Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Tuesday Megalinks

A Calorie Counter: Fast Food Restaurants & Nutrition Facts Compared
This is a must-see. Post of the week, definitely. ACC takes all the popular items in major fast food chains and compares them, graph-style. Carl Jr.’s and Dairy Queen do not fare well. (Thanks to Consumerist for the link.)

Apartment Therapy Kitchen: How to Make Soup from Almost Anything
Bricks and old Xboxes not included.

Being Frugal: Month of Menu Planning
Lynnae’s attempting to get all her November food planned and out of the way. So far, so good.

Frugal for Life: Festival of Frugality #100
It’s here! Dawn hosts the FoF’s centennial with much ado and joie de vivre.

Casual Kitchen: Fresh Herbs 2 – Solutions to the Waste Problem
“Today I'm going to share three solutions for one of the most frustrating problems with fresh herbs: the fundamental mismatch between the small amount of herbs you might need for a typical recipe and the huge amount of herbs you usually have to buy in the grocery store.”

Consumerist: Are Your Cooking Spices Too Old?
I see two sides to this. One on hand, spices do really, honest-to-god lose their kick when they’ve been sitting in your pantry for a year. On the other hand, who has the money to replace a near-full bottle of marjoram every six months? Not I, says the rabbit.

Frugal Upstate: Best of – Military Care Packages
Jenn, ex-military herself, has a stellar post on what to really send to overseas soldiers. (Hint: Mickey Mouse sheets, yes; glassware, no.)

Journey to Simplicity: A Word about Shredded Cheese
Woman shreds own cheese, saves $26.72. Anti-pre-grated cheese lobbyists rejoice. (Thanks to Like Merchant Ships for the link.)

New York Post: Atkins' Fat Lip - Famous Diet Hikes Risk of Heart-Disease
Say it with me, folks: “Duh.”

Queercents: Save Money and Landfills with Canvas Grocery Bags
The Boyfriend and I have a Trader Joe’s tote, and we use about half the amount of plastic bags from the supermarket now. They’re really handy and bizarrely ergonomic.

The Urban Vegan: Autumn Express - 101 Simple Vegan Meals Ready in 10 Minutes or Less
Dairy, meat, and egg-free recipes for the legume enthusiast in your life. (Thanks to AT: Kitchen for the link.)

Wise Bread: What to Do About the Rising Cost of Bread AND Non-fat Dry Milk No Longer a Frugal Alternative AND Intro to Freezer Savings
Wise Bread goes for the trifecta. The second article is somewhat alarming, since dry milk is a staple in super-frugal homes (I believe Hillbilly Housewife uses a lot of dry milk in her cooking.) I wonder if there's a substitute.

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SAHMmy Says said...

Great links; thanks for doing the legwork :) I never believed in the old spice thing until we camped in my inlaws' trailer--most of the spices had expired several years earlier. I sprinkled, pinched, then poured spices into the pot--ended up with tasteless marinara with a sandy crunch.

lynnae @ being frugal said...

Thanks for the link!

Jenny said...

Regarding the spices -- Most of the common spices and such come in smaller containers. I got sick of shelling out for a whole jar of something I'm only using for one thing, so whenever I can, I get the little mini containers. It's a bit cheaper and I don't feel compelled to suddenly make tons of Indian cuisine so I can use up a jar of curry powder for instance.

McCormick's and Simply Organic are the main spice makers that come to mind for the smaller containers.