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Do you love the concept of organic peanut butter but just hate the mess?

I don't like sugar IN my peanut butter (which is why I hate the homogenised, sweetened stuff)... I just mix it up then put the jar in the fridge so it can't separate again. If it gets too hard towards the bottom of the jar, I take it out and let it soften then remix.

about 12 hours ago
Kajikit in General Topics

What is considered unsweetened peanut butter.

Umm... read the ingredients list? Not all 'natural' or 'organic' peanut butters are unsweetened, they might have cane sugar in them. You need to look for one with the oil on top of the jar - the ingredients are just peanuts and salt, nothing extra... (you can even find it without salt if you want, but I don't like that).

lasagne vs ziti

If it's for a group, ziti is much easier to serve - it doesn't need to be sliced and lifted out of the pan it can be dished with a spoon. Otherwise there isn't much difference... oh, and ziti doesn't have white or cheese sauces in it, just cheese. Personally I don't go to the hassle of making lasagna, my preference is for ziti because it's easier... so ask the host what they would like.

Apr 14, 2015
Kajikit in Not About Food

My Aldi experience!

Just guessing it's part of the 'keep things simple' mentality... no excessively flashy packaging or five million brands to choose from, just basic food with (generally) one variety of each. And the prices are low so it helps with frugality/living simply.

Apr 14, 2015
Kajikit in Chains

Does dried pasta go bad?

Nope... it might get little buggy critters in it if they get a chance to sneak in... and it might get stale smelling (in which case it isn't any good any more so toss it out) but if it's airtight and kept in a reasonable temperature range, it's good practically forever.

Apr 14, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics

How to reduce sugar in a baking recipe without wrecking the entire dish? Or, a savoury banana bread recipe?

I'd cut the sugar down to half a cup just to make sure that the loaf browned and otherwise follow the recipe as written... that makes a very mildly sweet 'breakfast' type bread. Yummy with butter on it. (my husband's diabetic so I always do minimal-sugar baking when possible...)

Apr 12, 2015
Kajikit in Home Cooking

Throwing a party with no oven...suggestions?

A couple of crockpots and a grill ought to do it... I don't know the size of your crowd but you can do a LOT of foil-wrapped baked potatoes in a grill and then keep them warm in a crockpot so you can use the grill to grill skewers or hotdogs etc. at the last minute. And a crockpot of chilli goes down a treat.

For dessert, buy a sheetcake and ask a well-meaning friend/s to bring a tray of cookies or brownies, and if you want to lash out you could do an icecream sundae bar.

Apr 12, 2015
Kajikit in Home Cooking

BJs vs Sams Club?

Stuart Florida... both stores are in Jensen Beach somewhere about 10 miles from us... we've yet to get around to checking the Sams Club out, and we haven't been back to BJs either. We REALLY didn't like that store, so we're definitely not renewing our membership for now.

Apr 12, 2015
Kajikit in Chains

Popeyes Love

I didn't know they even sold onion rings... is that regional? I don't think I've seen mac-and-cheese on their menu in South Florida either. We usually have chicken strips and red beans with rice.

Apr 12, 2015
Kajikit in Chains

Popeyes Love

We went to Popeyes a month or so ago and I had the 'surf and turf' special with chicken strips and DELICIOUS big juicy shrimpies in batter... went back last week and ordered the popcorn shrimp - night and day difference. It was a saltbomb and the shrimpies were so tiny they were more than half salty breading. :( Disappointing... but I think I'll stick to the chicken from now on. We LOVE their chicken enough to drive 45 minutes to a less-than-savoury neighbourhood to order it every few months...

Apr 12, 2015
Kajikit in Chains
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My Aldi experience!

If you're fussy about name brands you won't like Aldis, though they do occasionally get overstock or clearance 'name brand' stuff and sell it cheaper than other stores. Mostly they sell their own store brand, and you can't really tell the difference, at least on anything I've tried (except the fiber bars, they were like Fiber One bars, very dry and tasteless - there are much tastier fiber options...) We mostly go there for chocolate and 'chippy' snackfoods because you can get twice as much for your money and one potato chip is much the same as another... that European chocolate is awesome!

Apr 12, 2015
Kajikit in Chains

Market Shoppers: Get out of the quick check out line. You have too many items...

If it's different flavours, they can't ring it up as one item - but if you have six bottles of tropicana OJ, they could easily do it in one fell swoop - it's just that most of the cashiers aren't even looking at the belt, they just grab and scan.... (the petfood store cashiers must have hated me - the girls wouldn't eat the same flavour twice in a row so I bought one can of EVERYTHING Friskies made...)

Apr 11, 2015
Kajikit in Not About Food

Market Shoppers: Get out of the quick check out line. You have too many items...

You should have seen how long it took a guy to dig out the change to pay for a carton of beer the other night, and how long it took the cashier to count it out! I was standing there nearly ten minutes waiting... (of course he was chatting up the girl behind the counter and it sounded as if his evening had already been full of partying, but still... lol)

Apr 11, 2015
Kajikit in Not About Food

Discontinued at Trader Joe's: January 2015 - June 2015

Not discontinued but 'they have no idea when it will be available again' are the vegetable birdsnests... shame - we don't eat potatoes so we liked them as an alternative not-so-starchy starch... I hope they get them back again!

Apr 06, 2015
Kajikit in Chains

Shake Shack hits the suburbs: Is it coming to your neighborhood?

They built one in Boca a few years ago... we tried it but we weren't impressed. Very high price point for food that didn't taste much different to regular 'fast food' burgers (we don't drink so beer with our burgers was not a draw)...

Mar 27, 2015
Kajikit in Chains

Host gifts for challenging hosts

I'm a craftsperson, so I give people something handmade... if anyone hasn't liked it, I haven't heard. :P But for somebody really difficult who probably wouldn't appreciate my crafts or baking, I'd go with a fancy card and a gift certificate to some place suitably posh.

Mar 23, 2015
Kajikit in Not About Food
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Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

I had a store like that... the bus stop was on the outside edge of the parking lot... my answer was to wheel the cart to the edge of the lot as close to the bus stop as it would go (ie leave it in the parking space closest to the bus - nobody ever wanted to park there anyway because it was so far from the store!), pick up my grocery bags, and leave the cart there so I had minimal carrying distance for my shopping... carts are for use in the carpark, so it's not 'stealing' the cart unless you found a way to take it out the carpark entirely and wheel it home.

Mar 20, 2015
Kajikit in Not About Food

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

They activate if you try to take the cart out of the door... which to my mind makes the carts useless because you can easily load them up with more than you can carry, and you have to get it out to the car on your own! The other thing some stores do is put a big pole on the cart so that they won't fit through the front door... and as a person with carrying limitations I hate both!

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

Which in a hot climate will get you a ticket and/or a visit from CPS... it's against the law to leave children or animals in a car for a good reason. They don't care if it's 'only for a minute'. It's fine to leave your grocery cart safely stowed in the the space between the cars (NOT in the middle of a spot or where it's going to roll into somebody else's car - turn it sideways to the cars). If we're parked REALLY close to the store I'll take it back or leave it at the closest edge of the carpark, otherwise I leave it between the cars... what's my excuse? A cane for one... and for two, but the time I've finished shopping I'm exhausted.

Mar 20, 2015
Kajikit in Not About Food

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

They're not afraid of getting sued - but if they were to have employees ready to help customers with extra stuff, that would mean they'd have to actually HAVE extra employees and you know how most corporations are fixated on the bottom line - they don't need to pay a self-checkout :( ... I refuse to use an 'auto checkout' - I will always go to the open register and wait for the real person, and so will a lot of other people...

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

One of the nice things about Publix is that they will ask you if you need help to your car... and yes, they collect the carts back regularly. I know that ALL grocery stores have disabled signs saying 'if you need assistance please ask' but you try getting help at Walmart or Winn Dixie... they don't have enough staff to do it! Ugh...

Mar 20, 2015
Kajikit in Not About Food

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

The question is - why don't (some) supermarkets employ people to go around collecting the carts any more? They just leave them laying around the carpark for hours on end, while there are none at the front of the store for new shoppers...

Mar 20, 2015
Kajikit in Not About Food

Now that I am Not Low Carbing, what to do with Coconut Almond Milk

sounds like it would make a really yummy rice pudding... and if you've been low-carbing it's probably quite a while since you've indulged in that creamy goodness. :P

Mar 20, 2015
Kajikit in Special Diets

Is it safe to let my chicken stock simmer on the stove overnight while I sleep?

I'd use a crockpot for overnight cooking... just in case. If your stove heat is low enough, it's pretty safe to use the stove unsupervised, but that's what they designed crockpots for.

Mar 20, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics

$15 hr min. wage x zero hours =?

Presumably the food and drinks will still be delivered by an actual person... I like the terminals at Chillis - we go there for supper and play trivia together, and then you can pay the check when you're ready instead of having to flag down the waiter... (we don't order on them, but if you were going to have a lot of drinks it would be nice again, not to have to flag down your waiter - you place the order and somebody will bring you what you asked for, so it's a time-saver for everyone...) It's not in the same ballpark as the 'do-it-yourself checkouts at the grocery store, which I HATE and refuse to use, because they make you have to do an awkward job on your own and abolish somebody's job entirely.

Mar 15, 2015
Kajikit in Not About Food

Does one RSVP to a Save the Date?

If you know definitely that those dates are unsavable, then yes, let them know... why make them send you an actual invitation when they could give it to somebody else who might be able to attend...

Mar 15, 2015
Kajikit in Not About Food
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How to eat frugally?

Do they have a grocery store equivalent to Winn Dixie or Albertsons where you live? Meat costs a fortune and we have trouble affording it even on a regular salary, but I save a ton of money by buying meat on sale at those two stores and freezing it, when you can get boneless skinless chicken breast for $2 a pound, and lately I've been getting boneless pork loin for $2.50/lb and slicing it up myself. They rarely put red meat on sale, so needless to say, we eat a LOT of pork and chicken...

Mar 15, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics
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Cooler of beer as checked baggage

I'd have thought that it would be far easier to just pick up the case of beer and two bottles of bacardi when you get off the plane... I see you're taking special local beer, but there are TONS of 'craft' breweries in Florida nowadays.

Mar 12, 2015
Kajikit in Not About Food

Peanut Butter and. . .

I like natural peanut butter with something to sweeten it... usually jelly or chocolate spread. But when we ran out, raisins and/or chocolate chips do a good job of adding that bite of sweetness. (never EVER add butter to a peanutbutter sandwich - it's more than fatty enough already!)

Mar 12, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics

What it's like to compete on Chopped

INteresting article... and looking at the rest of the columns it looks like an intersting site. Thanks for the link. (sorry for typos - it's late and there's a cat trying to get between me and the keyboard!Z)

Mar 09, 2015
Kajikit in Food Media & News