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And by ridiculous, we mean totally awesome and essential to living life as a food lover
Yep. We’d rock any of these as clothes or home decor.
Claire Manganiello, a Brooklyn-based freelance art director, dreamt up this adorable and delicious pizza bedspread.
Ham Leg Pillow
Who wouldn’t want to rest their head on a ham leg pillow? This Etsy artist has a thing for deli meat pillows; check out their other creations like the pepper salami pillow and the blood sausage bolster.
Thanks to this Etsy shop, your special someone will be nibbling on your ear for a whole other reason.
Fried Egg Clock
Wake up to breakfast in a way you never thought possible.
Guests will be disappointed they can’t eat these up.
Sushi Phone Case
Because who doesn’t love a phone that looks like food?
The Underrated Costco Products You’re Not Buying, But Should
Tap on the shoulder of any person in Costco and ask them their favorite product, and you’ll undoubtedly hear a cult classic like rotisserie chicken or bacon crumbles. There are simply certain products everyone who shops at the wholesale grocery warehouse seems to default to when asked for a rave review. But what about the lesser-known gems? There are just as many underrated Costco products as there are cult classics &mdash not to mention deals on coveted items like Frye boots and luxe baby skincare &mdash and they’re just lying in wait on one of those giant industrial metal shelves, waiting for you to discover them.
When it comes to Costco, we can all agree that it’s one of the most important relationships an adult can have, right? Where else can you buy both a lifetime supply of cheese and a six-pack of cozy socks at the same time? Who’s going to offer moral support in the form of a $1.50 hot dog meal, if not Costco? So, like any healthy relationship, you should nurture it. Get to know everything you can about it. And that definitely means taking the time to appreciate all that it has to offer.
We’ve combed through countless reviews from the good people of the internet, combined them with our own experiences, and come up with a list of underrated Costco products you probably aren’t buying but should put on your shopping list ASAP. Enjoy!
Our mission at SheKnows is to empower and inspire women, and we only feature products we think you&rsquoll love as much as we do. Please note that if you purchase something by clicking on a link within this story, we may receive a small commission of the sale.
Here Are 15 Insanely Easy Ways to Store Food That Aren&apost Plastic Wrap
Move over plastic wrap. So many better, more sustainable options exist. And many of these already live in your kitchen.
1. Mason jars
Oh, the mason jar. What can’t it do?
Mason jars work great as food storage containers. Whether you’re putting away the leftovers from dinner or storing dry goods, like rice, beans, and flour.
“We use a lot of mason jars and glass jars at home,” Kaeck says.“They last forever, are perfect for transporting beverages or soups, and serve all kinds of purposes in our kitchen.”
Reble also uses mason jars regularly. “My favourite (We&aposre Canadian. We add extra ‘u’s whenever we can.), plastic-free food storage𠅊side from etee—hands down is the glass mason jar,” he says. 𠇎very single day I make a giant batch of smoothies and split it up into multiple jars for the fam to share. I&aposd be lost without my mason jars.”
2. Leftover jars from other food
Guess what? You don’t need to buy anything new to get awesome food storage containers.
Head out to your recycling bin and grab your extra glass jars from pickles, olives, pasta sauce, and salsa.
These glass jars work perfectly to store leftovers, homemade soups, and drinks.
3. Glass food storage containers
Recycle your plastic food storage containers and never look back.
You have a way better option: Glass.
Glass food storage containers last longer than plastic. You don’t have to worry about any potential contamination from your food touching plastic. And you can easily reheat food in the same container. What’s not to love?
4. Stainless steel food storage containers
Keep your food extra cold with reusable stainless steel food storage containers.
They’re great for packing lunches, like sandwiches, salads, and cut fruit. And these handy stainless steel food storage containers from U-Konserve even include dividers.
5. Two plates or bowls
Sandwich your leftovers between two plates or two bowls and stick them in the fridge.
This method is especially useful if you want to make up a plate of food to store for later. Grab it out of the fridge, take off the top plate, heat it up, and enjoy.
6. Wax paper
If you already have wax paper in your kitchen, use it as a better alternative to plastic wrap.
Clean off the wax paper and reuse it multiple times. But when it comes to the end of its life, you have limited options.
Recycling wax paper is a no-no because it’s coated in, well, wax. And wax doesn’t mix well with the water-based recycling process.
And, you can drop wax paper in your compost pile, but only if you have a soy-based, biodegradable wax paper. (You don’t want paraffin wax in your compost. Yuck!)
7. Aluminum foil
While you don’t want to use aluminum foil all the time for food storage (that’s not very sustainable), this shiny kitchen staple works well in a pinch.
Rinse off any food residue and you can reuse a piece of aluminum foil multiple times. And some curbside recycling programs even accept it. (Hint: Clean it off first.)
8. Paper bags
Use paper bags to store fragile produce in the fridge, like berries, dates, and figs. Paper bags also work well to ripen produce. Speed up ripening by placing avocados, tomatoes, and pears in paper bags and set them on the counter.
Paper bags aren’t super reusable but you can compost them.
9. Dish towels
Need to keep a salad cool while you finish making dinner? Covering a plate or a bowl in a dish towel works great for short-term food storage.
Besides using cheesecloth to make your own ghee butter or cold brew coffee, you can also use it to store foods that need a little ventilation, like certain produce and herbs. And cheese, of course.
11. Cloth napkins
Wrap up sandwiches, fruits and veggies, and pretty much any food that’s not liquid, in a cloth napkin for quick storage.
12. Fabric bowl covers
You already have a bunch of bowls. So, why buy more food storage containers?
Use bowls and fabric bowl covers for simple food storage. Cover berries, pasta, a salad, and whatever else with a fabric bowl cover and you’re good to go.
Tons of fabric bowl cover options are for sale on Etsy. If you’re crafty, you can even sew your own.
13. Silicone suction lids
Silicone suction lids make food storage easy. Besides also being super fun to use. (Who didn’t play with suction cups when they were kids?)
These food covers come in a variety of sizes to fit different containers.
14. Silicone storage bags
Need to store and freeze liquids, like soups and stocks? Reusable silicone storage bags are a good bet. And you can clean them in the dishwasher. Easy peasy.
Look for silicone storage bags made from food grade silicone. So they don’t contain any nasty fillers, coatings, BPA, PVC, or phthalates.
15. Reusable food wrap
Perhaps the ultimate plastic wrap alternative is reusable food wraps.
Made from organic cotton infused with beeswax and tree resin, reusable food wraps are a lovely way to store food. Just rinse and reuse. Over and over.
They come in varying sizes, so you can use them to pack a sandwich, wrap up half of an onion, and cover a casserole.
They also help keep food fresh. And can last up to a year.
The best part? When they’ve seen a little too much love, you can toss them in your compost pile.
2. Cadbury Chocolate In The United Kingdom
If you live in the U.K., you many have noticed that much of the chocolate has changed in the last few years.
User do_you_smoke_paul said the food that used to be good was, “Half the chocolate in the U.K., since Cadbury’s got bought by Kraft.” He added, “They’ve changed it to the super sugary American choc which is far inferior in my opinion. I much preferred the high butter content they used to have.” This is actually very true. In 2015, Cadbury made some changes to their chocolate recipe and their company. Since then, loyal fans have been up in arms about the noticeable difference.
12 Fruits and Veggies With the Highest Traces of Pesticides
According to the EWG, these 12 produce varieties contain the highest traces of pesticides, which means buying organic might be worth the extra cash if you&aposre not sure which route to take.
The Health Food Trends You're Going to See Everywhere in 2020, According to Experts
Everyone's talking about kimchi, ube, and plant-based proteins, but are they healthy?
Every decade brings new trends, like big hair in the '80s, grunge music in the '90s, and low-rise jeans in the early 2000s. The same thing happens with the food that we eat. There are some old standbys, but in public consciousness, different dishes are always cycling in and out of popularity &mdash and there's a whole new crop of food trends that are poised to take over this year (see ya later, juice cleanses and cake pops!).
In 2020, we predict you'll see food trends leaning away from indulgence and into a more health-minded space &mdash and with promises like better gut health and higher nutrient-density, adding these so-called healthy foods to your diet may sound like a no-brainer. But not all dishes, ingredients, proteins, and vitamins are created equal. Some of these foods either make grandiose claims, lose their nutritional value in the way that they're made, or are more popular than they are good for you (or all of the above).
Sober curious? You're not the only one. About 66% percent of millennials said that they are making a conscious effort to reduce their alcohol consumption, according to a Nielsen study. Companies like Curious Elixirs are leaning into the trend with booze-free cocktails.
"Giving your body a break from alcohol can help naturally detox and also cut down a considerable amount of calories," says Stefani Sassos, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at the Good Housekeeping Institute. "If you are choosing mocktails, just be mindful of sugar and try to have something with a club soda base."
There's no doubt that plant-based proteins like Beyond Meat and the Impossible Burger have a pretty positive environmental impact. The synthetic meats go a long way in terms of sustainability, but when it comes to how good they actually are for you. The waters start to get a little murky.
"When comparing nutrition facts, many of the trending plant-based burgers (i.e. Impossible Burger and Beyond Meat) aren&rsquot much different than a standard 80/20 beef burger," says Sassos. "You&rsquore not saving any calories or saturated fat by eating these plant-based burgers, and many of these varieties are highly processed." So, if you're judging on sustainability, these burgers are great. But when it comes down to their actual health benefits, they're not much better for you than the real thing.
Korean cuisine had a surge in popularity last year in the US and is poised to be one of the most popular cuisines this year, according to Yelp. One dish to look out for? Kimchi. Fermented food like kimchi can be a great source of probiotics. "Filled with healthy probiotics, kimchi and other probiotic-rich foods can help replenish the 'good bacteria' in your gut," says Sassos.
With oat milk, it all depends how you drink it. If you're looking for something creamy to sweeten your coffee in the morning, and you're trying to steer clear of almond milk, oat milk is great choice for your heart. "Oats are super heart-healthy and contain beta-glucans, which can help maintain normal cholesterol levels," says Sassos. However, compared to other plant-based milk alternatives, it has minimal protein and fiber.
If you haven't heard of this one, you will. Dubbed by some as the new matcha, the Filipino yam is high in nutrients like vitamin C, potassium, fiber, and the antioxidant anthocyanin, which is responsible for its picture perfect hue. The Instagram-favorite ingredient is actually one of the fastest rising searches, according to Yelp. But before you get too excited, this pretty purple dessert is not necessarily better for you than any other ice cream flavor. "Oftentimes, ube is combined with sweetened condensed milk, cream, or sugar, which defeats the purpose of eating this pretty tuber," said Sassos.
One of last year's biggest crazes was kombucha. Like kimchi, the beverage is fermented, and therefore full of natural probiotics. So this boozy version may sound like the best way to consume alcohol. But if you're thinking of your gut health, you might be better off just sticking with regular kombucha. "The probiotics used to make alcoholic kombucha are either killed or removed before they&rsquore packaged, so consumers aren&rsquot reaping any of the benefits that health-promoting bacteria could provide," says Ali Webster, PhD, RD, the Associate Director of Nutrition Communications at the International Food Information Council.
Bacon and cheese
Microwaving bacon and cheese may sound wrong, but it is so, so right!
Microwaved bacon is mess-free and gives crispy results. Place your bacon between two sheets of kitchen paper on a microwave-safe plate and microwave in 30-second bursts, until cooked. The bacon will continue to crisp up as it cools. You can even layer up bacon using kitchen paper between slices, to feed a crowd! Make sure your microwave is suitable for putting kitchen paper in and that the paper is microwave-safe.
Microwaving chorizo is addictive. It tastes amazing stirred into pasta, put into sandwiches or eaten as finger food. Make sure you remove any metal staples at the ends before cooking.
Tasty, tasty halloumi . Cook halloumi slices in the microwave for 1 minute and they will soften up (become less squeaky) and be perfect for sandwiches. They won't brown like they do in a frying pan, but it's a good compromise.
The Most Dangerous Part of Your Fast-Food Meal Isn't the Food
If you thought the unhealthiest aspects of fast food were things like calorie-stuffed burgers or high fructose corn syrup-laden breakfast sandwiches, think again. According to a new study, traces of banned, toxic chemicals proven to cause cancer have been found on an alarming number of fast-food wrappers.
The study, conducted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), tested 327 food-packaging items ranging from sandwich and pastry wrappers to French fry bags, pizza boxes and other paper and paperboard products from more than 27 different fast-food chains. Its findings showed a staggering 40 percent of the food packaging contained traces of fluorine coatings.
The presence of fluorine is troubling because it's a likely indicator of perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs. The EWG explains that some PFCs, chemicals that were formerly used to make Teflon and 3M's Scotchguard, have already been banned. In fact, according to the FDA, fast-food companies had already promised to phase them out when the FDA first discovered they were highly toxic and carcinogenic in even the smallest doses back in 2011.
These fluorine-based coatings are used to repel grease and can leach into your food, migrating through the heat and grease. Even worse? According to David Andrews, Ph.D., EWG senior scientist, the use of these coatings is unnecessary because there are plenty of PFC-free food wrappers readily available.
While some of these chemicals have been banned, the industry has raced to replace their use with a new generation of PFCs that were also found in the testing of the wrappers. But these new versions' safety to humans is still largely unknown.
Bill Walker, EWG managing editor and co-author of the report, stated in a press release: "We know there are dangers of exposure to some of these chemicals at extremely low doses, especially during critical windows of child development. A woman who eats fast food frequently during her pregnancy might consume enough of these chemicals to affect the future health of her child."
"Our concern is with the chemicals that have replaced the ones that have been phased out. At least one of them is known to cause tumors in lab animals," Andrews tells LIVESTRONG.COM about the new PFCs.
Both Walker and Andrews told LIVESTRONG.COM that they aren't trying to claim that one fast-food chain is worse than another. But we'll let this handy-dandy chart speak for itself. Yup, we're looking at you, Quiznos.
So what can you do to protect yourself beyond simply choosing to avoid some of the places on the above list? Well, the EWG says exposure to these chemicals in food wrappers can be reduced by eating fresh foods, preparing meals at home and avoiding the use of paper tableware or eating microwave popcorn. You can also hit up EWG's Guide to Avoiding PFCs.
At the government level, Andrew shares that anti-PFC legislation is in the works in California. Besides that, the EWG has drafted a petition and is advising that the FDA further restrict the use of fluorinated chemicals in food or food-contact materials and should close the loophole that allows companies to self-certify chemicals as "Generally Recognized as Safe." They have also sent out a letter to fast-food companies urging them to cease use of these chemicals.
"We want to make it clear, as with all the contaminants we talk about, these are always just one more example of the chemicals that are around us everyday in our environments, from our drinking water to our food. And while we need to take action on specific chemicals, the broader, more important issue is taking action to reform the laws regarding chemicals in consumer products and chemicals in food," Andrews told us.
To check your food and see what chemicals are on EWG's radar, the organization has put together a database of more than 80,000 individual food and consumer items you can search here. Because staying informed is always your best bet to making sure you're staying safe and healthy.
In China, many people consider hasma dessert the perfect punctuation to a great meal. This disgusting dish is basically the fallopian tubes of frogs. Sold in a dried shrunken form, these amphibious reproductive organs are able to swell up to 10 to 15 times their dehydrated size once they are rehydrated with water. Afterward, a bit of sugar is added to give them that special sweetness most people desire from a dessert.
Highlight sour cream’s tangy talents with these 8 wide-ranging recipes
I don’t know where my love for sour cream started. It wasn’t love at first bite — at all — but it’s grown quite strong. And while there aren’t many dairy products in my fridge, sour cream is usually there, for tacos, for baking, for anything that needs a little tang. I thin it out to use in place of buttermilk in biscuits, pancakes and cake, I’ll mix it with avocado or spices to make a sauce for something, or just dollop on top of whatever dish needs it. In particular moods, I’ll swipe spicy chips through it.
Thankfully, we’ve got a bunch of recipes in our archives to make good use of sour cream. Here are some of our best! This list focuses on recipes that use sour cream as an ingredient and less so as a topping but, if you just need an excuse to dollop or drizzle sour cream on top, you’ll want to try Root Vegetable Pancakes With Smoked Salmon, Eggs and Horseradish Cream Syrniki (Farmers Cheese Pancakes) Classic Potato Latkes Blueberry Fritters With Honey Cream or Carrot Almond Cake With Ricotta Cream. And, if you’re not seeing what you’re craving, you can search in our Recipe Finder for more.
Sour Cream Maple Cake With Maple Buttercream Frosting, pictured above. When my colleague Becky Krystal tested this one, I swooned. Two things I love — maple syrup and sour cream — combined so perfectly!