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Frozen sliced green onion pouring out of a mason jar

How to Freeze Green Onions

I use green onions a lot in my cooking. I find they offer a great pop of freshness, flavor, and color to recipes, making them the perfect final touch to just about everything. The problem...

Several strips of bacon on a paper towel covered plate, viewed from the side

How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

In my early 20’s I worked in a commercial kitchen where I learned how to cook deliciously crispy bacon in big batches with next to no effort in the oven. No splattering grease, no...

Homemade whipped cream being spooned onto a mug of hot cocoa, a second mug in the background

How to Make Homemade Whipped Cream

It’s the season for cozy mugs of hot cocoa, pumpkin pies, and other delectable desserts, all of which can benefit from a heaping spoonful of fluffy, cloud-like whipped cream. And not just any whipped...

Front view of a large salad in a bowl topped with homemade croutons

How to Make Homemade Croutons

I whipped up a quick small batch of these easy baked homemade croutons this past week when I made my Rosemary Garlic White Bean Soup and I thought, “I really need to share how...

A bowl of fresh pineapple chunks next to a cutting board, chef's knife, and a pineapple top.

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...

A big pot of colorful beans with title overlay

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...

Overhead view of a small wooden bowl with spices

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...