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How to Cut and Freeze Pineapple

There’s nothing quite like fresh pineapple. It’s tangy, sweet, and goes equally as well with savory dishes as it does desserts. And while canned pineapple can work in a pinch for some recipes, fresh...

An upgraded bowl of instant ramen, viewed from above, being eaten with chopsticks

6 Ways to Upgrade Instant Ramen

Confession time: sometimes I actually like instant ramen. You know, those cheap little packets of salty noodles that only cost 30¢? I don’t eat them often, maybe once per year, but when I get...

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5 Easy Sources of Plant-Based Protein

One of the biggest hurdles most people encounter when contemplating a vegetarian lifestyle, or even just practicing a “meatless Monday” is the question, “Where would I get my protein?” So I wanted to write...

Homemade Cajun Seasoning ingredients in a bowl.

Homemade Cajun Seasoning

Basic spice blends can be super helpful when trying to pull together a quick weeknight dinner. They can transform boring meat or vegetables into something new and crave-worthy, and pull you out of your...

Citrus fruit medley - How to Freeze Whole Citrus

How to Freeze Whole Citrus

Okay, I’ve got a quick tip for you today that I hope will as life changing for you as it was for me. Here it is: you can freeze whole citrus. Say whaaaaa? If you’re...

Garlic Herb Seasoning Ingredients with vegetables pasta and butter

All-Purpose Garlic Herb Seasoning

The other day I got a request to create recipes for some simple seasoning blends, like garlic herb. I thought that was a fantastic idea, since having simple blends like this in your arsenal...

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Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

The other day I decided to take a look at the “freshness” date on my pumpkin pie spice… Let’s just say that it probably hasn’t been fresh for quite some time. I swear I...

Practical tips for cooking in a tiny kitchen without losing your mind. Plan, organize, and improvise! Budgetbytes.com

Tips for Cooking in a Tiny Kitchen

When I started Budget Bytes I lived in a tiny apartment with an equally tiny kitchen, that had only about 12-inches of counter space. The apartment was built in the 30’s and I always...

How to make breadcrumbs (and Italian breadcrumbs) from bread scraps for use in meatballs, meatloaf, breading fried food, or topping casseroles. Budgetbytes.com

How to Make Breadcrumbs

You might wonder why you would go through the trouble to make your own breadcrumbs when they’re already insanely inexpensive to buy in the store. Well, there are two really good reasons, if not...

This homemade taco seasoning is quick, easy, inexpensive, full of flavor, and can be made with just a few basic spice cabinet staples. Budgetbytes.com

The Best Homemade Taco Seasoning

I used to be a “packet seasoning” junkie. Store bought packets of taco seasoning seemed so easy. But really, if you have a decently stocked spice cabinet, making your own homemade taco seasoning takes...

This simple homemade chili seasoning is made with a few basic pantry staple spices and can be used for so much more than a pot of traditional chili! Budgetbytes.com

Homemade Chili Seasoning

I made a pot of my basic chili a few weeks ago, which uses my homemade chili seasoning, so I wanted to post the homemade chili seasoning blend by itself to highlight the fact that...

Use these simple and practical tips to save money on produce and eat a diet full of healthy fruit and vegetables. BudgetBytes.com

How to Save Money on Produce

One of the biggest misconceptions I encounter is that eating healthy is really expensive. Well sure, it can be, if you don’t shop smart. But that’s why I’m here. I’ve scoured the markets, made...

These 10 Tips for Recipe Success will help new cooks decode recipes, build intuition, and make new recipes their own. BudgetBytes.com

10 Tips for Recipe Success

Have you ever followed a recipe “to a T” only to have it end up a complete disaster? Yeah, you’re not alone. It’s happened to all of us… maybe even multiple times. ;) No...

Brown Butter is the liquid gold that makes a recipe pop. Here is a simple step by step tutorial on how to make brown butter. BudgetBytes.com

How to Make Brown Butter

As I mentioned in my recipe for Maple Brown Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes, using brown butter is like taking a magic wand to your recipe and adding that special je ne sais quoi that takes...

How to Make Crispy Hash Browns at home - BudgetBytes.com

How to Make Crispy Hash Browns

I totally don’t utilize potatoes enough in my kitchen. They’re cheap and can be used about a bazillion different ways. So, when someone asked me for a tutorial on how to make crispy hash...