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In our house, pizza is a favorite Friday night meal for our family. It’s relatively cheap, incredibly convenient, and requires very little cleanup. I really don’t even need to mention the best part about pizza, which is that it’s simply delicious. While takeout pizza shouldn’t require any heating in the oven, the same can’t be said for store-bought pizza. While we typically opt for take out, pizza purchased at the store usually costs less and…

Fruit flies get to me a little more than most people, I think. When I was in college, I lived in an apartment that had a major fruit fly problem. There were literally swarms of them in our kitchen at one point in time. I remember trying all sorts of methods, including opening the doors and windows in the middle of winter, but these bugs were resilient. I don’t remember what we eventually did to…

Aluminum foil has been a go-to in our household for baking for as long as I can remember. Although it’s relatively expensive, the convenience factor more than makes up for it. Whether we’re baking cookies, fries, or just about anything else, we simply throw our food on some foil, throw it in the oven, and wait until it’s done. Once the food’s cooked, we pull it out (no oven mitt needed), then simply toss the…

Between my wife and I, we go through a lot of coffee at our house. With that being said, we go through plenty of coffee filters as well. For as long as we’ve been drinking coffee, we’ve been tossing our filters directly into our trash bin, but is that really the right thing to do? It never dawned on us that there might be other options. Since spent coffee grounds are great for the compost,…

At our house, we go through a lot of eggs, which means we end up with a lot of eggshells. Growing up as children, my wife and I were always told to throw these in the trash bin. Now that we’re older, we’re questioning whether or not that’s the best place for our scraps. One common use for eggshells is to compost them, but not all of us have compost bins or have a desire…

If you’re like my younger son, you go through bananas faster than a primate. He’s not a picky eater by any means, but there are certain things that he absolutely loves. Bananas are one of them. While bananas make for a quick and easy snack, they also produce a lot of waste with the leftover, inedible banana peels. While most probably throw their peels right in the trash bin, do we have any other options?…

My wife and I seem to always be changing our diets, and recently, we started incorporating more olive oil into our meals. We regularly use it as a healthy dressing on salads and often use it for any low-heat frying or baking that requires oil as well. We’ve always poured our used oil (of any type) into a glass jar, but it crossed my mind recently that there may be a better option. The easiest…

Adding a garbage disposal to your kitchen sink can make life a bit easier by saving you time and cutting down on the amount of food waste you throw away. At the same time, if you don’t treat it the way it was intended, you can potentially end up with a costly repair bill. While most food items are perfectly safe to send through your garbage disposal, some are better off being composted or thrown…

If you’re like my family, you go through your fair share of paper plates. As much as we’d like to help the environment by using only reusable dishware, sometimes it’s in our best interest to use something that requires very little cleanup. There’s also times where it just makes more sense to use paper, such as for a large party or event. Most people don’t have enough dishware to accommodate these scenarios, and even if…

You often hear of tweaks or substitutes that even the most seasoned baker has to do to their recipes occasionally, whether it be for a lack of an ingredient or, in some cases, to compensate for an allergy. One such substitution is using applesauce in place of eggs. Finding out how much applesauce to use per egg is just an internet search away, but the real question is why? Why does applesauce work in place…

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