We all know nothing beats fresh tomatoes from the garden, grown in summer sunshine and picked straight off the vine. Sometimes, however, such as in the dead of winter (I see you, negative wind chills across America!), canned tomatoes are the next best thing. So, inspired by a recent canned-tomato comparison at The Kitchn, I took one basic tomato sauce recipe and made it with four different brands of cans. Here’s a look at how the different options stacked up!
Listen, it’s hard to beat the convenience of canned tomatoes. They’re available year-round. They can sit in your pantry indefinitely. Even better, they’re cost-effective, priced anywhere from $1.50 on the economical end to $4+ on the high side. But, wait: $1.50 to $4? That’s no small price disparity, at least when what we’re talking about is the same basic ingredient, tomatoes, saved and canned and sold. So what’s the deal? Do some brands of tomatoes truly warrant price tags double the rest? Will buying the pricier option make a difference in cooking, especially when you’re making, say, homemade tomato sauce?
Just because National Pie Day’s over doesn’t mean it’s too late to get inspired. Below, in honor of January 23, here are six resources to check out. Read them to get jazzed to bake an all-butter pie crust soon!
You may or may not have already known it, but today, January 23, has been dubbed Pie Day for more than 40 years. It started back in the 1970s, when a Colorado Renaissance man decided to make his birthday a national celebration. According to The Denver Post, nuclear engineer, brewer and teacher Charlie Papazian started a trend that caught on. His own annual birthday choice to stick a candle in pie became something bigger.
If you want to know how to make sourdough starter last indefinitely, the secret’s dehydration. Any time you want, you can press the pause button on your bread baking. Just put your starter on hold! So to help you set your starter on autopilot, here’s a recently tested step-by-step dehydration guide.
[editor’s note: this post was updated in April 2019 based on more testing! updated instructions in below post.]
Talk to people about sourdough starters, and expect someone to scare you. “It’s like a pet or a child!” “You’re going to kill it!” “What will happen when you travel for work or pleasure, or you’re in the hospital, or you face some unexpected tragedy in life?”
You’ll hear your starter needs constant care. Someone will say to find a loyal friend you can count on to treat it as his or her own. But all this counsel is unnecessary because here’s the truth: you can take a break from maintaining your sourdough starter any time you want.
Here we are, over halfway through the first month of the new year, and I’ve got a whole lot of links for you in this month’s inspiration list. What can I say? If January’s any indication, this year’s going to be filled with helpful and fun content. Maybe grab a cup of matcha to read through this one? (and, while you’re at it, also check out past inspiration lists here: December, November, October, September)
Mix up your morning routine, and get your greens, to boot! Even if yesterday’s green drink wasn’t your kind of brew, below there are nine other great kale drink recipes that might be.
If you want to get more greens, drinking them is a great, fast way to do it–and if you want to do it with kale, here’s a little fresh inspiration to mix up your routine! Below, get inspired with these 10 great kale drinks from all over the Internet, each offering a fresh, new way to up your veggie intake at home.
Deep in the throes of cold season, who doesn’t need a healthy tonic you can blend up at home? Whether or not drinking this will help you ward off germs (or recover from them) is up for debate–but still: sipping it is a fun way to experiment.
Listen, it’s 2019. You don’t need me to tell you about the wonders of kale, that leafy green vegetable that’s high in fiber, antioxidants, calcium, vitamin K, vitamin C, iron and other minerals. Kale’s on restaurant menus; kale’s in juice bars. Your favorite hipster is eating it, but so are your parents (or grandparents!). You can have kale salads, kale smoothies, kale pesto and kale pasta. People put kale on sandwiches, use it in side dishes and add it to their pizzas.