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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...

Overhead view of pickled red onions in a bowl on a wooden plate next to bowls of peppercorns and salt.

Pickled Red Onions

Pickled Red Onions are a great way to use leftover red onion and are a great topping for tacos, sandwiches, pizza, and more.

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...

Toast Farro

How to Cook Farro

Grains are extremely versatile. They provide a blank slate upon which you can build any meal, savory or sweet. This week I decided to experiment with a new grain, farro. Farro is becoming more...

How To Freeze Leftovers - BudgetBytes.com

How to Freeze Leftovers

If you’re a long time follower of Budget Bytes, you know that my freezer is my best friend. I use it to freeze leftover ingredients, leftover portions of cooked meals, and to stock up...

One large bowl of popcorn with a measuring cup of popcorn kernels on the side

How to Make Stovetop Popcorn

Stovetop popcorn is, was, and will always be one of my favorite budget-friendly snacks. It takes only minutes to make, can be flavored with hundreds of different ingredients, both sweet and savory, and it...

Portioned Tomato Paste

How to Freeze Tomato Paste

Happy Friday! I’m sure you’re busy getting your big Friday night plans together, so I wanted to leave you with this quick how-to (new recipe tomorrow). If you’ve followed Budget Bytes for a while,...

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How to: Shop for Cookware

If you follow me on social media (especially Instagram or Twitter) then you’ll know that I recently purchased my first set of cookware in about 15 years. It was a major purchase and I...

Chicken Broth Ingredients in Slow Cooker

How To: Slow Cooker Chicken Broth

For the entire month of September, I’ll be participating in the SNAP Challenge and attempting to eat on $4.50 per day. Read more here. For week 4 of the SNAP Challenge, I purchased a rotisserie...

Homemade Tahini

How to Make Tahini

Tahini (sesame seed paste) is something that has grown on me over the years. I first used it to make my own homemade hummus, then soon found myself sneaking a taste straight off the spoon while...

How to Cook with Ginger

How to: Cook with Ginger

After almost five years (!!) of experimenting with food through Budget Bytes, ginger has become one of my all time favorite ingredients. It was completely new to me when I started the blog, but...

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How to: Divide and Freeze Chicken

There is one thing I really, really hate and that’s touching raw chicken. I won’t go into details, but I’ll just say that I try to do it as little as possible. If you’re a...

Salad Diagram

How to: Hit the Salad Bar Like a Boss

Salad bars aren’t for everyone. They’re insanely convenient, but the pricing can be tricky and you really have to be careful about which salad bars are clean, safe, and properly tended. I’m not going...

How to: Freeze Rice

Rice is a poor man’s best friend. It’s inexpensive, filling, a blank slate for flavor, and can be added to almost any meal to bulk it out. But guess what? When I come home...

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How to: Roast Red Peppers

Roasted red peppers are one of my favorite things on earth. They’re sweet, smokey, and full of flavor. I like to blend them into hummus, toss them onto pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and more. The...

Slow Cooke Potatoes

how to: slow cook potatoes

Baked potatoes are amazing, right? They’re yummy, filling, super inexpensive, and a blank slate for whatever flavors you want to add. The only problem is that they take forever to cook and I never...