Pan Substitutions

Have a recipe that calls for a pan size you don’t have? No problem. Just use these charts to find other pans that you can use instead:

Pan Substitutions - Rectangular Pans

Print Rectangular Pan Substitutions Chart

Pan Substitutions - Round

Print Round Pan Substitutions Chart

Pan Conversion - Square

Print Square Pan Substitutions Chart

Baking Times:

If the substituted pan is the same depth as the one called for in the recipe, you shouldn’t have to adjust the baking time. However, if the substituted pan depth is shallower, (a 1″ pan, instead of a 2″), you’ll need to shorten the baking time. If the substituted pan depth is deeper (a 2″ pan, instead of a 1″, you’ll need to increase the baking time.

It’s also worth noting that foods cooked in a glass pan may take 5-10 minutes longer than those cooked in a metal pan.

New Uses for Shower Caps

New Uses for Shower Caps

When you stay in a hotel, you probably snag the shampoo and maybe even the coffee and tea, but I’m betting you leave those shower caps behind. Not me. I take them home, and use them for all sorts of things. Take a look:

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Ocean Spray + SodaStream = Genius

Ocean Spray + SodaStream = Genius

Cranberry juice is a big deal in my house, so when I heard SodaStream had released Ocean Spray sparkling cranberry juice mixes, I was psyched, and had to try them right away.

Sparkling Cranberry Juice

The verdict: Delicious. Totally delicious. There’s a Cranberry, Cranberry Grape Mix
and Cranberry Raspberry version. I’ve tried the Cranberry and the Cranberry Raspberry mixes so far, and they’re both brilliant.

SodaStream Sparkling Juice

I love that it’s sparkling juice, rather than soda because it’s something that my whole family can drink. My kids could count the number of times that I’ve allowed them to have soda on one hand, so they’re really excited about the new sparkling juice mixes, too.

I’ve also been experimenting with my own soda concoctions, so expect to see some homemade soda recipes from me very soon. I made one with cranberry juice and fresh basil from my garden, and it was out-of-this-world good. I may just kick my half-a-glass-of-Mello-Yello-a-day-habit yet.

Thinking about asking for a SodaStream for Christmas? This is the one that I have:

SodaStream Source

It’s the Sodastream SOURCE Metal Edition.

**SodaStream provided samples**

What’s in My Freezers?

What's in My Freezers?

Yesterday, I spent some time moving stuff into the upright freezer that we bought at an estate sale last weekend. We’ve had a chest freezer for a while, but we really needed a second freezer to keep up with all of the stuff that I pick, make or buy on the cheap. It’s a big part of how I keep our grocery bill down.

Now, that all of the rearranging is done, I thought I’d give you a peek at what I keep in my freezers. [Read more...]

Putting Up Food in a Rainy Year

Putting Up Food in a Rainy Year

My town is currently 17.47 inches above normal for rainfall this year. If you’re experiencing a similarly rainy year and you like to can, freeze and root cellar, know that it’s going to affect all of your prep and cook times, as well as the shelf life of any foods that you plan to freeze or store. Here are some things to expect:

  • Tomato sauce, salsas and fruit butters are going to take longer to cook down. Consider doing them in the crockpot this year, so you aren’t strapped to the stove
  • Dehydrating is going to take longer, too. Don’t be surprised if you blow past the recommended drying times
  • Foods like onions, potatoes, apples, pears, winter squash and carrots aren’t going to keep as well in storage. I chopped and froze all of my onions this year because they were just too wet to store. Usually buying keeping varieties of fruits and vegetables is a sure bet for long-term storage, but it won’t be in a rainy year
  • Pumpkin and buttternut squash puree will need to be drained in a cheesecloth-lined colander before you jar and freeze it. I roasted a half bushel of squash the other night, and drained two large mixing bowls of water out of it!
  • The extra water content in fruits and veggies means they’re going to freezer-burn faster than usual. Take the time to towel-dry any foods that you have to blanche, so you aren’t adding more water to the mix
  • When you pull fruits and veggies from the freezer, you’ll probably have to extend the cooking time of the recipes that you use them in to cook off the extra water that they release