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Saturday Supermarket Smarts: Egg Whites

Before you head out to the grocery store this weekend, make sure you know which egg whites are most cost- and time-efficient.

The Product

It may seem tempting to buy a box of egg whites, but fresh whites come with some savings and a built-in bonus: yolks!

 

Why You Should Buy Them

Fresh whites are not only half the price of packaged whites, but also their pure eggy flavor and fluffy texture make the effort of separating your own eggs well worth it.

 

How You Should Use Them

Use the yolks for mayo, pudding or carbonara sauce so none of your egg goes to waste. Then use the whites in these following recipes:

 

 

Cheesy Baked Spinach and Egg Whites with Bread and Fruit

Key Lime Meringue Pie

Passion Fruit Fizz Sour

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Saturday Supermarket Smarts: How to Pick the Perfect Avocado

The best guacamole is made with creamy fleshed Hass avocados at the peak of ripeness.

Here’s how to pick ‘em:

 

 

1. Look for a forest-green fruit. Darker skin means riper flesh.

 

2. Cradle it in the palm of your hand and gently squeeze. Guac-ready fruit will give slightly.

 

3. Flick off the stem. If it pops off easily and what’s underneath is bright green (brown means it’s overripe), you’re good to go!

Once your avocados are ready to be used…

 

Spread ‘em on toast with eggs for the perfect protein-packed breakfast.

 

Blend ‘em up with sweet ingredients for an Avocado Semifreddo.

 

Or, mix ‘em up with all sorts of ingredients for 11 different twists on guacamole!

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Saturday Supermarket Smarts: Peanut Butter

With new products hitting the grocery stands every day, it’s hard to keep up with the latest food trends. Have no fear; we’re here to help! Each week, we’ll be highlighting a new product that’s worthy of a spot in your shopping cart and your kitchen.

The Product

At only $0.22 per ounce, jarred peanut butter comes in a variety of flavors and textures. Comparably, fresh ground peanut butter costs $0.27 per ounce and takes time to prep before you can grab it off the shelf!

 

Why You Should Buy It

It’s convenient, it’s cheap and if you pay attention to labels (beware of sugar and hydrogenated oils), you’ll find many natural options that are as pure as the fresh ground version.

 

How You Should Use It

Though we’d never turn down a classic PB&J, peanut butter makes a great addition to dips, sauces and desserts:

 

Peach-Jam-Glazed Shrimp with Spicy Peanut Butter Dip

Peanut Chicken Noodles

Peanut Butter Fritters

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Saturday Supermarket Smarts: Cocoa Buffs

New hot chocolates are pushing the kiddie classic in delicious new directions–and leaving plain powdered mixes in the dust. Here are our six favorite new mixes. BYO marshmallows!

 

Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate Hot Cocoa K-Cups

The old-school packets catch up with the times thanks to these single-serving cocoa capsules. No need to stir out the lumps–the machine takes care of that for you! $8.79 for 12 servings

Ghiradelli Chocolate Caramel Premium Hot Cocoa

The San Francisco chocolate company does its classic hot chocolate mix one better by blending it with sweet, buttery caramel. $4.89 for 9 servings

Chuao Chocolatier Deluxious Dark Drinking Chocolate

A cocoa for true chocolate lovers: This powdered mix has big chunks of Venezuelan dark chocolate that melt into a rich, smooth cup. $15.95 for 9 servings

City Bakery Hot Chocolate

New Yorkers are hooked on this Manhattan cafe’s decadent mix of heavy cream, whole milk and dark chocolate. Thanks to these handy cartons, now the rest of the country can taste what all the fuss is about. Just heat and drink! $3.99 for 2 servings

Land O’Lakes Arctic White Hot Cocoa Mix

Instant cocoa lightens up with this sweet, creamy white-chocolate blend. Simply add hot water, stir, then sip. $5.49 for 12 servings

CocoaPlanet CocoaMint Chocolate

Delicious straight out of the package, these peppermint-flavored organic dark-chocolate disks can also be stirred into hot milk to make a refreshing twist on hot chocolate. $2.99 for 1 serving

Written by Robin Jones

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Saturday Supermarket Smarts: Gluten-Free Pizza Dough

With new products hitting the grocery stands every day, it’s hard to keep up with the latest food trends. Have no fear; we’re here to help! Each week, we’ll be highlighting a new product that’s worthy of a spot in your shopping cart and your kitchen.

The Product

Pillsbury Gluten Free Thin Crust Pizza Dough delivers one large crust or six personal pies for an almost-instant pizza party! ($4.99)

 

Why You Should Buy It

With so many people on a gluten-free diet, play it safe with this dough that tastes and feels just like the regular stuff.

 

How You Should Use It

Did someone say pizza party? Forget the marinara and mozzarella–try one of these pizza alternatives:

 

Pizza Pie

Go Green Giant Calzone

Aloha Pizza

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Saturday Supermarket Smarts: An Extract for Every Occasion

A slew of tasty new extracts are making the baking aisle look not quite so, um, vanilla anymore. Spike everything from dinner to drinks with these flavor boosters.

Cinnamon Extract does double duty in pancakes: Stir 1/2 tsp cinnamon extract into 2 cups pancake batter before cooking. Then, use it to spike your syrup!

(Pictured: McCormick Cinnamon Extract, $4.25 for 1 oz.)

Anise Extract makes a super flavorful broth for mussels in white wine: Saute chopped onions and garlic in butter; add white wine, chopped tomatoes, a few dashes of anise extract and mussels. Cover and cook until mussels open; serve with lots of crusty bread.

(Pictured: J.R. Watkins Pure Anise Extract, $3.49 for 2 oz.)

Coffee Extract brings new flavor to steak: Spike a classic marinade of EVOO, garlic and rosemary with a few drops of coffee extract and some cracked pepper. The coffee really perks up the steak and gives it a flavorful crust.

(Pictured: Nielson-Massey Pure Coffee Extract, $5.95 for 2 oz.)

Peppermint Extract adds a homemade feel to brownies: Stir 1/4 tsp. peppermint extract into a prepared boxed brownie mix. Transfer to pan; top with walnuts and bake. White heavy cream with confectioners’ sugar and a dash of extract for a minty topping!

(Pictured: Simply Organic Peppermint Flavor, $4.39 for 2 oz.)

By Alexa Weibel

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Saturday Supermarket Smarts: Fresh Mozzarella

With new products hitting the grocery stands every day, it’s hard to keep up with the latest food trends. Have no fear; we’re here to help! Each week, we’ll be highlighting a new product that’s worthy of a spot in your shopping cart and your kitchen.

The Product

Plastic-Wrapped Mozzarella costs only 75 cents per ounce and requires just a minute to prepare.

 

Why You Should Buy It

Compared to its water-packed counterpart, this stuff can have a more concentrated flavor. The wrapping also firms up the cheese, making it easier to slice and better for melting on pizza or in baked pastas. Plus, for just a few cents extra you may be able to find a package that is pre-sliced–a bargain considering that soft mozz can be tricky to slice!

 

How You Should Use It

A firm mozzarella is great fresh or melted in your favorite Italian dish.

The slices hold up perfectly–even when stuffed inside chicken for our Stuffed Chicken Caprese.

 

Gooey cheese keeps salty prosciutto and crusty bread in place in these Mozzarella in Carrozza with Prosciutto Cotto sandwiches.

 

The rich flavor compliments fresh fruit and basil in our Pluot “Caprese” Salad.

 

Really, is there anything this cheese can’t do?

 

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