Time Saving Kitchen Tips

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  Apr 12, 2016   Time Saving Kitchen Tips

Genius Parent Hacks Make Life with Kids Easier: Win a copy of Parent Hacks on Facebook this Friday!

My friend Asha Dornfest is so clever. Asha has collected thousands of time and money-saving tips from parents all over the world via her popular site and hashtag ParentHacks.com and #parenthacks. Now she’s turned the best of those genius hacks into an immensely readable, page-flippable book with delightful illustrations. The new book is called Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids.  Asha has kindly shared some of the most popular Kitchen Hacks from the book with The Scramble community below. We’re also giving away a copy of the book on Facebook this Friday, April 22nd, so visit it between 9 a.m. and midnight to enter. Have any hacks to add? Please leave a comment below! Kitchen Hack #83: Cool hot food by adding frozen fruits or vegetables: To cool food quickly, add frozen fruit or vegetables, ice cubes, or cold sauce. (Think frozen blueberries stirred into hot oatmeal, or refrigerated tomato sauce added to steaming pasta)....

Question from a Teen Who Cooks: How Far In Advance Can I Make Dinner?

Dear Aviva, My name is Sydney, I am 13 years old. I love to cook, and I have been following your recipes to make dinner for my family using your weekly meal plans, and we all love it! I have recently attempted cooking meals ahead of time (on Sunday). It has worked really well for my family so far, but I'm concerned about how far in advance you can make certain foods. I have been following your "Do Ahead or Delegate" section, but sometimes it does not specify how long you can make it in advance. I am interested in prepping food ahead of time because I really like to eat the food from your recipes, but I don't always have time to make things when I have homework or after school activities. If I prep the food ahead of time, I can make food that I like very quickly without changing my schedule very much.  I am wondering if you have any tips on food prep, or "rules" to make sure the food is good when it is time to eat it.  Sincerely, Sydney Dear Sydney, First,...

What To Use If You Run Out Of Bread Crumbs (and how to make bread crumbs that are gluten-free)

10 Substitutes to Use if Your Run Out of Bread Crumbs and How to Make Bread Crumbs I’m a longtime evangelist for keeping a well-stocked kitchen and immediately adding staples to our grocery list when we finish them up so we can restock on our next trip to the store.  So it completely surprised me when I recently discovered that I had no bread crumbs or panko in the house, and no wheat bread to make my own, even though I know how to make bread crumbs as long as I have some bread. That particular night I was testing a new recipe for salmon sliders and wanted to use bread crumbs as a binder in the burgers. What I occasionally lack in organization I try to make up for in resourcefulness.  I decided that grinding whole grain Heritage Flakes cereal to a bread crumb consistency in a mini food processor would make a more-than-decent substitute.  The salmon sliders turned out to be delicious (recipe coming soon). Crisis averted. When you run out of an ingredient there is...
  Aug 20, 2015   News, Time Saving Kitchen Tips 2

We Heard You! New Menu Planning Feature Saves You Time and Effort

Recently I had an awful customer service experience with the well-known manufacturer of my food processor.  Although the bowl broke while still under warranty and in the course of normal use, they have been dismissive of my request for a replacement and have put the burden of time, effort and expense on me.  I’ve lost interest in using any more of their products. When I was a kid, one of my favorite shows was a consumer advocate show called “Fight Back! With David Horowitz”.  I think that was the beginning of my passion for great customer service.  As a business owner, I can’t understand poor customer service. I treasure each of our members and value your opinions and feedback. And from a business perspective, it’s illogical not to treat customers well because it is so much more expensive to get a new customer than to keep a current one. At The Scramble, we want you to be thrilled with your customer experience so you will stick around (and tell your friends how...
  Jul 18, 2015   News, Time Saving Kitchen Tips 1

Your Feedback makes a difference – Grocery List Feature Updated

The Scramble is proud to provide one of the most interactive and customizable menu planning services available and we are so grateful you are part of it! Many of you have suggested improvements to the grocery list feature that would make your lives even easier. You asked and we listened! With the most recent update to The Scramble, we have enhanced both the functionality and look of the grocery list. Now, it’s your turn! We want your feedback about this new and improved feature. Once you have logged in, when you go to the current menu plan page, please click on the green “See New Grocery List” button on the right. Improvements include: Tablet and Mobile friendly layout: No more straining your eyes or pinching and expanding/contracting.  The new grocery list adapts to the device that you are currently using – iPad, Android, iPhone or your computer. Grocery list changes saved - No more losing your changes when you log out, get distracted or switch from...

What to Make for Dinner? Healthy Meal Plans Reviews

What's the Best Meal Planner for My Family? Healthy Meal Plans Reviews Many families find it overwhelming to get a healthy dinner on the table. Some are contending with picky eaters, or just find it tough to decide what to make after a busy day. Some families are convinced that they just don’t have the time to grocery shop and cook. A meal planner can help take much of the stress and decision making out of making dinner happen, ensuring that you’ll be able to enjoy more family dinners at home. But with so many out there, which meal planner is right for your family? Because there are a lot of meal planning services to choose from, we’ve done the homework for you.  This chart shows what features to look for in meal planners and what makes them the best fit for your family. [vc_row][vc_column...

Double Recipes to Freeze and Make Weeknight Dinners Go More Smoothly

Your freezer can be your best friend when it comes to planning meals for a busy week ahead.  When I know I’m going to have an especially hectic week or just a day during the week that I’ll be going non-stop, I will pull an already prepared meal out of the freezer.  I get hugely (almost weirdly) excited about defrosting a meal that I’ve already made and packed away.  Although at some earlier point I had put effort into preparing the meal, I almost feel like I’m “cheating” when I serve it because the only work I’ve done on that day is warming it up. The easiest way to fill your freezer with homemade meals is to double recipes to freeze when you are cooking for your family and freeze one batch for a future dinner.  Generally recipes that freeze well include casseroles, soups, meats and egg dishes.  On the other hand, I don’t think that fish, potatoes, or recipes with creamy sauces lend themselves well to freezing and defrosting. 10 Scramble recipes that...

Free Bonus Gifts to Help You Reach Your 2015 Goals and Eat Healthy Dinners


How are you feeling post-holiday season? Since January comes after a season of a bit too much merriment and indulgence, this is an ideal time to focus on getting our life and priorities back on track. The Scramble is offering a New Year special to help you and your entire family eat healthier, while saving time and money. With every free trial or renewal membership, you get 3 bonus gifts: Save Time: eCookbook with 10 complete Family Dinners you can make in 15 minutes or less! Save Money: eCookbook with a week of Healthy Dinners you can make for under $50 Lose Weight: Tips to Trim Down Quickly while feeding your family Click here to start your free trial and get your gifts. http://www.thescramble.com. P.S. Would you do me a favor and share news about our New Year special offer on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest? We make it super easy on our new sharing page.

Tips for Reeeeallly Slow Cooking

A few years ago, I finally purchased a slow cooker.  I’m not sure what I was waiting for, but it’s been an incredibly convenient addition to my kitchen.  Because I work from home I can often start my slow cooker at lunchtime or before carpools so the food is ready at dinnertime. However, many full-time working Scramblers have told me that they are out of the house for 10 hours or more, and many slow cooking recipes don’t have cooking ranges that long.  They’ve wondered how the meal would turn out if left in the slow cooker longer than our recipes suggest.  So, I turned to my ever-faithful Scramble Facebook community for advice and posted this question:  “What do you do if the recipe says to cook on low for 5 - 7 hours but you will be out of the house for 8 - 10 hours? Do you use a timer to start it or stop it or is there another solution?” This is just a small sampling of the slow cooking tips solutions they shared: Shari Brooks: I still go ahead with the...

New Kitchen Tool Crush: The Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Slicer

Ever since I started making low-carb, low-calorie, healthier spaghetti strands out of raw zucchini this summer, I’ve been looking for a tool to shred the zucchini more easily than my box grater.  I found one I love and it’s probably the least expensive one on the market.  With Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Slicer , you just twist the zucchini in the opening and out come long strands of zucchini-spaghetti that are perfect for tossing with sauce, as in this Raw Zucchini Pasta with Pesto recipe. It costs less than $15, needs no batteries or electricity and is compact enough to store in a kitchen drawer. You can, of course, use your food processor to shred the zucchini but I find the long strands come out drier and have a more spaghetti-like texture with a spiral vegetable slicer like the Veggetti.

You can see me briefly demonstrate how to use the Veggetti on my recent appearance on the Today Show with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. This week I'll be wielding my Veggetti in...