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Saturday Supermarket Smarts: Vegemite

In the brand-new March issue of Every Day with Rachael Ray, we share eight delicious toast topper ideas. One of them is Vegemite Toast, a classic salty Aussie spread that is finally hitting it big in the U.S. But what the heck is this stuff?

 

The Product

Vegemite is an Australian breakfast staple, which celebrated its 90th birthday last October and is still going strong.

 

Why You Should Buy It

Made from brewer’s yeast, the super-savory, slightly nutty spread has a concentrated flavor and a tarlike texture, so a little bit goes a long way.

 

How You Should Use It

Vegemite toast is the most classic use, but also try stirring a tablespoon of the umami-rich condiment into a Bolognese sauce, or mixing a few tablespoonfuls with honey and EVOO to make a marinade for grilled chicken.

 

 

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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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Supermarket smarts: Peanut butter

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: Corn Tortillas– Reborn!

 

The Product

So you’ve made our Low & Slow Chipotle-Maple Beef and stacked it high into Smoky Beef Tacos (pictured above). Now what to do with all those extra corn tortillas? Read on!

 

Why You Should Buy It

Corn tortillas provide a heartier texture and flavor than flour tortillas, and also contain more nutrients and less calories. Their ingredient list is very basic, and their shape, durability and flavor are perfectly versatile for a wide array of Mexican and Latin dishes.

 

How You Should Use It

Even if the tortillas get a little dried out, have no fear! Give them new life as sweet snacks (fry bite-size pieces and toss in cinnamon sugar), savory toppings (brush strips with EVOO, season and bake) and hearty mains (use in place of lasagna noodles or while them in a food processor and use like breadcrumbs). Here are some recipes to get you started:

 

Corn and Salsa Tortilla Soup

Southwestern Lasagna Torta

Huevos Rancheros

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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: Store-Bought Pie Crust

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

Compared to the preformed version, rolled pie crust costs just $3.74 for a pack of two and takes five minutes to prepare. Perfect for easy Thanksgiving prep!

 

Why You Should Buy It

The flaky texture and buttery flavor of refrigerated rolled pie dough are closer to the homemade stuff. Since it’s not preformed, you can use it for double-pie crusts, mini pies, tarts and other treats. Fan of a more rustic looking pie? You can style this dough any way you like!

 

How You Should Use It

Put your creativity to use! Crimp it; double it up; use cookie cutters. Here are some of our favorite recipes:

Bourbon Pecan Pie

 

Jerk Shrimp Mini Pies

 

Pumpkin-Potato Pie

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Saturday Supermarket Smarts: La Tortilla Factory Multi Grain Soft Wraps

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

La Tortilla Factory Multi Grain Soft Wraps in October’s special pink breast cancer awareness product edition.

 

Why You Should Buy It

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. When you buy these nutritious and versatile (and pretty-in-pink!) wraps, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation gets 25 cents of each purchase. Each wrap contains 12 grams of fiber, and you can feel even better about eating these multi grain wraps because they’re made with Rach’s favorite: EVOO!

 

How You Should Use it

 

These wraps make a sturdy base for Chicken Tortilla Pie.

 

As a snack or light meal: Cheesy Shrimp Tortillas go perfectly with the wrap’s subtle flavors.

 

 

The best way to start your day is with a Crispy Mediterranean Breakfast Wrap. La Tortilla Factory’s crisp up beautifully!

 

With so many great options, we’ll be buying these wraps all month long!

 

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