Monday, March 16, 2009

A Spring Visitor and Another 3 Tips

This handsome visitor has been driving my cats nuts for the last couple days. I finally got a decent shot of him.

I wasn't able to get online this weekend. Weekends are always a little nuts around here. But to make up for it here are three tips to help you get cooking on saving money.

1. When choosing your fresh fruits and Vegetables remember to buy seasonally. In March these choices should include.

Fruits: Grapefruit, Oranges, and Pineapple

Vegetables: Broccoli, Chicory, Endive, and Escarole, Parsnips, Sweet Potatoes and Turnips.

Keep in mind this list is Seasonal for the U.S. Since that's where I live and visitors from the Southern hemisphere will probable have a different list.

2. Keep a lid on it. When your cooking there are some simple things to do that will save you some cash. The first is to use a lid on your pots. This keeps the heat in and helps things cook faster. Along with this is don't keep opening the oven to check your food it lets the heat out and your oven has to use more gas/electricity to reheat the oven. Use the oven light to check instead. Also make sure you use the right size burner for the pan you are using. If it's too hard your wasting energy to heat nothing. If its too small it will take longer to cook.

3. Consider planting an indoor herb garden. By growing some of the herbs you use most you won't have to buy them and they will be more flavorful fresh. As an added bonus they beautify your home with living green plants.

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