24 P

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One of my favorite kitchen gadgets is my scale. It's more accurate than measuring cups. I have a small food processor, but have been looking at getting a regular size one. There have been many times I wish I had one. I also like by stick blenders. It makes pureeing soups and smoothies so much easier than a regular blender.



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I love my microwave.... I steam all my veggies and don't have to put anything on them to flavor them...

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I, too, prep veggies ahead of time. And I use my deep fryer for boiling also, It seems to bring the water to boiling faster. And of course, I could not live without my food procesor, it makes it a lot easier to have all the prep done before hand. And some foods can be completely mixed together in the food processor.

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9/13/11 7:58 P

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I like to prep certain veggies - like onions and garlic - all at once for the recipes I will be making that week. Only have to cry once and have a weeks worth of chopped veggies ready for meals.

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I really love the stick blender too. It sure makes a great healthy smoothie in a hurry and you can't beat the clean up. I have not used it in my soups as of yet but it sure is a great idea.

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8/31/11 11:16 A

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I love my stick blender for making healthy soups. I usually make a double batch, serve it with one of our meals, freeze the rest in individual containers for taking to work.

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8/15/11 7:58 P

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Its funny. I read all the articles for week 2 challenge and discovered I have most of the appliances they recommend. I could not live without my blender, I like making healthy smoothies for my son. Also my crockpot: I love the idea of throwing a meal together and leave it and not having to worry about it. I LOVE worry free cooking.

I do have a bread maker too, which was not mentioned in the articles. I can make some healthy breads by modifying some recipes. I do a lot of cooking in the oven but I use my broiler. I have a pan which allows the grease to drop through into the bottom of the pan, something like a double boiler. I try to cook so all food are as free from fat as possible.

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8/10/11 3:57 P

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My favorite new kitchen gadget is a Rival fondue pot. I think Rival made a huge marketing error in selling this as a fondue pot because it does everything.

It is electric and has a temperature control for temperatures from 150 - 475. I have made rice, oatmeal, and other grains in it. I have deep fried in it. I have made soups, stews, beans, and sauces in it. I have used it like a wok for stir fries. I have cooked fish, pork chops, chicken, and steaks in it. I've used it to boil, scramble, and fry eggs.

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My wife is a vegetarian and can't stand the smell of meat or eggs cooking. I can set this on the table on my back porch and cook anything I want without the smell being in the house.
It's even got a safety "break away" type cord (a connection made with magnets) so that you can't accidentally drag it off the table and spill what ever is in it.
It's fully submersible as well, so it's easy to clean. I will probably take it with me next time I travel so I can make a healthy meal right in my hotel room.

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Packing my lunch, and the boys lunches, the night before saves a whole lot of time and hassle in the morning. I am sure it took me just as long in the morning - but it seems to make the morning a lot easier when they are ready to go the night before!

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Has anyone ever used a Magic Bullet? Is it worth the money, did it work for you?

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Good tip on the rice, but not just brown rice. I cook all rice that way (unless it's a more intricate recipe) and then store it in a box in the fridge and use over a couple of days. Makes a very good base for a variety of recipes and I don't need to get stuck with eating all the batch with the same flavours. Same goes for beans and pasta.

My best tip in the kitchen though is probably stocking on certain ingredients that I repurchase even before I run out so that I always have them on hand. In my case those are:

1. spices, olives and dried tomatoes. They add instant flavour to anything - from eggs, to salads, to sandwiches, to pasta. And they go a long way.
2. Eggs - instant protein and quick to cook.
3. Firm tofu - bulks up and adds texture to eggs, soups and salads and keeps very well. Actually 1+2+3+toast and a couple of tomatoes make a great meal.
4. A can beans (red kidney or garbanzo) and a can of tomatoes
5. Ckicken breasts marinaded in Dijon mustard and lemon and roasted in bag. These keep great in the fridge. I make them at least once a week to have something to add to salads and sandwiches.
6. Fresh tomatoes.

These easily make a meal between themselves or combine with other stuff for variety and I know that even when I'm in a rush or haven't been to the grocery store in a couple of days I still have at least one healthy meal on hand.

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On the brown rice, I picked up a tip and will never go back to cooking it any other way... Boil your rice like pasta in a big pot of boiling water for 30 minutes. Drain the rice in a sieve for about 10 seconds and then return to the pot off the heat. Cover and let sit for 10 minutes.

I promise you this makes the fluffliest, tastiest brown rice! Enjoy!!

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8/2/11 4:01 P

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Great tips here!

I, too, love the Misto. It's really worth it.

I got about 3 sets of measuring cups and spoons so I'm never without one. Second hand stores are great sources of cheap kitchen gadgets - and try Yahoo Freecycle if you haven't already. I get lots of free kitchen appliances (and workout gear) there.

I don't like plastic, so I use canning jars instead of Tupperware. They come in a variety of sizes.

I sprout my own seeds so I have fresh bean sprouts and I grow my own salad greens. You don't have to have a green thumb to grow sprouts - any old jar or tall glass will work - and it only takes a few days.

Spinach, beets, lettuce, herbs, etc - all grow great in containers on a porch or a sunny window inside. If you have a bucket, plastic shoe box, any old container, you can have fresh, organic salad greens. It saves money and room in the ice box and I don't have to worry about using them up before they go bad.

As an added bonus, growing my some of my own food has helped me to gain a better relationship with all my food.

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7/24/11 10:51 P

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I LOVE my Misto! It's probably my most favorite kitchen gadget. Not only do you use a lot less oil in your meals, you don't have all the added chemicals from traditional aerosol cans. I did have to hunt around a bit to find mine. Think I got it at Bed, Bath and Beyond for under $15, so it's definitely worth looking into for anyone who doesn't have one.
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7/24/11 11:37 A

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Great ideas here guys..here are a few of my stand bys
1. Misto..it is a pump sprayer.. I put olive oil in it and use much less in cooking now..I also have one for my truffle oil.
2. Once a week make my grocery list, shop..then make my sauces or whatever I can ahead of time and prepackage for the week..I saw alley does the same....it is time consuming but a great time saver throughout the week.
3. I have a giant salad in the fridge at all times..a bag of herb salad from trader joes..spinach leaves , a head of iceburg, cilantro and green onions ..then I throw in a variety of things depending on the meal..
4.when I buy turkey bacon ..I separate it into 2 slices and wrap in saran wrap and freeze..




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I love my Forman grill. Pork tenderlion finish moist. Chicken is easy alternative.

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I, too, love kitchen tools. My latest purchase is a yogurt maker. I bought an electric pressure cooker several months ago; amazing how quiet it is compared to the old stove model, and I can make most things in minutes with no heat generation in the kitchen.

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I LOVE gadgets! I got a new onion chopper. You place 1/4 of the onion under the lid and hit it with your hand. Instantly, you have perfectly chopped onion. Works well with peppers. As a gift for buying the onion chopper, I got a pineapple peeler/corer. True to form, whenever I get a new device with a sharp edge, I cut myself the first time I use it. It's how I "christen" my new gadgets, by cutting myself.

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I LOVE gadgets! I got a new onion chopper. You place 1/4 of the onion under the lid and hit it with your hand. Instantly, you have perfectly chopped onion. Works well with peppers. As a gift for buying the onion chopper, I got a pineapple peeler/corer. True to form, whenever I get a new device with a sharp edge, I cut myself the first time I use it. It's how I "christen" my new gadgets, by cutting myself.

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I bought one of those small food choppers...sort of like a mini food processor. I LOVE this thing! It really saves me time chopping veggies or shredding chicken. This is the best $10 I ever spent!

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7/5/11 11:36 A

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I like to take one chunk of time during the week somewhere(just about three hours)and cook three meals or more at a time.( such as a roast in the crock pot,chicken in the oven and soup on the stove top.)Then I break them up in portion sizes and freeze til needed.Works great with fresh steamed veggies. I have learned not to over cook them though so that when you reheat them they don,t over cook and become mushy.

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7/5/11 9:22 A

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I love, love, LOVE my Lock 'n Lock! I won't use any other kind of food storage container now!

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I have started keeping any left overs in small glass containers with snap on lid ("lock and lock" they are called). I can SEE what is left over and I have found I tend to use up all of my left overs that way. It makes me feel much better not to waste food.

I have also started using my electric pressure cooker. I find I can prepare more nutritious meals without having to add lots of unnecessary fats for flavor.

Also, I LOVE my kitchen now. I can actually find things!

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6/22/11 10:17 A

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Ziplock and another brand now has perfect portion sized containers! I got some of these at Walmart for my week night meals. I'm a dance teacher and I'm always on the go so I make my meals on Saturday and Sunday and put them in the fridge for my husband and I. I pre-package most of my meals with measured portions. Yes this take a little time but it's worth it not to have to worry about it all week!
I use frozen when fresh is too expensive like berries. Just thaw them out they taste pretty good so long as they are fresh from the frozen section. If you leave them in your freezer too long they taste like frezzer!!
I also cut my carrots and celery when I get home and put them in packages with little ziplock cups of homemade low fat ranch dressing or hummus!
Left over coffee........... don't toss it; make an iced coffee protein shake or even just an afternoon cold coffee drink! I do one almost every day!

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6/21/11 1:52 P

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My two fav's in the kitchen are my toaster over, I use instead of microwave most of the time and my stir fry pan with sloped sides. I guess because I love stir fry for a quick dinner.

It's possible!


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This isn't so much for cooking, but packing...Ziploc Twist and Lock containers are great! I always pack my lunch and I get worried when things have liquid or sauce, but these are pretty reliable.

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Last night I made healthy (yes, that's right "healthy) nachos for my family. I used Trader Joes low fat tortilla chips. I created the basis of my sauce by using Smart Life veggie ground. I added a package of the Sourthwest frozen vegetables that have black beans in it, added 1 can tomato sauce, 1 can of tomatoes, and Trader Joes taco seasoning. I then made a fat free Mexican Rice by using a brown and white grain rice and letting it brown in a bit of Pam, added some canned tomatoes and let it simmer. I used low fat cheese and my family loved it.

You have to realize that it is not going to taste like the nachos you get from a restaurant. You have to like it for what it is. And it ws delicious.

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I am usually pretty disciplined about what I eat but sometimes at night, that is when it becomes difficult for me. I have a husband, son and daughter who are able to eat anything at any time and stay lean. My husband is my hero. He is my Marine and has "been there, done that". I would do anything for him. He is an ice cream eater every night. Sure, I make the ice cream so it is pure organic and no preservatives. Okay, so maybe the fat in this ice cream is organic. It is still fat and it still ends up on my hips. So anyway, when I am so tempted, what I do for me, is I get a cup of Ralphs Cascade plain yougurt. There are no hormones in it. I keep a bag of frozen fruit in the freezer. I take some and mix it in. For me, this satisfies me deeply. I feel like I am eating ice cream. Sometimes I put the whole thing in the freezer and it comes out sort of like a sherbet. If I am having a chocolate craving, then I take 2 teaspoons of sugar free Nestles and mix it in the yougurt. It really tastes great. You can experiment with your own addings. Hope this helps someone.

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I have a VERY small kitchen area (my whole apartment is only 498 sq ft) So there's not a lot of room for "things" I have a Magic Bullet i use mainly for smoothies, a George Foreman grill, But the thing i love the most are those steam fresh bags. I stick my veggies into the ziploc bag, and right in the microwave......It even gives you the times for whatever veggie you are using emoticon

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i use a coffee grinder to chop nuts and it works great..

Some cause happiness WHEREver they go; some WHENever they go...Oscar Wilde


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i have a tupperware steamer that i love you can steam veggies or fish what ever in it and it is great i love it

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I found a neat, steamer pot from pampered chef. It is small enough to put in the microwave, so I steam a lot of my vegies using it. If I need butter...I use one of the substitutes.

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Thanks so much for the iPad tips! I'm going to try them today!

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I HAVE A WATERLESS ELECTRIC PAN THAT I LOVE I USES IT ALL THE TIME NO NEED FOR OIL IT HAS OIL IN THE CORE AND YOU DO NOT HAVE TO ADD ANY CAL TO YOUR FOOD BY ADDING IN OIL IT COOKS THINGS UP SUPPER FAST AND IS A BREEZE TO CLEAN IT WIPES CLEAN IN MIN ANY THING THAT IS EASY TO CLEAN IN GREAT IN MY BOOK..

AND A TIP THAT I DID NOT SEE IS SPRAY YOU MEASURING CUP WITH PAN B4 YOU HAVE TO MEASURE STICKY THINGS AND IT COME RIGHT OUT..

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I keep everything used for measuring on one shelf -- measuring spoons, graduated cup measures, large Pyrex measuring cup, scale for weighing, etc.

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5/20/11 7:19 P

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I use 2 sets of measuring cups and spoons. While I am cooking, I keep one set for dry ingredients and the other for wet.

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I Didnt realize how many tools I use to help/get me through the day. my laptop/ipad are attached to me so I can track food and look for new ideas (exercise, recipes) I also have easy access to spoons and measuring cups so I don't overestimate and under track food.

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5/19/11 9:55 A

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I buy a lot of things in bulk. I find using one quart Mason jars provides a handy storage size and you can see the contents.

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5/18/11 10:08 P

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The mango corer sounds like a great tool! I need to find one of those somewhere.

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I use my laptop and it sits on the kitchen table...not a problem for me. I am pretty protective of this wonderful tool.


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If you have an iPad, then you have a great kitchen tool. I have lots of recipes and creating them in digital form is a lot more convenient than recipe clippings, boxes and binders. However the idea of a computer with keyboard in the kitchen seemed a problem. Visions of water, flour etc. hitting the keyboard and also the space for a laptop. Enter the iPad!

I use GoodReader to creates folders and manage my personal recipes on the iPad. There a number of free cookbooks (with search engines) available as well:

Epicurious (my favourite - recipes from Gourmet and other top magazines)
PC Recipe
Betty Crocker Cookbook
GroceryIQ

And of course SparkRecipes

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I love my food processor and my pulser???. Wow, for the life of me I can't think of its name. I use it to puree my soups. Anyway, I know can not live without both of my machines. Thanks for the advise on the mango decorer. Will have to find one.

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