1. Do you buy Flour, Brown Sugar & Chocolate Chips when they are on sale?
Well, last week Walgreens in our area had chocolate chips nestle brand for $0.82 a bag what a deal,
and I picked up brown sugar and flour on sale at the grocery store. Now, none expire soon but I buy 3-4 packages when they are on sale and use them when I need them. So how to keep them fresh? Well...... Just pop them in the freezer and they stay good for a long time! Its great, when I need it, I just pull it from the freezer and let them come to room temperature to use. Cold flour can hurt your baked items when mixing. There are other items besides what I mentioned that you can store in the freezer for instance bread & pasta. It prevents bugs from coming out in pasta and bread will stay fresher longer. How do you store items you buy in bulk?
2. Storing Bulk Foods So last week I caught a sale at our local wholesale store and bought Corn Dogs and Hot Dogs. Now, I like to have hot dogs, hamburgers and other items on hand once the temperatures start warming up. I am big on quick grill meals and will share more as the season changes but back to the hot dogs. So I have a 5 lb pack of hot dogs and what I do is put them in bags and seal them. Now I have multiple meals ready for when I want throw together a quick meal. I store frozen items in basically two ways
1. The first way is: I ask myself how long do I plan on having it in the freezer? For instance, hot dogs, roasts, corn dogs, pork, are a few examples that I use over time. So those items I seal with my sealer see the pics of the hot dogs. I pack them in packages that I can just pull out for a meal
2. Now for other items like plain chicken, ground beef, for example that aren't in the freezer long I use this second method: I put them in individual baggies and then in a larger freezer bag to keep them from getting freezer burnt. I use this second method for flour, brown sugar that I spoke of in my first set of Culinary Tips. Sometimes when you put items in the freezer that are going to stay in there for a while but really can't be sealed just put them in a Freezer Tight bag so it doesn't pick up the taste or smell of your freezer. It makes an outer layer of protection for your food. Nothing is worse then saving money on an item only to have it freezer burnt.
3.Culinary Tip for Fresh Onions & Peppers
***Note Freeze the onions & peppers separately and no need to blanch cook them.
For boneless chicken -
Make a 3 stage breading station. What is that you ask? It is taking what ever you are going to bread through 3 stages of breading. Place defrosted meat on a plate to have it ready for breading.
The first stage is the flour stage. Take your flour and season it with salt and pepper. I like to add garlic and granulated onion to meats like chicken for instance and stir that into my flour.
The second stage is egg wash. Crack your eggs in a bowl and add milk or water to them.
The third stage is your breading. You can take bread crumbs, panko crumbs, or cracker crumbs and bread your item.