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Old 03-13-2018, 12:40 PM
 
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I went through a period last year when I bought a few of the jars of minced garlic. For a while, I was making salad dressings every night and it was nice not to have to get out the cutting board and knife just to make the dressing. If I'm already prepping and chopping veggies for dinner, then it's no problem chopping up some cloves. But that only lasted a few months, until a jar leaked in the fridge and made a big mess.
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Old 03-13-2018, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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Are we really considering frozen vegetables a shortcut?
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Old 03-13-2018, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Seminole County, FL
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Are we really considering frozen vegetables a shortcut?
I mean... It IS a pretty massive shortcut. I use them sometimes, when I don't feel like chopping up a bunch of peppers, onions, broccoli, carrots, etc! Publix has a particular frozen "seasoning blend" that I like to use. It's definitely a time-saver.
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Old 03-13-2018, 01:45 PM
 
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Are we really considering frozen vegetables a shortcut?
I agree that it's a shortcut when the frozen vegetables are readily available fresh and/or are precut or prepared in some way. Frozen chopped onions and peppers are a shortcut. Frozen peas are really not, because how would you get them for most of the year.
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Old 03-13-2018, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Surfside Beach, SC
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As I've gotten older and more financially comfortable and remained single, there are certain things I'm willing to spend money on to save time and mess. Two areas in particular come to mind - I'll buy my butternut squash and broccoli already cut up and I'll buy my bacon "precooked."

With the bacon especially, I realized the extra expense for the precooked bacon saved a lot of mess and time spent cleaning up grease spatter and my electric skillet. I like my bacon crisp, so I just stick it in the microwave for 1:15 minutes. I have two pieces of it at most in a day in my morning breakfast burrito.

With the squash, I just like having fingers and not dealing with the cleanup, but the broccoli, it's more of a waste thing - I don't do anything with the broccoli stems, so why should I keep them? The dogs will munch on them, but they fill up on 'em pretty quickly.
My mom taught me to peel the broccoli stems, then slice them and use them in a salad. They are delicious that way!
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Old 03-13-2018, 03:10 PM
 
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As I've gotten older and more financially comfortable and remained single, there are certain things I'm willing to spend money on to save time and mess. Two areas in particular come to mind - I'll buy my butternut squash and broccoli already cut up and I'll buy my bacon "precooked."

With the bacon especially, I realized the extra expense for the precooked bacon saved a lot of mess and time spent cleaning up grease spatter and my electric skillet. I like my bacon crisp, so I just stick it in the microwave for 1:15 minutes. I have two pieces of it at most in a day in my morning breakfast burrito.

With the squash, I just like having fingers and not dealing with the cleanup, but the broccoli, it's more of a waste thing - I don't do anything with the broccoli stems, so why should I keep them? The dogs will munch on them, but they fill up on 'em pretty quickly.
Bacon is super easy to bake. Line a baking sheet with foil and lay strips out. Bake at 400-410 for about 10-12 minutes, depending on thickness.

Cool. Eat. Throw foil away. No mess and no washing of anything and no one has to stay by the stove.
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Old 03-13-2018, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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Bacon is super easy to bake. Line a baking sheet with foil and lay strips out. Bake at 400-410 for about 10-12 minutes, depending on thickness.

Cool. Eat. Throw foil away. No mess and no washing of anything and no one has to stay by the stove.
Either you like your bacon really floppy (I prefer it crisp) or your oven runs a lot hotter than mine.

This is also my favorite bacon cooking method, but it takes over 20 minutes in my kitchen.

Salad greens are the last place I'd take a shortcut (making an exception for that box of baby spinach). They all smell and taste terrible from whatever they pour over them for preservation. Fresh head lettuce tastes so much better, and garden grown lettuce tastes better yet. It's not that hard to clean. I find I'm more apt to use my lettuce every day if I wash the whole head at once and store it in layers with paper towels in between in a large storage bag or tupperware.

I'm sure I use lots of short cuts though. Love that Near East pilaf, even though I could make the rice dish cheaper myself.

Another shortcut is only buying frozen deveined tail-on shrimp. I hate deveining and peeling shrimp.
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Old 03-13-2018, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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Iíve moved to jarred garlic because I got tired of futzing with garlic cloves.

I will buy spiralized veggies from time to time. I also will buy shredded cheese.

If I need guac for a gathering, I might just Whole Foods guac. I have a terrible time getting avocados to ripen on schedule.
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Old 03-13-2018, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Inman Park (Atlanta, GA)
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Frozen peas
Canned baked beans (I do try to doctor them up)
Canned chicken broth in a pinch to make a sauce
Dried pasta (although I would love to make my own but I refuse to purchase the pasta attachment for my standmixer)
Salad mix
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Old 03-13-2018, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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I also forgot to mention that I use bagged salads, near east rice pilaf, sometimes I use either cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soup in dishes but it's rare. Stopped buying salad dressing because I make my own ( less processed stuff) and stopped buying those biscuits in the tube when I found out they have HFC and other ingredients I don't want to ingest. I buy a fresh baguette or an artesian loaf and have it sliced. I do buy Mrs. T's frozen Pierogie's because I think they are a good brand. I am 1/4 polish and never made my own but my Grandma did.
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